Transfer Students

Your prior college coursework and life experiences can earn you credits that save time and money on your education.
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Transfer Credits and Earn Your Degree Faster, for Less

1 Mil
Credits Awarded

We've awarded nearly 1 million transfer credits in the past 2 years alone.*

300 Mil
Dollars Saved

That's a student savings of over $300 million.

45%
Average Savings

Bachelor's graduates with transfer credits save an average of 45% on tuition.

6 Ways to Get the Credit You Deserve

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College Credit Transfer

Apply credits you earned at prior institutions toward up to 75% of your undergraduate degree. To begin the process of having your transfer credits evaluated, contact each of your prior institutions and request that your official transcripts be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar.

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Community College Alliance Program

Purdue Global has relationships with several community colleges to help you maximize transfer credits and shorten the path to a Purdue Global bachelor's degree.

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Work and Life Experience

Leverage your skills to earn your degree faster and save an average of $10K on tuition for undergraduate programs. Whether you've been working for years or spent time volunteering, our credit for work experience courses can help you finish your degree faster.

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Military Training

We recognize that military servicemembers have already undergone some of the most rigorous professional training in the world and award credit for military experience.

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Professional Certifications and Training

If you have completed a professional certification or training, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.

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Exams and Course Assessments

You can earn credits by passing standardized exams offered through approved organizations or course assessments available through Purdue Global.

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Indiana Community College Students

If you are a graduate of an alliance college, you may combine your associate's degrees with other prior learning to cover up to 75% of the credits needed for a Purdue Global bachelor's degree.

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Military Community College Students

If you've already earned an associate's degree, we will evaluate your military transcript as well as your transcript from a prior institution to determine the most efficient path to a Purdue Global bachelor's degree.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • How many credits can I apply toward my degree?

    Credits earned through prior coursework or experience can count toward a maximum of 75% of an undergraduate program or 50% of a graduate program. Program and state-specific exceptions may apply. Refer to the University Catalog for more information.

  • How do I know if credits earned at a prior institution will transfer to Purdue Global?

    Courses must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to transfer:

    • Completed at an accredited institution
    • Included on an official transcript
    • Carry a grade of "C-" or better for undergraduate courses, or "B" or better for graduate courses; Purdue Global will consider grades of "Pass," "Credit," or similar, on an individual basis
    • Must be 100-level or higher and not considered remedial, college preparatory, or not at a college level
    • Relevant to your program of study and equivalent to the course requirements of your program
    • Fit into your degree plan
    • Meet any additional program-specific requirements
  • How do semester credits transfer to Purdue Global?

    Purdue Global courses are made up of quarter credits. A semester credit is equal to 1.5 quarter credits. As an example, if you have 60 semester credits that you expect to transfer, that would equal 90 quarter credits at Purdue Global.

  • How do I request a transfer credit evaluation?

    You will need to request an official transcript from each college or university that you attended in the past. An Advisor can provide you with the College and University Transcript Request Form to assist in this process.

    Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of the Registrar at the following address:

    Purdue University Global
    Office of the Registrar
    550 West Van Buren Street, 7th Floor
    Chicago, IL 60607

    Transcripts must arrive sealed and sent directly from the registrar of the academic institution that awarded the credits.

  • When do I need to submit my transcripts or other proof of prior learning?

    You must provide evidence of prior learning prior to the first day of the course for which the credit is intended; however, we strongly recommend that you provide your official transcripts to the Office of the Registrar by the last day of the first term. After this point, in certain cases, we may deny you the opportunity for a transfer credit evaluation due to course scheduling factors.

    If you wish to submit a portfolio for experiential learning credit, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in a credit for work experience course in your first two terms.

NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Purdue Global cannot guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Kaplan University online bachelor’s degree students who graduated in 2017 and entered their program with eligible transfer credits saved an average of $30,000 toward the total degree. Note: these data were reported prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global. Campus tuition and transfer credit savings vary by location. Savings based on overall cost of completion without transfer credit. Calculation based on total transfer credit times cost per credit in student’s program of study. Individual savings will vary. Calculation includes campus and military students. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. Future transfer credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global. See University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Purdue Global online associate’s degree students who graduated in the 2017-2018 academic year and entered their program with eligible transfer credits saved an average of $6,300 toward the total degree. Campus tuition and transfer credit savings vary by location. Savings based on overall cost of completion without transfer credit. Calculation based on total transfer credit times cost per credit in student’s program of study. Individual savings will vary. Calculation includes campus and military students. Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. Future transfer credit savings are subject to review and the academic policies of Purdue Global. See University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.