Transfer and Acceptance of Academic Credit
Athens State University is an upper-division institution, offering coursework at the 300-level and above. To be admitted as a degree-seeking student, any prospective student must have earned college level credit as documented on official transcripts from all institutions previously attended.
Applicability of Transfer Credit to Degree and Program Requirements
The University reserves the right to determine the applicability of any transfer credit toward fulfillment of specific degree, program, or course requirements at Athens State. In order to be applied to degree requirements, transfer credit and coursework must be relevant to the degree or program the student plans to pursue. The content and level of instruction of transfer coursework is evaluated to ensure that student outcomes and competencies are equivalent to those required by the State’s general education coursework requirements, or to the requirements of courses offered by Athens State. Credit and coursework judged not to be equivalent to Athens State degree, program, or course requirements may be accepted as general elective credit only when applicable.
Athens State University generally accepts academic credit earned from postsecondary institutions accredited by the recognized regional accrediting bodies. Credit earned (above the remedial level) from regionally accredited institutions will be included in the Athens State student record. Transfer credit taken at the graduate level will not be accepted or recorded on the Athens State undergraduate transcript. A limited amount of graduate coursework may be accepted for students who are admitted as degree-seeking graduate students at Athens State; see the Graduate Catalog for additional details.
Acceptance of credit from institutions accredited by other non-regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students must submit a written request for the review of credit earned at non-regionally accredited institutions to the Office of the Registrar (). Official transcripts from institutions accredited by such other accrediting bodies must be submitted for review. If acceptance of the coursework from the non-regionally accredited institution is needed to meet regular admission requirements, students will be admitted as non-degree seeking only prior to the completion of the review. In general, any credit and coursework accepted from a non-regionally accredited institution must be judged as meeting a specific program and course requirement; general elective credit will not be awarded.
Athens State University recognizes credit earned through examinations completed under the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) under the Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support (DANTES) provided acceptable examination scores are achieved. Official transcripts of AP, CLEP, or DSST scores must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions before any credit is awarded. If official examination transcripts cannot be obtained, no credit will be awarded. Since AP, CLEP, and DSST are only accepted as non-graded credit, any credit awarded will not factor in to a student’s grade point average. Credit awarded for AP and CLEP examinations is at the 100-200 level; some credit earned through DSST may be eligible for 300-level credit. Credit will be awarded only if it does not duplicate other earned academic credit.
Minimum exam scores required for award of credit are determined by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are subject to change without notice when ACE issues updated exam reviews and/or recommendations.