TRANSFER OF CREDITS FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Admission to Carlow University is determined on an individual basis. SAT/ACT scores are not required for transfer students, but may be one of the factors considered if you have minimal college credit.
Transfer credits must have been granted by an institution which is recognized as an institution of higher education or which is accredited by a regional accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. We will make every attempt to utilize the academic credits you've earned with those of Carlow's curriculum and standards.
A transfer course evaluation will be completed to approximate if and how courses will transfer. Grades must be a "C" or above to be transferred.
The acceptance or denial of transfer credit is not determined exclusively on the basis of the accreditation of the sending institution or the mode of delivery, but, rather, we consider course equivalencies, including expected learning outcomes, with those of the receiving institution’s curricula and standards.
Students transferring to Carlow for programs in:
- Social Work must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Perfusion Technology must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Education must have a minimum 3.0 GPA
- Nursing must have a minimum 3.25 GPA
- All other programs require a minimum 2.0 GPA
When To Transfer
- BSN program - Spaces are limited and highly competitive; early application is recommended.
- RN-to-BSN program - You may apply anytime for spring or fall admission.
- All other programs - We operate on a rolling admissions basis for transfers, typically through August 1 each year for the fall, and December 1 for the spring, or as long as space allows. However, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
Transfer credit evaluation determines whether or not incoming transfer students must complete the University’s placement tests prior to enrollment. Placement tests will determine which skills or core classes students will complete once enrolled. For more information, please contact your transfer counselor.
Once an undergraduate student matriculates at Carlow University, the student must have permission from the faculty advisor and the University Registrar/transfer coordinator prior to beginning a class at another institution. Students may be permitted to transfer a maximum of 4 classes or sixteen (16) credits from other universities, exclusive of cross-registration. The student is also responsible for requesting that the registrar at the host institution forward an official transcript to the Office of the Registrar at Carlow University. Credit will not be accepted for a course if a student has not obtained formal permission from the advisor and University Registrar/transfer coordinator to take the course. Appropriate forms are available in the Student Hub and on myPortal.
TRANSFER OF CREDITS FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Graduate students work directly with their admissions counselor who will assist in having potential graduate transfer credits reviewed by the appropriate Program Director/Department Chair.
Six to 12 graduate credits may be accepted for graduate credit by Carlow at the discretion of the program director/department chair. In addition, transfer credits must have been granted by an institution which is recognized as an institution of higher education or which is accredited by a regional accrediting association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Acceptance of transfer credits is specific to each program. Credits must: 1) be comparable or complementary to the Carlow University program and 2) indicate a grade of B or higher. 3) Some programs require that credits be earned no more than five years prior to enrollment in a Carlow University graduate program.
The following chart provides an example of the credits that may be accepted based upon the total number of credits in the program.
Total Credits Potential Transfer Credits:
- 30-credit program = 6 transfer credits
- 48-credit program = 9 transfer credits
- 60-credit program = 12 transfer credits
Once a graduate student matriculates at Carlow University, the student must have permission from the program director and the dean of the college prior to beginning a class at another institution. The student is also responsible for requesting that the registrar at the host institution forward an official transcript to the Office of the Registrar at Carlow University. The Carlow registrar will not accept a course for a student who has not obtained formal permission from the program director to take the course. Appropriate forms are available in the Student Hub and on myPortal.