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Transfer Credit Evaluation

In your transition to a new college, you are obviously concerned about receiving maximum credit for work completed at other institutions. At the time of application, you will be asked to submit course descriptions class syllabi for each course completed at another institution so that they may be reviewed for transfer credit.  At Providence College, we follow generally accepted practices for the transfer of credit:

  • Courses were pursued at an accredited college or university;
  • Upon evaluation of course descriptions or class syllabi by the appropriate departmental chairperson, courses proposed for transfer credit have been determined to be comparable in content to courses at Providence College;
  • A grade of C or better was earned in the individual course – note that a C-minus grade does not allow for the transfer of credit. Courses taken Pass/Fail may be evaluated for transfer credit provided a student can offer official documentation of a letter grade of C or better earned in the course. Due to COVID-19, pass grades will be accepted for Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters without documentation.

In order to be considered for credit, coursework must have been completed no later than ten years prior to matriculation. Exceptions to this regulation will be handled on an individual basis. No transfer credit is granted for physical education, health, correspondence or ROTC courses, or for such activities as internships, independent study, orientation, choir, band, or student service. Students accepted for transfer to Providence College will receive a tentative class standing at the time of notification of admission. Receipt of an official, final transcript of any courses in progress at the time of acceptance will confirm the advanced standing noted in the letter of acceptance.

Shortly after admitted students receive their admission decision, they will receive a Transfer Equivalency Worksheet which is a record of all of the student’s credit-bearing courses with a minimum grade of “C” or better from other accredited institutions and have been reviewed for transfer credit to Providence College. If students have submitted all of the documentation necessary to provide a complete evaluation of transfer credit, they will also receive a Degree Audit which is an unofficial academic evaluation which explains how transferrable courses count toward the requirements in the intended degree program.

An entrance status of first semester sophomore, for example, projects the number of semesters of full-time study remaining to complete degree requirements (for instance six).  Please note that a student’s individual academic or personal circumstances could affect an anticipated graduation date.

A maximum of 60 transfer credits may be accepted toward the undergraduate degree. Students who have earned the maximum number of credits through transfer coursework may enroll in additional transfer courses (e.g. summer) only with approval from the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies.

If you have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses while in high school and have earned a score of 4 or 5 on the AP examination, please forward an official score report from the College Board for review for advanced placement/advanced standing.  For courses applicable to your intended major, the Chairperson of the appropriate department makes the final determination of transfer credit.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of four semesters in full-time attendance (including junior and senior years) to be eligible to receive a degree from Providence College.  This is sometimes called a residency requirement. The College requires students to complete at least 50% of their major credits with Providence College coursework. Please note that the undergraduate day school of Providence College has a two-semester calendar and that all degree candidates must be enrolled as full-time students.