Transfer Students

You graduated from high school, earned college credits from another institution, and are now interested in applying to PLNU. But how will your previous courses transfer? How many units do you need to have completed before you apply? We know it can be difficult transferring to a new school but we’re here to help. We’ll guide you through the application process and be there every step of the way to answer your questions.


General Admission
Fall Deadline: February 15
Notification is mailed mid-to-late March
Spring Deadline: October 1
Notification is mailed mid-to-late November



We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing your application thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA or test score, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admittance. Rather, we use a holistic evaluation approach to determine whether you are a good fit for PLNU. You may be the person we’re looking for in our next incoming class, so we encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be considered for admission into PLNU, you must have a complete application, including all college/university transcripts, high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores (if you’ve completed 35 units or fewer), and two letters of recommendation. 

PLNU does not have specific courses that must be complete prior to transferring, except for nursing (see requirements below). You can apply to PLNU with any number of units/credits, but if you have completed fewer than 36 transferable units at the time that you apply, we required that you submit your final high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to your college transcripts to complete your file. Please refer to our transfer requirements page for more information about admissions and transfer conditions that must be met.


  Apply using our online application

  Submit two letters of recommendation (one academic and one spiritual)

  Pay the $55 application fee online or by mail

  Request an official copy of your transcripts to be mailed or electronically submitted from all colleges/universities you have attended

  • If you have completed 35 units or fewer, you must additionally submit your official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores

  • If you are applying for the upcoming fall semester, we must have your current fall grades so wait to request transcripts until those grades have posted

For more specific information, refer to our Application Checklist.


Still have questions? Our admissions counselors are here to help.

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I'm confused about the SAT--are you looking at the Old SAT or the current SAT?"

Great question. Read more about PLNU's policy regarding Old and New SAT scores here.


How do I choose classes that will transfer?

See our transfer agreements for a list of colleges and universities with which we have direct agreements. Click on the college for a list of general education classes that will transfer to PLNU. These do not have to be completed before transferring to PLNU.

If your school is not listed, please refer to our General Education Transfer Guide in order to help select courses that are most likely to transfer to PLNU. 

These two sources, as well as information about AP credit, can be found at our Transfer Credit page.


How do I know which classes will transfer?

PLNU offers official transcript evaluations to students who've started an application.  If you've already started your application, contact your admissions counselor to request an evaluation. 


What if I want to transfer into PLNU's School of Nursing?

PLNU offers a three-year BSN program for students who have completed their nursing prerequisites. The School of Nursing does not accept pre-nursing transfer students. School of Nursing application requirements are as follows:

1.  Applications are only accepted once per year for the fall. PLNU's application deadline is February 15, and the School of Nursing's deadline is February 1, with no exceptions.

2.  Applicants must apply both to PLNU and to the School of Nursing by the deadlines.

3.  All prerequisite courses must be completed for consideration. Prerequisite courses include the following: 

  • Inorganic and Organic Biological Chemistry -or- Organic Chemistry (4 or 5 semester units—with labs)

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 semester units—with labs)

  • General Psychology or Personal Identity (3 or 4 semester units)

  • College-level Algebra (determined by PLNU math placement test)

  • Human Development (3 semester units): strongly recommended prior to NSG 250

  • Nutrition (3 semester units): strongly recommended prior to NSG 250

  • Microbiology (4 or 5 semester units with lab)

  • Transfer students must have all prerequisite courses completed at the time of application to the BSN program.

4.  The minimum cumulative college GPA to apply to the School of Nursing is 3.0. However, that minimum does not guarantee acceptance.

5.  Please contact Marsha Reece in the School of Nursing at or (619) 849-7055 for further questions, or visit for more info.


What if I'm a veteran or active duty military applicant?

If you’re a veteran or still currently serving in the military, our admissions counselors will help with everything from submitting transcripts and academic planning to VA benefits and other financial aid. We’ll even have your transcripts evaluated before you apply for admission to see which of your military credits can be transferred.

All undergraduate programs can be completed in 36 months or less to accommodate terms of eligibility for your military benefits. Because our undergraduate degrees will not require you to use your maximum benefits, you can use any remaining eligibility toward one of our graduate degree programs.

If you are a recipient of VA educational benefits, such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Yellow Ribbon Program, we’ll help make sure all assistance is applied accurately and efficiently. Learn more about VA educational benefits.



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