Transfer to IUP

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Find better choices. We'll help you. Transfer to IUP.

We know how serious you are about staying on track when you make a decision to transfer. We'll work with you to make sure you can transfer as many credits as possible to IUP.

Look over the options below to learn a bit more about the process, then follow the How to Apply link. If you have any questions, call our Admissions office at 724-357-2230.

Living at IUP? Learn more about our residency requirements for transfer students. Please note that there are exceptions. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Have questions for our transfer counselors?  Book your appointment today for a day/time that is convenient for you!


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Bill Sands, Transfer Counselor

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Lori Roles, Transfer Counselor

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Ready to Apply?

Your best bet is to read these instructions entirely before applying.

Steps 1-2: Review admission requirements and consider a pre-evaluation of your credits

  1. Review transfer student admission requirements.
  2. You may request a pre-evaluation of your transfer credits.

Steps 3-5: Complete the application

  1. Complete the online application. Or download a paper application.
  2. Indicate your first- and second-choice majors. If you're not admissible to your first, you'll be considered for your second.
    • If you submit improved transcripts and/or SAT scores with a request to be reconsidered for your first choice, we'll re-review your application, provided that space is available. You don't need to reapply.
    • If you're unsure: Choose the majors you feel most interested in now, or choose an "undecided" major in the academic college that includes most of your interests. You can change your major and even college later.
    • Students interested in secondary education: Look for your major according to the subject you want to teach or select "undecided" in the college that's most closely aligned with your interests. Do not choose "Undeclared Teacher Education."
    • If you're interested in a major not on the list, contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
  3. Provide any additional information that may be required for your major by the academic department. Review Special Major Requirements for Transfer Students.

Step 6: Submit required materials

  1. Submit required materials:
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended colleges, universities, and/or other schools.
    • Cook Honors College Supplement Form (only students applying to Cook Honors College)

Step 7: Consider submitting optional materials

  1. You may also submit these optional materials:
    • Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Personal essay
    • Transcripts for college coursework completed in high school/dual enrollment (to receive academic credit at IUP)
    • AP test scores (to receive academic credit at IUP)

More information about transferring:

Second Degree Students

A second degree student at IUP is a student who has already earned a bachelor's degree from IUP or any other accredited institution and is interested in pursuing a second bachelor's degree.

Learn more about applying as a second degree student.

Freshmen with Transfer Credits

Are you an incoming freshman who has taken AP courses, CLEP Exams, or college credits in high school?

Learn more about how to get college credit at IUP.

Rob Gretta

From Transfer Student to IUP Faculty Member

Rob Gretta transferred to IUP to further his theater education. Now he's educating future generations of IUP theater and dance students.