Evaluation of Undergraduate Transfer Credit from Domestic Institutions
Students who have completed post-secondary work in the United States may be eligible to receive transfer credit toward their AUM baccalaureate degree if that institution was regionally accredited -as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education- when the coursework was completed.
Important Aspects of Transfer Credit
- Not all courses will qualify for credit.
- Transfer courses that closely match the descriptions of courses taught at AUM will generally transfer as direct course equivalency credits.
- Transfer courses that do not have direct course equivalents at AUM will transfer as elective credits within the appropriate academic discipline or as general educational elective credits. General education elective credits will apply only toward the total number of credits required for graduation, but not toward fulfilling core or major requirements.
- Transferring a large number of credits doesn't necessarily mean a student will complete a degree in shorter length time.
- Credits may transfer, but may not meet the requirements for a degree at AUM. Your academic advisor can explain how credits will apply toward your degree program.
- When articulating post-secondary transfer credits, all previous coursework is considered transferable
- Many AUM classes have prerequisite courses that must be completed prior to enrolling in certain classes. If students do not provide the required final, official transcripts before arriving at AUM, they may be required to take lower level course work until their transfer credit evaluation is completed.
Sources of Transfer Credit
- Four-Year Colleges and Universities: There is no limit on the number of credits that can be transferred from a four-year university. However, students must complete a minimum of 25% of the total credit hours required for graduation in residence at AUM. Generally, these hours must be taken in the student’s final year.
- Two-Year Institutions: A maximum of 64 semester hours may be transferred from junior or community colleges.
- Test Credit:
- CLEP: Students can receive credit for certain subject examinations completed through the College Level Examination Program. For information on accepted credits, scores and AUM equivalencies, please look online at AUM CLEP and DANTES Credit.
- AP Credit – College Board Advanced Placement credit is granted to students with appropriate scores. For information on accepted credits, scores and AUM equivalencies, please look online at Advanced Placement Exam Scores Accepted at AUM.
- USAFI/DANTES Level Tests and Subject Standardized Tests: Undergraduate credit may be allowed for college level courses completed by correspondence or for subject examinations administered by the Armed Forces Institute or another institution approved by the Armed Forces Institute. For information on accepted credits, scores and AUM equivalencies, please look online at AUM CLEP and DANTES Credit.
- Proficiency Examinations: Credit for examination may be earned for selected courses at AUM through departmental examinations. Students should contact the appropriate department to determine the availability of proficiency examinations.
- Credit for Military Schools: AUM follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education regarding credit given for the successful completion of service schools, including AWC and ACSC. Credit for military education is processed by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with appropriate faculty members.
- Credit Recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE): The ACE presently evaluates both military and civilian training programs for academic credit. Since this evaluation is handled by faculty members of accredited institutions of higher learning, AUM will accept the ACE recommendations for credit earned in nonacademic programs. The applicability of such credit to a specific program will be determined by the dean of the college in consultation with the academic advisor and processed by the Registrar’s Office.
Transfer Credits from Alabama Public Colleges and Universities
The Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS) was created through ACT 94-202 of the Alabama state legislature, for the purpose of simplifying transfer credits across Alabama’s public two-year and four-year colleges and universities. STARS provides transfer guides/agreements and guidance for students transferring from two-year to four-year institutions, or four-year to four-year institutions. The easiest way to see which of your courses will transfer in as Area I through IV credits, look online at the STARS Web database. To see the transfer articulation of program specific requirements (Area V) visit STARS Area V.
Matching Courses to AUM Credits
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended must be sent directly from each institution to the Office of Admissions Processing at: Auburn University at Montgomery Office of Admissions; PO Box 244023; Montgomery, AL 36124-4023.
- Coursework completed at regionally accredited institutions will be articulated by Admissions Processing either as approved credit or ‘pending’ status requiring further review.
- Coursework in a pending status will be processed by the Domestic Articulation Program Associate housed in the Registrar’s Office. For all pending courses, the Domestic Articulation Program Associate will gather course descriptions or syllabi and forward them to appropriate faculty evaluators for review.Approval for courses meeting general education core will be forwarded to the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies.
- Once evaluations are determined, the student’s record will be updated. Approved transfer credit can be viewed by students through their Webster or DegreeWorks accounts.
Appeal of a Transfer Credit Decision
Generally, if course articulation has been coordinated though the Admissions/Registrar’s office and evaluated by a designated faculty member, the student must supply additional information in order to have the coursework reviewed a second time. Additional documentation should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Evaluation of Graduate Transfer Credit from Domestic Institutions
No more than six (6) semester hours or three courses of graduate work not to exceed six (6) semester hours can be transferred into a graduate program at AUM. To transfer such work, a student must have been admitted to a graduate degree program in the institution at which the work was taken. Such credit will not be accepted until the student has successfully completed nine (9) hours or work in the graduate program at AUM. Credit accepted after the required nine (9) hours of work at AUM must be acceptable to the student’s advisor and to the dean in the appropriate college. A student who has completed a master’s degree or a professional degree may request that 6 hours of credit be transferred to or within AUM. Questions should be directed to the student’s program advisor.