» GE Policies for Transfer Students

*Note: we are changing the names of some of our GE categories. The first name listed is the term we have been using, and the term in parentheses is the new name that is beginning to be used this year. You will see this throughout the GE pages.

Transfer Students

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Transfer students at Chapman are required to meet Chapman’s General Education (GE) requirements but may be exempt from some, though not all, of these requirements. It is important that transfer students understand the policies that apply, which are summarized below.

  •  All transfer students must complete the GE language requirement, either at Chapman, through courses previously taken, or through demonstrated proficiency. See more information on the language requirement.
  • All transfer students must complete the Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Exploration Focus) requirement, either in part or in full. The secondary area of study requirement is completed through completing a minor, second major, the University Honors Program or an Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Themed Inquiry)*.
    • Students who transfer less than 30 completed credits must complete the full Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Exploration Focus)* requirement.
    • Students who transfer between 30 and 59.99 completed credits may complete a minor, second major or University Honors. They may also choose to complete an Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Themed Inquiry)*, and instead of the required total of 4 courses, complete 3 courses, two of which must be upper division.
    • Students who transfer 60 completed credits or more may complete a minor, second major or University Honors. They may also choose to complete an Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Themed Inquiry)*, and instead of the required a total of 4 courses, complete 2 courses, both of which must be upper division.
    • No courses taken prior to beginning at Chapman may be used to complete an Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Themed Inquiry)*.
  • All transfer students must complete the First-year Focus requirement, the First-year Foundations course, unless they have completed 24 or more credits at an institution of higher education after graduation from high school. Dual enrollment and test credit do not count towards the 24 credits.
    • Transfer students who have attended 1 or more semesters at a 4-year institution of higher learning and who have taken a 3-credit first-year seminar course focused specifically on critical thinking may be able to waive this requirement. A copy of the syllabus for this course and a request for review must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
  • Transfer students who have completed a general education certification program, either the CSU GE Breadth or IGETC programs in California, or, if transferring from other states, the equivalent to the California certification programs, will complete all GE requirements except those listed above [language and Inter/Multidisciplinary Cluster (Themed Inquiry)*]. Certification, and questions regarding certification, can be sent to the Office of the University Registrar, and can be discussed with an Academic Advisor in the Academic Advising Center.
  • Military veterans may be eligible to receive 6 credits of academic credit for a year of honorably completed active duty military service and will complete the GE Citizenship/Community/Service requirement. Please contact the Academic Advising Center for further information on documentation required.


GE category credit for any course taken prior to beginning your studies at Chapman may be determined using the Transfer Guides available at the Office of the University Registrar’s web page on Transfer and Articulation. The course must be passed successfully and the transcript sent to the Office of the University Registrar.

If a course you have taken at another institution of higher learning is not listed in the Transfer and Articulation Guides, you may submit it for consideration, to satisify a GE requirement by using the Transfer/Study Abroad Course Petition for GE Approval form and providing a copy of the syllabus. 

  • Note: Many students submit courses that have a lot of writing for consideration for the Written Inquiry category.  Please know that the amount of writing is not part of the consideration for Written Inquiry approval.  A Written Inquiry course must examine the ways language is used to negotiate social, educational, and intellectual relationships in various contexts to a range of audiences.


IMPORTANT: Be sure that all final transcripts from prior schools and any test scores used to complete GE requirements are received by the Office of the University Registrar as soon as possible so that you know what GE categories are completed prior to registration.

It is highly advisable that all transfer students meet with their Academic Advisor in the Office of Academic Advising during their first year at Chapman to be sure that their prior competed academic credits are accurately reflected in their record and are counted in the appropriate GE categories.