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Transfer Credit Evaluation Policy for Undergraduate Credits
Criteria for Accepting Transcripts
1. Evaluations are performed using official transcripts and documentation received. An official transcript typically is marked as such and carries security enhancements. It is delivered in a sealed envelope or via a secure electronic method.
2. U.S. Universities/Colleges must be nationally accredited by a national accrediting body recognized by the the United States Department of Education.
3. International Universities/Colleges must have a credential evaluation performed by a credentialing service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).
Criteria for Accepting Courses as Transfer Credit
Courses transferred to Mercer are evaluated on a course-by-course basis. This is done by review of catalog course descriptions and, if needed, course syllabi. If there is no direct comparison, but the transfer course fits within academic disciplines offered at Mercer University, elective credit may be given. Mercer University reserves the right to deny credit for courses that are not compatible with those offered in its baccalaureate degree programs
1. The maximum number of credits accepted from 2-year colleges and schools is 64 semester (96 quarter) total. This includes any combination of 2-year colleges attended. If the student has taken more than 64 credits, the additional credits must be rejected in order to stay at the 64 credit limit. There is no credit cap on 4-year schools and universities. However, students must meet all curriculum and residency requirements, including the completion of a minimum of 32 semester credits (or no less than 25% of the degree), in residence at Mercer. In order to convert quarter credits to semester, each quarter hour of credit is awarded 2/3 of a semester hour of credit. For example, a 5 quarter credit course converts to 3.33 semester credits.
2. In order for a course to be considered for transfer credit, the course must carry college credit and the student must have earned a grade of “C-” or better. (Although courses with grades below C- are non-transferable, the grade will count towards a student’s admission eligibility and is used when calculating university honors at graduation time.)
3. Students will be given no more credit for a course than the credit granted at the other institution.
4. Remedial courses (i.e. not at college level) are not transferrable. These courses usually have course numbers starting with “0” and are in subjects such as reading, English, and math.
5. Courses taken as English as a Second Language (ESL) are not transferrable.
6. Courses will not transfer if they are considered occupational, vocational or technical in nature, do not meet Mercer’s academic standards, or are not similar to disciplines offered by Mercer University.
7. For courses taken at technical schools, Mercer University does not accept general education courses offered at the diploma/certificate level.
8. Correspondence work will not be accepted for credit toward a degree
9. The maximum number of credits allowed for extension work (e.g. internships or practicums) of a non-correspondence nature is 12 semester credits
10. Courses considered for transfer credit must not be repeated courses or contain duplicate subject content.
Prior Learning Assessment
1. Mercer awards credit for Military education and experience using the ACE guide for the evaluation of military credit together with Mercer’s own transfer policy. In order to be evaluated for possible transfer credit, an official Joint Services Transcript must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Credit may also be granted for course completed at the Community College of the Air Force.
2. Credits may be awarded upon the successful completion of Challenge Examinations developed and administered by departments of colleges within the university and at their discretion.
3. Credit may be awarded for successful completion of some exams offered by the following programs Advanced Placement, CLEP, DANTES/DSST, ACT-PEP, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced Level A exams.
4. Individual colleges within the university offer credit via portfolio assessment. For more information regarding portfolio assessment, check the section of the catalog devoted to your college or consult your academic advisor.
Special Policies for Various Course Types
1. Physical Education-The maximum number of credits accepted for P.E. and general health courses (activity courses) is 3 semester credits.
2. No more than 32 combined semester credits may transfer from test/exams, portfolio evaluation, or military credit.
3. In order for a science course to fulfill the general education requirement the course must have a lab component. If not, the course will likely transfer as an elective
4. Individual colleges at Mercer may have additional rules regarding transfer credit including course and grade limitations. Please check the catalog section devoted to your college, the specific course description, or with your academic advisor for additional information.
Appealing the Transcript Evaluation
In some cases, students may not be satisfied with how their courses transferred into Mercer and may question the evaluation. In these cases, the student has the right to appeal the evaluation. Likely, the course description did not provide enough details for an accurate assessment to be made. In cases of appeal, the student may provide the class syllabus either to the evaluator or to the chair of the department. It may be possible that upon review of the syllabus, the evaluator can make a better assessment and change the credit previously granted. If not, the chair of the department will make the decision.