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Office of Records and Registration

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy

Winthrop University, in general, accepts transfer course credit from other institutions of higher education under the following conditions:

1. The course work must have been taken at an institution that is accredited by the commission on colleges of a regional accreditation agency.

2. The subject matter and the level of the course must be appropriate to Winthrop’s general education curriculum or the program into which the student is transferring.

3. The grade that is received for the course must be at least a C- or a grade with a minimum level equivalent to a C-.

Transferring students who have completed course work in general studies programs are permitted to transfer only 15 semester hours of selected courses from such programs into any curriculum at Winthrop. The selection of the courses and the applicability to the curriculum is determined by the academic division receiving the student.

The individual college at Winthrop makes the final determination of the applicability of the accepted credit to the student’s degree program. Only 65 semester hours from a two-year college may be applied toward a baccalaureate degree program at Winthrop.

A transfer student must earn a minimum of 25% of the semester hours required for a degree (31 hours in a 124-hour program) at Winthrop to complete requirements for an undergraduate degree. (See Residence Requirements.)

Transfer credit is not used in computing a student’s grade-point average at Winthrop. However, it is used in computing eligibility for academic honors and the LIFE Scholarship.

Winthrop University will award 2 hours of credit (Physical Education Elective) for completion of Basic Training.  In order to obtain credit, new students must a DD-214 form or DD-2586 form to Office of Admissions .  Currently enrolled students should submit the form to Records and Registration.

Students who have taken military course work and who wish for that course work to be evaluated for transfer credit to Winthrop University, should request that an official transcript be mailed to the Office of Admissions (new students) or Records and Registration (continuing students).   The office of student services in the applicable college will evaluate military credit using the current edition of Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces .  The academic college will make the final determination on the applicability of the acceptable credit the the students degree program.


Winthrop University will consider professional certification credit using the recommendations of the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT).

Winthrop students who wish to take coursework at another institution should contact their Student Services Office for completion of the Approval To Transfer Credit form.  This will ensure that courses will transfer back to Winthrop and indicate the Winthrop equivalent course so that students can apply the course(s) to their degree program.