Credential Requirements for Transfer Applicants
If you have graduated from high school, attended another regionally accredited post-secondary institution, and attempted one or more courses, you are a transfer student, regardless of credit earned. We welcome you to our campus community!
Use the Transfer Enrollment Checklist to ensure you stay on track.
Note: Remember that you must also submit an application for admission with a non-refundable application fee. You can apply online.
Official transcripts, mailed directly from the college or university registrar’s office to the USC Upstate Admissions Office, must be received from every institution the applicant has attended. Student’s currently enrolled should request of transcript of all work completed at the time of application and request that another transcript be sent when all work is completed. Please note that transcripts must be issued within 30 days of sending them to the Upstate Admissions Office to be considered official transcripts.
High School Transcripts/Test Scores
A student who has completed fewer than 30 semester hours of transferable courses at the time of application must also meet freshman admission requirements. Please see the freshman credential requirements for information on high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.
Although the University imposes no time limit upon the acceptance of college-level courses and SAT/ACT scores, the deans of the University's colleges and schools ultimately determine which transfer courses are credited in their programs.
Transferring Credit from an Accredited Institution
For the purposes of admission, a transfer grade-point average is calculated using all credits attempted and all grades earned on college-level courses at other institutions. In addition, transfer credits to USC Upstate must be for academic courses completed with grades of "C" or better from regionally accredited institutions. The number of credits acceptable to the University and the number that may apply toward a particular degree may differ. These credits and grades will also be included in calculating honors for graduation from the University. Colleges within the University have the right to consider all attempted college-level work in determining admission to particular programs and/or advancement into upper-division or professional-level courses. Exemption credit or acceptance of transfer credit by another college has no bearing on the evaluation of transfer credit at the University.
Transferring Credits from a Junior College or Two-Year College
A maximum of 76 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or two-year college may be transferred the University for degree credit.
Transferring Credit from Military Educational Experiences
A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit by correspondence and credit awarded for educational experiences in the military may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree and must be approved by the dean of the college from which the degree is to be awarded.
Transferring Credit as a Non-Degree Seeking Special Student
A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit earned while classified as a non-degree special student in the University may be applied toward meeting the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Students transferring to the University from another college or university must, before enrolling in class at the University, have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the dean of the college in which they will enroll.
Transferring Credit from Non-accredited Colleges
Students transferring from non-accredited colleges may be allowed to validate credit after admission to the University. Details of the validation procedure vary and may be obtained from the dean's office of the college in which the student is enrolled.
Transferring Credits Earned While on Academic Suspension
Credits earned while a student is on academic suspension from the University cannot be applied toward a degree or used in improving the grade-point average.
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