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Policy on Transfer Credits and Articulation:

Transfer of credit is awarded for academic courses completed at regionally accredited institutions, or in candidacy for regional accreditation by one of the following regional accrediting associations:

  • Middle States Higher Education
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Community & Junior Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges & Universities

Transfer students from non-regionally accredited Florida institutions that follow the state common course numbering system may have a limited number of courses articulated. Visit the Florida Department of Education website for details.

All transfer work is evaluated first by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to determine overall acceptance of credit. The credits transferred may or may not apply toward your specific degree program, so speak with an advisor to learn more about how your credits will apply towards your degree program.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions evaluates the acceptability of total credits transferrable to FGCU and identifies total credits accepted at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level courses). The college of the student's major assigns the equivalent upper division (3000 and 4000 level) courses. Admission to FGCU does not guarantee acceptance into all programs or courses offered by the University. The University reserves the right to evaluate transfer credit courses on an individual basis. The final applicability of transfer of credit rests with the respective academic advisor, thus they may ask you to provide course descriptions and/ or syllabi for formal review of your transfer credit.

 Checking the Status of your Transfer Articulation:

Within a few weeks of being admitted to Florida Gulf Coast University we will articulate your college transcripts. We only articulate official transcripts and do not articulate courses from another college/university that may have been posted as transfer credit on that transcript. Please make sure to send all final official transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly. We cannot accept faxed transcripts or transcripts in sealed envelopes that have been opened by the student.

How many credits will transfer to FGCU?

In order to access your transfer articulation, you must log in to Gulfline with your UIN number and PIN number. You will want to choose Student Records and then click on Academic Transcript. This will let you know the number of transferrable credits. If you have any questions after looking over your transfer of credit, please contact your academic advisor.

What is the foreign language require for applicants purusing a Second Bachelor's Degree?

The first Bachelor's Degree satisifes the general education requirements and provides exemption from the foreign language requirement for admission.


General Guidelines for Awarding Transfer Credit:

  • Credit is not given for technical, vocational, physical education or pre-college courses, or for courses completed below a grade of D-.
  • Transfer credits will not be computed into a student’s FGCU institutional grade point average but are included in the overall grade point average.
  • If credits are in quarter hours, they will be converted to semester hours by multiplying the quarter hours by .67. As an example, a four quarter hour course will only be awarded 2.67 semester credits.
  • At least 25 percent of coursework for the degree must be earned at FGCU. Thirty (30) of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU to receive a baccalaureate degree from FGCU.
  • Credit by departmental examination from another institution will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Credits awarded by another institution solely on the basis of SAT or ACT scores will not be accepted by FGCU.
  • Accreditation status and evaluation of credits from an institution outside of the U.S. must be made by an international credential evaluation agency with associated costs to be paid by the student. University-level coursework undertaken abroad may be transferrable if earned at a recognized institution depending on academic equivalency. Course transferability is determined on a course-by-course basis. All transfer credit evaluations are completed after admission to the University as a degree-seeking student and prior to the student’s orientation. Only official transcripts will be articulated. Click this link for information on international evaluation services.
  • An equivalent FGCU course number will be entered on the student's official academic transcript.

Degree Acceleration Programs

Florida Gulf Coast University awards up to 45 semester hours of Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB) towards a degree if an applicant meets the qualifiers or standards for each program. Equivalency information for these programs can be found at AP/AICE/CLEP/IB equivalencies. Official test scores or transcripts must be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions office in order for an official to review and award the credits. Click this link for more information about Degree Acceleration Programs in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Military Service Credit and the Admissions Review Process

Florida Gulf Coast University considers military service credit utilizing the American Council on Education (ACE) course equivalency information. Credits are awarded based on the recommendations of ACE and the evaluation of their equivalency to FGCU courses; however, ACE’s recommendations are not binding upon the university. A maximum of 45 semester hours of military service credits can be applied toward a degree. FGCU accepts official transcripts from ACE, AARTS, and SMART. An applicant must submit official copies of these documents to the Undergraduate Admissions office in order for an official to review and award the credits. For more information on veteran assistance visit-