Bill SandsAssistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Transfer Services
Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Transfer Outreach
Transfer students receive an evaluation of their transfer credits after they are admitted. On an evaluation, the courses at their previous institution are on the left and the IUP courses are on the right.
A course designated as an “XX” class means we do not have an exact equivalent at IUP. The number preceding the “XX” refers to the level of the class. Classes that transfer, but which do not fit our Liberal Studies format exactly, may be petitioned by the department to Dr. Mary Sadler for approval. For example, a student may have taken a Philosophy class that did not come in as one of our Philosophy classes that count toward the Liberal Studies requirement. It may have transferred in as PHIL 1XX. The department may feel the student has met the requirement and may use the Petition of Liberal Studies form to determine if the request would be granted.
If a student wants to take a class elsewhere, the student should apply for pre-approval to transfer those credits. This is a written guarantee for the student that the class(es) that will be taken will transfer as he or she needs them to.
The process works like this:
Articulation agreements are transfer agreements between academic institutions. Usually this means between community colleges and four-year schools.
Agreements are usually started at the department level with the dean’s approval. The department contacts the Transfer Office to discuss particulars about a possible agreement, usually after having discussions with the school with which they want an agreement. The transfer coordinator checks for the proper equivalence and how the classes will transfer between institutions.
The transfer coordinator discusses agreements with transfer counselors at the community college. The department at IUP also discusses issues with their counterparts at the community college as they arise. Once a document is ready to be signed, a meeting is arranged for that purpose.
We have a number of agreements, but the most common schools we have been dealing with lately are:
Basically, the agreements guarantee that the credit the student takes at the community college will transfer directly into the program at IUP. The classes the student takes at the community college are equivalent to the required courses at IUP.
More information on PA TRAC
For additional information on Transfer Services, please visit IUP Admissions.