Learn everything you need to know about applying to Temple as a transfer student.

Here at Temple, we’re committed to making the transfer process as easy as possible. Find out what the application process is like and what the most important deadlines are. 

Who is a transfer student?
If you’ve attempted 15 or more college-level credits after high school graduation, you should apply to Temple as a transfer student. High school graduates who have attempted less than 15 college-level credits should contact one of our transfer admissions counselors to discuss options. 

Learn more about applying as an international transfer student.

How to Apply

Transform your college experience—and your future—at Temple, where nearly half of new Owls transfer from other colleges and universities.

1. Make an application plan.

If you’re a transfer applicant, you’ll first need to decide if you are applying for the spring semester (January start) or fall semester (August start). Be sure to review the application deadlines below for more information.

2. Apply using the Common Application.

Temple exclusively uses the Common Application for all transfer student submissions. Be sure to indicate in your application if you are a Dual Admissions student. Dual Admissions is our partnership with local, two-year community colleges through which you can enroll at Temple.

There’s an application fee of $55, which you will submit at the same time as the Common Application unless you qualify for a waiver through a federal or state program. After submitting the Common Application, you’ll need to send your official high school and college transcripts to our Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

What We Consider

There are several factors we consider when reviewing applications. Get an idea of what we are looking for by reviewing the following items.

3. Activate your TUportal account.

Shortly after you submit your Common Application, you’ll receive an email to activate your TUportal, which is a communication platform we use to keep you up-to-date with the admissions process.

4. Check the status of your application with TUportal.

TUportal is a platform we use to communicate with you and provide important updates throughout the application and enrollment process. You’ll need to activate an account to complete your application and it’s where you can check the status of your application

It’s the gateway to the rest of the application process, so make sure to keep your username and password handy.

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When to Apply

Transfer applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for each semester. The sooner you submit your application, the sooner you will receive a decision.

Important Dates for Transfer Students

Fall Semester Start
Spring Semester Start
  • Application Deadline: June 1 
  • Nursing* and Health Information Management Application Deadline: Feb. 1

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

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1 

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Transfer Your Credits

Generally, Temple accepts academic, college-level courses with a grade of C or better. Please note that for semesters impacted by COVID-19, we will also accept courses completed with a pass designation in place of a grade. There’s no limit to the number of credits Temple can accept, but you must complete at least 45 of your last 60 credits here to earn a Temple degree.

Once you have been officially admitted, an admissions counselor will review your credits and the evaluation will be available on your TUportal account. 

Use our online Transfer Equivalency Tool to get an idea of how your college-level credits may transfer to Temple.

Transfer Equivalency Tool

Transfer Credit Policy

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The True Transfer Experience

Students have many reasons for transferring to Temple—whether you’re participating in the Dual Admissions program or looking for a different college experience, we welcome you here. Meet student vlogger Olivia Osborne, a junior business administration major, who decided to make a change and transfer to Temple for her sophomore year. Watch Olivia’s story and experience as a transfer student below, or check out our YouTube channel for more stories.