Last Updated: July 22, 2013
With all of the classes and prerequisites that are required to graduate, you may find that there is not enough time to finish your course load in the standard four-year time period. Taking summer classes at a school close to home, or wherever you are spending your summer, is a great way to be productive and accumulate extra credits. If this is a good option for you, you should be very careful while planning to ensure that you complete the process in keeping with your university’s guidelines. After a summer of studying, you don’t want to find out that your university won’t accept your hard-earned credits.
Find Out What is “Transferable”
Your university will have rules about what students must achieve in order for credits to transfer, which you can find out by speaking to your advisor or looking online. This may include a minimum final course grade (usually somewhere in the C+ to C- range), only taking classes at an accredited university, and taking courses that are relevant to your college requirements or your major. Universities also mandate that certain credits be taken on campus to maintain academic standards, and may limit the number of transfer credits that will be accepted on your transcript. Do your research to make sure that the courses you want to take meet these criteria and you will be able to get the credits you’re trying to fulfill.
Know All Of Your Options
You may be spending the summer in a city with more than one college or university nearby. Though you may have an idea of where you want to take classes, making a list of all schools in the area and the courses you are interested in will allow you to understand your options once you start your transfer credit inquiry. Your university may not accept all credits from all schools, so it is helpful to have a back-up plan in case your original idea does not work out how you intended.
Check Your University’s Website
Your school’s website has a detailed page about how their transfer process works. Universities have a pre-set list of classes and credits that will always transfer from other schools. Many universities strictly adhere to these lists and will not make any exceptions. These schools require students to submit grades after the course is completed to obtain credits. Other universities will allow you to petition for classes that are not on the list. In this case, you will have to submit an application to pre-approve your classes explaining why you feel they are relevant to your course of study and declaring which requirements you expect to fulfill by taking these classes.
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Original Post Date: July 5th, 2012