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Transfer Guidelines

Transfer Guidelines and Plans

Indiana State University may accept credit from accredited colleges 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 accredited colleges and universities is transferable.  See Policy Library for reference.  
  • 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 the completion of your intended major.
  • As much as 90 credit hours of total transfer credit will be accepted for transfer into a bachelor's degree program; at least 30 credit hours must be completed through ISU to earn the bachelor's degree.
  • Your grades (GPA) do not transfer.
  • If you transfer a bachelor's 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.
  • Effective Fall 2022, courses that are transferred into Indiana State University that are earned at the lower division level can only be awarded at the level that the credit was earned by the student. A lower division transfer course can equate to an Indiana State University upper division course content and clear a course requirement but cannot be awarded upper division credit for degree completion.

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 Indiana College Core (ICC) 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 Indiana College Core (ICC), can be viewed in the table below.

FS Requirement A.A. or A.S. A.A.S. ICC 75-89
Transfer Hours
Transfer Hours
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      
High Impact Practice