A student who has been attending another institution of higher education and wishes to transfer to IUP must submit an application, official transcripts of all postsecondary educational work, and an official high school transcript. All admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis by the Admissions Committee. Under a rolling admissions policy, applications are reviewed as they become complete. Decisions can range from automatic acceptance, to requests for additional information, to other alternatives.
Transfer applications are reviewed on the basis of academic college course work attempted or completed. Transfers are required to have at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (C average) from all schools previously attended and to have met the minimum requirements established by the academic department to which the student is applying. Some majors require increased standards for admission and additional information. Contact the Office of Admissions for specifics. If a student has at least 12 college level (nondevelopmental and non-technical) credits, the decision will be based solely on their transfer GPA. If the student has less than 12 college credits, the admissions decision considers other evidence of students’ performance and ability to be a successful college student.
The evaluation of credits from other institutions of higher education is the responsibility of the Office of Admissions and the application of the credits is at the discretion of the academic dean who has jurisdiction over the student’s desired major. Normally, courses considered for transfer are only those taken from institutions that are accredited by the six regional accrediting agencies. In accordance with PASSHE’s Student Transfer Policy (Policy 1999-01-A), IUP evaluates learning from non-regionally accredited institutions on a student-by-student basis. IUP uses the American Council on Education’s guidelines for learning evaluation to ensure consistency and equity in the application of credit from nonregionally accredited institutions as well as from military service, workplace training, digital credentials, and other alternative educational experiences.
Each course is evaluated separately. The evaluation includes a review of the description, credits, and grade of each course along with the applicability of the course to the student’s major at IUP. However, only credits transfer, not grade point average.
Students may transfer credits in courses from regionally accredited institutions where the grade of “D” is earned only if the student has a GPA of 2.0 or higher from that institution. Some academic programs at IUP may require the student to repeat certain courses in which a “D” grade was earned. Review of learning from non-regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a student-by-student basis.
No matter how many credits are transferable, the student must satisfy all of the degree requirements falling into the categories of (1) university requirements, (2) college requirements, and (3) department requirements.
For Second Bachelor Degree students, a block of 90 credits is awarded if the first degree was earned from another university. Liberal Studies requirements, other than ones specifically required by the major, are considered met. All second degree students, whether they completed the first degree at IUP or another university, are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits to earn the second degree. The academic department determines which courses must be completed to earn the second degree.
University Requirements: All students are obligated to fulfill a basic program in Liberal Studies. The transfer evaluator will look at this area first for applicable credits for transfer. A vast majority of introductory courses are generally equivalent.
Statewide transfer degrees: Also known as “TAOC” degrees these are specific AA or AS transfer programs at Pennsylvania community colleges. Students with these degrees are guaranteed to transfer at junior standing in a parallel program at IUP. Please discuss with the Transfer Services office or reference the following IUP website www.iup.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply-next-steps/transfer/collegeguides-articulations-collaboratives/.