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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 - starts early in mid-September - deadline to apply: July 1

Winter Quarter - starts early January - deadline to apply: October 15 (limited space)

Spring Quarter - starts late March - deadline to apply: December 15 (very limited space)

Summer Quarter - starts mid-June - deadline to apply: March 15

Application checklist
  • A completed application, including essay, to the University of Denver through the Transfer Common Application or the Transfer Pioneer Application. No preference is given for either the Pioneer or the Common Application.
  • Pay a $65 non-refundable application fee (check, money order or online payments accepted). If financial hardship is present, fee waivers are granted upon request on a case-by-case basis. Please speak with appropriate personnel at your school to assess applicability. We will accept fee waiver forms from reputable sources (NACAC, for example). 
  • 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 all of your post-secondary (university or college) transcripts combined show that you completed less than 30 transferable semester credits (45 quarter credits), you MUST also submit: 
    • A final/official secondary school transcript. Transcripts must be sent directly from your previous schools to DU’s Office of International Student Admission to be considered official.  Transcripts must be received in separate, sealed envelopes and must be accompanied by certified English translations.
    • Official SAT or ACT scores if you are under 24 years of age and attended a U.S. or Canadian secondary school. For fall 2017 applicants, we prefer students submit the Redesigned SAT, but we will accept both the old and the Redesigned SAT (and will have a concordance table to help us evaluate the results). For fall 2018, students need to submit the Redesigned SAT. View the SAT Score Converter for further information.
    • If you receive an application fee waiver you have the option to upload ACT and/or SAT test scores to your application status page. Simply log into your account to choose the "Student Submitted Test Score" material upload type and send your official test scores through our site. You may also email us at Once we verify the score report, we will complete the test score requirement for your application. Please note this process may take 24-48 hours to complete.
    • Major Specific Application Requirements:
      • Business: Submit a professional resume with your application materials.
      • Music: Complete an audition - see the Lamont School of Music's website for audition requirements.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.

    • Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS test scores must be submitted at least one month prior to enrollment. For additional information on score requirements, please visit the English Proficiency section of the website.
    • 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 transferable semester hours of coursework from a college or university in which English is the language of instruction and examination. 
    • Transfer students who take English 121 AND English 122 and earn a C or better are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement and the ELPA.
  • Interview (optional). To help us better assess your English proficiency and interest in enrolling at the University of Denver, applicants may wish to 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.
  • Submit a teacher, professor or academic adviser recommendation (optional).
  • DU students are active and involved outside the classroom; they're leaders, volunteers, artists, musicians, athletes, actors and people who lend a helping hand to benefit others. That's why we have partnered with ZeeMee, a free service designed to help students bring their application to life. Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application. Sign up at Please note that this is a completely optional part of your application and will be used only to further support our holistic review process.
English Conditional Admission

In order to be considered for Regular (non-English Conditional) Admission consideration, Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English must either present an acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score report (at least one month prior to enrollment) or successfully complete the requirements of English Conditional Admission before they are permitted to enroll in University classes.  For the TOEFL iBT, we require a total score at least 80 with at least a 20 on each subsection.  For the IELTS, we require a total score of at least 6.5 with at least 6.0 on each individual band score.

The University of Denver offers English Conditional Admission (“ECA”) for academically admissible Undergraduate applicants lacking the required TOEFL/IELTS scores.  For details about the University’s English requirements and our conditional admission policy, please visit the English Proficiency section of the website. 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 (bold) satisfy this requirement.

Transfer Guidelines for International Students 2017

Please refer to pages 5-8 in the Transfer Guidelines for the University of Denver Transfer Credit policies.

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- (1.7) or better in each course is required to be considered for transfer credit. 
  • 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- (1.7) or better.
  • Community college/Junior college credits: A maximum of 96 quarter hours (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 $13,000 to $17,000 annually.

Academic Merit Scholarships:

  • There is no additional application for academic merit scholarship consideration; your application to the University of Denver, and supporting materials, will help determine your admission status as well as your eligibility for an academic merit scholarship.
  • Academic performance at your previous institutions (s) is most heavily regarded when awarding scholarships; this includes GPA, trend in grades, and difficulty of coursework.
  • A GPA of 3.3 or higher is considered competitive for the academic merit scholarships listed below:
    • Pikes Peak Award: $17,000
    • Mt. Evans Award: $15,000
    • Long’s Peak Award: $13,000

Talent Based Scholarships

Please click here for additional scholarship information.