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Transferring Credit

Important Notes about Transferring Credit to IU South Bend

Indiana Statewide General Education Core Milestone

Credit by Examination

Credit for Military Service

Credit for High School Students while in High School

Transfer Credit for Guest Students

Important notes about transferring credit to IU South Bend:

Students enrolled in degree programs receive transfer credit for courses from a regionally accredited institution that corresponds to one in our curriculum (in content and credit value). We consider such factors as:

  • The institution's accreditation or candidacy status with a regional accrediting association
  • The accreditation’s type and nature
  • The information found in institutional bulletins and guides
  • Whether the credits are appropriate to IU’s degree programs

Regional Accrediting Associations from which we accept credit for transfer are as follows:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. / Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Once you are admitted to IU South Bend, we will evaluate your transcript(s). After your transfer credit has been evaluated, your Credit Transfer Report (CTR) can be viewed through OneStart.

Only courses in which you received a C or higher will transfer. Courses in which you received a C- or lower are listed on your CTR as nontransferable course work.

Developmental or remedial course work listed on a transcript with course numbers below freshman level may fulfill certain IU South Bend course pre-requisites but will not be transferred into your IU South Bend student record.

Transfer credit may count toward your degree at IU South Bend, but it will not count toward your GPA at IU South Bend.

You will be awarded the same number of hours for which you received credit at your previous institution. If the school you attended operates on semester hours, these credits will transfer to IU South Bend without alteration. If the school operates on quarter hours, your transferable credits will be multiplied by two-thirds to convert them to semester hours. Credits from schools that operate on alternative systems will be converted to semester hours.

Individual schools and departments at IU South Bend determine how transferred credits will apply toward your degree requirements.

Courses for which IU South Bend does not have an equivalent offering can sometimes be transferred as undistributed (UNDI) credit. The decision as to how UNDI credits will fit into your degree program will be made by the school or division in which you will pursue your degree.

We can apply up to two years (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) of transferred credits from a junior or community college toward your IU South Bend degree requirements. Up to 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours of transferred credit can be applied towards your degree from a four-year institution.

Veterans may earn college credit for educational experiences in the armed services. Submit your Joint Services Transcript (JST) with your application. Any additional, relevant military transcripts (i.e. DSST) should also accompany your application.

Credit by Examination

Advance Placement (AP) credits

International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

College-level Examination Program (CLEP)

DSST (Dantes)

Credit for Military Service

Joint Service Transcript (JST) JST replaces the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations.  For more information, please see here.

Credit for High School Students while in High School

Dual-Enrolled Coursework Students who take college courses as dual-enrolled high school student will need to provide an official transcript from college attended for credit evaluation and transfer.

Advanced College Project (ACP) The ACP program is unique to Indiana University and all courses taken will be automatically recorded on a student's Indiana University transcript. There is no additional documentation needed for this earned credit.

Indiana Statewide General Education Core Milestone

Degree-seeking students who have not completed the STGEC prior to matriculation will be expected to meet all general education requirements on the campus at which they are officially pursuing a degree (their “home campus.”) At the appropriate time, the home campus at which a student is seeking a degree will assign the STGEC milestone. Coursework taken at another campus or institution will count toward general education requirements or the STGEC based on the home campus’s articulation rules and its general education requirements.

For more information, please click on this link: 

Indiana Core Transfer Library (CTL)

To enable students to transfer college credits, Indiana has developed the Core Transfer Library - a list of courses that will transfer among all Indiana public colleges and universities.  Transfer of coursework is dependent on the institution's minimum grade requirement for transfer credit. Please see the link below for further information.

Transfer Credit for Guest Students

Guest students must provide their home institution with an official Indiana University transcript upon completion of their course work. Please be advised, transfer credit is accepted per the home institution's transfer credit practice. Guest students are advised to coordinate through their academic advisor before enrolling in course work at IU South Bend.

Credit Appeal Process

 Students may appeal the transfer credit evaluation by submitting an appeal to the appropriate department.

General Education Substitutions
Transfer students may petition to have a course taken at a previous campus fulfill a general education requirement.   In such cases, students should review the description of the general education requirement in the relevant category and consult with their academic advisors before filing a petition. These appeals must be submitted to the General Education Committee. You will find more information about this process here.

Other Credit Appeals
If you and your advisor determine that the appeal is not one requesting a review of general education requirements, you may submit your transfer credit petition to the Office of Admissions. Please visit the office on the first floor of the Administration Building for forms and guidance.