There are a variety of ways you may earn credit for previous college coursework. An unlimited number of college credit can be transferred into PNW, but you must earn a minimum of 32 PNW credits to earn a degree from Purdue University Northwest. Below is information about how credit transfers to PNW.
1. Courses Taken as a College Student
Upon admission to PNW as a degree-seeking student, PNW’s credit evaluators will evaluate your official college transcript(s) for possible transfer credit. Transferable coursework is defined as:
- Credit was earned at a regionally accredited institution.
- Credit is college-level coursework (not remedial, less than 100 level).
- You received a grade of a least C-.
It is important to remember that only credits transfers; grades do not.
Equivalent credit is fully transferable. Coursework that does not equivalent to a PNW course will transfer as “undistributed” credit and may be used at the discretion of your PNW academic department. The PNW Transfer Equivalency System is a great tool you can utilize to see how your previous college coursework would transfer into your plan of study for your major. This system allows you look up courses one by one to determine how they might transfer to PNW. You may also use the plan of study for your desired major to assess how your credits may apply.
2. Dual/Concurrent or Early College Credit Earned in High School
You may earn PNW credit from courses you took in high school that counted toward college credit. This is known as dual or concurrent high school coursework. An official transcript is needed from the college or university that administered the course in order to evaluate your coursework for possible PNW credit. Your official high school transcript cannot be used to award PNW credit.
Credit earned through PNW’s dual credit program will be reflected on your PNW student record. You will not need to submit a transcript.
3. Credit from Military Experience
You can receive college credit for active duty military service.
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4. Submitting Official Transcripts
You must send official transcripts with final grades to award credit. Official transcripts must be sent from the college or university that administered your coursework. The transcript can be sent electronically or in a sealed envelope. Transcripts that are sent from a personal email, copied, scanned, faxed or in an opened envelope will be deemed unofficial. Coursework taken at a Purdue campus will already exist on your student record.
How to submit a transcript:
- Through an electronic transcript service (contact your institution’s registrar office). This is the quickest and most efficient method. Please have e-transcripts that require an email address sent to email@example.com.
- Mailed to PNW from the institution that administered the course:
Hammond Campus – Lawshe Hall (Room 140)
Enrollment Services Center
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
Westville Campus – Schwarz Hall (Room 40)
Enrollment Services Center
1401 South U.S. 421
Westville, IN 46391
- Delivered in person to the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope on the institution’s stationery.