»Transfer Credit Policies and Guidelines

+-General Transfer Credit Policies

  • Only credit from regionally accredited institutions is evaluated for transferability.
  • Credit is given for baccalaureate courses excluding preparatory level, technical, vocational, professional, and work experience/co-op credits.
  • Minimum grade of C-.
  • A maximum of 70 semester credits of community college credit will be applied toward the bachelor's degree.
  • No limit is placed on the number of transferable credits from regionally accredited four-year colleges or universities. A student, however, must meet all the credit, grade, and residence requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Degree Requirements section of the current Chapman University catalog.
  • No internship or practicum credit is accepted in transfer.
  • Independent Study and special topics credit in transfer are not automatically accepted. Materials detailing the content studied may be submitted for credit consideration.
  • Coursework may not duplicate or overlap other course credits.
  • CSU transferability does not guarantee the course will be transferable to Chapman.

+-Limitations of Credit

  • A maximum of 32 credits may be earned in passing courses by examination.
  • The maximum number of credits acceptable from two-year colleges is 70.
  • A maximum of 4 credits in physical activity and 12 credits in applied dramatic art and music ensembles will be counted toward the degree. This includes both transfer and Chapman credits combined. Athletic training, dance majors, and members of athletic teams may take up to 12 credits in activity courses toward their baccalaureate degrees.
  • No more than 32 credits will be awarded for dual credit (college work taken while concurrently enrolled in high school or GED program) or combined dual credit and AP or IB.
  • No more than 15 credits may be accepted of baccalaureate level correspondence, extension, or continuing education courses. Of these no more than 6 credits may apply toward GE and no more than 6 credit may apply toward the major.

+-General Education Equivalency

  • Transfer courses approved for direct equivalency with Chapman courses carry all GE and major approvals granted to the Chapman course.
  • Courses approved by the department as substitution for major or minor requirements are not automatically granted approval to GE or other programs using the course.

+-Lower Division Transfer Credit

  • Freshman or sophomore-level courses completed at another institution will not transfer as upper-division credit. Such courses may be approved to satisfy a specific upper division course requirement but the credit does not apply towards upper division credit totals.

+-Independent Study & Special Topics Credit

  • Independent Study and special topics credit in transfer are not automatically approved for transfer. Exceptions are granted on a case by case basis provided the credit is applicable towards specific degree requirements and has the recommendation of the academic department the content falls under. The request for approval will go through the Academic Council for consideration.

+-Quarter System Converted to Semester Credit

  • Credit from quarter system schools will be converted to semester hours.
Quarter Semester
5 3.33
4 2.67
3 2.0
2 1.33
1 0.67

+-Concurrent Enrollment Load Limit

  • Chapman students may complete transfer credit concurrently, but may not exceed the course load limit as detailed in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the current Chapman catalog. Students should check WebAdvisor and consult with their Chapman academic advisor prior to registering for transfer coursework.

+-Course Equivalency

Transfer credit is assigned a course equivalency from one of three categories:

  1. DIRECT EQUIVALENCY: Transfer credit with direct equivalency with a Chapman course carries the same GE approvals as the Chapman course.
  2. GENERAL EQUIVALENCY: Transfer credit with general equivalency is assigned the equivalent subject code and an equivalent course level in either a lower division (1TR), or uppder division (3TR) status. General equivalency is used when no direct equivalency exists, when a course has yet to be reviewed, when direct equivalency is denied by the department, or when proficiency is required by the department before transfer equivalency could be assigned.
  3. NOT TRANSFERABLE: Transfer courses that are not transferable are assigned TRAN-0TR, and do not meet Chapman's general transfer policy requirements.

+-Pre-Approval & Re-Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Students wishing to confirm 2007 GE approval for courses listed with general equivalency should first check if an articulation guide for that college or university exists. To inquire about the GE approval status on a transfer course, email the school name, course, and current equivalency status to articulation@chapman.edu. Inquiries must be sent from the student's Chapman email account to authenticate the student's identity. Academic advisors may also assist students to select courses that are pre-approved for GE to transfer to Chapman.    
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