Academic Advisement

Transfer Credit Policies

Nazareth College seeks to provide transfer students with the greatest possible recognition of their previous college work while maintaining the integrity of its own academic programs. Courses are evaluated for transfer regardless of mode of delivery.

  • Nazareth College awards transfer credit for courses completed at regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credit may also be awarded for courses recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Credit for courses taken at international institutions will be considered for transfer based on an equivalency evaluation conducted by a reputable evaluation service such as World Education Service.
  • Transfer students who have completed an Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to registration at Nazareth College are ordinarily granted a 60 semester hours of transfer credit and junior class standing upon enrolling at Nazareth College. This does not guarantee completion of the degree in an additional 60 credit hours, as there is no guarantee all credits awarded will satisfy specific degree requirements.
  • Grades of D+, D, D-, or pass/fail are not accepted in transfer, unless they are situated in an A.A., A.S. or A.A.S degree already earned. *Note: With the exception of certain courses required for Nursing, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy programs, Nazareth will grant transfer credit for courses taken at other accredited colleges or universities in Spring or Summer 2020 with grades of S/P (Satisfactory/Pass). In some cases, if a grade of S/P is earned, students may need to complete a separate assessment to demonstrate necessary proficiency to meet program standards or before advancing to the next course in a sequence.
  • Transcripts from regionally accredited institutions for applicants who do not possess the A.A. , A.S. or A.A.S degree are evaluated on a course by course basis. For these students, grades of D+, D, D-, and pass/fail will not be accepted for transfer. However, students may be granted up to 6-8 credits of course waivers if they earned a D+, D, or D- in courses equivalent to Nazareth Degree requirements. This means up to 6-8 credits of requirements can be considered completed, but no credit is granted.
  • Transfer credit for specific courses may be awarded if Nazareth College offers a course that is equivalent to the course being transferred. If Nazareth does not offer an equivalent course, elective credit may be awarded.
  • A maximum of 66 credit hours may be accepted from two-year colleges, and a maximum of 90 credit hours may be accepted in total.
  • A minimum of 30 credits, preferably the last 30, must be taken at Nazareth College, and the student should be matriculated prior to taking these credits.
  • CLEP, AP, IB, Military credit or other proficiency exams may be used to earn credit. Please note that students may earn no more than 30 credits from any combination of proficiency exams and military credit. For advisement concerning these exams, see a Transfer Credit Evaluator.
  • Evaluation of transfer credits will be finalized and transfer credits awarded only after final official transcripts from each credit source (such as college transcripts, test scores, or military documents) have been received by the College. Any evaluation of credits received prior to that time is unofficial and not binding.
  • All associate degree holders must provide a final official transcript with the degree posted.
  • Only “credits” for acceptable coursework transfer and may fulfill requirements at Nazareth; Grade Point Average (GPA) does not transfer. Transfer grades will not appear on the Nazareth transcript.
  • Transfer students cannot receive credit twice for courses with different titles but with equivalent content, wherever taken.
  • Once received, transcripts become the property of Nazareth College and may not be sent from Nazareth to other colleges.
  • Students who have completed fewer than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit at the time of application must also submit an official copy of their high school transcript.
  • Transfer credit policies related to Core:
    • All transfer students must complete the full Core, with the exception of the First Year Seminar (FYS) and Academic and College Success (ACS 101) course. The following describes the courses which must be taken at Nazareth College and the courses that are accepted in transfer.

Courses that must be completed at Nazareth:

    • At least 3 credits of Perspectives Enduring Questions coursework
    • Core Milestone Experience (CME*050)

 Courses acceptable in transfer:

    • College Writing, 6 credit hours
    • Modern Foreign Language, 6 credits of the same language for all BA students
    • Perspectives Courses, one course from each of the eight perspectives areas, including a laboratory science (Note: even if you transfer in courses that fulfill all eight perspectives areas, you are still required to take at least 3 credits of perspectives coursework at Nazareth).
    • Integrative Studies, transfer courses may be applied to the IS component (These are not posted as such since the IS courses are not tracked on program evaluations.)
    • Health and Wellness requirement
    • Experiential Learning requirement
  • Core requirements will be waived for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree (either from Nazareth College or at another institution).