Ready to call Purchase your new home? We’re here to make it happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unofficial Credit Evaluation
Prospective transfer students have the opportunity to receive an unofficial credit evaluation by providing transcripts from all institutions where previously enrolled. Please note, these are unofficial and offered to guide you in the college application process. Final evaluations are provided once you are admitted, and may vary. Please email email@example.com for a transcript evaluation.
We can help you navigate during Transfer Session, which include an individual meeting with an admissions advisor, a group Q&A exclusively for prospective transfer students, and a current student panel. Register here.
Individual appointments are available for any student interested in meeting with the transfer advisor.
|Application Deadline for Fall 2021||Portfolio or Pre-Screening Deadline|
Application Deadline for Spring 2021
January 13, 2021
|January 20, 2021||Not Offered|
|Creative Writing, BA*|
|March 22, 2021||November 1, 2020|
| Extended to|
January 27, 2021
|Film, BFA*||Extended to January 29, 2021|
Extended to February 2, 2021
|Liberal Arts & Sciences**|
|N/A||January 5, 2021|
January 1, 2021
January 5, 2021
(Classical and Jazz programs only)
|Theatre Design/Technology, BFA*||March 1, 2021||March 5, 2021||Not Offered|
|Visual Arts, BS or BFA*|
Open to all majors except Graphic Design
November 15, 2020
*Please visit the linked program information page to view additional deadlines and requirements. We are no longer accepting applications and music pre-screening materials for our undergraduate Studio Composition and Studio Production programs for Fall 2021 semester consideration.
**We review applications on a rolling basis, and will review applications until our incoming class is full. Students are encouraged to apply and complete their application early in the application cycle.