A student may transfer an unlimited number of college credits to Purdue but must earn at least 32 Purdue credit hours to earn a degree from the University. Below is information to help college and high school students understand how credit transfers to Purdue.
Detailed information about Purdue's transfer credit policies is available on the Transfer Credit Guidelines web page.
Following a student's admission, Purdue's Credit Evaluation Department will evaluate official college transcripts for possible transfer credit. To be transferable, coursework must meet the following criteria:
It was earned at a regionally accredited institution.
It is college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental).
The student received a grade of C- or better in the course.
How such credit transfers will be based on an individual evaluation of the coursework to determine whether the course is equivalent to a Purdue course.
As admitted students register for Purdue courses, their academic advisor works with them to determine whether the credit satisfies specific curriculum requirements within their plan of study.
There is no limit on the number of credits that can transfer to Purdue. However, to receive a Purdue degree, students must complete at least 32 Purdue credit hours of upper-division courses as part of the requirements for the plan of study. Only credit transfers; grades do not.
Students can receive college credit for active duty military service by submitting a copy of their DD214 (or an LES, if still on active duty), preferably with their application for admission. This copy isn't required for admission evaluation but is necessary for credit consideration and consideration for other benefits such as reduced fees based on military service. Military training programs are not evaluated for transfer credit, but service members who have completed credit-by-exam programs such as CLEP (College Board), DSST, or UExcel (Excelsior College) may be eligible for credit.
Only official transcripts will be accepted for credit evaluation purposes. Transcripts that are scanned or emailed by the student are not considered official and will not be accepted.
Check with your university's registrar or records office about sending official transcripts to Purdue electronically (Parchment/Avow or National Student Clearinghouse, for example).
Use email@example.com electronic transcript services that require a recipient email address.
Official paper transcripts may be mailed to:
Office of Admissions
Schleman Hall of Student Services
475 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Hand-delivered transcripts will be accepted if they are in sealed envelopes using the issuing institution's stationery.
Authorized Accrediting Organizations
MSA—Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
NWCCU—Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities
NCA-HLC—North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
NEASC-CIHE—New England Association of Schools & Colleges
SACS—Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
WASC-ACCJU Western Association of Schools & Colleges for Community & Junior Colleges
WASC-ACSCU-Western Association of Schools & Colleges for Senior Colleges & Universities
Questions About Transfer Credit?
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Transferology – a national resource with course equivalencies from multiple institutions, including Purdue. Coursework from some international institutions are not included within Purdue’s Transferology information.
Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide – The most current resource for Purdue course equivalencies from U.S. and international institutions.
The College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) allows students to establish college credit from results of tests taken at the completion of any high school AP course.
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a group of standardized tests that allow students to earn credit based on knowledge they've acquired through experience or independent study. CLEP exams may not be used in place of coursework required for admission to Purdue. The Purdue Testing Center offers CLEP exams to current Purdue students by appointment.
All AP and CLEP scores must be sent to Purdue directly from the testing service. Student score reports in paper or electronic format will not be accepted.
Students participating in the IB Program may earn credit by receiving scores of 5-7 on some courses. Generally, Purdue grants credit only for Higher Level IB courses.
Students completing A-Level exams may earn credit for receiving A or B scores on some exams. Generally, Purdue grants credit only for A-Level exams, not AS-Level.
Students can earn advanced credit through Purdue departmental proficiency examinations. Purdue's Advanced Credit exams are given during the Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) program and just before classes begin. Students who attend STAR receive information about the STAR testing schedule. Other students may arrange for testing through the Purdue Testing Center.
Purdue Testing Center
Schleman Hall of Student Services, Room B42
Purdue students who are interested in taking courses at or transferring to another Purdue campus should consult this list to see how courses at West Lafayette may be used for degree progression at another location. Consult with your academic advisor for specific information about your plan of study or contact the advising office of the Purdue campus you are interested in attending.
Indiana public colleges and universities, in collaboration with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, have adopted a core library of courses transferable among Indiana's public institutions and have established a common general education core curriculum, effective with coursework taken since fall 2013. In addition, Purdue has several articulation (transfer) agreements with individual institutions.
Purdue also has a Core Curriculum requirement, a set of common learning outcomes required of all undergraduate students. In some cases, transfer courses may be used to satisfy specific learning outcomes.
In collaboration with state institutions in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) has established this program so that students in selected majors may complete an associate’s degree at an Indiana community college and transfer into a related field at a four-year public university in Indiana where credits earned for the associate’s degree will apply toward the bachelor’s degree. To take advantage of this program at Purdue, students must meet established admission criteria for the respective major, some of which are highly competitive or not available to transfer students because of popularity and limited capacity. For more information about the majors the state has selected for this program, view "Single Articulation Pathways" on this ICHE web page. For information about the implementation of this program at Purdue and the related Purdue majors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.