Transfer Credit for Undergraduates
General Transfer Policies
- A maximum of 64 credit hours from two-year institutions and 90 credit hours from four-year institutions may be applied to the 120-credit hour minimum required for graduation.
- Official transcripts from other institutions should be sent to Salisbury University as soon as possible after course completion.
- Transferred coursework is not included in Salisbury University GPA calculations.
- Questions or appeals related to the evaluation of transferred coursework may be addressed by submitting a Transfer Credit Inquiry (Online form - login required). Evaluations which are more than one year old are not subject to appeal.
- Unless enrolled in an approved cooperative or study abroad program, 30 of the last 37 hours of coursework must be completed at Salisbury University. Exceptions to this policy must be pre-approved by the Academic Affairs Office by submitting a Policy Waiver Request (Online form - login required).
- More information regarding General Transfer Policies may be found in the SU Online Catalog.
- Salisbury University has articulation agreements in place with other institutions. More information about these agreements may be found on the Articulation Agreements page.
If a course is transferable to SU without an exact match at SU, it may transfer with a Transfer Code instead of a Course Number.
General Education Transfer Codes: The following Transfer Codes indicate which General Education requirement at SU the course will satisfy. For example: a course transferring as ENGL LIT will satisfy General Education Group 1B.
- LIT = Literature (Gen Ed 1B)
- HST = History (Gen Ed 2B)
- HUM = Humanities (Gen Ed 3A/3C)
- SSC = Social Science (Gen Ed 3B/3C)
- SCL = Science with a Lab (Gen Ed 4A)
- SCN = Science without a Lab (Gen Ed 4B)
- LAB = A Lab that stands alone
- MTH = Math (Gen Ed 4C)
- PHE = Physical Education (Gen Ed 5)
Other Transfer Codes include:
- ELE = lower level elective credit which applies to the total credit requirement
- 3** = upper level elective credit
- BIOL PTH = lower level credit for BIOL 354
- PSYC ABN = lower level credit for PSYC 302
- SOWK INT = lower level credit for SOWK 310
Taking Courses at Another Institution
- Permission to enroll in courses at other regionally accredited institutions by current SU students may be requested by submitting a Request to Study at Another Institution (RTS) - (Online form - login required) prior to enrolling.
- Students may request to transfer coursework only from other regionally accredited institutions. A list of current regionally accredited institutions may be found on the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
- Students should have official transcripts sent to Salisbury University from other institution upon course completion.
Inter-Institutional Registration (IIR)
- Enrolling at another University System of Maryland (USM) institution under Inter-Institutional Registration (IIR) allows full-time students to take a course or courses at a host institution without incurring extra cost.
- Students must maintain full-time status with a combined minimum of 12 credits at the home and host institutions and a minimum of 6 at the home institution.
- Credit earned through IIR is treated as credit earned at Salisbury University.
- The Application for Inter-Institutional Enrollment (PDF) may be submitted to the SU Registrar’s Office, after it’s signed by the department chair.
- A professional course-by-course evaluation of all foreign academic transcript(s) is required. This professional evaluation will determine your academic level within the American system of education.
- Prospective students will be required to pay the cost associated with obtaining the professional evaluation.
- World Education Services (WES) is one of several NACES approved professional evaluation services.
- Other approved services may be found on the NACES website.
Test Credits – Credit by Examination
- Undergraduates may apply a maximum of 60 approved semester hours of credit by examination coursework toward the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
- Credit by examination coursework can be used to satisfy general education, major and minor requirements with the appropriate approval.
- As curriculum changes, evaluations of credit earned by examination may vary for future semesters. Academic Departments reserve the right to re-evaluate credits earned by examination and make necessary changes to these credits.
- Students who have completed or are enrolled in advanced courses may not receive credit by examination coursework for lower-level courses in the same subjects.
- Current students must obtain approval prior to registering for an exam by submitting a Request to Study at Another Institution (RTS) - (Online form - login required). Approval for Credit by Examination may take up to two weeks by the Registrar's Office.
Advanced Placement (AP) Program
Evaluation Date: Fall 2014
Students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) course work as part of their high school experience and have taken the corresponding AP examination may be entitled to advanced standing credit at Salisbury University (SU).
