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Transfer Students

Make a smooth transition to a higher place.


The University of Denver (DU) welcomes international transfer students to apply to our undergraduate programs. A transfer student is one who has completed any college or university courses after graduating from secondary school.

Transfer applicants will be notified of their admission decision on a rolling basis following completion of their application. Applications submitted after the recommended deadlines below will be considered on a case-by-case, space-available basis.

A printable version of deadlines and checklist items for undergraduate international applicants can be found here.


  • Fall quarter (September): July 1
  • Winter quarter (January): October 15
  • Spring quarter (March): December 15
  • Summer quarter (June): March 15
Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants with the greatest chance of being admitted will generally have a 3.0 GPA or B average with no grades of D or F in their previous college coursework. If you have completed less than one year of course work at another college or university, submit an official high school transcript in addition to those from all colleges or universities you have attended. All transcripts must be sent directly from your previous schools to DU's Office of International Student Admission to be considered official.

Application checklist
  • A completed application, including essay, to the University of Denver through the Common Application or the Transfer Pioneer Application.
  • A nonrefundable application fee of $65. The application fee may be paid during the online application process or mailed separately to our office. No waivers or deferrals of the application fee are allowed.
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended must be received by the Office of International Student Admission in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations. 
  • International students who have completed less than one full academic year of college (45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours) must also request official transcripts from their secondary/high schools be sent to the Office of International Student Admission. These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. For additional information on score requirements, please visit the English Proficiency section of the website. Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted at least one month prior to enrollment. Transfer students who are non-native English speakers are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the ELPA provided they have successfully completed at least 30 semester hours of coursework from a college or university in which English is the language of instruction and examination. Generally, all 30 semester hours must be transferrable credit.   
  • Interview (recommended). Transfer applicants who submit a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS exam are encouraged to complete an interview. To help us better assess your English proficiency and interest in enrolling at the University of Denver, we recommend that applicants complete one of the following interview options:
    1. CIEE Applicant Interview (CAI), available in China (14 sites); Seoul, South Korea; and Taipei, Taiwan.  Applicants who earn a score of at least a 3.0 on the CAI are most likely to be offered Regular Admission.  To learn more about the interview click here.
    2. InitialView, available globally.  Because there is no formal scoring system for the InitialView, interviews will be evaluated by our staff to determine appropriate placement.  To learn more about the interview click here.
English Conditional Admission

Any undergraduate student who successfully completes the appropriate level of intensive English at the University of Denver's English Language Center prior to enrolling in a degree program will not be required to present a TOEFL/IELTS score. Completion of an intensive English program other than the University of Denver's English Language Center does not satisfy this requirement.

Transfer of Credit

Official transcripts from previous institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis after you have been accepted to DU. The preliminary evaluation will list courses that transfer into the following categories:

  • core curriculum
  • specific requirements for your degree and major
  • electives (courses that do not meet major or liberal arts requirements)
  • courses to be approved by the faculty representative in your major

The following are general guidelines for transfer of credit:

  • Grade of C (2.0) or better in each course is required to be considered for transfer credit. Grades of C- or lower are not transferable.
  • Semester/quarter-hour conversion: One semester hour is equal to 1.5 quarter hours. Pass/Fail courses can be considered for transfer if the pass grade equals a C (2.0) or better.
  • Community college/Junior college credits: A maximum of 90-96 quarter hours (60-64 semester hours) may transfer from a two-year school and may only be transferred at the first-year and sophomore levels.
  • The final 45 quarter hours (senior year) of your degree must be completed at DU.
  • The maximum number of quarter hours that may transfer to DU is 138-140.

Your year of academic standing is determined by the following number of quarter hours:

  • 0-44 First-Year
  • 45-89 Sophomore
  • 90-134 Junior
  • 135+ Senior

Transfer students are considered for merit scholarships ranging from $8,000 to $12,000 annually.