Students transferring from one college to another are concerned about how their courses will be accepted. The transfer evaluation team at Austin Peay State University works hard to make the transition smooth and easy. This guide is designed to answer most frequently asked transfer questions. Click here for an explanation sheet of the Student Transfer Credit Evaluation.
Who receives a transfer evaluation?
- Students who apply and submit official transcripts are evaluated. Students with post secondary work from foreign institutions must submit a course by course evaluation from an educational credentialing agency.
Who does not receive a transfer evaluation?
- Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and are now seeking teacher certification. Contact the Teacher Certification office at (931) 221-7553.
- Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree and are undecided as to a second degree.
- Transient students who have submitted an official transcript or letter of good standing from their home institution.
- Students who are not interested in earning a degree from APSU. They may apply for admission as a Special student by indicating with their application for admission. Special students who later decide to seek a degree from APSU must submit credentials for full admission.
Which colleges do not receive a transfer evaluation?
- Austin Peay generally does not accept credit from non-regionally accredited institutions of higher learning. If you desire acceptance of courses completed at institutions not accredited by a regional accrediting association, an Application for Transfer of Credit from a Non-Regionally Accredited Institution of Higher Learning must be completed for each course. Credit may be awarded only after review and approval by the appropriate academic department chair and dean.
What Non-traditional credit transfers to APSU?
- Students may earn college credit with grades of 'P' for acceptable scores on:
- ACT PEP
- Advanced Placement
- CPS Exam
- Law Enforcement and Corrections Training Credit
- Military Service
- The total amount of credit earned by a non-traditional method, including correspondence and extension credit, which is acceptable to apply toward a degree is limited to one-half the total number of credits required for the degree sought. Students are to submit a Coursework Approval form prior to earning additional credit.
- Official test scores must be sent from the testing center to APSU. Required documentation for Military Service experience must be either a DD214 (member copy 4), DD295, or a JST.
What if I have an Associate Degree already?
- The completion of an Associate of Arts or Science in a university parallel (transfer) program from a Tennessee Board of Regents two-year college, as stated in their 1988 or later bulletin, will satisfy the Liberal Arts core requirements for the bachelor degree. Students seeking the BA degree must also complete the six hour foreign language requirement. This policy also applies to Hopkinsville Community College if six semester hours of history has been included and if their core has been met without exception. An official transcript with the degree posted must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
How are my courses evaluated?
- Each file is processed individually reviewing institutional catalogs using Microfiche, CD-ROM, and conferring with the Academic Departments for specific course equivalencies.
How will my grades transfer?
- All Transfer Hours Attempted, Hours Earned, Quality Points, and Grade Point averages earned at other colleges and universities will be included in the APSU academic record. As of Summer 2015, all new or returning students who attended another institution while absent from APSU, transfer work GPA will not be included in the APSU academic record.
- Courses earned with grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “P” will be considered for applicability toward the APSU degree; only grades of “A,” “B,” or “C” for ENGL 1010 and APSU 1000 will satisfy degree requirements. A grade of "D" or “F” will be posted on the APSU academic record. Transfer grades are equated to the APSU grading system.
- Courses earned with grade of “I” will transfer to APSU as a grade of “F.”
- The completion of an Associate of Arts or Science in a university parallel (transfer) program from a Tennessee Board of Regents two-year college, as stated in their 1988 or later bulletin, will satisfy the Liberal Arts core requirements for the bachelor degree. Students seeking the BA degree must also complete the six hour foreign language requirement. This policy also applies to Hopkinsville Community College if six semester hours of history has been included and if their core has been met without exception. Moreover, certain requirements of specific degree programs at APSU may be satisfied by careful selection of General Education core courses at the two-year institution. This policy also applies to Hopkinsville Community College if six semester hours of history have been included and if their core has been met without exception. The Associate of Applied Science programs at Fort Campbell, TBR Community Colleges or Hopkinsville Community College do not fulfill the General Education core requirements for the baccalaureate degree.
- The completion of a baccalaureate degree from any institution or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from a foreign university as certified by an educational credential agency may satisfy the General Education core requirements for a second bachelor’s degree, unless the six hour history requirement has not been met.
- There is not a maximum or minimum number of hours of credit that can be transferred from a community or junior college. Only lower division credits are transferable from a community or junior college. Courses will be evaluated on an individual basis as to their applicability toward degree requirements and must meet all University degree requirements.
- APSU grants non-traditional credit for military service and service schools in accordance with the recommendations included in the “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” published by the American Council on Education.
- APSU grants credit for courses completed only from institutions that are accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association for colleges and universities.
- Credit earned as a transient student that will be transferred to APSU must be approved on a Coursework Approval Form prior to the student registering.
- Only new transfer students beginning Fall 1999 may be considered for transfer credit
from a non-regionally accredited institution of higher learning when requested during
their first term at Austin Peay. Readmit, SOCAD, and currently enrolled students may
request consideration for only such credits earned during or after Fall 1999. Course
equivalency credit may be awarded only after review and approval by the appropriate
academic department chair or designee and dean. One application for Transfer Credit
form is required for each course requested for acceptance. A course competency examination
or other evidence may be required as a part of this process.
Austin Peay accepts credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities as transfer credit. Substitutions of transfer credit in the requirements of the major must be approved by the department in which the major is housed. Students may appeal the denial of transfer of credit from non-regionally accredited institutions; the decision regarding such credit is deferred until after registration at APSU. Stipulations that apply to transfer credit include:
Transfer applicants who have a valid ACT English score of 28-30 (SAT/SAT1 verbal/ critical reading 620-680) may receive credit for ENGL 1010 . Those with a valid ACT English score of 31-36 (SAT/SAT 1 verbal/critical reading 690- 800) may receive credit for ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 . Students will receive this credit only if they have not already received college credit for ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 .
- Effective Summer 2015 any coursework transferred to APSU, regardless of when it was earned, will not be included in the overall GPA calculation. It will also not be included in the major or minor calculation.
What if some or all of my grades were not good, is there any recourse?
- Academic Forgiveness Policies
- Fresh Start
Students who are repeating a course with grades other than A or B for which they enrolled at APSU prior to Fall 1979 or any transfer courses must complete and file with the Office of the Registrar a Course Repeat Card. Approval to repeat courses with grades of A or B may only be done with approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The last grade received in a repeated course will be used in the computation of the grade point average. However, in cases where the course is attempted three times or more, including transfer work, the third and all future grades for the course will be included in the computation of the grade point average. Repeating a course already passed will result in the last grade received and credits earned from the last grade.