Transfer Applicant

Almost half of incoming Temple students transfer from other colleges and universities. If you’ve taken 15 or more college-level credits after high school graduation, you could be considered for transfer admission.

Join us for a general information session on an upcoming Transfer Tuesday.

Apply for admission and get your decision instantly on Transfer Decision Day.

When to apply

For most programs, transfer students need to complete the application process by June 1 for the fall semester or by November 1 for the spring semester. Be sure to find out if you need other requirements for your program, like a portfolio or an audition. We encourage you to submit an application much earlier than the deadline in the semester before you are looking to transfer, as we can review most applications without needing to see your current, "in progress" grades.

Dates to remember:

Application deadline for fall 2015 semester: June 1
Fall deadline for *Nursing and Health Information Management (fall-only): February 15 
Application deadline for spring 2016 semester: November 1

*This is a four-year program, even for transfer students. Limited spaces are available.

Scholarships

New transfer students with a cumulative GPA of a 3.3 or higher at the time of admission are considered for academic scholarships. There is no separate application required.

PA Resident Non-PA Resident
3.3-3.64 cum. GPA - $1,000/year 3.3-3.64 cum. GPA - $2,500/year
3.65-4.0 cum. GPA - $2,000/year 3.65-4.0 cum. GPA - $5,000/year

Note: Scholarships are renewable for up to 3 years as a full-time undergraduate student with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA at Temple.

How to apply

The best way to apply is through your TUportal account, which you can also use to check your application status and more. To join TUportal, sign up for our mailing list. We’ll send you an email with instructions within 24 hours.

You can also sign up using Temple’s online application, download (PDF) and submit a paper form or apply via the Common Application. Applying costs $55.

Along with your application, you’ll need to have all of your high school and college official transcripts sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at Temple University.

What we consider

Previous college academic history: This is the basis of our admissions decision as it is most telling of the work you will demonstrate as a Temple student. Our average GPA for transfer admission is 3.10 with 15 or more attempted credits. Architecture, Nursing, and Health Information Management have higher GPA requirements.

If you are seeking a second bachelor's degree, please note:

High school performance: We require an official high school transcript for students applying that have completed less than 30 college credits. We may review your high school work as part of our admissions decision.

Essay: This is your opportunity to explain the reasons you are looking to transfer, explain any academic trends, or tell us something that we cannot otherwise see in your application.

Recommendations: Although not required for transfer students, we accept letters of recommendations.

Extracurricular activities: Tell us about what you do outside the classroom. 

Standardized test scores: If you have at least 15 college credits, SAT/ACT scores are usually not required for transfer admission unless our Admissions Office requests them.

Transferring credits

There’s no limit to the number of credits we accept, but you must complete at least 45 of your last 60 credits at Temple in order to get a Temple degree. Our Admissions Office will let you know which credits are acceptable through a mailed official credit evaluation after you're admitted. Each academic department determines how credits apply to the major and students meet with advising units during on-campus registration. Temple also awards college credits for students who in high school participated in the Advanced Placement program. Check out our equivalencies.

Dual Admissions program

We’ve established Dual Admissions Agreements to help students transfer smoothly from local partner two-year colleges. Students that have completed 30 or fewer college credits may enroll in the Dual Admissions program through a partner community college. Enrollment in Dual Admissions guarantees admission to most majors at Temple if the student finishes an associate's degree with a 2.3 or higher GPA. Dual Admissions also guarantees additional scholarships to students that graduate from their community college with a 3.3 or higher GPA.

To enroll in Dual Admissions, simply fill out an "Intent to Enroll" form at your participating community college.  The semester following your enrollment in the program, you will receive a letter confirming your enrollment in Dual Admissions. Then, in your final semester, you obtain, complete, and submit a "Dual Admissions Information Form" to your transfer advising office at your community college. This "Information Form" is the application for Dual Admissions students that allows Temple to know that you're completing your associate's degree and that you're ready to transfer for the upcoming semester. Scholarships are awarded only after Temple receives a final transcript indicating that you have graduated through Dual Admissions with a 3.3+ cumulative GPA.

Any questions about the steps of Dual Admissions, please contact the program coordinator directly at dualadm@temple.edu. Find participating colleges and learn more on the transfer agreements webpage.

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