Students receiving scores of 3, 4, or 5 on the AP examination are awarded credit for course work at SU as detailed in the following table. The Admission's Office must receive an official score report from the College Board Advanced Placement Program to award credits. To request that scores be sent to SU:
WRITE: AP Exams; P.O. Box 6671; Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
CALL: 609-771-7300 or toll free 888-CALL-4-AP
SU's College Board code is 5403
Examination Minimum Score Credits Granted Courses Granted Art Art: Studio Art Drawing 3 4 ART 130 Art: Studio Art 2-D Design 3 4 ART 121 Art: Studio Art 3-D Design 3 4 ART ELE History of Art 3 4 ART 201 Biology Biology 3 4 BIOL 101 4 8 BIOL 201 & BIOL 202 Chemistry Chemistry 3 4 CHEM SCL 4 4 CHEM 121 5 8 CHEM 121 & CHEM 122 Computer Science Computer Science A 3 4 COSC SCN 4 4 COSC 117 Computer Science Principles 3 4 COSC SCN 4 4 COSC 116 Economics Economics: Macroeconomics 3 3 ECON 212 Economics: Microeconomics 3 3 ECON 211 English English Language and Composition 3 4 ENGL ELE English Literature and Composition 3 4 ENGL 103 Environmental Science Environmental Science 3 4 BIOL/GEOG 150 French French Language 3 8 FREN 101 & 102 4 8 FREN 102 & 201 5 8 FREN 201 & 202 French Literature 3 4 FREN ELE Geography Human Geography 3 3 GEOG 100 German German Language 3 8 GERM 101 & 102 4 8 GERM 102 & 201 5 8 GERM 201 & 202 Government and Politics Government and Politics: Comparative 3 4 POSC 101 Government and Politics: United States 3 4 POSC SCN 4 4 POSC 110 History European History 3 4 HIST GENE 2B United States History 3 4 HIST GENE 2B World History 3 4 HIST GENE 2A Latin Latin: Literature 3 4 LATN ELE Latin: Vergil 3 4 LATN ELE Mathematics Calculus AB 3 3 MATH 160 Calculus AB 4 4 Math 201 Calculus BC 4 8 MATH 201 & 202 Statistics 3 3 MATH 155 Music Music Theory 3 4 MUSC 201 Physics Physics 1: Algebra Based 3 4 PHYS SCL 4 4 PHYS 121 Physics 2: Algebra Based 3 4 PHYS SCL 4 4 PHYS 123 Physics C: Mechanics 3 4 PHYS SCL 4 4 PHYS 221 Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism 3 4 PHYS SCL Psychology Psychology 3 4 PSYC 101 Spanish Spanish Language 3 8 SPAN 101 & 102 4 8 SPAN 102 & 201 5 8 SPAN 201 & 202 Spanish Literature 3 4 SPAN ELE
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and English CLEP Exams
Salisbury University awards advanced standing credit to students who have received acceptable scores on College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations provided more advanced or similar course work has not been previously completed.
Students who score at or above the minimum scores established by the University for CLEP examinations are awarded credit for course work at SU as detailed in the following table. A maximum of 24 hours of CLEP credit can be applied to a baccalaureate degree. CLEP credits cannot be used to satisfy course work requirements within the Medical Technology, Nursing, and Respiratory Therapy programs unless written approval is obtained from the department chair prior to testing. The Registrar's Office must receive an official score report from the College Board College Level Examination Program to award credits.
To request that scores be sent to SU,WRITE: CLEP; P.O. Box 6600; Princeton, NJ 08541-6600CALL: 609-771-7865FAX: 609-771-7788
SU's College Board code is 5403.
Please contact the Registrar's Office at email@example.com or 410-543-6150 for more information on CLEP credit.
