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Transferring Credits to IUPUI

IUPUI's Transfer Credit Policy

As one of the largest recipients of transfer students in Indiana, IUPUI strives to be a leader in providing a quality experience for students who wish to transfer in credit from another college or university. IUPUI defines transfer credit as any credit awarded for coursework completed at any non-Indiana University post-secondary college or university. Please note that credit earned at any other campus of the IU system is not considered transfer credit; credit awarded through the IU system is already listed on an IUPUI student’s record and will be reviewed by an IUPUI academic advisor to apply it toward an IUPUI degree program.

In determining which courses will transfer into IUPUI from a non-IU college or university, IUPUI considers all applicable state and federal laws, university policies, as well as recognized best practices. In particular, IUPUI strives to be in compliance with the principles outlined in the “Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit” issued by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation (CHEA).

Transferring credit to IUPUI is a two-step process. First, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions is responsible for the initial review and determination of the transfer of credit to IUPUI. Second, academic schools and/or individual departments determine how accepted credit is applied to completing the graduation requirements for an academic program at IUPUI. In general, the following information is used when determining whether or not a course will transfer to IUPUI:

  • Accreditation status of the awarding institution. IUPUI is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA-HLC) and awards credit for coursework completed at a college or university which holds accreditation from a Regional Institution Accrediting Organization ( For international post-secondary institutions, the institutions are expected to hold full recognition and/or accreditation from the body authorized for oversight of higher education in that country.
  • Equivalency to (an) Indiana University or Purdue University course(s) in terms of course description, academic level, and pre-requisites required. Coursework which is otherwise transferrable to IUPUI but does not have an equivalent IU or PU course (as determined by an academic department) will be transferred in as undistributed credit.
  • Grade received in the course. The student must have received at least a grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or better in each course considered for transfer. No courses with grades of C- or lower will transfer to IUPUI. None of the grades transferred from other colleges or universities count in the IUPUI grade point average. Some academic schools, however, may consider such grades for admission and other academic purposes.
  • Time elapsed since the coursework was completed. Courses that were completed 10 years in the past (and in some cases more recently) may not be accepted in some programs of study and must be approved by the individual school and/or department awarding the degree.

As part of the review of an application, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions will review courses taken at other colleges and/or universities and determine what transfer credits can be awarded. In order to have transcripts formally reviewed, a student must first apply for undergraduate degree-seeking admission and submit official transcripts from each college and/or university he or she has attended after high school. If he or she has received college credit while attending high school, he or she still needs to submit a transcript from the college awarding the course credits.

To have credit awarded, students must provide official transcripts from the college or university where the courses were taken. IUPUI will not award credit recorded on a transcript from an institution other than the institution where the credit was originally earned.

Courses taken at an institution on a quarter system rather than a semester system will be prorated accordingly (e.g., a 3 credit hour course taken on a quarter system will transfer as 2 credit hours at IUPUI). Many course equivalences for most colleges will be found on the website for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (

In addition, there are other important notes regarding credit at IUPUI:

  • Credit awarded by another university or college through special or examination credit is not eligible for transfer to IUPUI.
  • Coursework completed at another campus of the IU-system is not considered transfer credit and does not go through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions since it is already on the IU academic record. Students transferring with coursework earned from another IU campus should work with their IUPUI academic advisor to determine how this credit will apply toward their academic program at IUPUI.
  • Because IUPUI is a campus of Purdue University, students who are transferring from another campus of Purdue University and plan to enroll in a Purdue degree program at IUPUI will have all Purdue coursework transferred (including those with D and F grades) to their IUPUI record.
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