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Transfer Credit Policies

Advanced Placement
The University grants elective or General Education credit for college-level courses taken by high school students in the advanced Placement Program, administered by the College Board. Lower division credit is given for each course passed with a test score of 4 or higher. Most examinations are designed to validate study considered to represent a full academic year of college study of the subject, or 6 semester units. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units of AP work.

International Baccalaureate
The University recognizes the International Baccalaureate program and its examinations. Students who have been awarded the I.B. Diploma may be granted up to 38 semester units. Students who have earned an I.B. Certificate will be awarded 6 semester units for each higher examination passed with a score of 5 or higher.

Courses From Other Institutions
With the exception of remedial and vocational courses, Holy Names University accepts credit for courses passed with grades of C- or higher at any regionally accredited, degree-granting two- or four-year college or university. Generally, California community college courses are transferred according to California State University guidelines. Credit for P.E. activity courses is limited to 6 semester units. The maximum number of units that may be transferred from a two-year college is 70. Reasonable consideration is given to comparable transfer courses in satisfying the University's General Education requirements. The faculty in each major area decide which transfer courses may be used to satisfy requirements for the major.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
This program, administered by the College Board, is designed to evaluate undergraduate college level education not obtained through traditional means. The general tests assess comprehensive achievements in specific courses at the undergraduate level. The University grants six unspecified semester units for each general test for which the student has earned a score of 50 (50th percentile) or above. Three semester units for special subject tests for which a score of 50 (50th percentile) or above has been earned can be attributed to lower division coursework in the major, subject to departmental approval. The units earned are for credit, not for a letter grade. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units for CLEP examinations.

Credit for Extension Classes
A maximum of six approved extension semester units may be counted toward the Bachelor’s degree. Courses in the major must have the approval of the student’s faculty advisor. To be an approved extension course, the course must have sufficient hours of instruction, outside assignments, and methods of evaluation that are comparable to those of regular classes, and an instructor as professionally qualified as one for regular classes. Any such units must be in courses which would be acceptable in Holy Names’ degrees and must come from accredited institutions that would accept the units toward their own degrees.

Credit for Cooperative Education
The University accepts undergraduate credit for cooperative education earned at an accredited institution with an organized academic program in experiential learning. Validity of the study is recognized provided that: 1) it was planned with faculty guidance and definitely related to academic coursework, and 2) it was directed by a qualified supervisor and evaluated both by the supervisor and the responsible faculty member of the credit-granting institution. Acceptance of the transfer credit in cooperative education is limited to 12 semester units.

Credit for Military Training and USAFI
Holy Names grants credit for military training in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Forces. In order to receive such credit the student must present evidence by written certification from a recognized military authority, such as papers from a military separation center,

AARTS transcript, an official copy of a diploma from a service school, or USAFI transcript. Holy Names University is a Service members’ Opportunity College (SOC). As a SOC member, Holy Names University recognizes the unique nature of the military lifestyle and has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits, providing flexible academic residency requirements, and crediting learning from appropriate military training and experiences. Students may receive credit for up to 30 units of military training.

Credit for Non-collegiate Instruction
Holy Names grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, appropriate to the Baccalaureate, that has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The courses and number of units allowed are those recommended in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Credit granted for non-collegiate instruction is not generally applied to general education or requirements for the major and is limited to 12 semester units.

Credit for Portfolio-Evaluated Experiential Learning (PEEL)
Recognizing that learning is a lifelong process that can be acquired outside of standard institutional processes, HNU will grant undergraduate credit for work that relates to a student’s overall academic program and is demonstrable at a level appropriate for college credit. The work must also be appropriate to the mission and goals of Holy Names University. The learning that can support academic credit may be based on such experiences as training acquired in professional or volunteer work; attendance at professional workshops or conferences; independent reading, travel, and scholarship; public performance or exhibition of creative work; and competencies acquired in pursuit of license or certification, among others. The following sections on Student Eligibility and Fee Structure define the policies that govern HNU’s Portfolio-Evaluated Experiential Learning program. The Guidelines for Portfolio-Evaluated Experiential Learning that detail the procedures for implementing the policy are available on-line.

Student Eligibility

  1. Students may apply for a maximum of thirty units in experiential learning.
  2. Students may petition for credits from experiential learning if they:
    • transfer in with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, or
    •  have completed 12 units at HNU with a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, or
    • receive permission from the Office of Academic Affairs.
  3. Petitions must be submitted at least one full term before expected graduation. Credit will be posted to the student’s transcript after completion of academic residency requirement (24 units).

Fee Structure
Fees are paid on an individual course-by-course basis. The initial application/counseling fee will be $125 and an evaluation fee for each course will be $325. Fees are charged for services performed, not for credit granted.

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