A student who has attended any regionally accredited college or university and has earned 12 or more semester hours is considered a transfer student when applying to enter Florida A&M University. Transfer students admitted to FAMU are required to have official copies of their transcripts from previous institutions on file in the Admissions Office prior to evaluation. Credits are transferred based on the following:
1. The institution from which the student wishes to transfer is regionally accredited.
2. The overall grade point average is 2.00 or better on the transfer transcript.
3. The grades of individual courses to be transferred are “C” or better, or “S” or “P”.
The academic records of transfer students will be evaluated prior to the student’s arrival on the University Campus if admitted three weeks prior to the term beginning.
Credits earned from Florida public institutions will be evaluated on the basis of the Florida Statewide Course Numbering System. Those courses considered equivalent will be accepted for transfer credit at the level at which the course was classified by the institution originally awarding the credit. Courses are considered equivalent when the prefix and the last three numerical digits of the course number are the same.
Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system.
I. Transient Students: Florida A&M University students who are permitted to attend other institutions for a term must obtain a transient form from their academic area and secure appropriate signatures prior to leaving FAMU. Students who attend other institutions without permission from their academic area may not have their credits accepted. Transient forms are approved based on the following:
- The institution the student wishes to attend is regionally accredited or includes requirements as stipulated above.
- Student is in good standing at FAMU (G.P.A. 2.00 or better; not administratively suspended)
- Student has no financial obligation to the university (not on cashier’s hold)
- Transient application is turned in prior to term for which the student is applying
II. Correspondence Courses: Correspondence course work may be accepted if the credits appear on the transcript of a regionally accredited institution and the earned grade is “C” or better. The State University System of Florida offers courses by correspondence through the division of Continuing Education of the University of Florida.
NOTE: Applicability of transferred credits toward a degree program will be determined by the individual school or college.
III. Acceleration Programs: Florida A&M University encourages students to take advantage of opportunities to reduce the usual length of time it takes to complete a degree program. The university has established several avenues which permit a reduction in the normal amount of time required to complete the requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Each baccalaureate degree program is so designed that students are afforded an opportunity to complete a minimum of twenty-five percent of degree requirements through acceleration mechanisms. These programs include dual enrollment, credit by examination, early admission to the university, the year-around calendar, and any combinations of the above acceleration mechanism.
These opportunities include the following:
1. Dual Enrollment
This program allows eligible high school students to earn college level credits in a college or university
2. Credit by Examination
Students who are enrolled or plan to enroll at FAMU may earn credit for certain introductory courses through the following credit by examination programs:
A. Advanced Placement Program (AP)
B. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
C. International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
E. Department Examinations and Dean Waivers
F. Military Service School
Experiential Learning: Awarding Credit on a Non-Credit Basis-The University considers experiential learning as learning that occurs outside its own educational programs. Other than awarding credit through mechanisms such as nationally recognized credit by exams such as CLEP (see above) and departmental exams denoted below and the award of credit for attainment of National Board Teacher Certification, FAMU does not award credit for experiential learning.
The only experiential learning for which the University grants credit is for formal learning experiences that are part of the curriculum of a degree program, such as internships, clinical courses, cooperative education and practicum. These experiences are supervised by program faculty in collaboration with supervisors at the internship/clinical site and are evaluated if credit is to be awarded.
Professional Certification/Departmental Exams/Deans Waiver-Academic departments may offer students opportunities to receive credits through departmental course examinations. Individual departments determine if and when a student can take advantage of this opportunity. Academic deans may determine if course/courses may be waived or if credit may be awarded for students based on professional certification and documented proficiency in an area of study. Such waiver and/or credit must be approved by the academic Department Chair, Dean, Registrar and Provost. In the case of academic credit being awarded to students with National Board Teacher Certification, the department chair and dean of the College of Education must evaluate the certificate and portfolio for the National Board Teacher Certification. The Dean and Department Chair will make a formal recommendation to the Registrar who will award elective credit in a specific academic area within the College of Education. The recommendation from the College of Education must contain a statement that attests to the fact that the National Board Teacher Certification certificate and portfolio have been evaluated by appropriate officials within the College of Education.
Transfer Credit-Graduate Degrees
A maximum of six credit hours from other institutions approved by their regional accrediting agency, with “B” grades or better may be allowed
1. Six semester hours may be allowed for extension credits provided such credits were earned through a Florida Institution with regional accreditation; or
2. Six semester hours may be allowed for workshop participation, in keeping with the regulation above; or
3. Six semester hours may be allowed for credits earned while in residence at another university; or
4. Up to six semester hours in any combination of the three categories above may be allowed.
Acceptance of such credit does not reduce the period of required residence for the master’s degree. Workshops are not normally classified as residence work on or off campus. Credit toward the master’s degree is not allowed for courses taken through correspondence.