Can Summer Class Credit be Transferred?

Can Summer Class Credit be Transferred?
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    You've been away at college all year and now you're home with your family.

    Friends, work, play and a host of other activities await you.

    Summer classes are waiting too if you choose to take a course or two.

    And, why not?


Taking even just one course can help you move one step closer to your degree.

What if you take a course at another college or university? Will those credits transfer? Yes, if the class meets your college’s degree requirements as well as your satisfy your base school’s transfer policies. Read on for some tips on how to get your credits transferred.

1. Understand your school’s transfer policies — Before you take a class at another school, contact your school’s registration department to how this process works. At Cornell College, for example, students must file a transfer credit petition first and have it approved by the chair of the department.

2. Submit the required course description — Some schools require students to submit relevant course descriptions or course syllabi for review. If that is the case, contact the summer school for that information. You may need to submit an addendum to transfer credit petition with that information. Keep in mind that some schools limit the number of credits that can be transferred. At Smith College students may accrue a maximum of 12 approved summer school credits toward their degree. Approval from the class dean is required.

3. Pass the class — It should go without saying that the class you take at another school should result in a passing grade. Even then, a passing grade might not be sufficient. At Cornell College that grade must be at least a “C” as a “C-” will not do. Pass/Fail classes won’t transfer unless the “Pass” grade is equivalent to at least a “C.” At Dickinson College students may take classes at schools approved by Dickinson; only four transfer credits are allowed.

4. Official transcript submission — Once a course has been successfully completed, you’ll need to request an official transcript be sent to your base college. At the University of Chicago, credit won’t be posted until your transcript has been received. Follow your college’s procedures to ensure a successful transfer. Most schools will count your credits, but classes taken elsewhere usually do not affect your GPA.


You may have to jump through some hoops to get a class approved by your school. Once approved, you’ll attend school close to your home, giving you plenty of time to hang out with people you know after your studies. Just make sure that your transcript submission goes through, because without it those credits do not count.


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