Transfer Admissions Requirements

  • Who is a transfer applicant?

    If you completed college courses as part of a high school diploma, you may earn college credit, but you are considered a freshman, or first-time applicant, rather than a transfer applicant.

    You are a transfer applicant if…

    • You’ve attempted 12 or more college-level credits, and
    • they were non-developmental, non-technical academic credits, and
    • they were at a post-secondary institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies.

    If you have attempted fewer than 12 post-secondary college credits at the time of application, you’ll apply as a transfer, but your high school information—grades and test scores—will be factored into the admission decision. You cannot be considered a first-time student once coursework has been attempted outside of high school.

    When to Apply

    You should apply at least one semester before you plan to enroll at IUP. It is always best to apply early to ensure admission, especially to those programs limited in size.  Applying early provides more time for reviewing your credits and for understanding how they fit into your intended major.

    General Admission Requirements

    A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from all post-secondary institutions attended is required. If you’ve attended more than one school, we’ll calculate a combined cumulative GPA.

    If you apply to IUP before completing your first semester at another institution, your admission decision may be based on high school information, pending receipt of your final college transcript at the completion of the semester.


    There is no language requirement for admission. However, some departments have a language requirement for graduating from the university.

  • Major-Specific Requirements

    Some departments require transfer students to meet major-specific admission requirements in addition to university admission requirements. Please contact Admissions with questions.

  • MyIUP: Your Personal Portal

    Once admitted, you will have access to your MyIUP portal. The MyIUP portal is personalized for you and will help you locate important information as you consider IUP and once you decide to attend. Instructions on how to set up your account are included with your admission packet.

    Transfer of Credits

    Credit Evaluation

    Once you have been admitted, an official credit evaluation will be performed and sent to you, usually within two weeks. The evaluation will list courses you have taken and any IUP equivalents. This first phase of the credit transfer process shows you how many of your credits will appear on your IUP transcript. Please remember that this is unofficial until we receive your final official transcript(s).

    The second phase of understanding your credit transfer relates specifically to your chosen major. You must use the IUP catalog to determine which courses fulfill the specific requirements within your major. Your department has authority over the application of credits toward your degree and can help to clarify those courses that do not fit clearly within the constraints of the major once you enroll.

    You are able to work with the Online Credit Evaluation System any time to determine, unofficially, how your courses will transfer. This system shows all courses that have been evaluated previously and their IUP equivalents. Courses that are not in this system have not been evaluated but may still be transferable. Your official evaluation will include all classes on your transcript.

    Reevaluation Request

    If you believe a course was evaluated incorrectly, you can submit a reevaluation form with a syllabus for the course in question. The form and syllabus for each course submitted for review should be taken to the Office of Transfer Services, Sutton Hall, Room G26, for consideration. 

    You may pick up a form in Sutton Hall, Room G26, or download the Request for Review of Transfer Credits form.


    Once you are admitted, you are asked to make a $150 tuition deposit to hold your place in the class. You will be invited to one of four New Transfer Student Advisement and Registration days during the summer. This one-day program will introduce you to the registration process, provide an informal advisement session with college faculty and representatives, and allow you to register and leave with a schedule at the end of the day.  Because of course registration restrictions, you can only register on these selected days.

    Students unable to attend a summer registration day will register during late registration, the day before classes begin each semester.


    If you are considering transferring to IUP, but will attend your current institution for a semester or more before making the transition, you should plan your schedule so that the courses will transfer and satisfy your graduation requirements at IUP. Again, using the Online Credit Evaluation System and the IUP catalog will help you to select the best courses to take.

    For students attending community colleges, to aid in your scheduling, we have listed courses that fulfill many of IUP’s requirements for graduation. View our community college guides.

    Planning will help you to earn your degree in a timely manner.


    If you need assistance during the transfer process, please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions, home of Transfer Services. We can assist you through email or by phone, so do not hesitate to contact us at or 724-357-2230.