Transfer Credit Details
Transferring to Clayton State University
Once a transfer student is fully admitted to Clayton State University, the student’s information is sent from the Office of Admissions to the Registrar's Office for evaluation. Transfer evaluations are completed in the order of students’ acceptance to the University. Upon completion, a letter will be sent via USPS to the student’s address on file. Completed transfer evaluations may be viewed on the DUCK.
Transfer credit is evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Clayton State University only accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and
universities. The regional accrediting bodies are:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission)
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Junior)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (Senior)
- Only undergraduate coursework reflected on an official transcript is considered for transfer credit.
- Post-Baccalaureate, graduate, and transient students’ transcripts are not evaluated.
- Transfer credit is awarded in semester hours. Quarter hours will be converted to semester hours upon evaluation. One quarter hour is the equivalent of 2/3 semester hour. The conversion will be truncated to two decimal places (3.33, 2.67, etc.).
- If a course is repeated (and is not a course that is repeatable for credit), only the final graded attempt will be eligible for credit.
- A course taken at the freshman/sophomore level at a previous school may not receive equivalent credit for a course taught at the junior/senior level at Clayton State University.
- To be eligible for credit, lower-level courses require a grade of D or higher (with the exception of ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102, which require a C or higher); upper-level courses require a grade of C or higher.
- Failed courses will not be awarded credit; however, these grades will be included in the transfer GPA. All grades received for regionally accredited college-level coursework, including repeated courses and courses not applicable toward the student’s current curriculum, are counted in the transfer GPA. Remedial courses will be excluded from the transfer GPA.
- Transfer credit routinely will not be awarded for internships; practicums; seminars; workshops; co-ops; experiential learning; directed studies; research courses; project courses; remedial courses; introduction to college/orientation courses; career planning courses; physical education courses; or audited courses. Transfer credit also will not be awarded for credit by exam, competencies, or exemptions granted by another institution.
- Courses used to meet CPC deficiencies at a previous institution will be used to meet the corresponding deficiencies at Clayton State University.
- Career/technical courses only are applicable to the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program at Clayton State University and therefore only will be considered for credit for students admitted to this program. Transfer of technical credit will be regulated by the policies of the BAS program.
- Test scores (AP, CLEP, IB) must be officially submitted to the Registrar's Office for consideration. Credit for tests will not be awarded based on a high school or college transcript.
- Courses deemed equivalent to those taught at Clayton State University will be assigned Clayton State University course numbers. For courses deemed transferable for which there is no exact equivalent, elective credit will be granted.
- Students with transcripts from a college or university outside the United States must submit a foreign credential evaluation from WES or Josef Silny & Associates in order for the credits to be evaluated by the Registrar's Office. For information regarding foreign credential evaluation requirements, please review the Required Materials for International Transfer Students.
- A Joint Services Transcript (JST) is not required for acceptance to Clayton State University. However, an official JST must be submitted in order for military experience to be considered for college credit. Upon admission to Clayton State University, students may request a review of a JST by sending an inquiry via their Clayton State University student email account to ClaytonStateRegistrar@clayton.edu. For assistance in obtaining a JST, please visit the Veterans Resource Center page.
Transfer credit is not guaranteed. Credit is considered on an individual basis. Each student will meet with an academic advisor who will review the student’s academic history and determine how transfer credit may be applied within the curriculum. For inquiries about a course/courses for which an equivalent or elective credit is thought to be plausible but for which no equivalent or elective credit was granted, please contact the appropriate academic department. Students needing additional assistance with transfer credit policies should contact the Registrar's Office at (678) 466-4145.