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2017-2018 Student Handbook & University Policies 
2017-2018 Student Handbook & University Policies [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CGUS Evaluation of Transfer Credit Policy AS.035

LU Policy Number: AS.035

Effective Date: 01/01/2018

Approval Date: 01/02/2018

Revised Date: N/A

Purpose: To define how Life University College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies evaluates transfer credit for Undergraduate programs.

Additional Authority: N/A

Scope: All Students of CGUS, Life University

Approval Authority: President

Responsible Authority: Academic Affairs-Student

Definitions: N/A

Policy Title

CGUS Evaluation of Transfer Credit Policy

Policy Statement

Life University College of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies (CGUS) generally accepts courses from regionally or nationally accredited colleges, universities or programs provided the work is not of a highly specialized nature and a grade of C or better is earned.  Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions, published by the American Association of Collegiate Academic Registrars and Admissions Officers, is used as a guide in determining acceptability.

If the transfer evaluation does not indicate specific applicability for an acceptable course, general elective credit will be granted.  Coursework completed more than 10 years prior to application will not be considered for transfer credit.

Baccalaureate Transfer Policies

All undergraduate students accepted to Life University with prior college or university course credit will receive an official transfer credit evaluation showing how the courses completed at each previous school will transfer.  Evaluations will include the total number of credits accepted, as well as a course-by-course breakdown indicating how each class may be applied toward CGUS graduation requirements.  Courses may be accepted as upper or lower division general electives, upper or lower division major or minor electives, or as directly equivalent University courses.

Life University uses the following policies to determine acceptability of courses in an undergraduate program:

  • For undergraduate programs, an overall maximum of 75% of total credit hours required for the degree will be accepted.

  • A maximum of 30 credits, combined from the list below can come from alternative credit options:

    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    • Prometric DSST Exams (DANTES)

    • Advanced Placement (AP)

    • International Baccalaureate (IB)

    • American Credit Evaluation (ACE) approved credits

    • National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) approved credits

  • Another 30 credits maximum can come from military schools and training.

  • All other transfer credits must come from accredited, Life University approved college transcripts.

  • The University will not accept transfer credits from a third-party transcript.  Each transfer course must be presented on the college transcript from which the course was completed. For International students, transcripts must be evaluated by Global Education Group, Josef Silny & Associates or World Education Services.

  • Courses with a grade of Pass (P) will be considered if “P” is equivalent to a “C” or better.  This is determined by reviewing the grade scale of the institution where the course was completed.

  • The University will not accept any course for credit that is described as having remedial or developmental content.

If a student disagrees with the way credit has been awarded, he or she may appeal through he appeals process as outlined in the University Catalog.



Other Notes

Academic Affairs Approval on 10/24/2017