Transferring into Purdue's College of Engineering

If I'm admitted to another school at Purdue, is it possible to switch into the First-Year Engineering Program?

It is possible, though not guaranteed, to switch into the First-Year Engineering Program from another academic school through a process called a Change of Degree Objective (CODO). More details about the process and requirements to CODO into First-Year Engineering can be found here

It may also be possible to CODO directly into an engineering major for students that have been on campus for a minimum for 1-2 semesters. Please visit the College of Engineering CODO Requirements page for major-specific CODO requirements.

How can I transfer into Purdue's College of Engineering from another institution? 

Step 1. When do you want to start classes? Do you want to start in the summer, fall, or spring semester? This decision may be made for you based on deadlines and if engineering is full or not. You can check dates on the Admissions site's Deadlines and Dates page.

To see if the College of Engineering still has space for a given semester, visit the Closed Programs page.

Step 2. Where will you start? This depends greatly on what specific credits you have completed towards our engineering degrees. For a list of GPA and credit requirements for each of the specific engineering disciplines open to transfer, go to our Engineering Transfer Criteria page.

Step 3. What credits transfer into Purdue? This is a great question because not all credits will transfer and not all credits that transfer may apply to your desired major at Purdue. For information on what credits will apply, use the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Self-Service Tool which will allow you to choose your desired major at Purdue, input all the courses you have taken so far, and receive a full report of what classes will transfer and how they would apply to your desired major. 

If you only need to look up a handful of classes, you can use the Transfer Credit Database.

Note: courses listed as 1XXXX, 2XXXX, etc., are transferred as undistributed credit and not an exact match. This means they will just be extra credit on your transcript but may not apply to your degree. It is determined by your home department (your major) if this credit can count toward degree requirements.

Regional Campus Transfer Credit. Students at Purdue's regional campuses (Purdue Northwest and Purdue Fort Wayne) cannot use the above two tools. Your credit is Purdue-system credit and automatically becomes part of the Purdue record. As such, there will be no need to submit transcripts.

Note: grades will transfer over from Purdue's regional campuses.


Step 4. How do you apply? Now that you know 1. when you want to start and the appropriate deadlines 2. where you will start (First-Year Engineering or a specific discipline) and 3. what credits transfer into Purdue, you are ready to apply by going to the Apply to Purdue page.
Have more questions about transferring into Purdue Engineering?

We can help! Please fill out our Transfer Student Inquiry form, and someone from our office will follow up with you to answer your questions! Note that this is an informational survey only and not an application.

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