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Transfer Guidelines and Plans


Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited college and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience.


General Guidelines on Credit Transfer

  1. Credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities is transferable.
  2. Transfer credit is assigned only for courses at the 100 level (or above) in which you have earned a grade of "C" or higher.
  3. Generally, an equivalent number of credit hours are given.
  4. Remedial, audited, or non-credit courses do not transfer.
  5. College living, orientation, and study skills classes do not transfer.
  6. In some cases, credit may be transferable to the University and count toward graduation, but may not be applied toward completion of your intended major.
  7. As much as 90 credit hours of total transfer credit will be accepted for transfer into a bachelor degree program; at least 30 credit hours must be completed through ISU to earn the bachelor degree.
  8. Your grades (GPA) do not transfer except for the purpose of graduation honors.
  9. If you transfer a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, all of the University's Foundational Studies/General Education requirements will be waived.
  10. Credit may be granted for military training and experience per these guidelines.
  11. Credit earned from international institutions will be evaluated per these guidelines.

NOTE:  These are general guidelines. Upon admission, advisors will review your transcripts and determine which credit transfers and which courses will be included in your program of study.


Associate Degrees & General Education Core

If you have earned an associate of applied science (A.A.S.), associate of arts (A.A.), or associate of science degree (A.S.), or if you have completed the Indiana Statewide General Education Transfer Core, several of ISU's Foundational Studies/General Education requirements will be waived. Students with an A.A.S., A.A., or A.S. are granted an Associate Degree Waiver.

  1. If you transfer an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, a portion of Foundational Studies/General Education requirements will be waived, including: freshman composition; communication; quantitative literacy/mathematics; health and wellness; non-native language; social and behavioral sciences; and laboratory science.
  2. If you transfer an associate of science (A.S.) or an associate of arts (A.A.) from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, a portion of Foundational Studies/General Education requirements will be waived, including: freshman composition; communication; quantitative literacy/mathematics; health and wellness; non-native language; social and behavioral sciences; laboratory science; literary studies; fine and performing arts; historical studies; and global perspective and cultural diversity.
  3. If you successfully complete the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) at an Indiana public institution of higher education, you can transfer that coursework as a block of 30 credit hours towards completion of Foundation Studies requirements at Indiana State University.

Transfer Planning Tool

For a FREE course-by-course transfer evaluation (from Indiana schools and selected out-of-state schools), visit the ISU transfer planning tool.


Transfer Plans

Indiana State University has partnered with two-year colleges to formalize transfer plans for particular majors. These plans enable students to complete a specific associate degree and receive credit toward a specific ISU bachelor degree. Benefits include maximum credit transfer and streamlined advisement.

Browse these plans IF you are entering one of the schools (below)—and planning to transfer an associate degree to an ISU bachelor degree.


Last updated August 4, 2014