TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY

ADVANCED PLACEMENT AND TRANSFER CREDIT FROM OTHER COLLEGES

Students may obtain transfer credit and/or advanced placement credit and thus be exempted from taking certain courses at Ursinus College in a number of ways. If you have questions about these options, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (610)409-3605.

1. Transfer Credit for college courses taken during high school

Courses taken previously at another college are evaluated for transfer by the Registrar. Requirements for the course to be considered for transfer:

  • The class was taken on-site at the college and was taught by a college professor.
    Transfer credit will not be awarded where a course is taken at the high school and is then recorded on a college transcript. [Courses taken elsewhere must be offered in a setting which allows for interaction between student and instructor (i.e. no credit will be awarded for correspondence, online, or video courses.)]
  • The final grade earned was a C or better.
  • The college course did not fulfill a requirement for high school graduation or college entrance.

The Registrar determines which Ursinus course is comparable when awarding transfer credit. If credit is awarded for a course for which there is no comparable course at Ursinus, it is transferred as "free" credits (e.g., Sociology - 6 credits, free). Credit is transferred, not grades. Thus the grade received for a course taken elsewhere does not enter into computation of the student's GPA.

Please note: If a student wants to take a course at another college or university and transfer credit to Ursinus after matriculating as an Ursinus student (e.g., summer after the first year), the course must be pre-approved for transfer by the Registrar.

2. International Baccalaureate

Students who have obtained the IB may receive up to one year of college credit. The exact number of credits and the equivalents in the Ursinus curriculum are determined by the Registrar, Barbara Boris, and the relevant departments.

3. Advanced Placement - Required Scores & Courses Equivalencies

Students may earn credit for college courses through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, depending on the score earned. As you know, AP is a nationalized program with specially trained instructors, and a standardized curriculum and testing program. A student's score on the standard test may be from 1 to 5, with a 5 being equivalent to an A. Individual departments specify the score that they will accept for AP credit and the course equivalent. (See chart in First Year Student Academic Guide)

4. Transfer Credit for college courses

Courses taken previously at another college are evaluated for transfer by the Registrar. Requirements for the course to be considered for transfer:

  • The class was taken on-site at the college and was taught by a college professor.
    [Courses taken elsewhere must be offered in a setting which allows for interaction between student and instructor (i.e. no credit will be awarded for correspondence, online, or video courses.)]
  • The final grade earned was a C or better.