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Transfer Guidelines

Transfer Guidelines and Plans

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited college and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience.

General Guidelines on Credit Transfer

  • Credit earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities is transferable.
  • Transfer credit is assigned only for courses at the 100 level (or above) in which you have earned a grade of "C" or higher.
  • Generally, an equivalent number of credit hours are given.
  • Remedial, audited, or non-credit courses do not transfer. This may include courses that apply credit towards graduation at the source institution, if they are determined to be equivalent to remedial courses at ISU.
  • College living, orientation, and study classes will transfer for credit if they received credit towards graduation at the source institution.
  • In some cases, credit may be transferable to the University and count toward graduation, but may not be applied toward completion of your intended major.
  • As much as 90 credit hours of total transfer credit will be accepted for transfer into a bachelor degree program; at least 30 credit hours must be completed through ISU to earn the bachelor degree.
  • Your grades (GPA) do not transfer except for the purpose of graduation honors.
  • If you transfer a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, all of the University's Foundational Studies/General Education requirements will be waived.
  • Credit may be granted for military training and experience per these guidelines.

NOTE:  These are general guidelines. Upon admission, advisors will review your transcripts and determine which credit transfers and which courses will be included in your program of study.

General Education Core Transfers

If you successfully complete the Statewide Transfer General Education Core (STGEC) at an Indiana public institution of higher education, you can transfer that coursework as a block of 30 credit hours towards completion of Foundational Studies requirements at Indiana State University.

Associate Degrees Waivers

If you have earned an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree, you will be granted a waiver that applies to several of ISU’s Foundational Studies/General Education requirements..

ISU offers two distinct waivers: one awarded to students who have earned an A.A. or an A.S. degree, and another awarded to students who have earned an A.A.S. degree. Associate degrees with titles other than these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The courses waived in each of these cases, as well as the courses waived for General Education Core Transfers, can be viewed in the table below.

FS Requirement A.A. or A.S. A.A.S. STGEC
Freshman Composition
Junior Composition      
Quantitative Literacy
Health and Wellness  
Science and Laboratory
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Literary Studies  
Fine and Performing Arts  
Historical Perspectives  
Global Perspectives and Cultural Diversity  
Ethics and Social Responsibility    
Upper-Division Integrative Elective #1    
Upper-Division Integrative Elective #2