Transfer Policy FAQ

Transfer Policy FAQ

Below you will find some of the Frequently Asked Questions about St. Catherine University's transfer policy. Please also visit our catalog for further information on transfer policies.

Does my transfer institution need to be accredited?

Yes. Only institutions that are regionally accredited by the following bodies are eligible for transfer to St. Kate’s:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Please note that your transfer institution must have been accredited at the time of your attendance in order for the credits to be eligible for transfer to St. Kate’s.

If you are an international transfer student, please review our catalog for information on how to transfer your international credits to St. Kate’s. Approved course-by-course credential evaluations of international transcripts can be ordered from World Education Services.
 

Will all of my courses from a regionally accredited institution transfer to St. Kate's?

Associate Students: Only courses that are applicable to your program will transfer. Transfer credit is granted only for liberal arts courses with a grade of C- or better. St. Kate’s does not grant transfer credit for developmental courses, vocational-technical courses or continuing education units (CEUs). Zero credit courses do not transfer. Courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or P (pass) will transfer only from institutions where S/P is equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

Baccalaureate Students: Transfer credit is granted only for liberal arts courses with a grade of C- or better. St. Kate’s does not grant transfer credit for developmental courses, vocational-technical courses or continuing education units (CEUs). Zero credit courses do not transfer. Courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or P (pass) will transfer only from institutions where S/P is equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

Please note that some majors require a course to have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Courses with a C- may transfer toward general overall credits, but may not fulfill a major requirement. See the Major Fields of Study section of the undergraduate catalog for details specific to your major.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.

How many credits will I receive for my transfer course?

For courses that are eligible to transfer, the number of credits accepted will be equivalent to the SEMESTER credits earned for the course at your transfer institution.

How do my quarter credits convert to semester credits?

St. Kate’s will convert all transfer credits taken from quarter system academic institutions to semester credits using the following conversion scale (multiplying the number of quarter credits by .667 and rounding to the nearest whole number)

Quarter Credits = Semester Credits
6 = 4
5 = 3
4 = 3
3 = 2
2 = 1
1 = 1

Will my transfer courses be included in my St. Kate's cumulative gpa?

Yes. Credits for all approved course work will be included in your cumulative earned credit hours and cumulative grade point average at St. Kate’s. Please visit our catalog to view St. Kate’s grading system.

Cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing total grade points by total earned credits. You may find this GPA calculator to be a helpful tool.

Am I eligible for Latin Honors?

Associate Students: No, Associate students are not eligible for Latin Honors.

Baccalaureate Students: Yes, Baccalaureate students are eligible for Latin Honors. Students must take a minimum of 64 credits in residence in order to be eligible for Latin Honors at St. Kate’s. Please visit our catalog to view more details about Latin Honors.

Graduate Students: No, Graduate students are not eligible for Latin Honors.

What if I want to repeat a course?

A student may repeat a St. Kate’s course only at St. Kate’s. If you repeat a St. Kate’s course at St. Kate’s, only the most recent grade received for the course is counted toward the grade point average, although the previous grade remains on the transcript.

If you repeat a transfer course at St. Kate’s, the transfer course will be removed from your St. Kate’s transcript once the final grade for the course has been reported.

If you repeated a transfer course at your transfer institution, only the most recent course will be considered for transfer to St. Kate’s.

How many credits do I need to take at St. Kate's? What are the residency requirements?

Associate Students: Students enrolling Fall 2011 or later must complete 40 of the last 60 credits in residence. Students enrolling prior to Fall 2011 must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence.

Baccalaureate Students: Baccalaureate students must complete 48 of the last 64 credits in residence. Please visit the Undergraduate catalog for more details on residency.

Students who began at St. Kate's prior to Fall 2009 must complete 24 of the last 32 semester credits in residence, as well as 64 credits overall in residence. Students who began at St. Kate's prior to Fall 2009 and transferred in 57 or more credits upon matriculation must complete 48 credits overall in residence, in addition to 24 of the last 32 semester credits in residence.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.

What are the St. Kate's Undergraduate liberal arts and sciences core requirements?

All associate and baccalaureate degree students at St. Kate’s are required to complete the liberal arts and sciences core requirements.

In order to fulfill a core requirement, a transfer course must be a minimum of two semester credits. Writing intensive courses must be a minimum of three semester credits.

Associate Students: CIL 1400 or 1500 may not be fulfilled with a transfer course.

Baccalaureate Students: The CORE 1000 or 2000 The Reflective Woman & and CORE 3990 The Global Search for Justice core requirements may not be fulfilled with a transfer course. These courses are unique to St. Kate’s and must be taken at St. Kate’s.

Students who have previously earned a Baccalaureate degree and have been accepted into the Second Major program are not required to complete the core requirements.

How many transfer courses can I apply to my major or minor?

Associate Students: Transfer courses will not apply toward your major.

Baccalaureate Students: A minimum of one-half of the courses in a St. Kate’s major must be completed in residence. A maximum of two transfer courses may be counted toward a minor.
Transfer of courses in your major or minor field may require the approval of the department.

For more information on major & minor restrictions see the Fields of Study section of the Undergraduate catalog.

Please note that some majors require a course to have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Courses with a C- may transfer toward general overall credits, but may not fulfill a major requirement. See the Major Fields of Study section of the undergraduate catalog for details specific to your major.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.