2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog

Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Normally, Cumberland University accepts transfer credits from all institutions of higher learning that are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, or a similar body of a recognized regional accrediting agency. International students must submit their official transcripts to an evaluation agency that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) for translation, evaluation, and to provide a cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. Examples of agencies offering these evaluation services include, but are not limited to World Educational Services (WES), Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. (JS&A) or Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). For transfer credits to be accepted, they must appear on an official sealed transcript of the institution granting the credits. The following policies apply to acceptance of transfer credit:

  1. No more than 90 total semester hours of transfer credit from all institutions will be accepted toward completion of a baccalaureate degree at Cumberland University.
  2. A maximum of 70 semester hours may be accepted for transfer credit from a junior and/or community college.
  3. At least 25% of the upper division (300-400 numbered courses) degree requirements must be earned at Cumberland University.
  4. A student transferring into Cumberland University must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  5. Only courses in which a “C” or higher has been earned may be accepted for transfer credit.
  6. Developmental and remedial classes taken at institutions other than Cumberland University will not be accepted.
  7. Cumberland University reserves the right to determine course equivalency regarding acceptance of transfer academic credits.
  8. Cumberland University does not automatically accept transfer credit for Advanced Placement Exams, ACTFL, CLEP, PEP, or DANTES from another institution. Cumberland University reserves the right to request and review original scores before granting credit for any type of examination. Scores from any examination must meet Cumberland University’s standards for credit. Cumberland University’s minimum scores for credit for examination can be found in other sections of the Cumberland University Undergraduate Catalog.