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The University of South Alabama transfer credit policy is designed to facilitate the transfer of students and their coursework from one college or university to another, assure the maximum utilization of work accomplished at another institution, and encourage students to advance toward graduation in four years.
The University of South Alabama accepts transfer work from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. Incoming transfer coursework will be evaluated against the University of South Alabama bulletin in effect for the semester and year in which the student enrolls at the University. A University of South Alabama equivalent course, disciplinary elective or general elective will be assigned based on comparability of the course content.
A student enrolled in the University of South Alabama is not permitted to take credit work as a transient student at another institution to be applied toward a degree without prior permission from the dean of their respective college. The permission must be in writing, specifying which courses are acceptable and their equivalents at the University of South Alabama.
Please check with your academic advisor on any limitations applicable to transfer credit. Academic Advisors will complete a Transient Credit Approval Form and a copy of this permission must be filed with the University Registrar. Note that the grades from transient coursework are not reflected in the USA GPA terms.
Students must request that an Official Transcript be sent from the transient institution to USA upon completion of the approved course.
For college specific information, please see the following resources:
- College of Allied Health Professions - Advising Services
- College of Arts and Sciences - Arts and Science Advising
- Mitchell College of Business - Transient Course Credit
- College of Education and Professional Studies - Please contact the college regarding additional requirements.
- College of Engineering - Academic Policies and Forms
- College of Nursing - Please see the USA Student Transient Policy. There are no additional transient requirements.
- School of Computing - Essential Student Links
- Study Abroad - Study Abroad form
Students may view (see Quick Links) Area V requirements, STARS and Transfer Equivalency Tables for general knowledge of transfer credit accepted by the University. Transfer credit will be applied as appropriate to a student's degree program in the Degree Works audit system. The authority to apply transferred credit toward degree requirements rests with the student’s college of enrollment. USA will not accept transfer credits earned at other institutions during a period of time in which a student is on a mandatory academic suspension or dismissal as outlined in the undergraduate academic standing policy.
Check the Status of Transfer Credit Evaluation
Please make sure the Admissions Office has received transcripts from all institutions previously attended prior to Transfer Orientation and Advising. It is recommended that students also bring copies of their unofficial transcripts so that advisors may assist students with registration.
An official evaluation of transfer credit will be completed once USA receives all final official documents and students can view transferred credit within 5 -7 business days via the unofficial transcript on PAWs.
Students may earn alternative college credit from High School, AP, CLEP, Military Service, IB, GCE/A-Level Exams, Cambridge International Exams and Credit by Examination. Additionally, students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or SAT verbal score of 550 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted. In some major programs, the hours must be replaced with another course.
Students who score a minimum ACT English score of 27 or SAT verbal score of 610 will be exempt from taking English 101. Official scores should be mailed to the Office of Admissions for exemption to be granted. In some major programs, the hours must be replaced with another course.
Alabama Community Colleges
The University of South Alabama is a participant in the Reverse Transfer system with the National Student Clearinghouse. Reverse Transfer is for students who transferred to the University of South Alabama from a two-year institution prior to completing an Associate’s degree. The University of South Alabama credits are transferred back to the two-year institution for evaluation and determination of eligibility for an Associate’s degree.
Incoming students consent to the transmission of their University of South Alabama record during the transfer admission application process.
Not all two-year institutions participate in Reverse Transfer; however, many do such as those in the Alabama Community College system. It is solely the responsibility of the two-year institution to evaluate the student’s record and determine the student’s eligibility for the Associate’s degree. Students should contact the two-year institution directly with questions regarding eligibility, award dates, deadlines for receipt of degree, any associated fees, etc.
The University of South Alabama has Reverse Transfer agreements with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Pensacola State College, Jones College, Northwest Florida State College, and Auburn University School of Pharmacy.
Students who have questions about Reverse Transfer should contact the Office of the Registrar.