Cal U's Transfer Policy has been established to inform perspective transfer students and university/community college transfer counselors of the maximum number of transfer credits accepted by California University of Pennsylvania. Cal U endorses a student-centered transfer process.
Additional Transfer Information
Student Transfer Policy
For students with an Academic Passport who are transferring with an associate degree (AA or AS):
- You must have a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average in all course work presented for transfer from each institution attended.
- AA or AS degree must contain a minimum of 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 is not be required)
- All additional course credits will be applied first to the major course of study, and lastly as electives.
For students with an Academic Passport who are transferring from an incumbent state university:
- You must have a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average with a minimum of 12 credit hours of college level course work.
- Up to a maximum of 45 general education credits and/or liberal arts course credits earned at the sending institution will be used to meet lower division University general education requirements (a course-by-course match requirement will 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 will be entitled to take any course offered through distance learning and listed in the catalog at any other State System university and have those credits and the grade earned accepted by their home institution.
For students transferring without an Academic Passport who have not completed the AA or AS degree:
- You must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or greater in all course work presented for transfer from each institution attended.
- You must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of college level course work, up to a maximum of 45 credits in courses designated and credited as general education by an accredited community college, which 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.
Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy
California University of PA does not set a maximum number of transferable credits. To earn a California University of PA degree, 30 of the last 45 credits must be taken from Cal U. In addition, students must complete at least 50% of the major coursework within their department from Cal U, with the exception of intra-system transfer students. This is in accordance with the graduation policy as well as the Board of Governors degree requirements.
- Developmental courses are not transferable. Examples of developmental classes are basic math or English.
- 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 Cal U.
- Transferred credits are counted toward your advanced standing at Cal U; however, the grade point average of transfer courses is not calculated as part of your Cal U grade point average.
- Courses taken at a community college or proprietary school, the equivalents of which are designated as upper-level courses at California University, will only transfer in as an upper level major equivalent course upon the approval of the department. If the department deems the course is not an upper level equivalent course, it will transfer in as an elective in the major area.
- Although credits will always transfer according to these provisions, regulations that govern the national professional accreditation of certain programs offered at Cal U 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 might have similar titles at Cal.
If you are a current Cal U student who wishes to take courses at another university, then transfer the credits back to Cal U, you should obtain approval to do so from your adviser or the dean of your college before registering for classes at another institution.
Can you appeal a transfer credit evaluation?
Yes. If you feel certain credits should be accepted for transfer. To appeal the transfer decision of course work must submit the appeal in writing to the Articulation and Transfer Evaluation Office. The letter must include the following:
- The name(s) of the previous institution(s) attended, the course number and title of each course for which the student was denied transfer credit or assumed transferred incorrectly along with the date(s) of enrollment in each course.
- If a course syllabus is needed to further investigate the student’s appeal, it will be the responsibility of the student to provide this information.
- A statement indicating why the credit(s) should be accepted or count toward a different course and/or course number.
The Articulation and Transfer Evaluation Office will re-evaluate the course(s) for which the student is requesting reconsideration in consultation with the discipline specific department chair and/or dean. A written response will be delivered to the student in a timely manner once the appropriate individuals have reviewed the course materials, past practices, and the student’s specific circumstances. Once the evaluation is completed, the decision made by the above is final.
What is an Academic Passport?
Board of Govenors Policy
Cal U Graduation Requirements