Transfer of Credit, Credit for Prior Learning & Articulation

Transfer of Credit

Credits are accepted for transfer from regionally accredited institutions. Only courses in which a grade of C or higher has been achieved are eligible for transfer. However, due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Spring 2020 courses for which credit was earned but were not graded on a letter (A-F) scale, will be eligible for transfer. These courses may not be accepted in place of courses for which an A-F letter grade is required for accreditation, certification, licensing, or related purposes. Courses listed as not being allowed to be taken pass/fail under the departmental policies of the GCU Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option Policy will be eligible for transfer, but equivalencies and placement will be determined at the discretion of the department. Transfer credits will be counted toward the degree credit total, but will not be included in the Georgian Court grade point average. Previous credits from non-regionally accredited institutions will be considered for acceptance on a case-by-case basis. Students with military experience and training should have an official copy of their Joint Services (military) transcript, showing ACE credit recommendations, sent to GCU. Courses from all sources are evaluated for transfer based on the following criteria: accreditation status of the institution, and the course description, syllabus, outline (including topics covered and time spent on each), student learning goals and objectives, assessment methods, instructional materials used (textbook, etc.), instructor credentials, level (e.g., 100-level, 200-level, etc.), mode of delivery, and credits. Students must obtain written permission from the major advisor of their discipline and the registrar to enroll in credit courses in another institution. Credit will be given only if credit has not already been awarded or earned for the related course content. Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of the Registrar within four weeks of completion of the course(s). Transfer Credit forms are available on the Office of the Registrar’s web page at

Students may transfer a maximum of 90 credits of which no more than 75 credits may transfer from a regionally accredited two-year institution and no more than 48 credits may be counted as general electives based on students’ major at the time of enrollment. Credits accepted in transfer become part of students’ permanent record. As such, they cannot be replaced by new transfer courses. To fulfill general education requirements, once students are enrolled at GCU, they are permitted to take only courses that are directly equivalent to courses in the GCU general education curriculum. Exceptions may be made for foreign language (e.g., students may transfer credits in a language not offered by Georgian Court University).

Final determination of the acceptance or denial of transfer credit is made by the department chair or program director of the field of study for courses in the field of study, by the director of general education for general education courses, and by the Office of the Provost for general electives.

Articulation Agreements

Georgian Court University has articulation agreements with Atlantic Cape Community College, Bergen Community College, Brookdale Community College, Camden County College, County College of Morris, Essex County College, Freehold Regional Performing Arts Center of Freehold Regional High School District, Hudson County Community College, Mercer County Community College, Middlesex County College, Monmouth University, New Seminary (Lakewood, New Jersey and Brooklyn, New York), New York Chiropractic College, Ocean County College, Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy, Ocean County Vocational Technical School Academy of Law and Public Safety, Passaic County Community College, Raritan Valley Community College, Rowan College at Burlington, Rowan College of South Jersey, Rutgers University, Saint George’s University, Salem Community College, Seton Hall University, Sussex County Community College, Union County College, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, University of Saint Joseph, and Warren County Community College.

To generate a student’s progress chart, which shows the use of transferred credits, the transfer of credit policy is applied using applicable articulation agreements. NJ Transfer ( shows articulation of courses between New Jersey community colleges and Georgian Court University. Progress charts for other commonly used articulation agreements are provided at Articulation agreements are available from the Office of Admissions or the Office of the Provost.

Credit by Testing

Georgian Court accepts a total of 30 credits from all testing sources combined. However, with the exception of challenge examinations, these are considered equivalent to transfer credit and are in addition to the 30 credits that must be earned at Georgian Court. All Georgian Court students must obtain written approval from the major advisor and the registrar prior to taking any of these examinations. Transfer Credit forms are available on the Office of the Registrar’s web page at Credit will be given only if credit has not already been awarded or earned for the related course content.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) [TABLE II-D]

A student who achieves a successful score on any approved general area examination or on any subject examinations may be able to receive college credit. Georgian Court accepts a total of 30 CLEP credits. To award credit, an official score report must be sent to the Office of the Registrar. CLEP credit is granted only if the related course content has not been previously completed. In order for the CLEP science examination to be accepted for the laboratory science general education requirement, the examination must be taken prior to acceptance to Georgian Court. The CLEP science examinations do not fulfill this requirement if taken after acceptance to Georgian Court.

Other Credit by Testing Options [TABLE II-E]

Students may consider other means of college credit such as DSST (formerly DANTES), Excelsior College Examinations, TECEP examinations, ACE College Credit Recommendations Service, NYU Language Proficiency exams (12-point exam; GCU will award up to 6 credits), and Columbia University Language Resource Center. To receive credit, students must earn a minimum of a C or its equivalent. Students who wish to take a challenge examination for a specific course should contact the department chair for consideration (see Policy for Credit for Prior Learning for Undergraduate Coursework).

Policy for Credit for Prior Learning for Undergraduate Coursework

If a Georgian Court course (e.g., BU454 Career/Life Experience) has been created by a department specifically to award credit for portfolios, it is not subject to the procedures described below because the department reserves the right to create separate criteria for its own courses/degree programs.

A matriculating student may earn up to 30 credits from a combination of Georgian Court challenge examinations and portfolio assessment. Credits earned by taking Georgian Court-graded challenge examinations and portfolios are Georgian Court credits, but none of these credits can be counted toward the 30 Georgian Court credits required for graduation. A matriculating student cannot take a challenge examination or submit a portfolio until at least 12 credits of “regular” Georgian Court coursework has been earned. Students cannot attempt to earn challenge examination/portfolio prior learning credits during their semester of graduation. The department chair and school dean will determine if a challenge exam/portfolio assessment option can be taken for a particular course. Challenge examinations/portfolio assessments, in other words, may be offered upon request by a student, if the department chair and the dean approve.

These credits are in addition to the number that students may earn by taking the CLEP, DSST, etc. exams, which are not Georgian Court credit.