Undergraduate Admissions

2016-2017 Catalog Year

Transfer of Coursework

The Office of Admissions is responsible for receiving and evaluating transfer credit. The office evaluates the acceptability of total credits transferable to FGCU and identifies total credits accepted at the lower division (1000 and 2000 level courses). The college of the student's major assigns equivalent upper division (3000 and 4000 level) courses and graduate (5000 and 6000 level) courses in determining which courses are applicable toward specific degrees.

The University reserves the right to evaluate transfer courses on an individual basis. Age and concordance of content to current requirements may be factors in determining course transfer and acceptance toward degrees; individual colleges and programs have the authority to establish age standards for acceptance of transfer courses.

FGCU evaluates transfer coursework taken at another college or university, if that institution is accredited, or in candidacy for accreditation, by one of the following regional accrediting associations:

1. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc./Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
2. Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
4. Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges
6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges/Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities and Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

Notwithstanding, transfer credit from all post-secondary education instituions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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-.
  • Credit by departmental examination from another institution and credits awarded by another institution solely on the basis of SAT or ACT scores will not be accepted by FGCU.
  • Courses with a transfer grade of C- or below may not be used toward completion of Communication and Computation Skills (previously know as Gordon Rule requirements).
  • An equivalent FGCU course number will be entered on the student's official academic transcript.
  • Transfer credits will not be computed into a student's FGCU institutional grade point average.
  • Transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution to be considered official. Any transcript that is not in English or if the course work has not been taken in a U.S. institution must be accompanied by a certified evaluation.  For academic work completed at non-U.S. institutions, a credential evaluation is required for all undergraduate and graduate programs.  All coursework required for an admissions decision must be evaluated by an international evaluation agency.  Agency recommendations are listed on the international admission website.  The applicant pays for this service and contacts the evaluating agency directly.  If you have previously attended FGCU in pursuit of a degree, you do not need to submit your FGCU transcripts.  All documents submitted become the property of FGCU and cannot be returned or forwarded.   A course by course evaluation is required for any college courses taken and is recommended for high school equivalency unless a GPA is included in the evaluation. If so, then a document by document evaluation will suffice.  You need to request that the agency send the results directly by mail to Undergraduate Admissions Office as an official document.
  • All transfer credit evaluations are completed during the evaluation process to determine admissions to the university. Only official transcripts will be evaluated.
  • Transfer students from non-regionally accredited Florida institutions that follow the state common course numbering system may have a limited number of courses transfer.
  • Transfer of credit from an institution based on the quarter system will be converted to the semester system by multiplying the credit by a factor of .67.

College Credit for Military Training and Education Courses:

  • The Office of Transfer Articulation shall review college credit earned through military training or coursework which is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) that is submitted by a student.
  • The Office of Transfer Articulation shall utilize the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (as listed on ACE, AARTS, SMART, CCAF and CGI documents) in order to determine equivalency and alignment of military training or coursework with appropriate university courses.
  • If the Office of Transfer Articulation determines that the military training or coursework is equivalent and fulfills a general education or major course or degree program requirement at FGCU, the credit will count towards graduation and meet a requirement accordingly. Otherwise, appropriate course credit, including free elective course credit will be granted.
  • Articulation credit earned via military training and coursework that was previously evaluated and awarded by a college degree granting institution which is part of the State University System of Florida, and that is appropriate to the transfer student’s major at the university, will be accepted, subject to the University’s limit on the amount and level of transfer credit allowed for a given degree.
  • Credit awarded for military education and training shall be noted on the veteran student’s transcript and documentation of the credit equivalency evaluation shall be maintained in the student veteran’s file.