1: Skip to content 2: Skip to navigation

Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to PLU

What are the deadlines for applying for admission?

There is no specific application deadline but:

  • Financial aid priority is given to Fall Semester applications received by February 1. (Students who apply after will still be eligible for aid, but some sources of funding may have limited amounts to offer).
  • Scholarship priority is given to Spring Semester applications received by November 15. (The largest transfer scholarship has a cut-off of November 15. Other scholarships will still be available).
  • Fall Semester admission carries permission to attend the preceding summer session. Spring Semester admission carries permission to attend the preceding J-Term.

What is J-Term?

J-Term is a shortened, condensed term in January. We are on a semester system, and if you attend either fall or spring term full time, J-Term is free. Many of our students also choose to study away during J-Term.

What do transfer students need to do to be considered for admission to PLU?

Transfer students applying to PLU with sophomore standing or higher (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours or more) need to provide:

  • Completed application
  • Application fee (currently $40, although if you apply online it is free)
  • Official transcripts from high school (or GED – General Equivalency Diploma, or home school transcripts), transcripts for all college work, and any military transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Personal essay (refer to the application for topic options)
  • Statement of Good Standing  (printed from the PLU Web site)

Transfer students applying to PLU with less than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours also need to provide SAT or ACT test scores.

Why do I have to submit high school (home school, GED) transcripts?

PLU requires high school transcripts of everyone as a general policy. These transcripts are used mainly to evaluate entrance requirements, and must indicate the date of graduation. If you are not able to get high school transcripts, please submit written documentation of the circumstances for consideration.

What is the minimum grade point average (GPA) a transfer student must have to be considered for admission to PLU?

PLU completes a holistic application review, so GPA is just one component that we consider. Transfer students should have a minimum of a 2.50 GPA from transferable, academic college credits to be considered for admission to PLU. Students with less than a 2.5 may still be admitted. Submit written documentation of the special circumstances to be considered in the admission application. To be eligible for academic merit scholarships, students should aim for a 3.0 GPA.

Some PLU programs (such as education, business, nursing and social work) have separate, additional admissions procedures and are highly competitive programs. In short, while a 2.50 GPA might get transfer students into PLU, it does not guarantee admission or entry into every program or major on campus.

How do transfer students differ from freshmen with previous college credit?

Transfer students are high school graduates (or home school or GED graduates) who come to PLU from other regionally accredited colleges or universities. High school students coming to PLU with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Running Start or other college credits are not considered transfer students (they are considered freshmen with advanced standing).

How will transfer students know which of their college credits will transfer to PLU?

First, a transfer student needs to submit all official college and military transcripts to the Office of Admission. Then, transcript evaluators will consider his/her courses to determine which credits will be accepted and how they will fill requirements at PLU.

In general, students transferring to PLU from a Washington state community college with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate’s degree will be considered having satisfied all General University Requirements except one diversity and one religion course. Transfer students with A.A. or A.A.S. degrees will also have to satisfy mathematics and foreign language entry requirements and meet the requirements for their majors

Only college-level courses from approved institutions of higher education may transfer to PLU. Courses below 100 level typically do not transfer. Further information about transferability of credit and equivalency of courses can be obtained from the transfer equivalency guides at the PLU Web site.

Are credits from many years ago still transferable?

PLU does not have an “expiration date” for course credit. You may want to retake older courses to refresh your memory, especially in math or the sciences.

Do grades transfer to PLU?

No, only credit hours transfer to PLU. A prospective transfer student’s GPA is relevant for determining eligibility for admission to PLU, for admission to competitive majors, and for scholarship eligibility. Transfer students will not have a PLU GPA until they take a PLU class and earn a PLU grade for it.

Grades also are relevant in considering whether a prospective student will be given credit for particular courses, such as major prerequisites, entrance requirements, or general university requirements. There may be minimum requirements, such as C average in all foreign language classes, or 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA for the nursing program.

How many credits can transfer students transfer to PLU?

From a community (2 year) college: 64 semester credits (96 quarter credits). From four-year colleges: 96 semester credits (144 quarter credits).

Transfer students may take more than the maximum credits at a two- or four-year school (or both combined) for purposes of meeting certain PLU requirements. However, those extra credits will not be considered towards the ultimate number of credits students need to graduate from PLU.

How are quarter credits converted into semester credits (or vice versa)?

Quarter credits are multiplied by 2 and divided by 3 to determine semester credits. Conversely, semester credits would be multiplied by 3 and divided by 2 to determine quarter credits.

For example: 96 quarter credits equal 64 semester credits. 96 X 2 = 192. 192/3 = 64. 64 semester credits equal 96 quarter credits. 64 X 3 = 192. 192/2 = 96

What else do transfer students need to know?

Campus tours are available, and Transfer Visit Days are held on a regular basis during the academic year.

You may sit in on classes at certain times during the year.

The contact information for Michael Farnum, Director of Military Outreach, is: 253-535-7412, farnumms@plu.edu


How long will it take transfer students to graduate?

It all depends on the anticipated major as well as the number of credit hours those students bring to PLU, and to what extent those hours satisfy various PLU requirements. Meet with an advisor or complete the application to get your Summary of PLU Degree Requirements.

Since all students are required to complete their final 32 semester hours of study in residence at PLU, it would not be possible for a transfer student to complete a bachelor’s degree in less than one year (two semesters) without advance permission and exceptional circumstances.

Are there any programs at PLU that can be completed at night and/or weekends?

PLU does not offer any majors that may be completed at night and/or weekends.

Are there any distance learning programs or online classes at PLU?

PLU does not offer any online courses or programs.

Can I attend PLU part time?

You may attend PLU part time. Be aware that some sources of financial aid (such as PLU academic merit scholarships) are only available to students who attend full time.

How do transfer students know what classes they need to take?

Transfer students should meet with an admission representative as early in the process as possible to make sure they are completing all pre-requisites and entrance requirements. Once students are admitted, they will get a one-hour appointment with a transfer advisor to choose appropriate PLU classes.

Financial Aid

Who is eligible for Financial Aid?

Everyone, regardless of income, should apply for financial aid. Even students who have never qualified for aid before may be eligible at PLU. Admission to PLU and a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) are all that is required to be considered for financial aid. The FAFSA can be found at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

What are the deadlines for applying for Financial Aid?

While there is no specific deadline for applying for admission, there are deadlines for applying for Financial Aid (including scholarships, grants and loans). Please check the PLU website for these deadlines.

FAFSA forms should be submitted before January 31 prior to the academic year that a Transfer Student wishes to attend.

Financial Aid is awarded on a yearly basis and late applications may receive less funding. Submit your application with your FAFSA in January to ensure the largest financial aid package possible.