Transferring credits
to ASU

How credits transfer to ASU

When you transfer to ASU from another college or university, the following general standards for transfer credits apply. You can use ASU transfer tools to learn how credits will transfer and begin creating your roadmap to graduation.

Accepted credits

ASU accepts college-level (not remedial) courses in which you have earned a grade of “C” (4.00=“A”) or better from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Applicability

The applicability of a specific transfer course toward an ASU degree program depends on the requirements of the department, division, college or school in which you are enrolled at ASU.

Credit hours

A maximum of 64 semester hours of credit will be accepted as lower-division credit when transferred from a regionally accredited community, junior or two-year college, with the exception of some special programs.

Credit conversion

Acceptable academic credits earned at other institutions that are based on a different unit of credit than the one prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents are subject to conversion before being transferred to ASU. All ASU students must meet graduation requirements (university, college, major and general studies requirements) to earn a four-year degree.

Degree requirements

The ASU college of your major determines how transfer courses fulfill the degree requirements of your ASU major. You should review the degree requirements of the program into which you intend to transfer and talk with an academic advisor about your transfer credits and how they will apply to your degree program.

Determining GPA

Grades and honor points that you earned at other colleges and universities are considered for admission, but your ASU cumulative grade point average is based solely on coursework taken at ASU.

Types of Transfer Credits not accepted by ASU:

  • courses in which you earned below “C-” as your final grade
  • credit awarded by postsecondary schools in the United States that lack candidate status or are not accredited by a regional accrediting association
  • credit awarded by postsecondary schools for life experience
  • credit awarded by postsecondary schools for courses taken at noncollegiate institutions (e.g., governmental agencies, corporations, industrial firms, etc.)
  • credit awarded by postsecondary schools for noncredit courses, workshops and seminars offered by other postsecondary schools as part of continuing education programs

Students wishing to transfer to ASU and who feel they have been unjustly denied credit for transfer courses may appeal to the appropriate committee.

Transfer Credit Guide

ASU’s Transfer Credit Guide is a helpful online tool that allows you to search for ASU course equivalencies. Search the Transfer Credit Guide to find out how undergraduate credits you completed at another college or university will transfer to ASU.

View the Transfer Credit Guide    Transfer Credit Guide FAQs

Military credits

military transfer studentsASU is proud to welcome veterans of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard to our undergraduate student community.

Evaluation of military transcripts

ASU uses the American Council on Education's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services to assess how to transfer military credits to ASU. In general, a military course must be similar to an ASU undergraduate course to transfer to ASU.

Military credits that transfer to ASU through educational experiences in the armed services are not applicable toward completing ASU’s general studies requirements for graduation, but do count for total credits toward completion. No transfer credit is awarded for vocational certificate category ACE recommendations.

The JST is reviewed for potential transfer credit in accordance with VA guidelines and Arizona statutes related to awarding credit for military training and education. Credits are evaluated at the time of JST submission to ASU. It is recommended the JST be sent to ASU upon application to ensure timely processing and evaluation.

Military Transcripts Accepted by ASU

ASU accepts the following military transcripts to transfer credits:

  • JST (Joint Services Transcript)
  • CCAF Transcript (Community College of the Air Force Transcript)

The CCAF is a regionally accredited community college. This transcript must be submitted as part of a student veteran’s admission package for anyone who served in the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve or Air Guard.

Veterans exception

By Arizona statute, no failing grades received by a veteran at an Arizona university or community college before military service may be considered when determining admissibility. This exception may be used only one time and applies only to veterans who:

  • are honorably discharged
  • have served in the armed forces of the United States for a minimum of two years 
  • have previously enrolled at a university or community college in Arizona

Military service records must be submitted, including form DD 214.

Credit by exam

You may earn no more than 60 hours of credit by exam for any degree program, including ASU comprehensive and proficiency exams.

ASU's credit by exam policy

Frequently asked questions about transferring credits

How do I transfer credits to ASU?

You can transfer credits to ASU by sending in your transcripts from all colleges you have attended. Then, when you have completed the admission application, paid the application fee and are admitted to ASU, your qualifying credits will automatically go on your ASU Degree Audit.

How many credits can be transferred to ASU?

You can transfer a maximum of 64 credits from a regionally accredited community, junior or two-year college for courses in which you have earned a “C” (4.00=“A”) or better.

What is the ASU Transfer Credit Guide?

ASU’s Transfer Credit Guide is a useful tool that shows how college courses you’ve already taken will transfer to ASU. If you don’t see a particular course in the Transfer Credit Guide, you can request a course evaluation.

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