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Thinking about Transferring to IU South Bend?

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Our 4-Year Degree Plans (Maps) are available for review at this site.

Understand Institutional Accreditation and Recognition

  • The institution's accreditation or candidacy status with a regional accrediting association
  • The type and nature of the accreditation or recognition

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
  • IU South Bend will Evaluate your Non-IU Transcripts Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Earn Advanced Standing as a High School Student or through Credit by Examination

  • Dual-Enrolled Course Work Students who take college courses as dual-enrolled high school students will need to provide an official transcript from the college(s) attended.
  • All course work completed at any of the IU campuses is recorded on the IU transcript. Students who have completed course work through any of the IU campuses, whether as a dual-enrolled high school student, a guest or non-degree student, or a degree-seeking student will be able to see the course work for which they enrolled at any campus on a single IU transcript.
  • Advanced College Project (ACP) The ACP program is unique to Indiana University and all courses completed will be recorded on a student's Indiana University transcript.

Credit by Examination

IU South Bend awards credit for certain standard exams, based upon the level of the exam and the results.

Advance Placement (AP)

International Baccalaureate (IB) credits

Examination Program (CLEP)

DSST (Dantes)


Are you ready to meet with a Transfer Student Admissions Counselor?

An unofficial transcript is acceptable for pre-admission counseling, but a student must submit an official transcript in order for credit to be posted to the IU transcript.
Admissions Counselors and Academic Advisors can use an unofficial transcript to give you an approximate idea of how non-IU South Bend credit is likely to transfer in and apply toward a degree program, BUT you must submit an official transcript in order for IU to officially record the transfer credit on an IU transcript.

IU South Bend considers several factors in awarding transfer credit.
  • Grades: Only courses with a C or higher will transfer. Courses with C- or lower are listed on a Credit Transfer report as nontransferable course work.
  • Type of Course Work: IU South Bend does not offer some of the course work in which a student may have enrolled at another institution. This means that some credit may not be transferrable or may be grouped together as Undistributed.***
  • Course Descriptions/Syllabi: IU South Bend may need further information about a course before credit can be awarded.
  • Developmental and Remedial Work: Generally, course work that is considered developmental, remedial, pre-requisite to or numbered below first-year (freshman) course work is not transferrable.
  • Number of Credits; Conversion to U.S. Semester Hours: In most cases, a student is awarded the same number of hours for which credit was granted at a previous institution. If the former institution is in the U.S. and operates on semester hours, these credits will usually transfer to IU South Bend without alteration. If the institution operates on quarter hours, the transferable credits will be multiplied by two-thirds to convert them to semester hours. Credits from international institutions or from institutions which operate on alternative systems will be converted to semester hours.
  • Two-Year or Four-Year Institution: We can apply up to two years (60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) of transferred credits from a junior or community college toward an IU South Bend degree requirements. Up to 90 semester hours or 135 quarter hours of transferred credit can be applied towards a degree from a four-year institution.
  • 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”), unless otherwise exempted. 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:
  • Military Service: IU awards credit according to guidelines established by policy and law to military veterans.
    Veterans may earn college credit for educational experiences in the armed services by submitting the DD214 and the Joint Services Transcript (JST). Any additional, relevant military transcripts (i.e. DSST) should also accompany an application of admission.
  • IU South Bend transfers in course work for degree-seeking students only.
    IU South Bend transfers in and records on the IU transcript course work for degree-seeking students only. We do not transfer in or record course work completed outside the IU system for high school dual enrolled, non-degree and guest students.

Are you ready to apply as a Transfer Student?

It is important that a student notifies IU South Bend if transcripts will arrive under a name other than the one listed on the application.

It’s possible that not all credit transferred meets degree requirements.
It is vital to remember that even though credit may be transferred in, the credit may not count toward meeting degree requirements.

Individual schools and departments at IU South Bend determine how transferred credits will apply toward your degree requirements. For example, a person may have 60 credits of course work in Applied Sciences. This course work may be transferred in, but if you plan to pursue a degree in a very different field of study, little of this credit may meet the requirements of the degree program.
You should discuss degree goals with an advisor on a regular basis to remain on target with your degree program.

Applicants must submit ALL college transcripts.
Students must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution at which they were enrolled. 
The grades for course work transferred in IS NOT calculated as part of the IU GPA.
Course work that is transferred is not assigned a grade in transfer and not calculated as part of your IU GPA. 

Some course work may be too “old” to count toward meeting certain degree requirements.
Course work, generally speaking, does not have an expiration date for transfer, but for some programs, such as Dental Hygiene or Nursing, science course work may need to be repeated if it was completed outside the set limits. Be sure to ask your counselor or advisor to discuss this issue with you.

Transfer credit can be distributed and ***undistributed.
Courses for which IU South Bend does not have a course-to-course equivalency can sometimes be transferred in as undistributed (UNDI) credit. The decision as to how these UNDI credits will fit into a degree program is made by the school or division in which a student will pursue a degree, but it may be necessary to submit syllabi and course descriptions in order for a course-to-course equivalency to be granted.

Have you been admitted to IU South Bend as a Transfer Student?

The credit transfer report (CTR) will be available to students and their Academic Advisors through One.IU.
Once you are admitted to IU South Bend, we will evaluate your official transcript(s). After your transfer credit has been evaluated, your Credit Transfer Report (CTR) can be viewed through One.IU.

If there was course work “in progress” at time of admission, a student must submit an official copy of the final transcript with grades or a note of withdrawal assigned for each course listed.

Student records are assigned a Service Indicator inhibiting enrollment for the next semester until the final transcript is submitted. You should work with the Office of Admissions to resolve any difficulties in obtaining the official, final transcript.
Students who are not awarded credit as anticipated may appeal.
  • General Education Substitutions: Transfer students may petition to have a course taken at another school or campus fulfill a General Education requirement.   In such cases, you should review the description of the General Education requirement in the relevant category and consult with your academic advisors before filing a petition. These appeals must be submitted to the General Education Committee. More information about this process is linked here.
  • Other Credit Appeals: If a student and advisor determine that the appeal is not one requesting a review of General Education requirements, a student, with the support of the advisor, may submit a transfer credit appeal petition to the Office of Admissions.