Save time. Save money. Transfer your credits.
The more credits you have to transfer, the sooner you can complete your degree. Contact an admissions representative to take advantage of our free preliminary transfer credit review, or use our course-by-course equivalency database to find out if the college credits you previously earned might transfer here.
Undergraduate Transfer Students
If you previously attended a college or university, but have not yet earned a bachelor's degree, you are considered an undergraduate transfer student and are required to submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
- Undergraduate study includes associate and bachelor's degrees, as well as certificates and learning tracks.
- Please view our undergraduate admissions page for complete details on admission requirements.
Associate Degree Limit
Transfer up to 46 credit hours toward an associate program. If you have a permanent address in Virginia, transfer up to 42 credit hours to comply with the 30% residency credit requirement.
Bachelor's Degree Limit
Transfer up to 91 credit hours toward a bachelor's program. If you have a permanent address in Virginia, transfer up to 84 credit hours to comply with the 30% residency credit requirement.
Graduate Transfer Students
If you attended another graduate school and have credits to transfer, we encourage you to complete our transfer credit application. However, this is not a requirement for graduate students.
Master's Degree Limit
Transfer up to 15 graduate level credits toward a master's degree.
Ways to Maximize your Transfer Credits
We are committed to awarding you as much transfer credit as possible. Discover where your previous military service, or on-the-job training and real-world experience can take you.
You can apply to earn college credit for your military education and training courses including CCAF, JST, and DANTES.
An option for earning college credit is to take College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or American Council on Education (ACE) tests. If you qualify, you can use these exams to transfer in additional credit towards your general education or elective requirements.
Looking for college credit for real-world experience? Once you’re admitted as a student here, you can enroll in our prior learning assessment (PLA) program, which grants academic credit for knowledge gained outside of college. Examples include knowledge acquired on the job, in training programs, by running a business, working with volunteer organizations, or even pursuing a hobby.
As an experienced working adult, your college education should be about more than the time you spend in class. Ideally, it builds on what you’ve learned in your career and lets you demonstrate how your knowledge and skills translate to academic achievement. This is known as competency-based education. We call it MomentumTM.
Community College Agreements
We welcome all community college graduates. Some community colleges have agreements with APU that align earned associate degrees with specific bachelor’s programs for maximum transfer credits. Find out if we have an articulation agreement with your school.
Transferring Credits Based on your Major
There are a number of deciding factors when choosing a college major, and many transfer students consider the ability to transfer credits an important part of that decision.
Knowing which of your credits might transfer to your new program is a question best answered by speaking with one of our admissions representative who will ask:
- Are you planning to start over with a new major, but have general education credits to transfer?
- Are you continuing an academic major you started elsewhere and have core courses to complete here?
- Did you earn an associate degree at a community college?
- Have you attended military training programs or academies?
Each of these situations has a different outcome when it comes to transfer credit awards. Your admissions representative can provide a preliminary review of your credits and guide you through the transfer credit evaluation process.
Just Looking For a Few Credits?
If you’re enrolled at another university and need to take a few courses here to complete your degree on schedule, we can help. Simply select the “Non-Degree Seeking Student” status when you submit our admissions application. We strongly recommend that you first check with your primary institution to make sure the credits you earn here will transfer there.