Transfer Credit Guidelines

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The Office of Admissions will review all previous college-level transcripts to determine what credits may be eligible for transfer to American University (AU). Individual teaching units (schools, colleges and/or departments within the university) will determine how this credit will apply to specific degree programs and university requirements.

Use the Transfer Credit Articulation Database

You can review the entirety of the Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy here.

Policy Overview

Credit is eligible for transfer if it was earned through courses taken at an AG-rated, regionally accredited institution. Courses are considered equivalent to AU courses when faculty determines that the transferred courses are similar in content and scope to courses at AU.

A student may transfer a cumulative total of 75 credit hours from the following:

  • any approved AG-rated and regionally accredited two-year and four year institutions

  • a maximum of 30 credit hours from one or a combination of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate, CLEP subject examinations, or other AU approved test credit.

  • a maximum of 30 credit hours for a combination of relevant work completed satisfactorily in college-level Armed Services School courses, or US Armed Forces Institute correspondence or extension courses, completed with a grade of 70 or better, as recommended at the baccalaureate level as appropriate for academic credit by the American Council on Education.

A student will not be able to register for a second semester at AU until all final official transcripts have been sent to the AU Office of Admissions from previously attended institutions.

Courses eligible for transfer upon matriculation to AU must have a recorded grade of C or above. Courses with a grade of “P” or Pass are eligible for transfer, providing that the grade of “P” is the equivalent of a C or above. Only courses in which the student has received a grade of 2.0 or above on a 4.0 scale will be recorded on the student’s AU transcript and will be applied towards the total number of credits required for graduation. Grades for transfer courses are not computed in the cumulative (AU) grade point average.

Courses taken on the quarter system will receive the standard .67 credit per credit-hour of study (i.e., a 3 credit hour course at a quarter school will merit 2 credit hours at AU). A transfer course must have the same number of credit hours as an AU course in order to be considered equivalent.

Credit hours for remedial courses and internship/externship/independent study are not eligible for transfer to AU.  

Technical or vocational credit hours may not be eligible for transfer to AU.

Refer to policy for Math and Writing Requirements

Refer to policy for Foreign Language Courses and Mathematics Courses

Refer to policy for Transfer Credit by Exam

Refer to policy for Credit Appeal Process