Examination Minimum Score
Credits Granted Courses Granted Business Financial Accounting 60 3 ACCT 201 Principles of Management 50 3 MGMT 320 Introductory Business Law 50 3 ACCT 248 Principles of Marketing 50 3 MKTG 330 Composition and Literature College Composition Modular w/Essay *** 67 4 ENGL 103 English Literature 67 4 ENGL ELE English Literature w/ essay*** 67 4 GENE LIT American Literature 67 4 ENGL ELE American Literature w/ essay*** 67 4 GENE LIT Science and Mathematics Biology 50 4 BIOL 101 ** Natural Sciences 50 3 GENE SCN Chemistry 50 4
CHEM 121 or
Information Systems 50 4 COSC 116 College Mathematics 50 3 GENE MTH College Algebra 50 3 GENE MTH Pre-calculus 61 3 MATH 135 Calculus w/Elementary Functions 50
World Languages French Language 50
German Language 50
Spanish Language 50
History and Social Sciences Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 211 Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 3 Under Review Western Civilization: Ancient Near East to 1648 67 4 HIST ELE Western Civilization 1648 to the Present 67 4 HIST ELE History of the United States I: Early Colonization to 1877 67 4 HIST 201 History of the United States II: 1865 to the Present 67 4 HIST 202 Social Sciences and History 67 4 GENE HST American Government 50 4 POSC 110 Introductory Psychology 67 4 PSYC 101 Human Growth and Development 67 4 PSYC 300 Introductory Sociology 50 4 SOCI 101 Humanities Humanities 50 4 GENE HUM
* Biology majors receive 4 credits of lower-level Biology course work (BIOL ELE) that can be used toward satisfying the electives component of the major.
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
Students who earn an IB Certificate will be awarded three-eight semester hours of credit for each Higher Level IB exam completed with a score of 4 or above.
Students who earn an IB Diploma will be awarded three-eight semester hours of credit, up to 30 credits, for scores of 4 or above on both the higher level and the standard level IB exams.
Students are awarded credit for courses at SU as detailed in the following table. Official IB examination results must be sent directly from IB to SU's Registrar's Office.
Examination Credits Granted Courses Granted Art/Design 4 ART 121 Biology (IB score 4) 4
Biology (IB score 5, 6, or 7) 4
Business and Management 4 BUAD 103 Chemistry 4
Computer Science 4
Design Technology -- Does Not Transfer Economics 3
English 4 ENGL 103 Environmental Systems 3 ENVH 110 French A 4
French B 4
German A 4
German B 4
History of Americas
4 HIST HST** History of Europe 4 HIST HST**
History of Africa
4 HIST HST**
History of East and South East Asia
4 HIST HST**
History of West and South Asia
4 HIST HST** Info Technology in a Global Society 4 GENE SCN Islamic History 4 HIST HST** Latin 4
Math - Higher Level or Further Mathematics 3
Music 4 MUSC HUM Philosophy 4
Social Anthropology 4 ANTH 212 Spanish A 4
Spanish B 4
Theatre Arts 4
* Biology majors can use this Biology SCL to satisfy a lower-level elective component of the major.
** Students may use this HIST HST to satisfy the second General Education history requirement. HIST 101, 102, or 103 must still be earned at SU or through approved transfer credit.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
DANTES credit is reviewed by the Registrar's Office with assistance from the student's academic department. ACE recommendations are consulted to help determine course transferability. Questions about DANTES credits should be directed to the Registrar's Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other credits may include the following options:
Computer Adaptive Placement Exam (CAPE)
You may earn up to 12 discounted, buy-back credits for your prior language learning in high school in French, German, or Spanish. Note that SU does not automatically award back credits through our Computer Adaptive Placement (CAPE) exam. You must take the recommended course first and receive a C or better.
For detailed information visit the Modern Language and Intercultural Studies CAPE exam page.
Departmental Challenge Examinations
Various academic departments at SU administer challenge examinations for specific course work offered by the department. Contact the department chair for specific policies and procedures.
Army, Coast Guard, Navy and Marine Corps: Credit for military educational experiences will be evaluated upon receipt of a student’s official Joint Services Transcript (JST) and may be ordered online at jst.doded.mil.
Air Force: Official transcripts from the community college of the Air Force or Air University should be requested to be sent to Salisbury University.
Limits on transfer credit for military training, coursework or education is governed by the University’s Transfer Credit Policies.