What Credits Are Accepted

We recognize that one of the most important concerns of a transfer applicant is how many credits will transfer into one's program of study at Trinity.  During the review of a transfer application for admission, we conduct a transfer credit evaluation to determine a candidate’s standing and total number of transferable credits heading into Trinity. Please review the guidelines below.

What type of courses are accepted?
Trinity College accepts transfer credit from regionally-accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and liberal arts universities of other countries, which are recognized by their appropriate national educational authorities.  To be accepted for transfer credit, course work must parallel Trinity’s own course offerings and/or be from the liberal arts.  Examples of non-liberal arts courses include, but are not limited to: business, management, marketing, advertising, public relations, crafts, public speaking, cooking, interior decorating, fashion design, and professionally-oriented courses in law and medicine.  Examples of other courses that are not transferable to the College include: English as a Second Language, credit by examination, CLEP (College Level Examination Program) credit, internships without sufficient academic component, ROTC courses, military courses, and correspondence courses.

How many credits will Trinity accept?
A total of 18.0 course credits may be accepted for pre-matriculation transfer credit.  Trinity will accept up to 9.0 course credits for an academic year of study, up to 5.0 course credits for one semester, or up to 4.0 course credits for each summer semester. Credit is transferred on a course-by-course basis. A grade of at least C- must be earned for each course for which transfer credit is desired.  Courses with grades of “P,”  “Pass,” “S,” or “Satisfactory” must be certified by the school as equal to at least a C- in order for the course to transfer. 

How do Trinity's course credits equate to credits at other schools?
A course earning 3 - 4 semester hours at another school is equivalent to 1 .0 Trinity course credit (science courses offered for 4 semester hours with full laboratories will transfer as 1.25 course credits, and those offered for 3 semester hours will transfer as 1 course credit ), a 2 semester hour course is equivalent to .50 Trinity course credit, and a 1 semester hour course is equivalent to .25 Trinity course credit. 

For schools using the quarter hour system, 5 quarter hours equal 1.0 Trinity course credit, 4 quarter hours equal .75 Trinity course credit, and 3 quarter hours equal .50 Trinity course credit.

How can my credits be applied to my Trinity degree?

Transfer courses may meet some or all of the General Education requirements.  If so, students will be notified at the time transfer credit is posted which General Education requirements have been met.  Students should discuss with their major Department Chairperson or Program Director the possibility of transfer courses being applied towards the major or minor.  Please note that once a student has matriculated to Trinity, no more than 2 General Education requirements may be fulfilled by transfer credits.

What is the evaluation process?
Transfer credit will be posted to the student’s record at Trinity upon receipt of a final official transcript.  Transcripts from universities located in countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by an international credential evaluation service (such as Educational Credential Evaluators in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.) in order to determine courses eligible
for transfer and applicable credit.   

Students may not enroll in courses at Trinity that duplicate transferred courses.  Students may not enroll in lower level courses in mathematics and languages at Trinity if higher level courses in the same discipline have been transferred. 

The transfer of online courses is not permitted.  If a course has been transferred and it is later determined that the course was taken online, transfer credit for that course will be removed.

Specific regulations governing the transfer of credit to Trinity are outlined in the Trinity College Student Handbook, or may be found here.