Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

Procedural guide for implementing BoR policies related to Academic Affairs

3.3 Undergraduate Admissions for Transfer Students

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A transfer student is any student seeking admission as a degree-seeking student and who has completed transferable coursework. Students with 30 or more transferable hours must meet transfer admission requirements. Students with fewer than 30 transferable semester credit hours are required to meet freshman admission requirements. Students who have completed 30 or more transferable hours, regardless of the date of high school graduation, may be admitted under transfer admission requirements. This includes students who have earned college credit through dual enrollment, early college, or examination (AP or IB).

Institutions must give priority consideration to students transferring from another USG institution who meet transfer standards higher than the USG policy standards. Transfer students must receive the same consideration as native students in determining program admissibility.

To receive priority consideration for transfer admission, students should meet the following criteria:

Sending Institution Credit Hours Criteria
All institutions except research universities Students with 15-19 semester credits Meet regular freshman admissions requirements
Minimum GPA of 2.0 in core curriculum at the sending institution
Research universities Associate Degree or 60 semester credits in core curriculum Minimum GPA of 3.0

Transfer hours are defined as hours that would be acceptable by the receiving institution according to the USG’s and the receiving institution’s prevailing policies. Excluded are institutional credit coursesand vocational courses. These hours should include transferable hours earned at all postsecondary institutions attended.

Transfer GPA is defined as the Grade Point Average calculated on all transferable hours (see definition of transfer hours) plus all attempted but unearned hours at regionally accredited institutions in courses applicable to transfer programs at the receiving institution.

Applicants with more than 30 transferable semester hours must meet all of the prevailing LS requirements and RHSC deficiency make-up courses applicable before transferring.

Students who have earned a career associate degree may apply for admission to a program leading to the baccalaureate degree according to the institution’s criteria for admission for the program. Students with an earned career associate degree will not be held to RHSC requirements.

Students completing non-transfer associate degrees (e.g., Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Science in various health areas, and Associate of Applied Technology) at regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine their eligibility for admission.

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3.3.1 Limited Transfer Admission

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Students who do not meet USG requirements may be considered for admission under Limited Admission. Institutions may admit up to 10% of all transfer students as Limited Admission students. The base of this percent is the number of unduplicated headcount new transfer students admitted over the previous fiscal year. This Limited Transfer Admission category is separate from the freshman Limited Admissions category.

Transfer students admitted as Limited Admissions students, including Presidential Exceptions who have RHSC deficiencies documented from another USG institution, shall be required to satisfy those deficiencies by subject area in the same manner as defined for Limited Admission Freshmen.

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3.3.2 English Proficiency and Transfer Students

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Students who are non-native speakers of English, who transfer from an institution of higher education outside the U.S. where English was not the language of instruction, are required to submit an English language proficiency exam score from one of the approved providers below along with their foreign credentials.

The minimum and recommended scores acceptable for admission:

  Minimum Score for Admission* Recommended Score for Admission
Internet TOEFL 69 79
Paper TOEFL (only accepted until October 2019) 523 550
IELTS 6 6.5
Old SAT (administered prior to March 2016) Critical Reading section 430  
New SAT (administered March 2016 or later) Reading test 24  
ACT English 17  
EIKEN Pre-1  
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery) 77  
Cambridge English Scale Score - which can be demonstrated in B2 First (First Certificate in English - FCE), C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English - CAE) or C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English - CPE) 169 177
Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) IGCSE and “O” Level “English” exams “D” or Better  
UK GCSE “English” exam “C” or Better  
UK GCE A-Level “English” exam “C” or Better  
EdExcel International A-Levels and IGCSE English exams “D” or Better  
Pearson (PTE) Academic 53 58
Completion of an approved USG campus-based ESL program of study. Per USG approval.  
A waiver of the English proficiency requirement can be applied to students who have successfully completed academic instruction in English. Successful completion can be demonstrated by one of the following methods: 1) Proof of degree at the secondary or collegiate level either outside or inside the U.S. where English is the official language of academic instruction. 2) Proof of completion of the equivalent of English 1101 and/or 1102 with a grade of C or better in one or both courses, at an accredited U.S. institution.Per USG campus review. 

*Institutions and departmental programs within the institution may set higher minimum test scores for admission.

English and Math admissions criteria, including the SAT or ACT, and placement criteria are required for international students.

Institutions may develop procedures to determine whether there is a need for placement in Learning Support English and/or ESL courses for students who meet the minimum English Proficiency requirements. An academically admissible applicant with credentials from another country who meets the minimum English Proficiency requirements (as indicated by an approved method for determining English Proficiency described above), but could benefit from supplemental English language instruction may be admitted to a degree program on the condition that the student will receive the supplemental English language instruction in a System-approved program . If a student does not meet the minimum English Proficiency requirements (as indicated by an approved method for determining English Proficiency described above), then the student cannot be granted regular admission . If an institution has an approved English-as-a-Second Language program then the student can be referred to and admitted into that program* . Programs of English-as-a Second Language used under this provision must be approved by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer.

*Please note that for these cases for F-1 students, the English-as-a-Second Language program must be approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) via an I-17. The I-20 for this type of case must be issued reflecting English Language Study.

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