Transfer of Credit Policy

This policy applies to all coursework considered for transfer to Bellarmine University.
Bellarmine University awards transfer credit for grades “D” or higher in undergraduate coursework or B- in graduate coursework that is considered college-level and is from regionally accredited institutions when similar in scope, content, and standards to courses offered at Bellarmine. Remedial, technical, vocational, internship, externship, and courses not consistent with the liberal arts tradition are not transferable.

Students must provide official transcripts sent directly from the other institution(s) to be reviewed for transfer of credit eligibility. Transfer of credit evaluations (TCE’s) are made on a course-by course basis by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with appropriate academic department chairs when necessary. Credits, transferred in semester hour equivalents, may be articulated as directly equivalent to a Bellarmine course or as elective credit. Upon receipt of their TCE, students may provide the Registrar’s Office with additional descriptive material if further review is desired. Transfer work becomes a part of the official Bellarmine record after a student has been fully accepted and enrolled in the university.

Credits and grades are recorded on the official Bellarmine transcript; however, transfer grades do not affect the student’s grade point average (except in the one-time calculation of graduation honors, see below). The residency requirements of the university must be satisfied regardless of the number of credits transferred.

Once a student has matriculated at Bellarmine, he or she may not take a course at another institution and transfer it back to repeat a course previously taken at Bellarmine (transfer credits do not include GPA, therefore the original grade earned cannot be replaced).

If a student who entered Bellarmine as a transfer student repeats a course at Bellarmine that was taken at a previous school, and that repeat is in accordance with Bellarmine’s Repeat Policy, the student will be awarded the Bellarmine credit in the class. The credit for the original class will be eliminated from the overall credit totals of the student.

Currently, Bellarmine University has no formal articulation agreements with any other institutions. Prospective transfer students have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors and department chairs to discuss the transferability of coursework in advance of admission acceptance.