Pre-approval for Coursework at Another College or University

  • If you are currently an IUP student and want to take a class at another accredited college or university, follow the steps below to apply for pre-approval to transfer your credits.

    (If you are not a current IUP student and would like to know how courses from your current school will transfer, please see our Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System.)

    How Does Transfer Credit Affect My IUP Transcript?

    Only credits earned—not grades—transfer to IUP.

    • In order for course credits to transfer, you must earn a C- (C minus) or higher in those courses.
    • Transfer coursework does not affect your IUP grade point average. Only credits earned transfer to IUP.

    Limitations

    • Students will not receive transfer credit for an IUP course in which a D grade at IUP was earned.
    • No more than 60 credits from a two-year school can be used to fulfill graduation requirements.
    • At least 45 credits must be earned at IUP to receive an IUP degree.
      • Fifteen of these credits must be in your major.
      • The final 30 credits must be earned in residence unless the requirement is waived by your college dean.

    How Do I Request Pre-Approval for Coursework I Want to Take at Another College or University?

    1. Visit the Online Transfer Credit Equivalency System and determine which classes from the outside institution may transfer to IUP.
    2. Discuss your coursework plans with your academic advisor.
    3. Complete the electronic Application for Pre-Approval of Coursework.
      1. You must first open and save this document before entering your information. Save the blank PDF to a secure location (like your H drive).

        MAC users, after downloading the document and saving it to your computer, close your browser.  
      2. Access the form from your secure location, complete the form, and save it with the information you added.

        MAC users, Open the PDF with Adobe to complete the form and then save the PDF.
      3. Upload the form to iforms. Visit iforms to upload your saved Application for Pre-Approval. 
      4. Uploading a completed form without first saving it to a secure location will prevent you from making changes to the form if needed in the future.

    Application Routing Procedures

    1. After you visit iforms to upload your saved Application for Pre-Approval, the form will then be routed electronically for approvals including: IUP’s Transfer Services office, your department chairperson, and an assistant dean for your college.
    2. You will receive notification from transfer-credit@iup.edu about coursework approval once signatures have been completed.
    3. If additional information is required, you will receive e-mail notification.

    You can log in to iforms at any time to view the status of your application review. For more information about how iforms works, visit About iforms.

    Final Steps

    Once you are finished with your course(s), please have the school you attended send an official transcript to IUP, so we can process your credit. You have two transcript submission options: