Academic Policies

Acceptability of Undergraduate Transfer Credit

Updated 5/14/12: Effective Summer 2012, added transfer policy on PE activity credits.

The determination of acceptability of credit for course work completed at another institution of higher learning, whether the other institution is accredited or not, is made solely at the discretion of the University of Arizona.  The evaluation of any course work from another institution or exam from an organization for acceptance by the University of Arizona will be based only on an official transcript from the institution originally offering the course work or organization offering the exam.

A few general policies:

  • Credit is not given for grades lower than a "C".
  • Grades from other institutions are not included in the calculation of the University of Arizona grade-point average.
  • Remedial, vocational, technical, highly specialized and personal development courses are not accepted for credit.
  • Physical education (PE) activity courses are accepted for credit; however, no more than three (3) PE activity credits will apply as general electives toward the student's degree.
  • Proficiency or competency credit-by-exam earned at another college or university is non-transferable. 
  • All transfer courses from Arizona public community colleges will be reviewed individually by the Director of Transfer Curriculum & Articulation and by the appropriate University departments to determine which courses are acceptable for University credit.

Students are advised to check with the Office of Registration & Transcripts to determine the acceptability of credit from other institutions. Applicability of transfer credit to a student's academic curriculum is determined by the academic advisor in the student's major department.

Transfer course work is not computed in the University of Arizona grade-point-average (GPA).

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