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SUBJECT: 400s: Academic Affairs EFFECTIVE: April 8, 2010
Section: 402.4 Admission Policies - Transfer Applicants

  1. Institutions must implement campus policies and procedures which facilitate student transfer.

  2. Institutions may admit undergraduate applicants who have previously attended one or more postsecondary institutions following their high school graduation. Such an applicant shall be known as a "transfer" applicant. Students progressing from a diploma, certificate, associate or less program to a four-year program on the same campus are treated as transfer applicants for admission purposes.

  3. The Chancellor shall adopt procedures governing admission of undergraduate transfer applicants based on the following criteria:

    1. A transfer applicant who has completed less than 24 semester or 36 quarter hours of transferable credit shall be considered as a beginning freshman applicant.

    2. Transfer applicants who have completed 24 or more semester or 36 or more quarter hours of credit toward a degree program shall be admitted to the institution if (a) they are in good standing [not on dismissed or suspended status] at their most recent institution attended, (b) present a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale computed on all transferable work attempted [as described in C below] at all colleges and universities previously attended; and (c) satisfy any additional criteria established at the institution for the selective admission of students to the institution or selected institution programs. Transfer applicants who do not meet requirements, (a) or (b), may be evaluated on an individual basis.

    3. Admission of undergraduate transfer applicants is based on transfer coursework which is comparable to that offered by the receiving institution. Other college-level courses completed may be used in evaluation for admission in accordance with each institution's policy.

    4. Transfer courses, as defined in subparagraph C, shall be accepted in transfer if earned at colleges or universities that are regionally accredited.

    5. Comparable courses from institutions and organizations that are accredited by an association recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or U.S. Department of Education shall be reviewed for transferability according to institution policies.

    6. In all cases, residency requirements and the precise amount of transfer credit which is applicable toward a particular degree is determined by the receiving institution.

    7. Each institution shall make available to transfer applicants a written description of its policies and procedures for transcript evaluation. The description shall identify an individual or department whom students may contact for transfer information or evaluation.

    8. The NDUS office shall publish a guide for transfer students within the NDUS and make it available through each institution.

    9. Colleges and universities may award credit for education received from non-collegiate institutions on the basis of the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in Armed Services, the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs, and such other published guidelines as appropriate.

New Policy. SBHE Minutes, June 26-27, 1985, pg 5381.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, June 25, 1987, page 5614.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, March 8-9, 1990, page 5957.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, January 31, 1991, page 6089.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, June 19, 1998, page 6903.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, February 21-22, 2002.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, November 20, 2003.
Amendment SBHE Minutes, April 8, 2010.

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