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Transfer Students

Transfer Admission
An applicant who has attended another regionally accredited post-secondary institution in any capacity, regardless if credit is earned, after the completion of high school is a transfer student. Transfer applicants for admission must submit:
1. Completed Undergraduate Application
2. Official transcripts from all post secondary institutions attended (you must also submit a final official transcript for all coursework in progress up until the time of enrollment prior to beginning of classes at the University)
3. High school transcript and official SAT/ACT scores if less than 30 semester hours of college-level work have been attempted in a regionally accredited college or university
4. Non-refundable $25.00 application fee


Major emphasis is placed on the applicant's previous academic record and eligibility to return to the college or university last attended. Failure of transfer students to submit Complete records of all college and university attendance, whether credit was earned or not, may constitute sufficient cause for dismissal from the University. The submission of fraudulent records constitutes grounds for denial of admission or dismissal from the University. Transfer students must earn at least 30 semester hours in residence at South Carolina State University to earn a degree.


REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

A minimum 2.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale, or the equivalent of a "C" on other scales.
Official transcripts submitted from each college or university attended.
If less than 30 semester hours have been earned, in addition to college or university transcripts applicants must submit a complete high school transcript, SAT/ACT score high school grade point average and class rank.

TRANSFER CREDIT
Only grades of "C" and better are accepted for transfer credit. Each transcript is evaluated on its own merit in accordance with its conformity with the program of study at South Carolina State University. Credit transferred is not used in computing the grade point average at South Carolina State University.

Applicants should be prepared to supply the catalog of the institution or institutions previously attended.

Students transferring from non-accredited institutions are temporarily assigned an unclassified standing.

 



New Statewide Transfer Agreement and Policies in South Carolina


The South Carolina Commissions on Higher Education on March 24, 2010 approved changes to the Transfer Policy for Public Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions in South Carolina The new South Carolina Course Transfer and Articulation Center www.sctrac.org
The following are the new policies:


Statewide Transfer Agreements and Policies in South Carolina


Statewide Transfer Agreements


Statewide transfer agreements are designed to enhance the transfer of academic credits by promoting a seamless transition for the students from one institution to another. Such agreements provide prospective students with a more concise roadmap of the courses required for transfer into a variety of degree programs.

One example of a statewide transfer agreement is the University of South Carolina – Columbia’s Bridge Program with the South Carolina Technical College System. In the Bridge Program, students begin their academic studies at a technical or community college and then transfer to the University of South Carolina once they have completed at least 30 semester hours of coursework and meet the University’s admission requirements. While enrolled in the technical or community college, students participating in the Bridge Program have access to a variety of services from the University's admissions, housing, and financial aid offices, as well as to the Career Center, and the Student Success Center. Details about this transfer agreement and many others can be found by using the Search for Transfer Agreements function.

Another example of a statewide transfer agreement is the Statewide Articulation of 86 Courses referred to in the Policy included below. This agreement is commonly referred to as the “List of Universally Transferable Courses” because it lists general education courses that are guaranteed to transfer to any two- or four-year public institution in the state. While these courses are guaranteed to transfer, some may transfer as elective credit and not toward degree requirements. Therefore, students are advised to use the Search for Equivalencies function and to consult with academic counselors to learn more about how these courses will transfer to each specific institution.

In addition, the Statewide Transfer Blocks referred to in the Policy below provide another example of statewide transfer agreements. These Transfer Blocks list the courses that will transfer toward baccalaureate degree requirements at all four-year public institutions in relevant four-year degree programs.


The Commission on Higher Education’s Policy on Transfer


The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is responsible for establishing policies and procedures for the transferability of courses at the undergraduate level between two- and four-year institutions. These policies and procedures are defined below.

Transfer Policy for Public Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions in South Carolina
The South Carolina Course Articulation and Transfer System serves as the primary tool and source of information for transfer of academic credit between and among institutions of higher education in the state. The system provides institutions with the software tools needed to update and maintain course articulation and transfer information easily. The student interface of this system is the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SCTRAC) web portal: www.SCTRAC.org. This web portal is an integrated solution to meet the needs of South Carolina’s public colleges and universities and their students and is designed to help students make better choices and avoid taking courses which will not count toward their degree. Each institution’s student information system interfaces with www.SCTRAC.org to help students and institutions by saving time and effort while ensuring accuracy and timeliness of information.

