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Frequently Asked Questions - Transfers

These are some typical questions that transfer students ask about continuing their education at Kutztown University.

Q: How do I apply?
A: You must make a formal application (online or paper) to the University and submit the non-refundable $35 application fee. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted, including final high school transcript. You are encouraged to use the online application.  See Application Checklist.

Q: I attended several institutions but don't want my credits transferred from all of them.  Do I still need to send all of my transcripts?
A: Yes, an official transcript is required from each institution you attended even if you do not wish to have the credit considered for transfer.

Q: Must I submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores for admission consideration?
A: Yes, an official final high school transcript showing date of graduation must be submitted (excluding students who have earned a Bachelor's or higher degree).  Official SAT or ACT scores are only required if you completed fewer than 12 college-level credits at the time of application review.

Q: Will all of my courses transfer to Kutztown University?
A: Nearly all college-level courses passed with a 'C-' or higher, that are comparable to KU courses, and that are taken at a regionally accredited institution are transferable.  Developmental or remedial courses are not transferrable. Our Transfer Credit Evaluation will help you determine if the courses you've taken are transferable to KU.  If a school or course is not listed, our Registrar's Office will determine transferability following acceptance to KU.

Q: Does a "D" grade transfer? How are my transferable credits applied to my major?
A: In most circumstances a minimum grade of "C-" is required for transfer consideration. Under certain conditions, however, through the Academic Passport program, we will accept "D" grades. In some instances, some programs may require a "C" or higher for major courses and certain other courses.  The academic department of your intended major will determine how your transferable credit(s) apply to your degree program.

Q: Does my GPA transfer?
A: Courses and credits may transfer but your GPA does not transfer. Only the grades and quality points earned at KU are used to calculate your KU GPA. Each student has the potential to earn a 4.00 at Kutztown University.

Q: What GPA do I need to transfer in?
A: Most of our degree programs require a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (if you attended multiple institutions a combined GPA is calculated). However, some Academic Programs have higher GPA requirements.  We do not offer conditional admissions.  Applicants must meet the minimum admissions requirements to be considered for admissions.

Q: I have heard about Academic Passport, what is it?

A: If you are a student at a PA community college/Lackawanna College or one of the State System universities and are ready to transfer, Academic Passport is your guaranteed admission to Kutztown University. To qualify for Academic Passport you must have completed an Associate of Arts or Science (A.A./A.S.) degree from a PA community college/Lackawanna College or completed at least 12 credits at one of the State System universities. All students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA.

Q: What are the maximum number of credits that  I can transfer?
A: There is no university-wide maximum.  KU transfers as many credits as possible that are comparable to KU courses.  This does not guarantee, however, that the courses will satisfy the student's graduation requirements.  The academic department determines how transfer credits are applied to a student's program.  Please note that to earn a KU degree, a student must complete at least 30 of the final 45 credits at KU and 50% of the major/minor courses must be taken at KU.

Q: Can I view copies of degree plans (program checksheets) for majors at Kutztown University?
A: Yes, you can access a listing of our Academic Majors where you will learn more about the major.  Click on your intended major and then click on 'Visit Department Site' to enter the department's main webpage and locate the program checksheet.

Q: Do you offer services for students with physical or learning disabilities?
A: The Office of Disability Services coordinates services and accommodations for students with disabilities to ensure accessibility and usability of all programs, services, and activities.  Please contact their office directly for assistance, 610.683.4108.

Q: Can I earn my Bachelor Degree in two years after completing my Associate Degree?
A: For the most part recipients of an Associate Degree can plan on two years (full-time study) to complete their degree program provided the student enrolls into a parallel degree program, works closely with their academic advisor, has satisfied all general education/foundation/prerequisite courses, and courses are taken sequentially and passed on first attempt. Academic advisors work with each student to map out a degree plan and estimated timeline for degree completion. There are some programs that may require additional coursework.

Q: I have been out of school for 10 or more years. Do I have to start over again?
A: The University welcomes the return to higher education of students who for various reasons did not complete their degrees.  Courses taken in their major discipline 10 or more years prior to resumption of study might not count toward graduation, and for transfer students, the course might not transfer.  Such courses may no longer be considered current or required for the degree.  The Registrar's Office determines the acceptability of these credits following acceptance to KU.

Q: Can transfer students live on campus?

A: On-campus housing is available for transfer students who request housing on their admissions application and  pay their ARD and housing deposit by published deadline dates. Housing for the Spring semester is limited. KU offers several living options.  Visit Housing for more information about on and off-campus housing opportunities.

Q: Do you offer scholarships for transfer students?

A: KU offers a number of Scholarships.  Applicants who submit their FAFSA financial aid form are reviewed for scholarship eligibility. Applicants do not have to complete a separate application for most of our scholarships. View a listing of our Scholarships and Out-of-State Tuition Discount and obtain more information about Transferring Your Benefits.  KU's priority deadline to file FAFSA is March 1st. 

Q: Can I speak with somebody about transferring to Kutztown University?
A:  You'll be pleased to learn that most of the answers to your questions pertaining to the KU transfer process can be found on our Transferring to KU webpage.  If you have additional questions, please contact our transfer coordinator, Jim Garraway or call (610) 683-4787 or 1-877-628-1915 (toll-free).