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Transfer Admission

At PLU, transfer students are not only welcome, they are an important part of the campus community. Transfer students add a wealth of experience and diversity to campus. Each year more than 300 students transfer to PLU.

Transfer Applicants

You may apply as a transfer student if you have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent diploma, and seek to transfer college-level credit to PLU from regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for transfer admission to PLU, you need a minimum college-level GPA of at least 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and one year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of college level, academic coursework.  If you wish to apply for admission with less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit, you must submit an official high school transcript or equivalent and official SAT or ACT scores.

Applications for admission are evaluated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabling conditions, financial resources or any other status protected by law.

Admission Process

PLU has transfer application priority dates for Fall and Spring semester starts. Students who complete their application materials prior to one of these dates can expect an admission decision, notification of academic merit scholarship eligibility, and an official report of transferable credits within two weeks.

Fall Semester Transfer Application Priority Dates:

  • February 1
  • March 1 (Priority scholarship and class registration application date)
    • Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will generally receive decisions within four weeks.
  • Final Application Date for Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester Transfer Application Priority Dates:

  • October 1 (Priority scholarship and class registration application date)
    • Applications received after October 1 will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and will generally receive decisions within four weeks.
  • Final Application Date for Spring Semester: December 1
Transfer Application Materials
  • Undergraduate Application – PLU’s online application is free.
  • Personal Statement/Essay – You may complete your essay on the online application, or email your essay to essay@plu.edu.
  • Official College Transcripts – Request transcripts from each school you have attended.
  • Academic Recommendation – From a qualified person familiar with your academic record.  The online application includes an option to email the form to your recommender once you submit your application.  The form may also be found on the Documents & Forms site.

If you have less than 30 semester hours of college credit when applying, you must also send:

  • Official High School Transcript or equivalent
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores
Direct Transfer Agreement

Transfer students who have completed a direct transfer associates degree from a Washington (DTA-AA), Oregon (AAOT) or California (IGETC) state community college enter PLU with automatic junior standing. They also are given credit for having satisfied all core and general university requirements except for four semester hours in religion, and four semester hours in diversity. Both must be taken at PLU. Transfer students who have not completed an associates degree or who seek to transfer from institutions other than these state community colleges will have their transcripts evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine the number of transferable credits and transfer GPA.

For a list of the Direct Transfer Agreement Associate Degrees, click here.

Transfer Equivalency Guides

PLU accepts course work from other accredited institutions. Some of those courses transfer as general elective credit while others transfer in as an equivalent to a specific PLU course. Contact the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Registrar for information about transferring courses from four-year institutions. For information about transferring coursework from community colleges in the state of Washington refer to the Transfer Equivalency Guide.

Professional Programs

The schools of Business, Education, Nursing and the Social Work Department require separate applications and prerequisite courses for admission.  Please visit the program’s website to find program requirements and application procedures.