Transfer Credit Policy - First-Year / Transfer Students
Undergraduate transfer credits are evaluated according to the following policy:
Grade Requirements – Transfer credit may be received only for courses taken at other institutions in which a grade of C or better was earned (C– grades are not transferable).
Major Program – Fifty (50) percent of the student’s major program must be completed at Pace University. A major program is defined as those courses directly related to the student’s primary course of study (e.g., accounting, marketing, history, mathematics, computer science, etc.). For students in the Lubin School of Business, the business core requirement is considered part of the major program.
Degree Program – The number of transferable credits is determined by the degree program to which the credits will be applied.
Bachelor’s Degree – A maximum of 90 -96 credits (See below for Residency requirement limitations)may be transferred to a bachelor’s degree program from accredited four-year institutions (see below for limitations on transfer from two-year colleges). Specific credits are awarded dependent upon the program in which the student registers.
Residency Requirement - The number of transferable credits is limited by the degree program to which the credits will be applied. All students are required to complete a minimum of 25% of the total number of credits required for their degree “in residency”. Therefore if your program requires a total of 120 credits, the residency requirement is 30 credits. For programs that require a total of 128 credits or more, the residency requirement is 32 credits. Students are also required to complete 50% of their major and 50% of their minor requirements at Pace University. A major program is defined as those courses directly related to the student’s primary course of study (e.g., accounting, marketing, history, mathematics, computer science, etc.). For students in the Lubin School of Business, the business core requirement in the major field is considered part of the undergraduate major program. In addition, 50% of all business credits required for the BBA degree is to be completed at the University.
Transfer Credit Conversion - Pace University’s academic calendar is based on the semester system. College credit is accumulated based on semester hours. If the previous institution attended was not on a semester system, a credit conversion will be required and completed as follows:
Quarter Hour System – A conversion of hours must be completed to reflect the proper number of credits for each course. To convert credit hours to the semester system from the quarter system, multiply by 0.667. The table below reflects the number of semester credits granted for quarter-hour credits.
|Quarter Hours||Semester Hours|
|1||No Credit granted|
Pace University does not offer “half” credit courses. If courses from the previous institution attended did not have whole semester hours, the credit hours of those courses will be rounded down (example: 2.5 credits are rounded down to 2). The contact hours of a half-credit course does not meet the contact hour requirement for a one-credit course at the University. Whenever possible, courses containing half credits will be grouped together to grant the most credit possible to the student.
Transfer from Two-Year Colleges – A maximum of 68 credits may be transferred from accredited two-year institutions toward a bachelor’s degree program. Credit will be granted only for equivalent lower-division and some upper-level courses offered at Pace as determined by the appropriate academic department.
Course Equivalency – Courses transferred must be applicable and comparable to corresponding courses in which the student is, or will be, enrolled at Pace University. In cases where the student’s program at Pace provides for electives, the student may receive elective credit toward the degree requirement for those courses taken at another institution that are not offered at Pace.
Sources of Transfer Credit
- Institutions accredited by a regional affiliate of the Commission on Higher Education (e.g., The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools);
- Institutions that have entered into transfer credit articulation agreements with Pace University (click here for more information);
- Other institutions, with the approval of the appropriate chairpersons and dean;
- Results of acceptable performance on standardized proficiency examinations.
Where a standardized proficiency examination is not available, a Pace departmental Challenge Proficiency Examination may be administered. The cost of each examination is one credit of tuition for each course challenged.