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If you’re currently studying at another college or university or have taken at least one undergraduate college course since you finished high school…
You qualify as a transfer student.
Well more than a third of students choose to transfer schools at some point in their academic career.
Purchase is a great option for students coming from community colleges, with or without an associate’s degree, who are seeking a four-year experience. We offer rigorous degree programs at affordable tuition on a campus where creative freedom and acceptance prevail.
Transfer students make up about a third of our student body, so we’ve got answers to your questions and concerns. Our admissions team and academic advisors are here to support you. You can even get a head start mapping out your coursework using our 8-Semester Plans or Transfer Equivalencies Database.
We recommend that candidates pursue a challenging curriculum and successfully complete 24 college credits, as well as have earned a high school diploma or equivalent, prior to applying to Purchase.
Transfer students who have completed fewer than 24 college credits will be evaluated on their high school coursework and test scores in addition to their college coursework.
Students must disclose all colleges that they have attended on their application to Purchase and have an official transcript sent from each one. Failure to disclose this information will result in our inability to transfer credits from that college at any point in time and may result in campus judicial charges.
Candidates with more than four semesters of college coursework may want to consider our Liberal Studies degree completion options.
All admission decisions are conditional, contingent upon the successful completion of all college coursework.
Students interested in our BFA and MusB programs should be prepared to enroll at the college for four years. Students transferring into the Creative Writing and New Media programs typically take three years to complete their programs.
Application deadlines vary by program. We encourage you to use our personal application instruction tool, which will give you the most accurate deadline for your specific program and semester.
All admitted transfers will receive a degree progress report (DPR) listing all prior coursework for which we will grant credit. Purchase awards transfer credit for college level coursework, AP scores of 3 or higher, IB scores of 5 or higher on a higher-level exam, and eligible CLEP scores.
Please note that DPRs can take up to three weeks to be completed. An email will be sent to your purchase.edu email account when it’s ready for you to review.
We can help you navigate during Transfer Tuesdays, which include an individual meeting with an admissions advisor, a group Q&A exclusively for prospective transfer students, and a campus tour. Register here
Transfer Quick Guide
Slideroom Submission Deadline Application Deadline Spring 2020 *Acting, BFA
Extended to February 17, 2020
March 1, 2020 Not Offered *Creative Writing, BA Preferred Deadline March 1, 2020 March 15, 2020 November 1, 2019 *Dance, BFA
March 1, 2020
March 7, 2020 Not Offered *Film, BFA Extended to January 24, 2020
Extended to February 7, 2020
Not Offered Liberal Arts & Sciences Early Action: November 15, 2019
**Rolling Admissions** March 1, 2020
N/A Extended until January 22, 2020 *Music, MusB
January 1, 2020
January 8, 2020 (pre-screening)
November 1, 2019
(only select programs)
*Theatre Design/Technology, BFA March 1, 2020 March 1, 2020 Not Offered *Art+Design, BFA or Visual Arts, BS Priority Deadline November 15, 2019
February 15, 2020
Priority Deadline December 2, 2019
March 1, 2020
Not Offered for Graphic Design