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Transfer Credit

A final transcript is required from each college or university attended, whether or not credit was earned or courses completed. Failure to provide information regarding each college or university attended or failure to submit transcripts may result in withdrawal of any offer of admission, restrictions on registration and/or dismissal from the College.

The College of Charleston will not release copies of education records/transcripts received from previous institutions and/or copies of test scores submitted from testing agencies.

A course from another institution is eligible to be evaluated for transfer credit when the course is:

• earned at a school accredited by a regional accreditation association
• graded at least a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale)
• not a duplication of credits already earned

The College of Charleston requires the relevant academic program director (or director’s designee), or the relevant dean (or dean’s designee) for a discipline or interdisciplinary program not currently represented at the College, to determine the suitability of course credit earned elsewhere for transfer to the College.  Disputes over transfer credit determination may be appealed in writing to the Provost (or the Provost’s designee) no later than 15 days following receipt of the transfer credit evaluation.  The decision of the Provost is final.

Coursework completed at other institutions must have a minimum grade of “C” (2.000 on a 4.000 scale) to be awarded transfer credit. Courses graded on a pass/fail basis are acceptable only if the institution where the courses were completed indicates in their published grade scale information that a “Pass” grade is the minimum equivalent of “C” (2.000 on a 4.000 scale). Credit hours awarded will reflect the hours of credit the other institution would have awarded the course, however credits awarded at another institution as a result of placement testing are not acceptable.

Coursework over ten years old is subject to an additional review to determine if transfer credit will be awarded.

Grades do not transfer, only credits; therefore, students will enter the College of Charleston without a grade point average (GPA).

Credits awarded at another institution as a result of placement testing are not acceptable.  In addition, the College of Charleston does not award transfer credit for life experience, work experience gained prior to admission, military training, and/or non-credit bearing coursework completed toward a professional certificate. The College of Charleston does not give academic credit for noncredit course work and does not accept non-credit coursework, certificates or continuing education units for credit.

The College of Charleston operates on a semester system. The following table may be used to determine semester hour equivalents of courses taken from a quarter hour system:
Quarter Hours Semester Hours
6 4
5 3
4 3
3 2
2 1
1 1

Note:  College of Charleston rounds half credit hours up to the next whole number. (For example, a half credit from another school would equal one credit hour at College of Charleston.)

Transfer Credit Maximums

Students admitted or readmitted Fall 2016 forward:  The maximum number of transfer credit hours that may be applied to the requirements for a College of Charleston A.B., B.A., or B.S. degree is ninety (90) credit hours, including all credits earned by examination (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate). The maximum number of transfer credits acceptable toward a College of Charleston B.P.S. degree is eighty-seven (87) credit hours total, including all credits earned by examination.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2016:  The maximum number of transfer credit hours that may be applied to the requirements for a College of Charleston A.B., B.A. or B.S. degree is ninety-two (92) credit hours, including all credits earned by examination (e.g., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate).  The maximum number of transfer credits acceptable toward a College of Charleston B.P.S. degree is eighty-seven (87) credit hours total, including all credits earned by examination.

All Undergraduate Degrees:  The maximum number of transfer hours earned at a two-year institution that may be applied to the requirements for all College of Charleston bachelor’s degrees (A.B., B.A., B.S., B.P.S.) is sixty (60) credit hours.

Effective with courses taken Fall 2015 forward, students may decline transfer credit in order to take a course at another institution without going over the maximum hours of transfer credit allowed.

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