Undergraduate Admissions

Transfer Credits

We are here to help you live greater. As a hawk, we know you are ready for more so we understand that you may be interested in accelerating the pace of your studies. Advanced Placement credits, International Baccalaureate credits and credits from other colleges may transfer and fulfill a college course requirement. Here are a few more details about these three key credit areas:


Advanced Placement Credit

Students who have been enrolled in Advanced Placement (A.P.) courses in high school may be eligible for some college credits if they participate in the advanced placement testing program offered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Those who take the advanced placement examinations and earn scores of four or five (1 to 5 scale) normally are granted college credits and/or placement. Decisions on all advanced placement credits are made by the Academic Deans in consultation with the department chairs after a careful review of the student’s exam.

Incoming freshmen receive information over the summer from the Registrar indicating what credit (if any) they will be awarded and which SJU course is the equivalent of their exam.  Students are reminded to have an official grade report transcript of their AP exam scores sent to SJU.

The advising center can provide more information on AP Credits.


International Baccalaureate (IB)

Saint Joseph’s grants college credit for classes taken through a recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  Saint Joseph’s University will award credit for up to three successfully completed Higher Level classes in which a score of “5” or higher is achieved on the appropriate IB examination.  No credit will be awarded for subsidiary subject examinations.  Saint Joseph's University grants college credit for A level exams on a case by case basis.  Students are encouraged to submit all exam results prior to start of their academic term for review.

Saint Joseph’s University will not grant credit for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate credits.


Transfer credit

Saint Joseph's requires the following criteria are met for outside credit to be awarded:

  • The class must be taught on the campus of an accredited, non-profit, two- or four-year college or university. 
  • The class must be taught by a faculty member from that college or university. High school teachers do not qualify.
  • The student must take the class with other matriculated college students. 
  • The student must earn a "C" or higher in a 3.00 credit course. 

Please note: All of the above criteria must be met in order for college course work to be transferable to Saint Joseph’s University. This applies to students who have enrolled in college courses while still in high school and students who wish to transfer from another college or university.

If you want to transfer credit from another college or university you should:
•Submit an official college transcript and course syllabus so that your college level credit may be accurately evaluated and applied to your SJU Degree. If you have further questions regarding degree credit, the Transfer Undergraduate Admissions Counselors are your go-to resource to help you understand your transfer credits.

Transferring from a community college?

Saint Joseph’s has partnered with community colleges in order to make the experience for transfer students more seamless and efficient. These partnerships allow students to acquire an Associates Degree and then transfer to SJU in the fall of their junior year and complete a Bachelors Degree. See SJU's Articulation Agreements now.

Final evaluation of transfer credit is determined by the College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean, and the Haub School of Business Office of the Dean. 

For more information on the Transfer Credit Policy and Articulation Agreements for the Undergraduate Day Division, please click here.