College Series: Transferring Credits

What are transfer credits? They are courses taken at a different college or university from your “home” campus. Most transfer credits are attempted when regular semesters have ended, i.e summer and winter breaks. Students opt to take an accelerated version of the course to complete (typically) in four weeks or less.

Transfer credits are a aid to students looking to get ahead, save money, or complete more difficult courses independent of other campus rigors. In some cases they are cheaper and some times easier, students attending an expensive private college can take an English, science, math, or elective course at a community college to graduate early (saving money/time), take less course at a premium price (saving money), or to take care of course they aren’t willing to endure at their particular school (saving headaches).   The important thing to note about these types of credit is your University or college’s transfer credit policy.

transfer-policyBaylor is a liberal arts college, meaning that it requires you to have a well-rounded education, encompassing multiple levels of English, math, history/government, at least one science, language, art, etc. The United States has a plethora of liberal arts schools, but Baylor being private versus public means that they have certain freedoms to tailor their degree qualification. For instance, requiring religion courses and a chapel credit, or being able to physically take a performing art form as a class and deem it as satisfactory for the art requirement. While attending BU I took flute, ballet, and Design 2D, and all of them more than accommodated my one required art credit; when I transferred to a public college though, I was told that I would need to take a lecture based art course to satisfy my credit (i.e. Art History or Art/Dance Appreciation).

Also, check your degree plan as to whether or not your course(s) are necessary and MOST importantly, use a your school’s course equivalency tool (or check with an academic advisory) as to whether or not your credits will be accepted at transfer. Do this because some university have preferences for specific courses to be taken only at their campus, or they have degree restrictions on what will satisfy certain requirements. As a nursing major myself, when I was at Baylor I wanted to take Latin to meet my language requirements, but my advisor said that the nursing school would not accept the credit and that I would need to choose a spoken dialect (American sign language is only accepted for education and speech path majors at BU) such as Spanish or French. Policies will very between school.



TIP 1: Summers are typically broken up into, a Maymester session (16 days), a Summer session I and II (4 weeks segments), and a Summer session III (from July to August), so you are very able to tailor your summer to include both vacation time and time for school.  There are typically breaks in between each session to give you some sort of break if you are someone like me who prefers to just power through it all. I believe for my school there are three day between the Maymester and Session I, four days between Session I and Session II, and Session three overlaps Session I and II. In summers you can’t take more than twelve credit hours.

TIP 2: The only way around this is by attending summer school at you university; those credits aren’t deemed transfer credits so you can mix and match course options to your advantage.




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