Credits

Transferring to PLU

Most students who transfer to PLU find that they have the same class-standing when they transfer as they have at the college or university they are coming from. This means that sophomores at a community college or other university will likely be sophomores when they enroll in PLU.

That, in turn, is a good indication of how much longer it will take to graduate from PLU. A student with sophomore standing at a previous institution will have about three years to graduation from PLU, a junior about two years.

Here’s one example of how credits add up. It takes 128 credits to earn a degree from PLU. If you earned an AA degree you’ll bring 90 transferable credits from your institution. Those 90 credits are the equivalent of 60 or 64 PLU credits. So with an AA you’re half way to a PLU degree.

Credit Requirements

Equivalency. There are two ways of looking at credits earned. First is how individual courses transfer. PLU has a very liberal credit transfer policy. If a course is similar to one taught at PLU, most likely it will transfer. Use the equivalency guide to assess course credit transferability. To find out for sure which of your own credits will transfer, apply for admission to PLU or review our equivalency guides.

Direct Transfer Agreement. The second way of looking at credits earned is through the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) that PLU has with all Washington State community colleges. If you earn a liberal arts, general studies AA degree from one of these colleges, PLU will accept your two years as a block of credits. You will be admitted to PLU as a junior without having to evaluate individual courses for equivalency. Learn more about direct transfer agreements.

The surest way to successfully transfer to PLU is to earn an AA degree at a Washington state community college. And the best way to determine your credit status – whatever your previous institution – is to apply for admission to PLU.