The policies that follow apply to the transfer of undergraduate credit toward an undergraduate degree program at Northern Kentucky University.
Transfer applicants are prospective students who have graduated from high school and have previously attempted coursework at another regionally accredited college or university for credit (other than college credits taken while in high school).
Potential transfer students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 from regionally accredited institution(s) and who have earned at least 24 transferable credit hours or 36 quarter hours as determined by NKU are evaluated on the transfer admission standards. For these applicants, NKU must receive the following credentials by the appropriate final deadline.
Potential transfer students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 and who have fewer than 24 transferable credit hours or 36 quarter hours as determined by NKU are evaluated on both the transfer and freshman admission standards. For these applicants, NKU must receive the following credentials by the appropriate final deadline.
Potential transfer students with a cumulative GPA less than 2.000 may apply but do not meet NKU's admission standards and as such are not guaranteed admission to NKU. These applicants must adhere to earlier deadlines and NKU must receive all required application materials, listed below, by the appropriate deadline. Each application is reviewed by an academic committee that will make the final decision whether to approve or deny admission. These applicants are strongly encouraged to successfully establish a GPA of at least 2.000, perhaps by attending a regionally accredited community college, before applying for admission to NKU.
Students who have been academically suspended from their most recently attended college or university or at any point within the past year may not be admitted to NKU. These students must sit out the duration of one academic year (one Fall semester and one Spring semester) following their suspension before they may apply for admission to NKU. Once these students become eligible to apply for admission to NKU, they will be subject to the same policies as those with a cumulative GPA less than 2.000.
To be considered for regular admission, transfer applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.000, while admission with conditions may be granted to a selective and limited number of students who do not meet all the criteria for regular admission.
When NKU receives transcripts from another institution, the transcripts are considered property of NKU from the moment they are initially received. NKU does not reproduce or copy transcripts received from any sending institutions. Students should seek copies of transcripts from the institution that originally issued the transcript.
In order to complete an undergraduate degree program at Northern Kentucky University, students must meet all the applicable degree requirements outlined by their Undergraduate Catalog, receive approval from the appropriate representatives within their academic department(s), and apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar.
There are many specific requirements regarding the number of credit hours that must be taken at NKU in order to complete a degree, which transfer students need to know and keep in mind as they make progress toward completing a degree program at NKU. For further details, please refer to the Graduation Requirements outlined by the Office of the Registrar.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) and other Kentucky public institutions developed and approved the general education Kentucky Transfer Policy to facilitate student progress toward graduation and to ease the transition between state institutions within Kentucky. Under this agreement, students who complete a general education category at their sending Kentucky public institution will also have that category fulfilled in the Foundation of Knowledge framework at NKU.
In addition to general education, the Baccalaureate Program Transfer Frameworks identify 12 hours of coursework in specific majors that may be successfully transferred. Each framework has a specific guide to the exact courses that a student needs to follow. Students should work closely with academic advisors at their original institutions to ensure they are taking framework courses that will transfer as desired to Northern Kentucky University.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) established College Readiness Standards for all incoming freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 24 semester credits. Failure to meet one of the standards constitutes a deficiency.
Students who do not meet the college readiness standards are required to take a placement test in every area in which the standard is not met. Placement tests must be taken prior to orientation and/or registration in any course at NKU. Each placement test can be taken only once. Students register for placement tests online through Testing Services.
The current College Readiness Standards established by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education are as follows:
Students with any academic deficiencies are required to enroll in all necessary developmental courses during their first two semesters at NKU. Please be aware, these developmental courses do not contribute to the credits required for graduation and will not be calculated in the GPA. The following developmental courses are available at NKU:
Students must complete their developmental courses prior to completing 45 credit hours at the 100 level or above. Students who do not remove their academic deficiencies by the time they complete 45 credit hours will not be permitted to continue enrollment at NKU. Students may take courses at another institution to meet their academic deficiencies and then return to NKU to finish their degree. For further details, please refer to the Learning PLUS website.
Please be aware, some college-level courses have a prerequisite that is higher than the College Readiness Standards set by CPE and could result in a student needing to take a developmental course(s). Additionally, some academic programs or courses may require higher ACT, SAT, or COMPASS test scores as prerequisites to enter those programs or courses.
Northern Kentucky University has established formal articulation agreements with a variety of colleges and universities. These agreements facilitate the transfer of credits to NKU and specify how the credits will contribute to satisfying general education or other degree requirements. Students should alert their academic advisor if they have completed a program that is governed by a formal approved articulation agreement between their prior institution and NKU.
Once admitted to NKU, transfer students will receive a full Transfer Credit Evaluation applying NKU's policies on transfer credit. This completed Transfer Credit Evaluation report shows which courses have been accepted and how each course transfers to NKU. Once the student receives this report, the student is ready to meet with an academic advisor who will answer questions such as what courses are needed for the student's chosen major and how the transfer work will apply to the student's general education, major, and minor requirements. Academic advisors also assist students with course selection for registration.
Post-Baccalaureate students are those who have already received a Bachelor's degree. These students are not required to take general education courses at NKU; they are only required to complete the requirements for their program of study.
Transfer coursework for Post-Baccalaureate students is not sent from the Office of Admissions to academic departments for an official evaluation as it would be for transfer students. Should these students need an evaluation of a specific course or courses to satisfy a prerequisite requirement, they should contact the chair of the academic department. When doing so, they are encouraged to bring the original catalog and/or a course description of the course they completed from the original institution.
If students believe that a course on their Transfer Credit Evaluation should be given further consideration toward a different NKU course equivalency, they can request a review of the evaluation by following this re-evaluation process.
General Education: Students seeking re-evaluation of a course for Foundation of Knowledge credit will need to work with their academic advisor to submit a request via the degree audit. Students must supply the original course syllabus for assured consideration of their request. The decision of the Vice Provost is final and will automatically reflect in the degree audit if approved. More information on this process can be found at https://inside.nku.edu/registrar/graduation/degree-audit.html.
Major Requirement: If the student is seeking re-evaluation of a course toward a major, minor, or area of concentration requirement, they will need to contact the chair of the academic department. It is encouraged that they supply the original course syllabus along with a written request of re-evaluation. The decision of the academic department is final and will be forwarded to Transfer Services, at which time the student will be notified of the result.
Courses approved and recommended by the American Council of Education's publication, Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces will be considered for credit. A maximum of 32 semester hours may be earned upon submission of an official military transcript.
How to request your Military Transcript:
All military transcripts including the Community College of the Air Force transcripts should be sent to: Office of Admissions, AC 400, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY 41099.
Once transcripts are received, a Transfer Evaluator will enter your coursework and evaluate courses based on guidelines set forth by ACE recommendations. Once entered and evaluated, a Transfer Credit Approval Report will be mailed to you. Please allow 2-4 weeks for the entry and evaluation of your transcript. You may contact the Office of Admissions/Transfer Services at 859-572-5220 to discuss the transfer of your military credits or check the status of receiving the transcript.
There is no fee for these transcripts.
|Army AARTS Transcript||Request may be mailed, faxed or submitted online.
|Navy/Marine Corps SMART Transcript||
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|Coast Guard USCG Transcript||
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Commanding Officer (VE) USCG Institute
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Requests accepted by mail only.