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Transfer Policy

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.

The undergraduate transfer policy applies to all modes of delivery, both on-line and face to face, and is published on the University's Website.

Credits are accepted for transfer from regionally accredited colleges and universities.  Credits from non-accredited institutions are reviewed for possible transfer credit based on learning outcomes, and by using evaluation measures, including third-party review by appropriately qualified reviewers and recommendations from organizations experienced with such evaluations such as ACE.  View the undergraduate transfer 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 credits required for the Major from a PASSHE University.  The degree-granting University may require up to a maximum of 50% of the Major credits.

Additional Transfer Information

Pennsylvania Student Transfer Passport 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.

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.