2020-2021 Catalog

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. Students transferring from colleges and/or universities outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by World Educational Services, Box 745, Old Chelsea Station, (1 800-937-3895), 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:

  • 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.
  • A maximum of 70 semester hours may be accepted for transfer credit from a junior and/or community college.
  • At least 25% of the upper division (300-400 numbered courses) degree requirements must be earned at Cumberland University.
  • A student transferring into Cumberland University must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Only courses in which a “C” or higher has been earned may be accepted for transfer credit.
  • Developmental and remedial classes taken at institutions other than Cumberland University will not be accepted.
  • Cumberland University reserves the right to determine course equivalency regarding acceptance of transfer academic credits.
  • Cumberland University does not automatically accept transfer credit for Advanced Placement Exams, 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, which can be found in the Credit by Examination section of the Catalog.
  • Except for computing an overall graduation grade point average (GPA), transfer credits will not be included in the student's GPA. The GPA will be computed only on the basis of courses taken at Cumberland University.
  • Students who hold academic parallel Associate degrees from a regionally accredited institution will be considered to have met all requirements of the General Education Core (GEC) at Cumberland University. Applicants for professional licensure programs may be required to complete additional courses from the GEC.
  • Applicants must be accepted for admission to the University before an official evaluation of their transcript(s) will be performed.