Transfer Credit Guidelines
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.
There are a variety of ways you may earn Purdue credit for previous work.
Courses Taken as a College Student
When you are admitted to Purdue as a degree-seeking student, Purdue's Credit Evaluation Department will evaluate your official college transcripts for possible transfer credit. The evaluation will be available in your application portal. 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).
- You received a grade of at least C-.
To receive a Purdue degree, you must complete at least 32 Purdue credit hours of upper-division courses as part of the requirements for your plan of study. Only credit transfers; grades do not.
Equivalent credit transfers fully. If it is not equivalent to a Purdue course, it will transfer as "undistributed" and may be used at the discretion of your Purdue academic department. You may use the Purdue Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool to see how your previous college coursework would transfer based on the plan of study for your major. See Understanding Your Credit Evaluation Report.
Dual/Concurrent or Early College Credit Earned in High School
You may earn Purdue credit from dual or concurrent high school coursework (courses you took in high school that also counted toward college credit – including Purdue's own dual credit program). To evaluate this for possible Purdue credit, we must have an official transcript from the college or university that administered the course; we cannot use your high school transcript to award Purdue credit.
Credit earned through Purdue's dual credit program already exists on your Purdue student record (no need to submit a transcript).
Credit from Testing
There are a variety of national, international and Purdue-specific testing opportunities through which you may receive Purdue credit. These include the College Board's AP program, International Baccalaureate, A-Level, and others. See more information in the Purdue Credit through Testing section below.
You can receive college credit for active duty military service. See the Military Experience section below.
We must have official transcripts with final grades to award credit (not copied, scanned, faxed or sent from a personal email). Transcripts must be provided by the college or university that administered the coursework. We cannot use high school transcripts to award credit for dual/concurrent credit courses. Coursework taken at a Purdue regional campus or as part of Purdue's dual credit program is already on your student record (no need to submit a transcript).
How to submit transcripts*:
- Through an electronic transcript service (contact your institution's registrar office). This is the quickest and most efficient method. Use email@example.com for e-transcript services that require an email address. Do not use a Purdue staff member's individual email address.
- Mailed to Purdue from the institution that administered the course:Purdue University
Office of Admissions
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West, Lafayette, IN 47907
- Delivered in person to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope on the institution's stationery.
- Do not send duplicate copies via different methods.
*Be sure to request or send transcripts at least two weeks before the application deadline.
There are two online tools you may use to determine how credit may transfer to Purdue:
- Purdue Transfer Equivalency Self Service — allows you to enter all of your previous college coursework to receive a comprehensive report that includes the credit you will receive toward the degree plan for your desired Purdue major as well as the courses you must still take to earn the Purdue degree.
- Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide — allows you to look up courses one by one to determine how they might transfer to Purdue. You should use this tool along with the plan of study for your desired major to assess how previous college credit may apply to your desired major.
There are multiple ways you might earn Purdue credit based on scores from testing services:
- College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) — tests taken as part of high school AP courses. See Purdue credit for AP Tests.
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) — tests based on knowledge students 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. See Purdue credit for CLEP Exams.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) — tests taken as part of the IB program. See Purdue credit for IB Exams.
- A-Level exams — tests taken as part of Cambridge International's A-Level program. See Purdue credit for A-Level Exams.
- DSST Program — tests based on knowledge students acquired through experience or independent study. See Purdue credit for DSST Exams.
- UExcel Program — proficiency exams through the UExcel Program offered by Excelsior College. See Purdue credit for UExcel exams.
- National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL) — proficiency-based language assessment. See Purdue credit for NEWL assessments.
- Purdue-specific tests — Purdue departmental proficiency examinations. Some of these exams are given during Purdue's Summer Transition, Advising, and Registration (STAR) student orientation 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 participates in statewide transfer initiatives coordinated by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. In addition, the University has articulation (transfer) agreements for specific majors.
- Purdue Core Curriculum — a set of common learning outcomes required of all Purdue undergraduate students. In some cases, transfer courses may be used to satisfy specific learning outcomes.
- Indiana Core Transfer Library (CTL) — A list of courses that transfer among all Indiana public colleges and universities.
- State Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) — Core student competencies and outcomes required at public institutions in Indiana. Students who have successfully completed the core requirement at one Indiana institution will not be required to complete it at another institution if they transfer. A variety of courses may satisfy a specific core requirement and whether a requirement is satisfied may be independent of courses a student still must complete at Purdue.
- Purdue Articulation (Transfer) Agreements — Purdue transfer agreements with other institutions.
- Indiana Transfer Single Articulation Pathway (TSAP) — a program in which 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.
Military veterans or active duty personnel with six months to one year of military service will receive four hours of undistributed credit. Those with at least one year will receive eight hours of undistributed credit. You must provide your DD-214 (or an LES, if still active duty) to earn credit.
Military credit programs and courses are not evaluated for specific course equivalencies, but may be used by your Purdue academic department for degree requirements.
See Credit Through Testing section above for information about DSST, UExcel and other credit through testing.