Transfer Student Checklist

Our goal 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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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. See individual Purdue majors for major-specific criteria.

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.)

Before applying, transfer students must have at least 12 graded credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial) and be registered to complete at least 12 more. Depending on the strength of your academic credentials, before making its final decision, the admissions committee may wait to see final grades for any coursework that was in progress when you submitted your application.

Purdue is on a semester system — 1 credit hour on a semester system is equivalent to 1.5 credit hours on a quarter system.

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

Purdue is on a semester system — 1 credit hour on a semester system is equivalent to 1.5 credit hours on a quarter system.

Below are specific application deadlines for transfer students. However, you should apply as early as possible, prior to the term you want to begin. Admission to specific majors will close if we reach capacity, even if that occurs before the application deadline.

  • 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 enrollment for computer science and nursing (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

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

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.

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 December 15.

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.

If you have been out of high school for at least five years and your high school record is significantly deficient (poor grades and/or missing many of Purdue's high school course requirements) you may use Purdue's community college roadmap to prepare for admission to Purdue as a college transfer student.

  • Transfer Students

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