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Transfer Admission and Course Credit Transfer Policies

Students transferring from other regionally accredited colleges/universities and planning to complete a degree program at SNU may be admitted as degree candidates. Transfer students are required to submit official college/university transcripts from all schools previously attended and a transfer information form from the last school attended prior to enrollment for classes. Official transcripts must be provided to the Office of Admissions to be eligible for enrollment. Requests to transfer credit hours from nonaccredited institutions must be submitted in writing to the Office of Academic Affairs and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions to these admission policies may include freshmen matriculants who have been out of high school for four or more years. 

A transfer student is any student who enrolled in a post-secondary institution after graduating from high school (but not including the immediate summer after graduation). The following information indicates requirements for several types of transfer students. Transcripts of transfer students who do not fall into the categories listed below will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar and the college dean of the student’s selected major on an individual basis to determine admission status. 

Transfer Full Admission 

For those transferring from a regionally accredited institution, full admission requires that the student provide evidence of having made satisfactory progress at the colleges/universities previously attended, on the basis of the following indicators:  The grade point average for the last semester in which the student was enrolled was above 1.50.  The cumulative GPA for all college work attempted by the student is 2.00 or above. If the above criteria are not met, the transferring student may be admitted conditionally. Upon entry as a degree-seeking transfer student, a transfer assessment will be performed to determine what program requirements the student has already completed and what requirements remain to be fulfilled to complete the designated degree at SNU. Every attempt is made to establish appropriate equivalencies, but the transfer student should expect to take additional General Education and major courses to fulfill SNU requirements. No more than 62 credit hours can be accepted from junior/community colleges in transfer. After a student has reached junior standing (having completed 57 credit hours), no more than nine credit hours will be accepted from a junior or community college without the recommendation of the student's advisor and prior approval of the college dean of the student’s selected major. 

Transfer Conditional Admission 

Conditional admission may be granted to students who are on academic probation at other universities or colleges. When transferring to SNU, these students are placed on academic warning or probation so that appropriate support, accountability, and monitoring can be provided through the Center for Student Success. Remedial coursework (University Study Strategies (GS 0113) and/or Critical Thinking Strategies (GS 1213)) may also be required. Students declared academically ineligible by another college or university may petition for conditional admission to SNU by submitting a written request to the Dean of the College of Teaching and Learning. The academic performance of conditionally admitted students will be reviewed at the completion of the first and second semesters at SNU. Full admission to SNU will be granted if:  the student has successfully completed (defined as a grade of “C” or better) the prescribed course sequence noted above. 26 Southern Nazarene University  2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog Admission Policies  the student meets GPA requirements according to the policy on Academic Warning, Probation and Suspension as outlined in this catalog.  the student has fulfilled any further requirements of conditional admissions. If the criteria for full admission have not been met as designated above, the student shall be declared “academically ineligible” subject to reinstatement by appeal to the Associate Vice-President for Student Success. 

Bible College Transfer Admission 

Students transferring from Bible colleges with accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) may transfer up to 90 credit hours according to the general requirements for full acceptance of transfer work. In addition, a Bible college transfer student planning for a major or concentration in any of the School of Theology and Ministry programs must meet established requirements set forth by the School. A minimum of 15 credit hours in religion, including courses in theology and Biblical literature, must be taken at SNU. Other specific requirements depend on the particular program of study being pursued. Bible college credit hours must be validated on the basis of successfully meeting academic coursework expectations at SNU. Requests for transfer from non-accredited institutions must be submitted in writing to the Dean of the College of Humanities and Education and are considered on an individual basis. 

Transfer Nondegree-Seeking Admission 

A student who has been admitted to another college or university and plans to complete six or fewer credit hours at SNU may be admitted as a nondegree-seeking candidate. Nondegree candidate transfers must submit an official transcript from the school at which the student is currently enrolled or the last school attended. Credit hours earned as a nondegree candidate may not be used toward a degree at SNU until the student has met all requirements for full admission.

Advanced Standing 

SNU grants advanced standing to students who demonstrate by scores on approved advanced standing examinations that they have obtained a background in a particular field equivalent to the achievement required in a course offered by SNU. The most typical programs for achieving advanced standing are the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement program (AP), and the International Baccalaureate program (IB).

