Guidelines for Evaluating Credit

At the time of admission to the university, previously earned college credit is evaluated by the Registrar’s Office in accordance with regulations established by the faculty as to acceptability for transfer and a summary of all previous college work and all transferable work is prepared by the Registrar for use in advisement of the student. Such evaluation does not constitute an agreement to accept any specific credit in lieu of any specific requirement for graduation from Aurora University. The following general criteria are used by the Registrar in determining acceptability for transfer:

  • Credit is ordinarily considered acceptable for transfer if it is comparable to coursework offered by Aurora University or generally considered to be part of a liberal arts based curriculum.
  • Only credit earned at regionally accredited schools or at schools accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognized accrediting bodies is considered for transfer through the normal process.
  • A transfer course must be the equivalent of a C- or higher.
  • A maximum of 68 semester hours in transfer from two-year institutions (this also includes any credit through AP, CLEP, or DSST exams).
  • A maximum of 90 semester hours total in transfer from four-year institutions, or a combination of two-year/four-year institutions.
  • Technical and developmental (remedial courses) are not transferable for credit.
  • We only recognize AA/AS or BA/BS degree from regionally accredited institutions.
  • Students should be aware that some programs of the university have time limits for transfer of credit into the major, although there is no general time limit for the university.
  • Grades earned at other schools are used to determine transferability of credit, and as a criterion for transfer admission, but are not included in the student’s AU grade point average.
  • External courses that are approved to transfer into Aurora University will transfer the same amount of credits that were originally earned at the external institution. For example, if a student completed PSY-100 Introduction to Psychology at their previous institution and earned 3 semester hours, they would be granted 3 semester hours of credit for the Introduction to Psychology course at Aurora University.
  • Current Students: When a student wishes to register for college work at another institution, or to take a correspondence course or a CLEP examination, he/she must file a Petition for Prior Approval seeking approval from the Registrar to make sure that the work he/she plans to do will be transferable and applicable toward his/her degree. This petition must be submitted for review prior to registering for coursework at other institutions.
  • All international transcripts must be evaluated by ECE or WES before they can be reviewed by AU.
  • The Registrar’s Office at AU will use the results of the evaluation report to determine transfer of foreign credit to the College.
  • You are responsible for all fees associated with credential evaluation.
  • Learning achieved through the military or in other organized training programs may be credited in those cases where it has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS): A maximum of 12 military/ACE credits will be accepted.
  • Please visit the Aurora University catalog for more information on Portfolio Assessment and Life/Vocational Experience Credit.
  • AU awards college credit for specific Internships/Field Work/Practicums as general elective credit. However, we can only accept a maximum of four (4) semester hours combined.
  • AU awards college credit to students who earn acceptable scores on the following standardized subject exams: Official score reports must be submitted for evaluation; visit