Admissions Criteria, Course Grades, GPA’s, Validations
All four-year public institutions will issue a transfer guide annually in August or maintain such a guide online. Information published in transfer guides will cover at least the following items:

  • The institution's definition of a transfer student.
  1. Requirements for admission both to the institution and, if more selective, requirements for admission to particular programs.
  2. Institutional and, if more selective, programmatic maximums of course credits allowable in transfer.
  3. Information about course equivalencies and transfer agreements.
  4. Limitations placed by the institution or its programs for acceptance of standardized examinations (e.g., SAT, ACT) taken more than a given time ago, for academic coursework taken elsewhere, for coursework repeated due to failure, for coursework taken at another institution while the student is academically suspended at his/her home institution, and so forth.
  5. Information about institutional procedures used to calculate student applicants' Grade Point Averages (GPA) for transfer admission. Such procedures will describe how nonstandard grades (withdrawal, withdrawal failing, repeated course, etc.) are evaluated; and they will also describe whether all coursework taken prior to transfer or only coursework deemed appropriate to the student's intended four-year program of study is calculated for purposes of admission to the institution and/or to the programmatic major.
  6. Institutional policies related to "academic bankruptcy" (i.e., removing an entire transcript or parts thereof from a failed or underachieving record after a period of years has passed) so that re-entry into the four-year institution with course credit earned in the interim elsewhere is done without regard to the student's earlier record.
  7. "Residency requirements" for the minimum number of hours required to be earned at the institution for the degree.


South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SCTRAC)
All two-and four-year public institutions will publish information related to course articulation and transfer, including but not limited to items A through D mentioned above, on the South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center website (www.SCTRAC.org). Course equivalency information listing all courses accepted from each institution in the state (including the 86 courses in the Statewide Articulation Agreement) and their respective course equivalencies (including courses in the "free elective" category) will be made available on www.SCTRAC.org. This course equivalency information will be updated as equivalencies are added or changed and will be reviewed annually for accuracy. Additionally, articulation agreements between public South Carolina institutions of higher education will be made available on www.SCTRAC.org, will be updated as articulation agreements are added or changed, and will be reviewed annually for accuracy. All other transfer information published on www.SCTRAC.org will be reviewed at least annually and updated as needed.

Statewide Articulation
The Statewide Articulation Agreement of 86 courses approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions is applicable to all public institutions, including two-year institutions and institutions within the same system. In instances where an institution does not have courses synonymous to ones on this list, it will identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education courses on the statewide list. This list of courses is available online at www.che.sc.gov as well as on www.SCTRAC.org.


Statewide Transfer Blocks
The Statewide Articulation Agreement of 86 courses approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education for transfer from two- to four-year public institutions is applicable to all public institutions, including two-year institutions and institutions within the same system. In instances where an institution does not have courses synonymous to ones on this list, it will identify comparable courses or course categories for acceptance of general education courses on the statewide list. This list of courses is available online at www.che.sc.gov as well as on www.SCTRAC.org.

The Statewide Transfer Blocks established in 1996 will be accepted in their totality toward meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at all four-year public institutions in relevant four-year degree programs. Several Transfer Blocks were updated in March 2009: Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Business; Engineering; and Science and Mathematics; the remaining Transfer Blocks, Teacher Education and Nursing, are currently being revised. The courses listed in each Transfer Block will be reviewed periodically by the Commission’s Academic Affairs staff in consultation with the Advisory Committee on Academic Programs to ensure their accuracy, and the Transfer Blocks will be updated as needed.

For the Nursing Transfer Block, by statewide agreement, at least 60 semester hours will be accepted by any public four-year institution toward the baccalaureate completion program (BSN) from graduates of any South Carolina public associate degree program in nursing (ADN), provided that the program is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and that the graduate has successfully passed the National Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and is a currently licensed Registered Nurse.

Any student who has completed either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree program at any public two-year South Carolina institution which contains the total coursework found in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences or the Science and Mathematics Transfer Block will automatically be entitled to junior-level status or its equivalent at whatever public senior institution to which the student might have been admitted. However, as agreed by the Advisory Committee on Academic Programs, junior status applies only to campus activities such as priority order for registration for courses, residence hall assignments, parking, athletic event tickets, etc. and not in calculating academic degree credits. For a complete listing of all courses in each Transfer Block, see www.che.sc.gov/AcademicAffairs/TRANSFER/transfer.htm.

