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Transfer Student


You’re an integral part of our community

Thinking of transferring to DePaul? You’ll find a unique focus on your needs as a transfer student and an approach to higher education designed to broaden your perspective.

DePaul is the choice of thousands of transfer students every year — with transfer students making up more than 40 percent of our undergraduate population. Why? Because of the priority we place on meeting the needs of our transfer students. In fact, we were recently named to the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll for our commitment to transfer students’ academic success.

You’ll have access to:

  • Admission counselors who only work with transfer students
  • Extensive choice of majors and programs
  • Small classes that emphasize hands-on learning
  • A vast alumni network

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Admission Steps

Transfer admission takes place on a rolling basis. Your application and transcripts can be reviewed at any time prior to your start date. The earliest time that application and transcript review can take place is one year prior to your desired starting term.

Transfer students can be admitted to DePaul during any quarter (Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer), except applicants to the School of Music and The Theatre School, which only allow fall admission.

Submit a completed application online.

Required Documents:

Your application requirements may differ depending on your age and number of credits completed. Please review the grid below to determine the documents you will need to submit.

Age University Semester Credits High School Transcripts Required?
23 and younger

24+ total semester credits No
23 or fewer total semester credits Yes
24 and older 12+ total semester credits No
11 or fewer total semester credits Yes

For information on requesting official transcripts, please visit the website of your previous institution's records office or office of the registrar.

Send All Required Documents To:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
1 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 9000
Chicago, IL 60604

Electronic transcripts and test scores may be sent to If you are submitting transcripts via SCRIP-SAFE, please be sure to connect with the DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions account.

As part of the transfer application, students attending the community colleges below will be given the option to have DePaul request your transcript on their behalf. Follow the prompts in the application to take advantage of this opportunity to quickly complete your application at no additional cost.

  • All City Colleges of Chicago
  • College of DuPage
  • College of Lake County
  • Harper College
  • Joliet Junior College
  • McHenry County College
  • Moraine Valley Community College
  • Waubonsee Community College

Please complete the following steps if you need to change any important information (e.g., major, admit term).

  1. Go to your Blue Demon Domain account and log in. (If you have multiple applications on file, please select the one you want to check and then click the “Open Application” button.)
  2. Review your checklist; any items listed as “Awaiting” still require action on your part.
  3. If you need to make an update to your term of entry, major, or other important details from your application, click on the “Update Application” button under “Account Tools”.

For any issues accessing your Blue Demon Domain account, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (312) 362-8300 or

Animation and Film & Television Applicants

New, first-time students applying to enter the Animation (BA or BFA) and Film & Television (BA or BFA) degree programs are required to submit additional materials to be considered for admission. Learn more about what to include and how to submit these materials.

International Transfer Admission

If you’re an international student or received credit for high school or college courses outside the U.S., review the Office of International Programs application information for additional instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

All transfer students are reviewed holistically on an individual basis, taking into consideration all information supplied during the application process, including academic history and standing at previous institutions. A cumulative grade point average (GPA), calculated from all regionally accredited college credits earned, is used for admission review. We recommend that all students applying to DePaul for transfer admission have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for admission consideration.

Students applying to transfer to the colleges below are recommended to meet the following GPA minimums:

  • College of Education: 2.5
  • School of Music: 2.5 and an audition required
  • The Theatre School: 2.0 and audition or portfolio review, and interview required

Yes, we need official transcripts from every college or university you have attended. We cannot accept unofficial transcripts to complete your application.

Transfer admission takes place on a rolling basis. Your application and transcripts can be reviewed at any time prior to your start date. The earliest time that application and transcript review can take place is one year prior to your desired starting term.

DePaul does not require an application fee for undergraduate applicants.

Meet our transfer admission team here and connect with your counselor.

If you attend a school that’s not listed, call our office at (312) 362-8300 to speak with an admission counselor.

DePaul representatives visit Chicago area community colleges regularly throughout the year. Meet our transfer admission team here.

If your school is not listed, we invite you to contact our office to schedule an appointment.

We review transfer applications on a rolling basis. Most applicants will have an admission decision within two to four weeks of their application being completed.

We also offer instant admission decision through our Accelerated Transfer Admission program. Register to attend an admission event.

In light of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the effect on colleges and universities, we will be amending the DePaul Transfer Credit Policy for credit earned in Spring or Summer 2020 to allow transfer credit with ‘P’ grades to also count towards a student’s major or minor, as well as WRD 103 & 104 (English Composition I & II). While a Spring or Summer 2020 ‘P’ grades will be accepted for transfer to DePaul, there may be other reasons (teacher licensure, graduate school requirements, etc.) students may still want to receive a letter grade for a course.

We are pleased to work with transfer students to navigate the financial aid process, including scholarship awards. Transfer students receive automatic consideration for merit based scholarships at the time of admission (see below), and we encourage you to review Scholarship Connect to learn about other opportunities that you may qualify for as a transfer student. For example, a generous donor has established the Chicagoland Community College Transfer Scholarship for those entering DePaul as a full time student at the junior level. Please visit Scholarship Connect to learn more about the criteria for this and other awards.

DePaul has articulated courses from thousands of institutions. By using our Transfer Course Lists, you can select your home institution, choose the department, and view which courses we’ve articulated from your school. If the course you’re searching for doesn’t exist on the list, it means it hasn’t previously been reviewed for transfer to DePaul. Should this be the case, learn more about the necessary documentation required for the review process here.

Financial Aid

Transfer students are automatically considered for merit scholarships at the time of admission to the university. Select “Transfer Students” on our scholarships page for more information.

Learn more about DePaul Financial Aid

Transfer Center

Transferring can feel overwhelming—that’s why we have a center that centralizes everything you need to prepare to transfer, apply and enroll at DePaul. Our counselors specialize in working with transfer students and can assist you with the entire process.

Register for an info session

DePaul’s Transfer Center location

DePaul Center
9th Floor, Room 9100
1 E. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604

(312) 362-8300

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