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 & 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

Xavier's undergraduate colleges will accept coursework successfully completed within the last 10 years; credit over 10 years old will not be accepted if the course in question belongs to the student's major or, in the case of business students, pertains to the "business core." Credits over 10 years old which pertain to the undergraduate core curriculum or are general electives will usually be accepted.

The transfer credit, but not the grade, is recorded on the student's transcript. The grades are not computed in the student's Xavier grade point average.

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.

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, 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.

Does Xavier give credit for life experience?

Xavier gives credit for some military experience, the Ohio Police Officer's Training Academy, and other training programs as recommended by the American Council on Education.  See your advisor for details.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are intended for adult learners who believe they have acquired knowledge through life experiences which would enable them to possibly test out of undergraduate courses. Students who have taken CLEP examinations may apply for college credit for this work. Xavier grants credit in a number of disciplines depending on the student's score on the appropriate CLEP examination.  Students must arrange to have official test scores sent to Xavier University.  Xavier's school code is 1965.

See the College Level Examination Program Credit page for the CLEP Program Credit Chart