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.

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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 there are additional requirements for your program, such as a portfolio or 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 spring 2019 semester: Nov. 1, 2018
Application deadline for fall 2019 semester: June 1, 2019
Deadline for Nursing* and Health Information Management (fall 2019 only): Feb. 1, 2019

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

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

PA Residents Non-PA Residents
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 three years as a full-time undergraduate student with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA at Temple.

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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 apply using Temple’s online application, by downloading and filling out the PDF or via the Common Application. Applying costs $55.

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

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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 3.1 with 15 or more attempted college-level credits. Remedial and developmental course work is not counted toward our 15-credit minimum. 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 who have completed fewer than 30 college credits. We may review your high school work as part of our admissions decision.

Essay: This is your opportunity to describe the reasons you are looking to transfer, explain any academic trends or tell us something that is not evident 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.

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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 receive a Temple degree. Our Admissions Office will let you know which credits are acceptable through a mailed official credit evaluation after you're admitted. Generally, Temple accepts academic, college-level courses beyond the developmental level completed with a grade C or better from schools with regional accreditation. Each academic department determines how credits apply to the major, and students meet with advising units during on-campus registration. For more information about transferring credits to Temple, check out our bulletin.

Temple also awards college credits for students who in high school participated in the Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate programs.

The Transfer Equivalency Tool is designed to help current and prospective students determine how their college-level academic credits may transfer to Temple University. Use these tables to find the current listing of available Temple equivalents to classes at various two-year and four-year institutions as well as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and CLEP exams.

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Temple's Dual Admissions program

We’ve established Dual Admissions agreements to help students transfer smoothly from local partner, two-year colleges. Students who 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 degree with a 2.3 or higher GPA. Dual Admissions also guarantees additional scholarships to students who 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 will fill out the Temple application. There will be an option on the application asking you to indicate if you're a Dual Admissions student. You must then send all official college transcripts to Temple for admission consideration. Scholarships are awarded only after Temple receives a final transcript indicating that you have graduated through Dual Admissions with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.

Any questions about Dual Admissions? Please contact the program coordinator directly at Find participating colleges and learn more on the transfer agreements webpage.

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