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 from which they are coming. For example, 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 halfway to a PLU degree.
How credits transfer:
PLU accepts transferable credits in two ways – individual class equivalency and direct transfer agreements.
Class by Class Equivalency. PLU has a generous credit transfer policy. If a course is similar to one taught at PLU, it is likely to transfer. To be certain which of your own credits will transfer, apply for admission to PLU (part of the admission review is an official transcript evaluation to assess for transferable credits) or review our equivalency guides.
Direct Transfer Agreements. PLU accepts transfer degrees from community colleges in Washington (AA-DTA), Oregon (AAOT), and California (IGETC). If you earn a liberal arts, general studies AA degree from one of these colleges, PLU will accept your degree as a block of credits, and you will be admitted to PLU with automatic junior standing. Learn more about direct transfer agreements.
The best way to determine your credit status – whatever your previous institution – is to apply for admission to PLU.