Transfer Credit Policies
General Transfer Guidelines
Faith follows the Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions policy guide that may be supplemented as needed by current best practices. When evaluating credit, either before or after an application has been received, Faith takes into account the following considerations, regardless of institutional accreditation:
1. The educational quality of the learning experience
2. The comparability of the nature, content, and level of the learning experience
3. The appropriateness and applicability of the learning experience to our programs
Normally the registrar and/or the department chair/provost evaluate requests for credit transfers. The student must submit official transcripts from all institutions he or she attended whether or not the course work was completed. Initial evaluations may be made from unofficial transcripts, but validation will be effective upon receipt of an official transcript and after the matriculation of the student.
The student must request that the originating institution send the transcript to the Faith Admissions Office. The Admissions Office will send to the prospective student in a timely manner an initial evaluation detailing a course-by-course acceptance. The student is expected to have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for transfer credits in order to be admitted in good standing.
Faith does not use transfer credits in figuring a student's cumulative GPA; it only uses courses taken at Faith. In order to be awarded academic honors upon graduation, the transfer student must receive at least 45 credit hours over a period of three semesters while in residence at Faith.
Faith will accept a maximum of 65 transfer credits from a two-year college, and all such credits would normally be considered as lower division credits at Faith.
Transfer students seeking a B.S. or B.A. degree must complete at least 30 credits in at least two consecutive semesters in residence at Faith. Transfer students seeking an A.A. degree must complete at least 15 credits at Faith. Students desiring to take courses at another institution after matriculating at Faith must have the approval of the registrar to get transferred credit to Faith.
Transfer students are exempt from taking the English entrance test if they are accepted with as a sophomore status (27 credits) or if they have passed an acceptable college-level English course with a grade of "C" or better. All first-time students take the Bible test and the writing pretest.
Transfer Credits from an Accredited Institution
These institutions (and their accrediting agencies) are listed in the Educational Directory, Part III, Higher Education published by the U.S. Department of Education. Courses with a grade of "C" or better that may transfer from such an institution can be used toward graduation and may be used to meet requirements for specific courses toward a student's major.
Transfer Credits from an Unaccredited Institution
Credits earned from an unaccredited institution may or may not be accepted based on the criteria given above. If a course is accepted, the student must have earned a grade of "C" or better. Credit may be given for courses equivalent to the core courses required on a program-by-program basis. Any nonapplicable course work may be considered as elective credits. Such elective credits would normally count toward credit hours required for graduation. The transferability of all such course work is expected to meet the same standards as those required from an accredited institution.
Transfer of Course Work Completed outside the United States
To receive credit for course work done outside the United States and scripted in a language other than English, the student may need to have the transcript evaluated by a transcript evaluation agency such as World Educational Services. Such an agency provides the student with an authenticated academic transcript and an evaluation report. The student is responsible to contact the agency, pay the service fee, and have the report sent to the Faith Admissions Office.
Work done by a transfer evaluation agency provides a guide, but Faith retains the right to determine the transferability of courses, credits, and degrees. If requested, the student may need to provide additional information prior to transcript evaluation and/or acceptance. In some cases, transfer credit may be granted if the course work has been completed in an institution in the United States.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Faith recognizes the following opportunities for possible conversion of experiential learning into college credit as outlined below. Any such credits granted will not satisfy Faith's residency requirements. No more than 24 credit hours may be applied to a program of study at Faith.
1. The Faith entrance English Grammar Exam may result in receiving credit toward English I.
2. An ACT Math score of 24 or higher may receive credit toward the College Mathematics course (for noneducation majors only)
3. Satisfactory completion of AP, CLEP, and DANTES general and subject exams may result in receiving credit toward applicable courses
4. Military courses or training as recommended by the American Council on Education may result in receiving credit toward applicable courses
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