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Transfer Admissions Policies
Eckerd College welcomes transfer students and is happy to consider credit for transfer from regionally accredited colleges, universities, junior and community colleges.
- Complete and return application form to the Office of Admissions with an application fee of $40 (non-refundable) by August 1 for fall semester and December 1 for winter term.
- Request that official college transcripts be sent to us from each college or university you have attended.
- Send us a record of college entrance exams (SAT I or ACT). This may be waived if you have completed more than two full time semesters of college level work.
- Request a letter of recommendation from one of your college professors.
- If you have completed less than two full time semesters at another college, you must submit your final high school transcripts. All other students must submit proof of high school graduation by submitting either your final high school transcripts or a copy of your high school diploma.
- Request the Dean’s Report to be completed by your current/previous institution. Dean’s Report is included in the Application for Admission and may also be found on our website.
After you have been accepted for admission, your transcript will be forwarded to the registrar for credit evaluation. Eckerd College only accepts transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions. It is the policy of the college to:
- Award block two-year credit to students who have earned an Associate of Arts degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0; or
- Accept, for transfer students without Associate of Arts degrees, only those appropriate courses in which grades of C or higher were earned. Transfer credits will be awarded for courses comparable to Eckerd College courses.
- Accept a maximum of 63 semester hours of transfer credit because the last two academic years of study for an Eckerd College degree must be completed at Eckerd.
- Therefore, all transfer students to Eckerd College will have cumulative grade point averages of at least 2.0 in courses accepted from other institutions toward an Eckerd College degree.
- Applicants who have earned credits more than five years ago, or whose earlier academic records are unavailable or unusual, are requested to direct special inquiry to Admissions.
- Use of transfer credit toward meeting the requirements of a major is at the discretion of the faculty.
Transfer students fulfill the degree requirements which are outlined in the Eckerd College catalog for all students with the following adjustments:
- Eckerd College uses courses instead of semester hours as the numerical unit of measurement for the meeting of degree requirements. To determine the number of Eckerd College course equivalents a student receives in transfer credit, the semester hours awarded for those transfer courses acceptable to Eckerd are totaled and divided by 3.5. Eckerd accepts a maximum of 63 semester hours (18 Eckerd course equivalents) of transfer credit which may be applied toward meeting degree requirements. Transfer students receive an evaluation of transfer credit and determination of the number of equivalent Eckerd College courses from the registrar's office.
- Although the specific number of Eckerd College courses a transfer student must take is determined on an individual basis, a transfer student must spend at least four semesters and two short terms, including the senior year, in the college or in an approved off-campus program, for a minimum of 18 Eckerd College course credits in order to graduate from Eckerd College.
- Students transferring to Eckerd College as sophomores are considered exempt from Western Heritage in a Global Context, foreign language, the first year oral communication and first year information technology proficiency requirements.
- All transfers must meet the following general education requirements: composition competency (i.e., writing portfolio), oral communication and technological competency in their major or concentration, and Quest for Meaning. Transfer students may count transfer credits toward fulfilling academic area requirements and quantitative requirements but must complete Environmental and Global perspective courses at Eckerd College. The number of College Program Series events required of transfer students is determined by the student's class standing at the time of entry.