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Transfer Student Policies

Please contact the Articulation and Transfer Evaluation Office at 724-938-5939 or transfer@calu.edu for answers to any questions regarding articulation agreements or transfer credits.

Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy

Academic Passport is a transfer program designed to promote and facilitate the transfer of students in community colleges to Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities, and to support the transfer of undergraduate credits earned by Pennsylvania State System students to other System universities.

  1. Academic Passport students:
    1. Transferring with an associate degree:
      Students transferring with an A.A. or A.S. degree must have a 2.00 minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) in all coursework presented for transfer from each institution attended.

      The A.A. or A.S. degree recognized for Academic Passport must contain, as a minimum, 30 hours of liberal arts courses from the following fields of study: composition/communications, humanities/fine arts, behavioral/social sciences, biological/physical sciences, and mathematics and computer science. A maximum of 45 General Education credits and liberal arts course credits earned at the two-year college may be transferred to meet lower division requirements (a course-by-course match shall not be required). All additional course credits will be applied first to major courses and, lastly, as electives.
    2. Intra-System Transfers:
      Incumbent State System university students who have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher with a minimum of 12 credit-hours of college-level coursework shall hold an Academic Passport enabling transfer to any other State System university.

      Up to a maximum of 45 General Education credits and/or liberal arts course credits earned at the sending university shall be used to meet lower-division University General Education requirements (a course-by-course match shall not be required). Capacity limits and/or higher admissions standards may apply to certain high demand academic programs.

      State System students holding the Academic Passport shall be entitled to take any course offered through distance learning and listed in the catalog at any other System university and have those credits and the grade earned accepted by their home institution.

  2. Students transferring without Academic Passport
    Students who have not completed the A.S. or A.A. degree may transfer:
  • With a minimum of 12 credit-hours of college-level coursework, up to a maximum of 45 credits in courses designated and credited as General Education by an accredited community college that shall be used to meet lower-division University General Education requirements (a course-by-course match will not be required). Additional transfer credits will be applied first to major courses and, lastly, as electives.
  • With a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 or greater in all coursework presented for transfer from each institution attended.

Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy

  1. California University of Pennsylvania does not set a maximum number of transferable credits.  To earn a Cal U degree, 30 of the last 45 credits must be taken from Cal U.  In addition, students must complete at least 50 percent of the major coursework within their department from Cal U.
  2. Developmental courses are not transferable.
  3. Grades of D are not transferable unless they are counted as part of the Academic Passport or if they were completed at a college or university that has an articulation agreement with California University.
  4. When credits are transferred, only the credits are counted as advanced standing; the grade-point average of transfer courses is not calculated with California University earned courses.
  5. Although credits will always transfer according to these provisions, regulations that govern the national professional accreditation of certain programs offered at California University of Pennsylvania may not permit some courses taken in programs not similarly accredited at other two- and four-year institutions to be transferred as the equivalents of courses that may be similarly titled or described in this catalog.
  6. Students must complete at least 60 credits at Cal U to be considered for Latin Honors at the time of graduation.
  7. Students who transfer to Cal U under an approved Program to Program Articulation Agreement are guaranteed to transfer into a parallel bachelor's degree program with junior standing.  For more information regarding agreements, please visit patrac.org.