Bucknell may accept transfer course credit from regionally accredited universities or colleges and select foreign schools. Only courses comparable to those given at Bucknell, which can be counted toward requirements for graduation, will be evaluated for transfer consideration.
Bucknell transfer course equivalency information
Examples of course work not acceptable for transfer are:
- Courses in professional or vocational fields
- Courses from professional schools
- Mathematics courses below introductory calculus
- Language courses which repeat high school work
- Physical education credits
- Courses from certificate programs not transcripted by an accredited higher education institution
Transfer course credit from regionally accredited universities or colleges and select foreign schools is only evaluated for:
- Transfer students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0/4.0 or better. A maximum of 20 course credits or 80 semester hours are accepted for credit.
- Off-campus semester(s) of study completed through programs approved by Bucknell’s Office of Global & Off-campus Education. Students must complete a preliminary application for transfer credit form prior to beginning an off-campus program.
- Summer credits from other U.S. institutions completed by students in good academic standing. A maximum of two course credits may be transferred per summer. The student must complete an application for transfer credit form prior to starting the course(s).
Limits & Restrictions
- Transfer students: A maximum of 20 course credits or 80 semester hours are accepted for credit.
- Summer credits from other institutions: A maximum of two course credits may be transferred per summer.
- If the course content does not have a Bucknell course equivalent, the registrar will determine the level of transfer. If the accepted course cannot be assigned to one specific department or program, it will be designated as non-departmental.
- New Policy Adopted by Faculty, February 2022: Effective Summer 2022 a course grade of “D” or better is required for transfer of credit; this includes those grades which are defined as representing a "D" or higher (e.g. P, S, CR). Courses transferred previous to this required a "C" or better to qualify for credit.
- Credit will not be given for courses that have already been taken at Bucknell, or that have been taken elsewhere and previously awarded transfer credit.
- For schools on a semester hour system, 4 semester hours are equivalent to 1.0 Bucknell course credit (3 semester hours = 0.75 Bucknell Credits). For schools on a quarter credit system, 6 quarter hours are equivalent to 1.0 Bucknell course credit (4 or 5 quarter hours = 0.75 Bucknell Credits).
- Accepted transfer credits are not included in a student's Bucknell grade point average or awarded quality points.
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