Illinois State University will evaluate and award credit for all successfully completed college course work with grades of “D” or better from colleges and universities holding accreditation from any one of the six regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission). Institutions that have been granted candidacy status by a regional accrediting association will be treated as those that are fully accredited.
Students may provide documentation such as course descriptions and/or syllabi for review by the individual departments and registrar for possible credit for course work completed at an institution without regional accreditation.
Some vocational work may be accepted. Remedial or preparatory course work is not accepted for transfer.
Learning experiences provided by select non-collegiate sources (e.g. military) may be eligible for consideration in the evaluation process.
Life and/or work experience is not eligible for consideration for transfer credit.
The evaluation of course work originating at U.S. institutions for possible transfer credit will be based on official transcripts. To be eligible to receive transfer credit, course work must appear on an official transcript from the institution that offered the course work and initially conferred the credit.
Transfer credit is awarded from international institutions that are approved by the Ministry of Education (or an equivalent governing body) of the certifying country and are designated as tertiary level. An average of 30 semester hours are awarded for each successfully completed year of international tertiary level education. To be eligible to receive transfer credit, course work must appear on official documents from the institution that offered the course work and initially conferred the credit.
Course work taken to complete an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree is considered undergraduate level credit. All course work from community colleges is considered to be lower level credit. Course work taken at the upper level (as defined by the college or university) at a four-year college or university is considered to be senior college level credt.
Course work taken at the graduate level may be considered for transfer at the graduate level, if not taken as part of a completed degree program at another institution. A student may present a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit from another college or university that holds regional accreditation for use in meeting the requirements of the master’s degree. Transfer credit may not be used in meeting the minimum number of 400-level credit hours required for the master’s degree.
Correspondence courses are not accepted toward a master’s degree.
Transfer credit must carry a grade of “B” or higher (NOTE: grades of CR, P, or S are not acceptable). No courses are transferred without formal request from the student. Credits more than six years old at the time of first registration into a degree program are not transferable from other institutions.
Courses that are clearly intended as a review of secondary school material are often designated remedial/developmental/preparatory and are not awarded university transfer credit.
Basic and General Courses
Illinois State University accepts transfer credit for baccalaureate-oriented course work from two-year and four-year colleges and universities that hold regional accreditation. Course work is evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Course descriptions and/or syllabi are reviewed and compared to the existing course work and programs offered at Illinois State University for evaluation purposes. Departmental review and recommendation may be required.
Illinois State University will consider evaluation of technical courses from two-year and four-year colleges and universities that hold regional accreditation. Course work is evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Course descriptions and/or syllabi are reviewed and compared to the existing course work and programs offered at Illinois State University for evaluation purposes. Departmental review and recommendation may be required.
Course work designated as community education will not be considered for transfer to Illinois State University. Personal enrichment courses do not count toward a degree and are not acceptable as transfer credit.
Course work evaluated and deemed acceptable based on its content and comparability relative to standard college/university curricula will be awarded university transfer credit. Transfer credit will be posted to the student’s permanent record upon enrollment.
Course work which, by an evaluation of its content, is deemed to be inconsistent with standard college/university curricula will not be awarded university transfer credit (e.g. Non-collegiate Level).
While an initial transfer evaluation will, in most cases, lead to a determination of the appropriate university transfer credit award (i.e. credit and the type of credit to be awarded or no credit awarded), some courses will be referred to designated instructional department faculty for further review and a final decision.
Diploma school or Associate Degree nursing courses are “held in escrow” for the student until successful completion of three specified Nursing upper-division courses: NUR 223, 227, and 236. Once these three courses have been successfully completed through enrollment, thirty-four credits are placed on the student’s transcript for the following Nursing courses: NUR 229, 231, 314, 316, 317, and 325.
Course work determined to be transferable as the same course equivalent of an Illinois State University course.
Course work determined to be transferable, but not as a direct equivalent of an Illinois State University course.
General Education Credit
Course work determined to fulfill Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum or Illinois State University General Education requirements.
Illinois State University operates on a semester calendar. Course hours taken at an institution following a quarter or other calendar will be converted to semester hours (e.g. 1 quarter hour equals .7 semester hour). Transfer credit from community colleges is limited to 70 semester hours; credit from four-year colleges and universities is limited to 90 semester hours.
Students transferring from a regionally accredited institution with a baccalaureate-oriented associate’s degree will be considered to have met the general education requirements at Illinois State University.
Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum
Illinois State University is a participant in the Illinois Transferable General Education Core Curriculum, which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges or universities in Illinois. All colleges and universities participating in this agree to accept a “package” of general education courses in lieu of their own comparable lower-division general education requirements. To be eligible for IAI, at least one transfer course must have been articulated to an IAI core requirement. T
ransfer students who have satisfactorily completed at least one course within the Illinois Transferable General Education Core are allowed to complete this program by enrolling in approved IAI courses at Illinois State University. Students should note, however, that IAI course availability is quite limited.
Undergraduate course work must be successfully completed with at least a grade of “D” to be eligible for evaluation and the award of university transfer credit. However, certain courses may require a higher grade (e.g. required for major or general education) and the student would need to repeat the course for the higher grade. Transfer grades are not used in determining the Illinois State University grade point average.
University transfer credit is not awarded for course work that was audited.
University transfer credit is not awarded for course work that has not been completed (e.g. given a grade of “I”).
University transfer credit is not awarded for course work with withdrawal grades (e.g. grades of “W”, “WP”, “WF”).
Transfer courses in which the student earned a passing grade are eligible for evaluation and university transfer credit may be awarded.
Transfer courses in which the student was awarded a non-passing grade (e.g. F/Fail, U/Unsatisfactory, NC/No Credit) are not eligible for evaluation or the award of university transfer credit.
Course work that is considered acceptable for undergraduate transfer credit and in which a grade of “D” or higher has been earned is eligible to be evaluated and awarded university transfer credit.
Course work that has been awarded a non-standard passing grade (e.g. “P”/Pass; “CR”/Credit; “CT”/Credit; “S”/Satisfactory) is eligible to be evaluated and awarded university transfer credit.
Students may receive credit by examination through the following programs: College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examinations, Departmental Proficiency Examinations, CLEP Subject Examinations, Advanced Placement Program, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Students are advised to plan their course work and examination attempts carefully, because they may not receive credit by examination for a course in which they have been enrolled in on the tenth day of classes.
Advanced Placement Credit
Advanced Placement Credit may be awarded depending on the score received. Appropriate scores and credit are listed in the undergraduate catalog. Official scores should be requested from Advanced Placement Exams, Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 085041-6671 and sent to Illinois State University for evaluation. Illinois State University’s identification number is 1319.C
CLEP General Examination Credit
Illinois State University grants credit by examination toward General Education requirements for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) under the following guidelines: maximum of 18 semester hours in CLEP credit is accepted, examinations should be taken prior to enrollment in classes at the university, credit earned though CLEP General Examinations shall count toward General Education and graduation requirements only, all credits for CLEP shall be considered credit at the lower level, and credit will not be awarded for both an area of the CLEP General Examinations and previously earned course credit in the same area.
CLEP Subject Examination Credit
In addition to the CLEP General Examinations, several departments or schools grant credit by examination in specific subject areas covered by CLEP Subject Examinations. Courses approved for credit under this program at Illinois State University are HIS 101 and 102, MAT 145 and 146, POL 105 or 106, PSY 111 and SOC 106. Students may register for the examinations through the University Testing Office.
Proficiency Examination Credit
Departmental Proficiency Examinations are offered in many 100- level and in a limited number of 200- level courses. The purpose of the examinations is to allow students to receive credit for knowledge acquired previously and allow students to enroll in more advanced courses or to add breadth to their academic programs. Proficiency Examinations are optional and recommended only for students who are unusually skilled in the discipline in which the examination is taken.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program
Students with appropriate scores from International Baccalaureate Diploma Program may be awarded proficiency credit. Students should have scores sent to the Office of the University Registrar at Illinois State University.
Evaluation of Experiential Learning
Illinois State University does not currently award transfer credit for experiential learning.
Military Education Programs
Students who have served a minimum of one year of active duty and have received an honorable discharge may receive six hours of elective credit. Additional credit may be given per American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations listed in the Military Course Completion section of a Joint Services Transcript. Credit will be accepted for DANTES subject standardized exams, as well a military CLEP credit that falls within the University CLEP guidelines.
To be eligible to receive credit for military service, veterans must present a copy of their DD-214, as well as a Joint Services Transcript or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript, and any official military transcript showing CLEP/DANTES exam scores for evaluation.
If a student wishes to challenge the application of the transfer policy, the appeal must be submitted in writing to the University Registrar, Campus Box 2202, Normal, IL, 61790-2202.
If an institution wishes to challenge the application of the transfer policy, the appeal must be submitted in writing to the University Registrar, Campus Box 2202, Normal, IL, 61790-2202.
Initiating body: Office of the Provost
Contact: Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, (309-438-2187)