Student Handbook

Transferring Credits to UNCG

This information is for admitted UNCG online students who are taking classes elsewhere to cover UNCG degree requirements. If you are a new transfer student interested in the BLS program, please contact us at 336-334-4977 or see our main website.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit Equivalencies:

See Bulletin for full overview.

Send Transcripts:
We recommend you send a transcript at the end of each term or self-paced course, even if you are planning to take additional courses from the same institution. That way your courses show up on your UNCG degree evaluation. You can see that they have been articulated as expected, and avoid any nasty surprises when you’re planning to graduate.

  • Send official transcripts to:
    UNCG Registrar’s Office
    Attn: Transfer Articulation
    P.O. Box 26170
    Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
    .

Minimum Grade of C:
Only coursework with a grade of C or above will transfer to UNCG. Courses with a grade of C- or below will not transfer.

Maximum of 64 Credits from 2-year Schools:
UNCG will only accept a total of 64 credits from 2-year schools toward the 122-credit minimum for graduation. Additional courses will transfer to meet degree requirements, but the credits themselves will not transfer.

Transfer Credit Waivers of GEC Markers:
Transfer credit waivers for Writing Intensive, Speaking Intensive, and Global requirements do not apply to continuing students. These waivers are only applicable with initial transfer credit, before you begin classes at UNCG.

Petitioning Transfer Credit

When to Petition Transfer Credit:
If you have transfer credits that should reasonably meet UNCG’s General Education Core requirements but have only been accepted as elective credit, you may petition the transfer articulation personnel to reexamine them.
Do not make frivolous petitions! Research the requirements you are petitioning (for example, studio drawing classes don’t meet the GFA), and only petition courses that may reasonably meet requirements you need. Do not petition requirements you have already met.

How to Petition Transfer Credit:

  • See the GEC Petition for Transfer Credit page.
  • Fill out the online form (requires UNCG login).
  • Fill in all Student Identification and Contact Information.
  • Fill in all Course Information.
    • Use the original course number, not the transfer equivalent.
  • Select the requirement you think the course should meet.
  • Include the original course description.
  • Press Submit.
  • Repeat the entire form for each class you are petitioning.
  • For 300-level credit, contact the academic department for petition procedures.

Credit for Military Training

Credits Awarded for Military Training:
Most veterans and active-duty personnel can receive approximately 6 elective credits for Basic Training. Additional credits may be awarded for advanced training, subsequent to student petition and departmental review.

How To Receive Credit for Military Training:
Request an official American Council on Education (ACE) transcript from your military branch, and have an official transcript sent to:

  • UNCG Undergraduate Admissions
    Attn: Transfer Articulation
    P.O. Box 26170
    Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
    .

Credit for Basic Training should be awarded automatically upon transfer articulation. To pursue further credit for advanced training, contact the Transfer Articulation office after your initial 6 credits have been awarded.

Inactive Graduating Students

If you are completing the last of your degree requirements elsewhere:
If you will not be taking any more classes at UNCG, Do not apply for readmission or send your transcripts to the admissions office. Send all transcripts to the registrar’s office, then log on to UNCGenie and apply to graduate under the Registration menu (if that doesn’t work, contact the registrar’s office). The deadline to apply for graduation is usually at the end of the first week of the semester. If you are planning to graduate in May, you should apply in January, during the first week of Spring semester (transcripts of completed work can be accepted until the week of commencement). Make sure your personal information and address are up to date!


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Offered by the College Board at locations around the country (and the world), CLEP tests are designed for students who have done college-level work outside the formal curriculum and can successfully demonstrate their knowledge. UNCG accepts qualifying scores on some tests as transfer credit, which can be applied to specific GEC+CAR core requirements or used as elective credit.

Relevant Links:

Locations & Fees

CLEP tests are administered at testing centers around the country (and the world). You do not have to come to UNCG to take your test if you can take it at a more convenient location. See the CLEP website for a list of test centers.

