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Things to keep in mind when you apply
Who is a Transfer Student?
After graduating high school, if you have attended another college or university and attempted one or more courses, regardless of credit earned, you are a transfer student.
Accepted Credit Hours
In order for an academic course from a previous institution to be accepted at (transferred to) USC Aiken, there must be an equivalent course within the USC Aiken Academic Bulletin. Credits associated with accepted courses are called transferable credit hours.
If you have completed 12 or more transferable semester credit hours, your college academic performance will determine your eligibility for admission. If you have completed less than 12 transferable semester credit hours of college level work, your college and high school academic performance will determine your eligibility for admission.
Grade Point Average
To be considered for admission, transfer students are required to have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 GPA scale) in all previous college-level course work.
Academic Good Standing
Transfer applicants must be in academic good standing and eligible to return to the institution last attended. Therefore, applicants who are on academic suspension or dismissal from the institution that they last attended are not eligible for admission.
How to Apply
Ready to submit an application? Follow these steps and you’ll be done in no time
For additional information, please contact the Office of Admissions.
Transfer Credit Evaluation
The transfer credit review process
Transferring with an AA/AS Degree
Effective June 1, 2022, the University of South Carolina Aiken in alignment with Proviso 117.152 (CHE: Transfer of Student Credit), will guarantee that students who have earned an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a public two-year institution of higher learning shall receive a minimum of sixty transfer credit hours at a public four-year college or university and shall be given a junior status at the college or university. Course prerequisites and minimum credit requirements for awarding degrees shall still apply.
The acceptable credits will apply to each student’s degree program differently and in accordance with the requirements of the major area of study.USC Aiken publishes and consistently updates tables of transferable credits for student use in determining how each course will transfer into USC Aiken.
How Transferable Credits are Determined
Accepted credit from previous college work is determined through a transcript review prepared by the Office of Transfer Student Initiatives and Services. After being admitted to the university, students can view a list of accepted courses in their Self Service Carolina portal (Advising Transcript section) in approximately 3 weeks after their acceptance. Each course will be evaluated by the appropriate department chair/dean to determine whether to award credit towards the student's major.
Transferable Credit Criteria
In general, transfer credit is awarded when:
- earned at a school accredited by a regional accrediting association
- a grade of C or higher is earned
- course content is similar to the corresponding course at USC Aiken
- the course completes requirements in the general education or elective areas
Keep in mind that although a course may be transferable, it may not necessarily apply to all majors, programs, or degrees.
Unofficial Transfer Reviews
Applicants may use the resources below to conduct an unofficial transcript review. The information provided through the self-review is UNOFFICIAL, but can provide insight into the transfer process. The transfer equivalencies identified through this source are not a guarantee of transfer credit, which can only be provided after an official review by the university.
- Transferable Credits from SC Technical Colleges
- Transferable Credits from colleges and institutions
How to Use the Table
Select UofSC Aiken from the drop down menu and then select your institution. Next, find the subject code and course number for the course you would like to confirm. The table will list your course on the left side of the table, and its UofSC equivalency courses on the right.
Institutional Maximums of Transferable Credit
The senior year of work (30 semester hours) must be completed in residence at UofSC Aiken and at least 12 hours of the student's major courses must be earned at UofSC Aiken. At least 25 percent of semester credit hours applicable toward the degree must be earned at UofSC Aiken. 120-semester credit hours with a minimum system grade point average of 2.0 are required for most baccalaureate degrees.
Special Enrollment Form (SERF)
Currently enrolled USC Aiken students who would like to complete courses at another college and transfer the credit back to USC Aiken, must request approval to do so by completing the SERF and procedures outlined in the SERF instructions.Special Enrollment Form
Additional Credit Types
Other types of credits that are accepted at UofSC Aiken
Institutional Challenge Exams
In some disciplines, students may receive credit for a course by requesting and earning a B or better on a challenge exam. Departments and Schools determine which of their courses may be challenged and the number of challenge exams that may be applied to major course requirements. Department chairs/school heads should be consulted concerning individual unit guidelines.
Educational Experiences in the Military
Academic credit may be awarded for educational experiences in the military if they are in accordance with recommendations published by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are consistent with University policy on transfer of credit. Credit will be applied to a degree program upon the approval of the Department Chair or School Head from which the degree is to be awarded.
The University of South Carolina Aiken supports the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program, which allows high school students the opportunity to pursue college-level courses in their own schools and to be taught the material by their own teachers.
IB graduates who score well (4-7) on their Higher Level exams will be awarded college credit as determined by the academic departments. No credit is awarded for subjects passed at the Subsidiary level of IB, nor for scores below 4 on the higher level exams.
College Board CLEP
The University awards credit by examination for College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) SUBJECT exams. By attaining an acceptable score, a student may receive credit equal to that normally earned in the comparable University course.
Dantes Subject (DSST)
The University awards credit by examination for Dantes Subject (DSST) exams. By attaining an acceptable score, a student may receive credit equal to that normally earned in the comparable University course.
Programs and Agreements
Pathway programs designed for seamless transfer
Pathway agreements developed between technical colleges in South Carolina and the University of South Carolina Aiken are available through the link above.
Pathway agreements developed for future education transfer students who begin their studies at Aiken Technical College.
An online degree completion program that's designed for students who have already completed their general education requirements and need to finish their undergraduate degree online.
The University of South Carolina Aiken's 100% online RN to BSN program is designed to help working nurses transform their nursing practice in as few as 12 months.
Ways for Transfer Students to get more involved on campus
National Transfer Student Week
Held annually in October
Join us for this annual event to celebrate and welcome members of the Pacer Transfer Nation!
There will be events through the week, from virtual sessions with the Transfer Center team to in-person social and educational events. Click here to view the schedule and learn more about National Transfer Student Week.
Some next steps and resources that you might find helpful
After submitting your application, you can check the status of your application in the Pacer Application Portal
In addition to receiving the final admission decision, applicants may send and receive messages from the Admissions Office and review a checklist of which documents have been received or are needed before an admissions decision is made from within the portal. Admissions decisions are typically available three to four weeks after a complete application has been submitted.
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