Transfer Admissions Requirements

  • Who is a Transfer Applicant?

    An IUP transfer applicant is a person who has attempted 12 or more college-level, non-developmental, non-technical academic credits at a post-secondary institution accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies. Students cannot be considered first-time students once coursework has been attempted. 

    Individuals who have attempted fewer than 12 post-secondary college credits at the time of application apply as transfers, but high school information--grades and test scores--will be factored into the admission decision.

    Students who complete college courses as part of a high school diploma may earn college credit, but are considered freshman, or first-time applicants.

    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 (such as Nursing). Applying earlier provides more time for the review of credits and understanding how they fit into your intended major, as well as determining if IUP is the best choice for you.

    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.