Transfer Applicants

Start down a new path

We welcome over 200 transfer students to our campus every year, including international students. Diverse perspectives and global-minded thinkers are part of what makes the University of Denver such a dynamic place to live and study. We are committed to offering opportunities for growth and support that can help make you an important contributor to our campus community.

If you have already completed some higher-education classes and have graduated from secondary school, we hope you will consider making DU your new home.

If you have questions about any part of the process, please email us at

Application Checklist

Submit Your Application

Choose your deadline

We review transfer applications on a rolling basis, but there are set deadlines for each quarter of study:

  1. Fall Quarter: Priority deadline April 1; final deadline July 1
  2. Winter Quarter: Oct. 15
  3. Spring Quarter: Dec. 15
  4. Summer Quarter: March 15
  5. Please note that spaces fill up fast and are very limited for winter and spring quarters.

Fill out your application

  1. We accept both the Transfer Pioneer Application and the Transfer Common Application. We treat both applications equally.

Submit the application fee

  1. The application requires a $65 application fee.
    • Pay online
    • You can also pay by check or money order, made out to the University of Denver and mailed to Undergraduate Admission.
    • The fee is nonrefundable, but we accept requests to waive it on a case-by-case basis in situations of financial hardship. If you feel that you may qualify for a fee waiver, please email your request to Make sure you submit your fee waiver request through an official source (such as the National Association for College Admission Counseling).

Submit Your Supporting Materials

Submit your test scores

If you are over the age of 24 or have completed more than 30 transferable semester credits (45 quarter credits), you are not required to submit test scores.

  1. If you have completed or will complete a U.S.- or Canadian-style secondary or high school program (including International Baccalaureate [IB] and Advanced Placement [AP]) either in the United States, Canada or overseas, you will need to submit at least one of the following:
    • Redesigned SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)
    • ACT (American College Test)
    • Students seeking merit scholarships are strongly encouraged to send test scores.
  2. Submit your test scores via College Board or ACT using the following codes:
    1. SAT Code: 4842
    2. ACT Code: 0534
  3. We accept the writing portions of both tests. However, these scores will not be used in final admission decisions.
  4. Superscore: If you’ve taken either test more than once, we will combine the best subscores to create your best possible composite result.
  5. 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.

Send your transcript

  1. Send your transcripts for your completed higher education coursework. These must be sent directly from your schools in separate sealed envelopes to our International Student Admission office.
    • We require you to include certified English translations if your transcript is in a different language.
    • Your school representatives can send your transcript electronically through Naviance, SendEDU or the Common Application.
  2. If you have completed less than 30 transferable semester credits (45 quarter credits), you must send transcripts from your secondary/high schools.

Alternatively, your school representatives can mail your transcript to this address:
International Student Admission
University of Denver
Undersity Hall
2197 S. University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80208-9401

Optional Materials

  1. You may submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor. If possible, please make sure these letters include information on your class rank and other helpful academic measurements.
  2. School representatives can use DU’s Pioneer Application Counselor Recommendation, the Common Application Secondary School Report, the NACAC form or a personal letter.
  3. You are welcome to submit additional letters from those that know you best and can speak to your academic abilities and personal qualities (a teacher, a coach, etc.). These letters are optional.
  4. You can also create a ZeeMee profile (a free service designed to help students bring their application to life by highlighting your personal story via photos, videos and text). Simply copy and paste your ZeeMee link into your University of Denver application.

Additional Steps

English Proficiency Requirements

  1. If you have already completed at least 30 semester credits from an English-speaking school, you are exempt from these testing requirements. Likewise, if you earn a C or better on English 121 AND English 122, you are exempt from TOEFL and IELTS testing requirements.
  2. We accept scores from one of the following as proof of English proficiency:
    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
    3. CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English)
  3. Please ensure you send your test scores at least one month before enrollment.
  4. English Conditional Admission: Are you worried about meeting our English proficiency requirement? You can still be accepted to the University through English Conditional Admission. If you are accepted through English Conditional Admission, you will be required to study at our English Language Center full time until you have successfully completed the LAUNCH Curriculum.
  5. For more information, visit our English Proficiency page.


You have the option to complete an interview after submitting a successful English proficiency score. This helps us better evaluate your English proficiency and learn more about you as a student and as a person. We believe in a whole-person approach to admission decisions, and we want to know as much about you as we can. You can choose from two options for completing your interview:

  1. Vericant
  2. InitialView

Check your application status

You can use our online tool to check the status of your application.

Pay your deposit

If you have been accepted to DU and plan to enroll, submit your deposit online to confirm your spot.

Submit your deposit

International Student Transfer Guidelines

Download a printable version of our transfer guidelines.



Extra steps

  • English conditional admission
    If your native language is not English, you can enroll through English Conditional Admission, which is for students whose academic profiles are sufficient for admission to DU but who lack the necessary English proficiency test scores. This allows you to take intensive English courses at our English Language Center to bring your English abilities to the required level for general classes at DU.
  • Additional requirements for business and music majors
    • If you want to major in business, you must submit a professional resume along with your application.
    • If you want to major in music, you will need to go though the audition process at the Lamont School of Music.
  • Transferring credits

    After you have received your admission letter, we will evaluate your transcript to determine how your credits will transfer to DU. Approved credits will be sorted into these categories:

    • Common curriculum
    • Specific degree credits
    • Electives (credits that do not contribute to your major or Common requirements)
    • Individual credits evaluated by a faculty representative in your major

    We require a grade of C- or better for credits to transfer.

    If you are transferring from a community college, please note that we can accept a maximum of 64 semester credits (96 quarter credits). This applies to credits from all two-year institutions.

    From traditional four-year institutions, you may transfer up to 138-140 quarter hours.

  • Academic standing

    Your academic year is determined by your total completed quarter hours. Here is the breakdown:

    • 0-44: First Year
    • 45-89: Sophomore
    • 90-134: Junior
    • 135 and above: Senior

    We require you to complete the last 45 quarter hours (your senior year) here at DU in order to receive a degree.

  • Art/design majors

    If you are applying to a BFA program, you must submit a portfolio. Contact the Art Department if you have questions.


International Student Admission