Applying as a Transfer Student  

Transfer students come to Purdue from all different universities and community colleges – bringing rich diversity and powerful perspectives. Our aim is to make the transfer process user-friendly and our orientation programs welcoming so you'll feel at home from the moment you arrive on campus.

Before submitting a Purdue application, review this page carefully to ensure you understand overall transfer requirements and processes as well as specific minimum criteria for your desired major.

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1) Minimum GPA and course requirementsv

At Purdue, students apply for admission to specific majors. To be considered, you must meet the minimum GPA and any specific course requirements for the major you want. 

2) Minimum high school course requirements v

You must have completed Purdue's minimum high school course requirements (in addition to the GPA and course requirements mentioned in item No. 1). You can make up for high school course deficiencies with college-level coursework. (One semester of college-level coursework is equivalent to two high school semesters.)

3) College credit hours needed before applying v

Some transfer applicants may need to have at least 12 to 24 graded credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental) before their application will be considered. The number of graded hours required will depend on the quality of previous academic credentials (high school transcript, ACT or SAT test scores, for example) and whether the student has been denied admission to Purdue for a previous term. Learn more about how many graded credit hours you may need before applying to Purdue.

4) SAT or ACTv

You must provide an SAT or ACT test score (with writing) unless you have at least 24 graded credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental) or have been out of high school for at least five years. Scores must be sent electronically, from the testing agency.

5) Application deadlinesv

There are specific application deadlines for transfer students:

  • February 1 - Deadline for fall veterinary technology enrollment (vet tech students begin in fall only)

  • April 1 - Deadline for summer enrollment

  • May 1 - Deadline for fall nursing enrollment (nursing students begin in fall only)

  • July 1 - Deadline for fall enrollment (exceptions: vet tech deadline is February 1; nursing deadline is May 1)

  • November 1 - Deadline for spring enrollment

6) Closed programsv

Admission to individual majors may close at any time. Before submitting your application, check the current closed programs list.

7) Transferring creditv

The major or college to which you are admitted will determine how your previous college credit will be applied within your plan of study at Purdue. You may use our online Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide along with the plan of study for your desired major to assess how previous college credit may transfer. After admission, you'll receive a credit evaluation report that lists how your credit transfers. See our Transferring Credit to Purdue page for additional transfer credit information, including AP and IB credit.

8) Transfer applicationv

The transfer application for spring enrollment (term that begins in January) becomes available on August 1. For summer or fall enrollment, the transfer application becomes available on January 1.

9) Final transcriptsv

After submitting an application, you must provide final transcripts from all college coursework you have completed (any university, not just the most recent). Failure to do so may result in admission denial or enrollment cancellation.

10) Community college roadmapv

Students who have been out of high school for at least five years and whose high school record is significantly deficient (poor grades or missing many of Purdue's high school course requirements) may use Purdue's community college roadmap to prepare for admission to Purdue as college transfer students.