For students in traditional programs, advanced standing credit for freshman-level courses must be submitted and verified through the Office of the Registrar immediately preceding fall enrollment. This deadline must be met to facilitate appropriate placement and accurate scheduling of incoming students. Limited credit may be awarded through departmental proficiency exams. For students in traditional programs at SNU, a total of up to 30 college credit hours is available through various forms of testing (CLEP, DSST, AP, departmental proficiency exams). Credit hours received via CLEP are recorded on the transcript after the student completes six credit hours of work at SNU. In order to assist in accurate advisement and planning, students in traditional programs planning to take CLEP exams should do so in adequate time so that the testing results will be available before the beginning of the student's sophomore year. By policy, CLEP, AP or other advanced placement credit for lower-division courses will not be approved if advanced courses in the same area of study have already been taken. Any exception must have the approval of the dean of the college of the student’s major. 


AP tests are also used as a basis for granting credit. Credit is given in a variety of courses for receiving a score of 3 or higher on the appropriate exams. These tests are available as a part of AP courses taken in high school, and the exam must be taken for credit to be granted. AP is awarded credit as recommended by the guidelines of the College Board. 


CLEP is the major vehicle for advanced standing validation. Incoming freshmen who are proficient in specific academic areas may want to take advantage of this opportunity. Consistent with practices at other regionally accredited universities, at Southern Nazarene University CLEP credit is awarded according to the guidelines established by the American Council on Education. This council recommends that students be awarded credit if they score at or above the 50th percentile on established sophomore norms in selected content areas. The specific minimum scores are based on current norms and, therefore, are subject to change. A note should be made that the guidelines for acceptance of CLEP results (both the particular exams accepted and the score minimums used for credit) vary from one university to another. For example, course credit gained by taking a particular CLEP examination will not necessarily be accepted as credit in transfer to another college or university. For any prospective SNU student, therefore, information regarding approved CLEP exams and acceptance of CLEP credit at SNU should be obtained from the SNU Testing Services office prior to taking a CLEP exam. Southern Nazarene University is not responsible for inaccurate information provided by other sources. Whenever available, CLEP exams are used to determine proficiency credit. If no CLEP exam is available, it may be possible that a department will have received approval to offer a locally validated proficiency exam. Students requesting advanced standing for applied work in fine arts, nursing, physical education, speech, graphic design, or business should consult with the school or department chair for the availability of tests in these areas. CLEP examinations are administered by appointment only. If a student is unable to take a CLEP examination at one of our campuses, they can make arrangements to take a CLEP exam at a different location that is listed on their website Find a CLEP Test Center using SNU’s college code of 6036. For more information, please contact Testing Services at our main campus by calling 405-491-6694 and at our Tulsa campus by calling 918-970-4638. 


DSST exams are American Council of Education (ACE)-recommended tests covering lower and upper division baccalaureate courses in a plethora of subject areas. Quite often, DSST exams are utilized by veterans who receive funding through Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES).


Language credit in either elementary or intermediate Spanish can be earned at the end of an immersion semester at QERC by students opting to take the in-house placement exam (which includes listening, writing, and speaking components). A professional examiner designated by the Division of Cultural & Communication Studies will recommend the awarding of credit for either Elementary Spanish I/II and/ or Intermediate Spanish I/II, based on the exam results.


The registrar’s office evaluates transfer coursework for applicability to General Education requirements. Transfer credits meeting particular SNU course requirements are so noted on the Entry Audit. CLEP and AP credit may satisfy some General Education requirements. Awarded credit is applied to the transcript as college credit hours. For further details on taking these exams, contact the SNU Testing Services. 


Students will be advised into particular courses on the basis of ACT scores. Courses where minimum ACT requirements are necessary include: Composition I, Composition II, and College Algebra. Additional courses may be required which include: College Algebra with Integrated Review, University Study Strategies, Critical Thinking Strategies, and Reading Strategies. 

Graduate Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine semester credit hours of equivalent graduate credit is eligible for transfer into any specific program. No course credit may be transferred unless the grade received was a least a “B” (3.00) from an accredited institution.

Correspondence courses are not accepted toward a graduate degree.

Transcripts are evaluated on an individual basis. Study on consignment is designed to allow students in a traditional degree program to enroll in another institution for a limited amount of coursework that is consistent with the student’s approved degree program.

Once a student has been admitted to candidacy, courses cannot be taken elsewhere to count toward the degree.

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