Assurance of Transferability of Coursework Covered by the Transfer Policy
Coursework (i.e., individual courses, transfer blocks, and statewide agreements) covered within this transfer policy will be transferable if the student has completed the coursework with a "C" grade (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above. However, the transfer of grades does not relieve the student of the obligation to meet any GPA requirements or other admissions requirements of the institution or program to which application has been made. In addition, any four-year institution which has institutional or programmatic admissions requirements for transfer students with cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) higher than 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will apply such entrance requirements equally to transfer students from regionally accredited South Carolina public institutions regardless of whether students are transferring from a four-year or two-year institution.

Any coursework covered within this transfer policy will be transferable to any public institution without any additional fee and without any further encumbrance such as a "validation examination," "placement examination/instrument," "verification instrument," or any other stricture, notwithstanding any institutional or system policy, procedure, or regulation to the contrary.

Assurance of Quality
All claims from any public two- or four-year institution challenging the effective preparation of any other public institution's coursework for transfer purposes will be evaluated by the staff of the Commission on Higher Education in consultation with the Advisory Committee on Academic Programs. After these claims are evaluated, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that the quality of the coursework has been reviewed and approved on a timely basis by sending and receiving institutions alike.

Transfer Officers
Each institution will provide the contact information for the institution's Transfer Office personnel, including telephone numbers, office address, and e-mail address, on its website and on www.SCTRAC.org. Transfer office personnel will:

  • Provide information and other appropriate support for students considering transfer and recent transfers.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for information on issues of transfer in the state of South Carolina.
  • Provide definitive institutional rulings on transfer questions for the institution's students under these procedures.
  • Work closely with feeder institutions to assure ease in transfer for their students.

Statewide Publication and Distribution of Information on Transfer
The staff of the Commission on Higher Education will place this document on the Commission's website under the title "Transfer Policies." In addition, information about transfer, including institutional policies, course equivalencies, and articulation agreements, will be published and distributed by all public institutions through transfer guides and be made available on www.SCTRAC.org. Furthermore, course catalogs for each public two-and four-year institution will contain a section entitled "Transfer: State Policies and Procedures." This section will:

  1. Include the Transfer Policy for Public Two-Year and Four-Year Institutions in South Carolina.
  2. Refer interested parties to www.SCTRAC.org as well as to the institutional Transfer Guide and institutional and Commission on Higher Education's websites for further information regarding transfer.

NEW Statewide Transfer Block

The Transfer Blocks listed below have been approved by the public colleges and universities in South Carolina and correspond to broad areas of the postsecondary curriculum. If admitted to a public institution in South Carolina and to a major program of study included in one of the Transfer Blocks listed below, a student may apply the courses listed in the group to graduation requirements for that major.


English Composition I
English Composition II
Biological Sciences I
Elementary Calculus
American Literature I or American Literature II or English Literature I or English Literature II
Western Civilization to 1689 or Western Civilization Post-1689 or Introduction to Philosophy or Ethics
Music Appreciation
General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
American Government
Elementary French I and Elementary French II or Elementary German I and Elementary German II or Elementary Spanish I and Elementary Spanish II
Science and Mathematics Transfer Block


English Composition I
English Composition II
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
Western Civilization Post-1689
American Literature I or American Literature II or English Literature I or English Literature II
Art History and Appreciation or Music Appreciation or Introduction to Theater
General Psychology or Introduction to Sociology
American Government
Elementary French I and Elementary French II or Elementary German I and Elementary German II
Engineering and Engineering Technology Transfer Block


English Composition I
English Composition II
College Chemistry II
University Physics I
Analytical Geometry and Calculus I
Analytical Geometry and Calculus II
Western Civilization to 1689
Business Transfer Block


English Composition I
English Composition II
Biological Sciences I and Biological Sciences II or College Chemistry I and College Chemistry II
Elementary Calculus
Principles of Accounting I
Principles of Accounting II
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Western Civilization to 1689 or Western Civilization Post-1689
English Literature I or English Literature II
Art History and Appreciation or Music Appreciation
Elementary French I and Elementary French II or Elementary German I and Elementary German II or Elementary Spanish I and Elementary Spanish II
Teacher Education Transfer Block


Under Revision - Students who wish to pursue a major in education should contact the institution to which they are applying concerning transfer of courses.
Nursing Transfer Block


Under Revision - Students who wish to pursue a major in nursing should contact the institution to which they are applying concerning transfer of courses.