University of Denver Undergraduate Transfer Policy
The University ensures that transparency in our policies exist for our
students and those who administer these policies allowing for consistent
interpretation and application throughout the institution and, as new
types of learning opportunities emerge, allows for responsiveness on
the part of the University in a changing educational environment.
Three general factors affect the transferability of credits: the subject
matter, the institution where the credits were earned, and the course
Usually, courses taken in baccalaureate disciplines taught at the University
of Denver are readily transferable. Credits from professional programs
will be examined on a course-by-course basis and are often transferable.
In general, courses in vocational or occupational subjects are not
transferable. Finally, applicability to the degree for which a student is a
and comparability to an existing University of Denver course may be
used as factors for the acceptance or denial of transfer credit.
Credit will be considered for courses taken at institutions which are
accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Credits are more readily accepted from a collegiate institution with regional
accreditation although credits earned at a collegiate institution with
national or special accreditation will also be considered. Credits that
meet the subject matter requirements outlined above will be considered
on a course-by-course basis when earned at an institution lacking regional
accreditation. Institutions that have been granted official candidacy status
by a regional accrediting association will be accorded like treatment to
those that are fully accredited.
Credit will be considered for courses taken at foreign institutions that
are formally recognized as an institution of higher education by a given
country’s Ministry of Education. The same general parameters apply
for course content and grades as they do for U.S. credit consideration.
Credit from two-year institutions generally is considered lower division.
Advanced courses from two-year institutions are considered upper division
when validated by the chairs of the appropriate departments. The maximum
credit that may be accepted from a two-year institution
is 90 quarter hours.
Credit earned within non-DU study abroad programs is treated as transfer
Military courses documented through Army/American Council on Education
Registry Transcript System (AARTS), Form DD 295, "Application for
the Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service," or
DD Form 214, "Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer
or Discharge," may be eligible for consideration in the evaluation
process. Military courses must be validated by the department with which
the subject matter is most closely aligned.
Only courses where a grade of C (2.0) or better was earned will be eligible
for transfer. A grade of C- (1.7) or below will not transfer. Transfer
grades are not included in a student’s DU GPA, and transfer credits
cannot be used to reduce DU grade-point deficiencies. Students majoring
in accounting may transfer accounting courses without validating tests
only if they are recorded with grades of “B” or better.
Credit earned as pass/fail can be transferred only as elective credit.
This credit does not apply to specific degree requirements other than
total hours for graduation, and the University must determine that “P” (pass)
equals 2.0 or better performance.
On-line courses and others offered electronically, are not categorically
restricted, but may be refused based on instruction methodologies not
equivalent to those at the University of Denver.
Maximum Transfer Hours and Residency Requirements
The following specific transfer guidelines regarding residency and maximum
transfer hours apply:
1. A maximum of 135 quarter hours of credit may be transferred. The final
45 credits must be earned at the University of Denver. For students studying
for one or more terms in an approved study abroad program, the residency
requirement is waived.
2. At least 50% of the required credit hours for the major and minor
must be completed at the University of Denver.
3. At least 50% of required business credits for undergraduate business
degrees must be completed at the University of Denver.
AP and IB Credit
A maximum of 45 quarter hours can be awarded for all AP and IB credit.
Authority and Course Equivalencies
Initial transferability decisions are made by the Office of the Registrar.
Approval of transfer applies toward the overall credit needed to meet
degree requirements and does not necessarily guarantee or result in
equivalency with specific University courses or requirements. Final
authority for transfer credit and determination of course equivalency
rests with the appropriate academic department.
Transfer of Credit by Continuing Students
Continuing students must receive approval in advance for transfer credit.
Students may not enroll at the University of Denver and other institutions
concurrently without prior permission.
The University of Denver may enter into transfer articulation agreements
with other institutions as deemed mutually beneficial. Such agreements
are administered by the Office of the Registrar. Transfer articulation
agreements will include transfer course guides. The University of Denver
may establish transfer course guides independent of formal articulation
Determination of Quarter Hour Equivalent Value Assigned
University transfer credit hour values are based on the credit hour value
assigned by the originating institution. If the academic calendar of
the originating institution is other than the quarter system, the appropriate
conversion of the assessed credit hours of course work will take place
based on the calendar of the originating institution and the formula
for converting same to quarter credit hours. While semester hours are
multiplied by 1.5 to convert them to quarter hours, other formulae
are used for the conversion when the originating institution is not
on a standard, quarter/semester calendar. Conversion of the assessed
credit hours from institutions on calendars other than a quarter calendar
may result in conversions other than whole quarter credits (e.g., 3
semester credits is the equivalent of 4.5 quarter credits); conversions
are not rounded up or down.
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