Currently studying at another college or university? Have you taken at least one undergraduate college course since you finished high school? You must be a transfer!
We recognize that many student choose to change schools at some point in their academic career. Purchase is an excellent option for students coming from community college (with or without an associate’s degree) seeking a four-year campus,or seeking a more affordable option or just looking for a more open and liberal campus community.
Transfer students make up about a third of our student body, so we’re no strangers to your questions and concerns. Our admissions team and academic advisors are here to support your transition. You can even get a headstart on mapping our your course with our 8-semester plans or transfer equivalencies database.
We recommend that all 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.
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 Mus B 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 3 weeks to be completed. An email will be sent to your purchase.edu email account when it is ready for you to review.
With a variety of deadlines we encourage you to use our personal application instruction tool which will give you most accurate deadlines for your specific program and semester.
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
Application Deadline Spring 2019
Application Deadline Fall 2019
*Acting, BFA Not Offered
January 30th (extended)
*Creative Writing, BA November 1st March 15th *Dance, BFA Not Offered
January 1st Liberal Arts & Sciences December 1st
May 1st (recommended)
*Music, MusB October 15th (select programs) January 1st *Theatre Design/Technology, BFA Not Offered March 1st *Visual Arts, BS or BFA November 1st (no Graphic Design)
Priority Deadline - December 1st