Transfer Credit Policy

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The courses and credits completed with a grade of C or better at other accredited institutions are transferable to Dordt University, as long as the accrediting agency is one of the regional or national accrediting agencies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the United States Department of Education.

The transferability of credits from an institution that is not accredited by one of these agencies may be considered upon receipt of documentation that demonstrates equivalency regarding course information, content, and learning outcomes. It is the student's responsibility to provide this documentation.

The decision of whether a particular course transfers in to satisfy a specific course requirement for a student's program lies with the registrar. Credits transferred that do not satisfy a specific course requirement are counted as free electives and are applied to the credit hour requirement for graduation (60 for an associate's degree, 124 for a bachelor's degree).

In certain situations, there are limits to the amount of credit that can be transferred to Dordt University.

  • A maximum of 60 total credits may be transferred from two-year colleges and testing such as CLEP or AP exams.
  • A maximum of 30 credits of CLEP, AP, and dual-enrolled credit may be applied to the minimum requirements for a degree when that credit is earned prior to earning a high school diploma. If an academic competency (mathematics, English, communication, foreign language) is met via a dual-enrolled course or CLEP/AP, those credits do not apply to the 30-credit limit.
  • Courses and credits taken for dual-enrollment will be considered for transfer credit only if the high school credit received for the course was not already used to satisfy Dordt University's freshman entrance requirement (ie, the course is not counted as one of the 17 required units of high school credit specified under the "regular admissions" section of the catalog).
  • Regardless of the amount of transfer credit a student has, they must meet the college's residency requirement of a minimum of 30 credits earned at Dordt University including at least three core requirements and two upper-level courses in the student's program.