Transfer Credit to Purdue

You may transfer an unlimited number of college credits to Purdue but must earn at least 32 Purdue credits to earn a degree from the University. Below is information about how credit transfers to Purdue.

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Transfer Credit Guidelinesv

Detailed information about Purdue's transfer credit policies is available on the Transfer Credit Guidelines web page.

Following admission, Purdue's Credit Evaluation Department will evaluate your official college transcripts for possible transfer credit. To be transferable, coursework must meet the following criteria:

How credit transfers will be based on whether the course is equivalent to a Purdue course.

When you register for Purdue courses, your academic advisor will work with you to determine whether your transfer credit satisfies specific curriculum requirements for your plan of study.

There is no limit on the number of credits you can transfer to Purdue. However, to receive a Purdue degree, you 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.

Military Experience

You can receive college credit for active duty military service by submitting a copy of your DD214 (or an LES, if still on active duty), preferably with you 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 credit-by-exam programs such as CLEP (College Board), DSST, or UExcel (Excelsior College) may be eligible for credit.


Submitting Transcripts
  • Only official transcripts will be accepted for credit evaluation purposes. We do not accept transcripts that have been scanned or emailed.

  • 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 admissions@purdue.edu for electronic transcript services that require a recipient email address.

  • Official paper transcripts may be mailed to:


    Purdue University
    Office of Admissions
    Schleman Hall of Student Services
    475 Stadium Mall Drive
    West Lafayette, IN 47907
    (765) 494-1776
  • 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?

Email: transfercredit@purdue.edu

Phone: 765-494-1776 Hearing impaired: 800-743-3333

Transfer Course Equivalency Guide v

Purdue Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide – The most current resource for Purdue course equivalencies from U.S. and international institutions.

College Board AP and CLEP Credit v

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.

International Baccalaureate (IB) and A-Level Credit v

If you participate in the IB Program you can earn credit by receiving scores of 5-7 on some courses. Generally, Purdue grants credit only for Higher Level IB courses.

If you complete A-Level exams you may earn credit for receiving A or B scores on some exams. Generally, Purdue grants credit only for A-Level, not AS-Level.

Test Out at Purduev

You 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. If you attend STAR, you will receive information about the STAR testing schedule. Or you may arrange for testing through the Purdue Testing Center.

Purdue Testing Center
Schleman Hall of Student Services, Room B42
ptc@purdue.edu
(765) 494-7690

Examination Programs Through Other Organizationsv

You can earn credit by completing exams through the DSST Program.

You can earn credit by completing proficiency exams offered through the UExcel Program offered by Excelsior College.

Dual and Concurrent High School Creditv
Purdue System Course Replacement Information v

If you're a Purdue student interested in taking courses at or transferring to another Purdue campus, 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 plan to attend.

Indiana Public Colleges — Core Courses and Articulation Pathwaysv

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 Core Curriculumv

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.

Indiana Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP)v

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 admissions@purdue.edu.

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