Understanding the Transfer of Credits

A student’s intended transfer college or university decides which credits transfer and if those credits meet its degree requirements. The accreditation of both the sending and receiving institution can affect how a student’s credits will transfer.

Institutions generally accept credits from courses and programs like those they offer. In making their decision, they look for similarity in course goals, content and level.

Not every course that transfers will help a student graduate. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories:

  • general education
  • major and minor
  • prerequisites and electives

Students who change their career goal or major may not be able to complete all degree requirements within the usual number of graduation credits.