Frequently Asked Questions

Applying to PLU

What are the deadlines for applying for admission?

PLU does not have application deadlines, but there are 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

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 need to apply to PLU to be considered for admission.

Transfer Application Checklist:

  • 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
  • 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

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 your 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 a GPA lower than 2.50 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 must have a minimum 2.90 cumulative college-level 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 seniors coming to PLU with Running Start, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, 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?

Transfer students must submit all official college and military transcripts to the PLU Office of Admission along with their other application materials. Then, transcript evaluators will consider his/her courses to determine which credits will be accepted and how they will fill requirements at PLU. Upon admission, transfer students receive an official report of how their credits transfer to PLU.

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.

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.

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?

We strongly encourage transfer students to visit campus – request your visit here.

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

Questions? Please contact Associate Director of Admission Brandon Bruan at 253-535-8724 or, or Transfer Admission Counselor Tyler Sedlacek at 253-538-6150 or For further information about the colleges and areas with which they work, click here.


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 offers a limited number of online and blended courses through PLUTO (PLU Teaching Online).

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

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.