Each CLEP test costs $70 (as of July 2008), and test centers are allowed to charge a small additional fee for administration. Some tests have a separate fee for an optional essay, but UNCG does not require the optional essay on any CLEP test.

Preparation

Several competing publishers put out preparatory guides for each CLEP test. Those guides are available through most large commercial booksellers. They will give you a sense of what material you will encounter on each test, and many of them offer sample tests that will help you predict your performance on the actual test (bear in mind that the sample test is only a rough indicator).

If you are taking the CLEP for foreign language, it is best to have recent study at the intermediate level, whether in an academic classroom or elsewhere.

Level of Difficulty

CLEP tests are difficult. They are testing for an advanced level of knowledge that would normally be achieved through one or more semesters of college-level study. Some subject tests will be more difficult than others depending on the individual’s strengths.

The Gamble

CLEP credits are awarded only if you achieve a minimum score. If you do not reach that minimum score, no credit will be awarded, and there is a six-month waiting period before you can attempt the same test again.

Official Transcripts

When you finish your test you will be given an unofficial score. That sheet will not be accepted for UNCG credit. The registrar’s office cannot award credit until your official transcript arrives, which can take a few weeks. If you’re taking a test to meet final graduation requirements, be sure to allow time for the official transcript to arrive.


North Carolina Community College System

The North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) offers online and on-campus classes that meet all UNCG General Education Core requirements. Tuitions are generally lower than UNCG tuition for in-state students, and you may apply up to 64 credits from two-year schools toward your 122-credit minimum at UNCG.

Registration & Financial Aid

To register for an online class at a North Carolina community college, contact that college directly, let them know you are a degree-seeking student at UNCG, and register for your class as a visiting student. Be sure to have an official transcript sent to UNCG once you have completed each class, and check your degree evaluation to confirm that each class has met the intended requirement at UNCG.

All financial aid arrangements must be made through the school at which you are a degree-seeking student (UNCG). To be safe, if you are taking financial aid, let both financial aid offices know that you are a degree-seeking student at UNCG, and that you are taking classes toward that degree at the community college.

Using the NCCCS Course Search (at VLC):

This form allows you to search the entire community college system for online offerings, and provides contact information for the hosting institutions. As with many automated searches, you need to enter the search parameters correctly in order to get results:

  • Course Number: Enter number with space (e.g. “SPA 212”).
  • Course Name(s): Leave blank.
  • Type(s): Select Internet.
  • Community College(s): Select All Institutions.
  • Semester: Select FallSpring, or Summer.
  • Year: Select year.
  • Press “Submit” button.

The Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC Chapel Hill

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education hosts online classes from UNC Chapel Hill and self-paced courses from several campuses around the UNC system. Online and self-paced courses are listed in separate catalogs, and tuitions are generally higher than UNCG tuition for in-state students. You may apply an unlimited number of these credits toward your 122-credit minimum at UNCG, provided you meet all other minimum-residency requirements at UNCG.

Relevant Links:

Registration & Financial Aid

To register for an online or self-paced class, contact the Friday Center directly, let them know you are a degree-seeking student at UNCG, and register as a visiting student. Be sure to have an official transcript sent to UNCG once you have completed each class, and check your degree evaluation to confirm that each class has met the intended requirement at UNCG.

All financial aid arrangements must be made through the school at which you are a degree-seeking student (UNCG). To be safe, if you are taking financial aid, let both schools know that you are a degree-seeking student at UNCG, and that you are taking classes toward that degree as a visiting student at the Friday Center.

Online Courses –vs– Self-Paced Courses

Carolina Courses Online:

  • Web-based; access the course website, participate in online discussions and turn in assignments electronically (similar to UNCG online courses).
  • Follow UNC Chapel Hill semester schedule.

Self-Paced Courses:

  • Correspondence-based; you will receive a printed course manual and mail in your assignments for grading.
  • Work at your pace, from 12 weeks to 9 months.