The Office of Admissions is responsible for receiving and evaluating transfer credit. The office evaluates the acceptability of total credits transferable to FGCU and identifies total credits accepted at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level courses). The college of the student’s major assigns equivalent upper division (3000 and 4000 level) courses and graduate (5000 and 6000 level) courses in determining which courses are applicable toward specific degrees.
The University reserves the right to evaluate transfer courses on an individual basis. Age and concordance of content to current requirements may be factors in determining course transfer and acceptance toward degrees; individual colleges and programs have the authority to establish age standards for acceptance of transfer courses.
FGCU evaluates transfer coursework taken at another college or university if that institution is accredited, or in candidacy for accreditation, by one of the following regional accrediting associations:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. /Commission on Institutions of Higher Education;
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
- Higher Learning Commission;
- Northwest Commission on Association of Schools and Colleges;
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges; or
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.
Notwithstanding, transfer credit from all post-secondary education institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
General guidelines for awarding transfer credit:
- Credit is not given for technical, vocational, physical education, or pre-college courses, or for courses completed below a grade of D-.
- Credit by departmental examination from another institution and credits awarded by another institution solely based on SAT or ACT scores will not be accepted by FGCU.
- Courses with a transfer grade of C- or below may not be used toward satisfaction of computational and communication requirements.
- An equivalent FGCU course number will be entered on the student’s official academic transcript.
- Transfer credits will not be computed into a student’s FGCU institutional GPA for FGCU coursework, but will be included in the student’s overall GPA.
- All coursework completed in an international post-secondary institution required for an admissions decision must be evaluated by an international evaluation agency. Agency recommendations are listed on the international admission website. A course-by-course evaluation is required. The applicant pays for this service and contacts the evaluating agency directly.
- All transfer credit evaluations are completed during the evaluation process to determine admission to the University. Only official transcripts will be evaluated.
- Transfer students from non-regionally accredited Florida institutions that follow the state common course numbering system may have a limited number of courses credited.
- Transfer of credit from an institution based on the quarter system will be converted to the semester system by multiplying the credit by a factor of .67.
- Transfer credit earned through the Statewide Course Numbering System is acceptable, based on the System’s guidelines.
- Transfer course credits that exceed the number of credits for that equivalent course at FGCU will be split and articulated as separate credit. (Example: STA 2023 for 4 credits at the issuing institution will be articulated as STA 2023 for 3 credits and STA XXXX for 1 credit). Articulation officers should keep the same prefix for the excess credits to allow for attaching of appropriate course attributes.
- When determining excess hours for transfer courses taken prior to 2016 the same methodology may be used. While the student's academic articulation history will not be changed the hours may be deducted from the excess hours report.
College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses:
- The Undergraduate Admissions office shall review college credit submitted by an applicant which was earned through military training or coursework which is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE).
- The Undergraduate Admissions office shall utilize the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (as listed on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) or the Community College of the Air Force Transcript (CCA)) in order to determine equivalency and alignment of military training or coursework with University courses.
- If it is determined that the military training or coursework is equivalent to and fulfills a general education or major course or degree program requirement, the training or coursework will be credited the student’s degree plan. Alternative course credit, including free elective course credit, will be granted if the coursework is not equivalent to a general education, major course, or degree program requirement.
- Articulation credit earned via military training and coursework that was previously evaluated and awarded by a college degree granting institution which is part of the State University System of Florida, and that is appropriate to the transfer student’s major at the University, will be accepted, subject to the University’s limit on the amount and level of transfer credit allowed for a given degree.
- Credit awarded for military education and training shall be noted on the student’s transcript and documentation of the credit equivalency evaluation shall be maintained in the student’s education record.
College Credit for Online Courses Completed Prior to Initial Enrollment
- If requested by an applicant prior to the student’s initial term of enrollment in undergraduate education, FGCU shall evaluate online coursework. Credit will be awarded if the academic program determines the online course content and learning outcomes are comparable to FGCU offered courses, the online course meet the quality and accreditation standards intended for transfer courses, and the online course is relevant to the applicant’s intended program of study.
- It is the applicant’s responsibility to initiate the request for review of such online coursework. The request should be made to the Office of Undergraduate Admission and include an official transcript, course description, and syllabus. Additional documentation made be required as determined by the reviewing academic program.
- A student denied transfer of online coursework may submit a written appeal to the appropriate College Dean.
- Credit awarded by the University for online coursework will be noted on the student’s transcript.