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Undergraduate General Guidelines

If you’ve attended a college and have not completed your bachelor’s, you can enroll as an undergraduate transfer student and submit your previous education or job training. The amount of credit accepted for transfer depends on your declared program of study and whether the type of credit previously earned is determined to be equivalent to the requirements of your program.

  • Up to 45 transfer credits accepted.
  • Only 30 total transfer credits can be classified as non-traditional.
  • Transfer limits are based on a 60-semester hour associate degree program.
  • At least 25% of the degree program must be completed as residential credit.
  • Up to 90 transfer credits accepted.
  • Only 60 total transfer credits can be classified as non-traditional.
  • Transfer limits are based on a 120-semester hour bachelor degree program.
  • At least 25% of the degree program must be completed as residential credit.
  • The maximum transfer credits toward a certificate will vary based on the program requirements, but the typical award is 9 credits.
  • Only 9 total transfer credits can be classified as non-traditional.
  • Transfer limits are based on an 18-semester hour certificate program.
  • At least 9 credits must be completed as residential credit.
 

APU must adhere to the residential credit requirements and corresponding transfer credit limits set forth by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). These rules govern how many credits can be transferred toward a degree at a student’s ‘home’ university.

Traditional credit is academic; earned through an accredited institution of higher learning with regional and/or national accreditation, or the military; earned through a military school or sponsored program.

Non-traditional credit is training or certifications earned in the workplace or outside of an academic institution. These non-academic options are based on an assessment, competency testing, experience, determination of knowledge, and military occupations.

Time Limitations of Coursework

If you are requesting an award of transfer credits toward any of the subjects below, please be aware of these time limitations of when you earned the credit at your previous college or university. Should your credits exceed the time limitation, your request will be considered for general elective transfer credit only.

  • Computer Information System Technology (ITCC) 7+ Years
  • Data Science (DATS) 5+ Years
  • Electrical Engineering (ELEN) 5+ Years
  • Engineering (ENGR) 5+ Years
  • Enterprise Development (ENTD) 7+ Years
  • Information Security Planning (INFO) 7+ Years
  • Information System Security (ISSC) 5+ Years
  • Information Technology (ITNW) 7+ Years
  • Information Technology Design (DSIN) 5+ Years
  • Information Technology Management (ITMG) 5+ Years
  • Political Science (POLS): General Political Science over 10 years may be used to fulfill General Education Civics, Political, and Social Sciences requirements. 10+ Years
  • Psychology (PSYC): General Psychology over 30 years may be used to fulfill General Education Civics, Political, and Social Sciences requirements. 30+ Years
  • Sociology (SOCI): General Sociology over 20 years may be used to fulfill General Education Civics, Political and Social Sciences requirements. 20+ Years
  • Web Development (WEBD) 7+ Years