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Transfer of Credit
Rowan University accepts the transfer of credits earned at other institutions of higher education on the basis of course equivalency. Course equivalency is the determination that a course taken at another institution is comparable to a course offered by Rowan University in terms of objectives, learning outcomes, and educational level. Mode of delivery is not a relevant or distinguishing factor in evaluating equivalency. Equivalent courses are accepted and applied to meet program requirements. Non-equivalent courses may be accepted as free electives and count as earned hours toward graduation. The University evaluates credits based on established equivalencies as well as on an individualized, case-by-case analysis. The appropriate academic department determines the acceptance and application of all transfer courses that are not already recognized as equivalencies. If appropriate, academic departments may designate a maximum age for credits to be accepted to fulfill major requirements. General education and free elective credits do not expire. For all students admitted after September 1, 2014, academic programs may not limit the number of transfer credits to be accepted and may not differentiate between two-year institutions and four-year institutions with respect to the number of transfer credits accepted.
Students must be matriculated and must have an official transcript sent to Rowan University to have transfer credits entered into their academic records. An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution in a sealed institutional envelope. It must be on official transcript paper and must bear the institution’s seal, an official signature, and the date of issuance. All students using VA Education Benefits are required to submit their transcripts from all previous educational institutions, including military transcripts.
Credits are transferred on a semester-hour basis; credits from schools on the quarter-hour system may transfer at a less than one-for-one rate. In some cases, a course may be recognized as equivalent but have fewer credits than the corresponding Rowan University requirement. Academic departments will identify appropriate and reasonable measures for addressing such discrepancies, which may include additional course or credit requirements or waivers. Grades earned in courses that are transferred are recorded on the transcript but do not count toward the student’s Rowan University grade point average. Earned credits are transferred and count toward graduation irrespective of grades. However, credits may not necessarily be applied to program requirements in cases where a minimum grade is required as part of an approved curriculum requirement that applies uniformly to transfer and native students alike.
The New Jersey Statewide Transfer Agreement is a comprehensive and uniform articulation agreement that provides for seamless transfer from any New Jersey community college to participating New Jersey four-year institutions. Per this Agreement, an Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree will satisfy all lower-level General Education requirements for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, with the exception of major-specific prerequisites or special graduation requirements that were not completed within the associate degree.
Rowan University accepts assessments of credits by external agencies including CLEP, Advanced Placement, the American Council on Education, and, through the Prior Learning Assessment Network agreement, Thomas Edison State College. Rowan University also awards transfer credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations.
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