Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
Transfer applicants are students who have attended another college/university prior to Lourdes University regardless of credit hours passed or program major. Lourdes University must receive an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended by a prospective student. An official high school transcript is needed if the student is enrolled in the first semester of a college/university or has less than 12 semester hours at a college/university, or a G.P.A. under a 2.0 from last attended institution.
The University’s Registrar completes a credit evaluation for transfer students when all official transcripts from other regionally accredited colleges have been received in the Office of Admissions. A copy of the evaluation is available to the student through the academic advisor.
Only transfer credits from colleges and schools accredited by The Higher Learning Commission or its nationally affiliated equivalent accrediting associations will be accepted. The HLC nationally-affiliated accrediting associations are:
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
For international students, transfer credit is granted when courses taken at an approved (as defined by the appropriate governmental body in the international student’s home country [e.g. Ministry of Education]), degree-granting post-secondary institution are completed with a verifiable grade of “C” or better and not developmental in nature as defined by Lourdes University.
The decision regarding the acceptance of credit rests with the Office of the Registrar. Decisions about validation of courses are based on a comparison of outline or course descriptions. Course equivalencies from one institution to Lourdes University are reviewed periodically and are subject to change. Modifications to a student’s program can only be made with the approval of the appropriate department chair.
A student transferring credit from an institution not on the semester system will have his/her transfer credits converted to semester hours.
A student applying for transfer admission to Lourdes University should be in good academic standing at all accredited post-secondary institutions. Good standing generally implies a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00. A student may challenge his/her admission status by appealing to the Director of Admissions.
Transfer applications are processed on a rolling basis for Fall, Spring and Summer admission.
Lourdes University has transfer articulation agreements with the following institutions:
- Davis College
- Mercy College of Northwest Ohio
- Owens Community College
- Studio Art Centers International
- Terra Community College
- Tiffin University
- The University of Toledo
Please contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
Transfer students are encouraged to attend a registration day but may schedule an appointment with their academic advisor upon receiving their acceptance letter.
An online orientation program for transfer and commuter students with 19 or more credit hours is also offered and completion of the program is required for students new to Lourdes. This program also serves as an introduction to Lourdes University and provides an overview of programs and services that are available.