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Transfer Credit

In order to meet a particular educational objective, a student may find it necessary to earn credit for work done through other academic experiences. When it seems advisable to do so, the college will grant credit for the completed work provided the work is done through a regionally accredited college or university and the student has received authorization from the Registrar or Registration Office prior to enrolling in the course. A transfer course may not be used to replace a grade for an equivalent Linfield course. A student may not receive credit for both transfer courses and courses taken at Linfield with the same content. The college is under no obligation to give academic credit for instances not covered by these provisions.

Students entering Linfield College after attending another institution are referred to as transfer students. Generally, full credit is acknowledged for work completed at a regionally accredited four-year college or university, provided the courses are comparable to courses listed in the Linfield College Course Catalog and no grade in those courses is C- or below. Up to 72 credits can be granted for work taken at a regionally accredited two-year college. Generally, these must be courses numbered 100 or above. Transfer credit will be summarized on the academic record, but is not computed in a student’s GPA.

Students who have satisfied the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree requirements will, at a maximum, have to take two Linfield Curriculum courses from two of four categories as stipulated by the Registrar: Creative Studies, Ultimate Questions, Vital Past, and Quantitative Reasoning. The student must also complete one upper-division course from any of the Modes of Inquiry.

The following policy operates in relation to transfer credit awarded for general education in the Linfield Curriculum:

  • A course satisfying the Linfield Curriculum will normally earn a minimum of 3 semester hours of credit.
  • A minimum of 3 semester hours in each of six Modes of Inquiry is required for graduation.
  • Any transfer course used to meet Linfield Curriculum requirements must be at least 2 semester credits or 3 quarter credits.
  • A student who transfers in a class earning 2 semester credits will need to complete 2 additional semester credits to satisfy any single Mode of Inquiry.
  • The student will describe how the transfer course meets the learning outcomes of that Linfield Curriculum designation by posting to an online repository. In addition, for transfer courses taken after matriculation, including courses completed in other countries, the student must also electronically submit a course syllabus and exemplars of his or her work from the course that demonstrate meeting the relevant learning outcomes. These submissions should be made as soon as possible, but no later than the end of finals week of the next semester the student is on campus. For courses taken prior to matriculation, the student should submit a course syllabus and exemplars of work, if possible. These submissions must be made by the end of finals week of the student’s first semester at Linfield. Students in the R.N. to B.S.N. program are exempt from this requirement for courses taken before matriculation.

Credit is granted for study completed in other countries provided:

  • The work was done as part of an official Linfield College international study program (refer to the section on International Programs); or
  • The work was done under a recognized program at an accredited college or university in the United States; or
  • The work was done for credit at a recognized college or university in another country.