Transfer Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know if I'll receive credit from the institution I attended?
Credit is given for all academic courses (except co-op and life experience) in which a grade of "C" or better has been received.

If you attended an institution that holds regional accreditation with one of the following institutional accrediting bodies, credit will be granted at Xavier for coursework you have passed. The accrediting bodies include:

  • MSA - Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
  • NWCCU - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • NCA - North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
  • NEASC - New England Association of Schools & Colleges
  • SACS - Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
  • WASC - Western Association of Schools & Colleges

Can I find out how my credits will transfer before the application process?
Yes. You may request a preliminary evaluation on the coursework you have completed at another institution. 

Will all of my credits transfer into my major?
The response varies depending upon the major you wish to pursue at Xavier. All majors require students to complete the University core curriculum and the major courses. Business majors must also complete the business core. Courses from other institutions may satisfy our University core curriculum, the major, the business core or free electives. The best way to determine how your completed courses fit our curriculum is to submit a transcript for a preliminary evaluation.

How do hours from an institution that operates on the quarter calendar transfer into Xavier University's semester system?
A minimum of 120 semester hours is required for a bachelor's degree at Xavier versus 180-quarter hours at a quarter calendar institution. Xavier will accept two-thirds of the hours you complete at a quarter calendar school. For example, if you completed a quarter calendar course for three credits, you will receive two credits on the semester calendar. Please keep in mind that most of our semester courses are equivalent to three credits. At a quarter calendar school you should complete sequential courses within a given year. This will ensure that you will satisfy the requirement for the year on the semester calendar and not lose any credit.

Here are some general guidelines to calculate how courses from a quarter calendar institution will transfer to Xavier:

____ quarter hours x 0.666 = semester hours

1 quarter hour = 0.666 semester hours

2 quarter hours = 1.332 semester hours

3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours

4 quarter hours = 2.664 semester hours

5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours

Will my grade point average from the previous institution transfer?
No. Only your credit hours will transfer into the University.

What are the benefits of attending Xavier University?
Our students tell us that availability of their major, the quality of education received through our strong liberal arts curriculum, our academic reputation, and accessibility of faculty are some of the primary reasons they chose to transfer to Xavier. Other benefits include the student life experiences, co-curricular and extra curricular experiences. Our faculty has a superb way of addressing ethical issues, challenging students intellectually, and helping students learn to think critically and analytically. These academic challenges provide our students with a competitive edge. And, when you graduate, you have access to the national alumni association with more than 50 chapters nationwide. Employers have described our students as leaders who bring intelligence and creativity, conscience and competence to work in their businesses and communities. These are simply a few benefits of obtaining a quality Jesuit education at Xavier University.