The receipt and evaluation of transfer credits is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions, which will evaluate the acceptability of total transferable credits. The college of the student’s major will determine the transfer courses applicable toward the degree and assign equivalent courses to the transcript. In some cases, course equivalents may also be determined by specific colleges that offer the same or similar courses as part of their programs of study.
Transfer credits are accepted only from those institutions that are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies at the time the credits were earned. Credits earned at an institution when it is/was in candidacy status will be considered for transfer credit once the awarding institution receives full regional accreditation. If an applicant is applying from a non-regionally accredited school, courses approved for transfer by the Articulation Coordination Committee may be considered for transfer credit. However, the admission decision will be based on the student’s prior work, if any, at a regionally accredited institution. Students may submit a request in writing to the Director of Admissions for courses from non-regionally accredited institutions to be accepted for transfer credit; submission of course syllabi and other information will be required.
- Courses that are remedial, occupational, or vocational in nature are not accepted as transfer credit to USFSM unless specifically determined by the university. In addition, USFSM reserves the right to evaluate courses or deny transfer credit, if not applicable to the degree program.
- Associate in Arts (AA) degree holders from a Florida public accredited institution will be awarded 60 semester hours of credit and recognized as having completed the USFSM’s General Education and University Success Requirements. For AA degree holders awarded by an out-of-state or private in-state institution, the USFSM Office of Admissions will conduct a course-by-course transfer credit evaluation.
- Articulated Associate in Science (AS) degree holders from a Florida public accredited institution will be awarded 60 semester hours of credit including credit for appropriate transferable General Education Courses they have completed per Florida’s Statewide Articulation Manuel. For AS degree holders awarded by an out-of-state or private in-state institution, the USF System institution’s designated office will conduct a course-by-course transfer credit evaluation.
- All courses from a Florida public college or university with the same State Common Course prefix and last three numbers as a USF System course are automatically transferred and the transfer student will not be required to repeat these courses unless a college minimum grade or age-of-record policy is involved. Excluded are graduate courses, studio courses in art, internships, practica and performing arts courses in dance, acting, vocal and instrumental music.
- Credit is not awarded based on GED test scores.
- Military service school courses will be evaluated with reference to the recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE) when official credentials have been presented. However, such recommendations are not binding upon USFSM.
- For ROTC and military science courses the maximum credit may vary with each college. A student must confer with his/her academic advisor to determine the credit for his/her major.
- USFSM awards credit-by-examination based on the minimum guidelines as established by the Articulating Coordinating Committee (ACC) available on the FACTS.org website, pursuant to Florida Statute 1007.27(2), and approved by the State Board of Education and Board of Governors. Per USF System Policy 10-017 (Credit by Examination), the USF System will accept a maximum of 45 credit hours earned through any combination of the examinations provided by the Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES/DSST, Excelsior College and CAPE exams.
- A maximum of 30 semester hours of extension, correspondence, and military service education credits may be counted for the purposes of meeting transfer admission criteria and applied toward a degree program.
- Grades earned in transferred courses are included in the student’s grade point average for the purposes of admission to limited access programs, awarding of honors at graduation, and class ranking of baccalaureate students but transfer grades are not included in computing the student’s grade point average.
- A degree-seeking student must obtain prior written approval from the college of the student’s major for courses taken at another regionally-accredited institution to be applied to the student’s degree program.
- Credit earned from an institution outside of the United States (which is not accredited by an acceptable domestic regional accrediting body) must be reviewed for equivalency on a U.S. scale by one of the credential evaluation services identified on the USFSM website and published by the appropriate international admissions office.