Transfer Student Policies

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

Student Transfer Policy

California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) does not set a maximum number of transferable credits. The following requirements apply to undergraduate students:

  •  All first baccalaureate degree students will take at least 30 of the last 60 credits from Cal U.
  • All first associate degree students will take at least 15 of their last 30 credits from Cal U.
  • All first baccalaureate and associate students must complete at least 50% of the major coursework from any of the 14 universities that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
  • All students completing their first undergraduate certificate must take at least 50% of the credits required for the certificate from one of the 14 universities that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
  • All students completing their first undergraduate minor must take at least 50% of the credits required for the minor from one of the 14 universities that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Grades of ā€œDā€ or above will be accepted for transfer. Grades in a course submitted for a major/minor program requirement must meet the minimum grade required by the department in the parallel course. The academic department reserves the right to require the course be repeated at Cal U if the minimum grade requirement is not met.

When courses are transferred, only the credits are counted. The grades of transfer courses are not included when the Cal U grade point average is calculated. 

Courses taken at a community college or proprietary school, the equivalents of which are designated as upper-level courses at Cal U, will only transfer in as upper-level major equivalent courses 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.

Developmental courses are not transferrable to Cal U.

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 may be similarly entitled or described at Cal U. Students who transfer to Cal U under an approved Program to Program Articulation Agreement are guaranteed to transfer into a parallel bachelor degree program with junior standing. (https://patrac.org)