Transfer Credit General Regulations
- The college from which credit is to be transferred must be accredited by one of the six regional accrediting associations or the appropriate Ministry or board for overseas studies.
- Courses transfer to the university on the same level and with the corresponding number of hours as earned at the other institution. Grades are not transferred, and a new grade point average is established only on work done at the university. Courses taken at other institutions in which grades below C- were earned are not transferable or applicable toward degree requirements at the University of Houston. Some colleges and departments may use the cumulative grade point average from other institutions as an admission criterion.
A student cannot satisfy any baccalaureate degree requirement at the university with course work taken at another institution unless the course itself is both accepted by the university in transfer and applied toward the student's baccalaureate degree.
As of Fall 1999, the following clarifications apply to the transfer of core curriculum credit.
- Students who transfer to the University of Houston from another Texas public institution of higher education where they have successfully completed all of that institution's Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum shall be considered by UH to be "core complete" and shall not be required to take additional courses to complete the UH core curriculum. However, no courses completed with a grade below C- shall transfer, and therefore they shall not count toward degree requirements, including total hours, other than "core completion."
- If a transfer student has not successfully completed all Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum requirements at another Texas public institution of higher education, then UH will not accept, for any purpose, the core curriculum courses in which the student earned a grade below C-.
- Students who transfer to the University of Houston before they have
completed all of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board-approved
core curriculum requirements at another Texas public institution of
higher education shall receive credit toward the UH core for each of the
core courses they have completed with a grade of C- or
higher up to the maximum specified in each core component area by the
institution from which they are transferring. Hours that exceed the UH
requirement in any core component area shall be applied elsewhere in the
UH core according to the established core articulation tables. It
should be noted that these students may be required to take additional
courses to complete the UH core curriculum.
Students who transfer to UH from institutions that do not have a Coordinating Board-approved core curriculum may use transfer credits to satisfy UH core curriculum requirements only if the courses are equivalent to UH core courses and the grades earned in them were C- or higher.
- Courses taken at other colleges that do not correspond to courses offered at the university may transfer as elective credit. Such courses may fulfill degree requirements at the discretion of the major departmental and dean.
- The following courses are not accepted by the university in transfer:
- Vocational courses.
- Orientation, remedial course work including remedial English, remedial reading courses, and high school level and remedial mathematics.
- Courses in bookkeeping.
- General Education Development tests on high school or college level
- Courses from unaccredited seminaries or Bible colleges.
- Courses in technology from accredited schools will be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis, depending on the student's major and the type of course to be transferred.
- Credit may be granted for courses taken at military service training schools based on recommendations made in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services.
- Credit may be granted for courses taken through various noncollegiate organizations based on the recommendation made by the Commission on Educational Credit when such training is considered by the university to be at the baccalaureate level and consistent with the student's educational objective.
- A maximum of 12 semester hours in religion from an accredited college is accepted toward a degree.
- A maximum of two semester hours in physical education activity courses is transferable.
- A maximum of 66 semester hours of lower division (freshman and sophomore) transfer work will be allowed to apply toward a baccalaureate degree at the University of Houston. If a student transfers more than 66 semester hours of lower division work, the dean or his/her designated representative of the college of the student's major will decide which of the total lower division hours, not to exceed 66, will apply to the UH degree. The classification of a course as lower division is based on the classification at UH.
- To earn a degree at the university, the last 30 semester hours must be completed in residence on this campus. Only grade points earned at the University of Houston are averaged for the degree.
- Unless prohibited by one or more of the general regulations above, the dean of the college in which the students majors will make the final decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.