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Transfer of Credit Policy and Articulation Agreements

Transfer Students

Waynesburg welcomes transfer applicants and the evaluation program remains flexible.  Each transfer course is individually evaluated.  Courses similar to those offered in the Waynesburg University catalog and graded C- and above are accepted.  Validation of prior learning may be required (see Validation of Credit Policy, page 10).  Associate degrees awarded by institutions will be examined individually.  Students desiring to transfer should submit to Admissions a formal application for admission, the Transfer Student Clearance Form, and complete official high school and college transcripts.
Students who are considering submission of transfer applications may request a preliminary review concerning transferability of credits from the Registrar.  Students who intend to enroll at a community college and then transfer to Waynesburg University may request and receive from the Office of the Registrar an evaluation of the credits which would be transferred from a planned program of courses which has not yet been taken.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

The following regulations govern the evaluation of transfer credit at Waynesburg University:

  1. Students seeking formal admission to Waynesburg University must submit official transcripts for all post-secondary work attempted, regardless of the transfer institution’s accreditation.
  2. Credits from regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated accordingly.  The following is a list of regional accrediting bodies:

    Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges; Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    Commission on Colleges; Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    Higher Learning Commission; North Central Association
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education
    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
    NOTE:  For information on institutions not regionally accredited, see the Validation of Credit Policy below. Currently Waynesburg University does not maintain any articulation agreements with other institutions.
  3. The amount of transfer credit and course equivalences will be determined by the Registrar in consultation with Department Chairs and, if necessary, the Provost.
  4. The maximum number of hours allowed for credit earned at two-year institutions will not exceed the number of hours required in the first two years of the student’s program at Waynesburg University.
  5. Transfer credit will be given only for those courses that were completed with a grade of C- or above and that are certified as being applicable toward a comparable degree at the regionally accredited institution that offered the courses.
  6. Transfer credit will not be posted to a student’s permanent record until a final, official transcript (issued directly from and bearing the seal of the institution awarding the credits) has been received in the Office of the Registrar.

A transfer student from another regionally accredited four-year college or university is required to complete at least 45 semester hours for the baccalaureate degree at Waynesburg University.  This must include 12 hours of upper-level (i.e., 300- or 400-level) courses in the department of the declared major.  No less than 18 of the last 30 semester hours of college work must be completed on the Waynesburg campus.

Students who have been admitted to the University and wish to take courses at other institutions to satisfy degree requirements must receive approval in advance by filing a Transient Student Form in the Office of the Registrar.  

NOTE:  No transfer credit will be given for a course taken elsewhere which the student has taken previously at Waynesburg University and received a grade of C- or lower.

Validation of Credit Policy

Academic credit granted outside the University by an institution that is not regionally accredited must be validated by examination before the work can be transferred and applied toward the requirements of a degree program.  To be validated, the work must be acceptable as transfer credit in lieu of a Waynesburg University course.
The following procedure shall be used to validate credit:

  1. The student must receive permission of the Provost and the chairperson of the department in which the course is offered to validate the course credit.
  2. The Department Chair shall make appropriate referrals to faculty member(s) (an individual or a committee) teaching the course to request that an examination be prepared and evaluated.  Before the examination, the faculty member(s) shall inform the student of the area of knowledge of course content on which he or she is to be examined.
  3. After the examination has been completed, the credit by examination form shall be filled out, signed by the Department Chair and forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.
  4. Upon receipt of the completed form, the Registrar shall enter credit for the validated course on the student’s permanent record.  The student will be notified, via email, when the course has been posted.
  5. Validation for any given course can be sought only once.