Transfer of Credit

This policy applies to all courses presented for transfer to Gettysburg College except those completed through the Central Pennsylvania Consortium or through an affiliated program administered by the Office of Off-Campus Studies.

After enrolling at Gettysburg College, students may transfer a maximum of three course credits. Transfer credit may be presented at the time of matriculation. After matriculation, all transfer credit must be pre-approved by the Office of the Registrar. Students entering Gettysburg College as a transfer student must satisfy all additional course requirements and a minimum of 16 course credits at Gettysburg College or through a regular College-approved program of off-campus study.

Credit for academic work completed at another institution may be awarded based upon the following criteria:

  1. Student must arrange for the transfer institution to send an official transcript to the Gettysburg College Office of the Registrar.
  2. Transfer institutions within the United States must be regionally accredited. Institutions outside of the United States must be recognized as degree granting institutions by their home country. International transcripts may require a third-party evaluation by World Education Services (WES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services.
  3. Credit of at least two semester hours or three quarter hours and a grade of C- or better (or its equivalent) must be earned to be eligible for transfer.
  4. Courses must be similar to Gettysburg College courses in content, method of instruction, and rigor. Online, hybrid, distance learning courses: Normally credit is not accepted for courses without regular meeting times, or contact time with the course instructor. Transfer credit for this type of course can be considered on an individual basis only with the support of the appropriate department chair.

To insure that a full load under another credit system equates to a full load at Gettysburg College, the following conversion scheme applies to students presenting more than three transfer course credits for evaluation:

Sem. Hrs.   G'burg Units   Qtr. Hrs.   G'burg Units    

            4          1.00     6          1.00

            3          .80       5          .80

            2          .50       4          .65

                                    3          .50

Exemption from these rules may be considered on a case-by-case basis.