Transfer Courses

Undergraduate Student Handbook

VII. Transfer Courses

A. On Admission
All Framingham State University courses are 4 credit courses and therefore all 3 credit hour transfer courses transferred at the end of the semester are totaled and divided by 4 (4 credits). See also procedure for Obtaining Off Campus Course Approval and Appendix iii-iv.  All approved courses transferred into Framingham State University after matriculation will be awarded Framingham course credit in an amount equal to the cumulative total number of semester credits transferred divided by 4 and rounded to the nearest whole number. For example, if a student takes three 3-credit courses, he or she will obtain two Framingham State University course credits.

Transcript credit is given only for courses in which the student received a grade of C- or better.

Although credit is awarded for all approved transfer courses, the grades will not be recorded on the student's Framingham State University transcript nor be counted in computing the quality point average.

Students may inquire further when seeking approval of courses to be taken at other institutions, and they will be notified of the total number of course credits they have earned from such courses whenever additional approved courses are transferred.

B. Matriculated Students
In order for matriculated undergraduates to receive credit for courses taken at other institutions, approval must be obtained in advance from appropriate department chairs.

Application forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.  Applications for approval of a course to be transferred should be accompanied by the appropriate course description from the catalog from that institution. Transcripts of these approved courses must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar within six weeks after the completion of the course. It is the student's responsibility to have official transcripts sent directly by the institution to the Office of the Registrar.

C. Procedure for Obtaining Off Campus Course Approval
To receive credit for courses taken at other institutions, matriculated students must obtain approval prior to registering for the course from the appropriate department chairs.  Retroactive approval will NOT be given.

1. In order to obtain transfer course credit for courses to be taken off campus, use a current Course Approval Form which is obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

2. Make a photocopy of the description of the course you want to take, from the current Catalog of the college or university where you will be taking it.

 A department brochure from that school would also have a course description.

3. Attach this course description to your completed course approval form.

4. Speak with the Framingham State University department chairperson who oversees the course subject. e.g., Chemistry, to set up an appointment to have the course approved and the Course Approval form signed.

5. You are responsible for having the form signed, if you have to leave it. Do not ask the Chairperson to deliver the form to the Nursing Department. Do not ask the Nursing Department to get this signature for you.

6. Once you have the signed form, bring it to the Nursing Department and leave it with the secretary for the Chairperson's signature. If the Chairperson is available, try to obtain her signature. Please leave a copy of this form in the Nursing Department for your student file, and bring the original to the Office of the Registrar. If you leave the form to be signed, we will have the Chairperson sign it, put a copy in your file, and bring the original to the Office of the Registrar.

7. Students should understand that 3 credit transfer courses are calculated by adding up all transfer credit hours and dividing by 4.  Example:  Sally takes a 3 credit Sociology course at a college other than FSU. She has previously received 34 credit hours for transfer courses. She now (with the Sociology course) has 37 credit hours.  Thirty-seven (37) divided by 4 = 9 courses. If she had taken the Sociology course at FSU, she would have 10 courses.

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