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.

Please review our chart for IB transfer credits here

Transfer credit

Incoming freshmen and students who receive a high school diploma in the same year as they enroll may transfer a maximum of 18 earned college level credits or 6 courses achieved in the areas of Dual Enrollment, Diocesan Scholars, College Credit, Online, AP, and/or IB.  In order for credit to be awarded, Saint Joseph's requires the course must meet the following criteria:

  • Taken through a regionally accredited college or university
  • Earned 3.00 credit hours or higher and the grade of “C” or better
  • Taught by a member of the college faculty
  • The course must have been open to enrollment by and graded in direct competition with regularly matriculated students attending that college
  • The course cannot supplement high school graduation requirements

Final determination of transferable college-level credit is awarded by the deans' offices.

Please note: Students must submit all materials by the end of the academic year of initial enrollment in order for the course to be applied to the SJU Degree. All incoming freshmen students must complete the Transfer Credit Request Form. All students must also submit an official college transcript.

If you have further questions regarding degree credit, the Transfer Undergraduate Admissions Counselors are your 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.