Transfer and Non-Traditional Credit Policies

The Registrar will evaluate all transfer students’ transcripts after they have been admitted to La Roche University. Credits will be awarded on a course-by-course basis, taking into account course descriptions, outcomes and objectives.

The Registrar may choose to consult faculty for further review of courses. In all cases the academic departments will have final determination in the evaluation of courses which satisfy department/major requirements.

Transfer Credit Limits

  • La Roche will accept a maximum of 90 credits toward an undergraduate degree from four-year degree-granting institutions, regionally accredited by one of the six accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.
  • A maximum of 66 credits will be accepted toward an undergraduate degree from regionally accredited Community or Junior Colleges that offer two-year education programs and awards associate degrees. View our Community College Transfer Equivalency Guides.
  • A maximum of 45 credits will be accepted toward an undergraduate degree from a technical school, accredited by an agency recognized by the Department of Education. A technical school is defined as a two-year institution of higher education that focuses on an occupational or technical curriculum, and awards associate degrees at the conclusion of the program.
  • La Roche may accept up to six semester hours of graduate credit toward a graduate degree at the discretion of the department.

In all cases only those courses which are congruent with the academic programs of La Roche will be accepted.

Students may transfer in no more than 50 percent of the courses counted for a major. Individual departments may further limit the number of credits accepted to fulfill major requirements.

Students may transfer in no more than 50 percent of the courses counted for a minor.

Residency Requirement

All students must complete the last 30 credits in residency at La Roche. In extenuating academic circumstances, the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean may grant an exception to the residency policy. Transfer credit and credits from all other sources (see below) cannot be included within the last 30 credits.

Grades, Credits and GPA

  • Only courses with a letter grade of “C” or better are accepted in transfer.
  • Transfer credit is not calculated in the La Roche grade point average.
  • La Roche operates on a semester system. Courses accepted from institutions on a quarter system are transferred at 2/3 value.

Official Transcripts and Evaluations

  • All transfer students must request and file official transcripts of courses taken at other institutions before transfer credit will be awarded.
  • Transfer students who attended universities outside of the United States must submit an international credential evaluation report which explains how their international education compares to the U.S. system. Transcripts must be translated into English before an evaluation can be processed. A course-by-course evaluation including a grade point average (GPA) must be sent directly from an approved evaluation service to La Roche.

Courses Not Accepted in Transfer

  • Computer technology courses completed more than 10 years before a student’s matriculation at La Roche.
  • Courses completed more than 10 years before a student’s matriculation at La Roche into a nursing major, unless the student is a licensed Registered Nurse.
  • Courses offered for non-credit Continuing Education Units (CEU). 
  • Remedial courses in English or Mathematics, usually numbered below 100. 
  • Non-credit courses providing instruction in English as a Second Language. 
  • Course completed with a grade of “P” or “S” (Pass or Satisfactory); unless verified in writing by the Registrar of the prior institution that such grade is equivalent to a grade of “C.” 

Non-Traditional Learning Options

La Roche will accept a maximum of 60 credits total from non-traditional sources listed below:

Advanced Placement (AP)

Departments approve qualifying scores through the Advanced Placement Program of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Students must have their scores sent directly to the University Registrar to receive credit.

Challenge Examinations

A qualified applicant may earn credit by proficiency Examination upon the recommendation of the department chair and the approval of the registrar. The exam is administered by a La Roche faculty member must be completed prior to the last 30 hours at La Roche with a minimum grade of “C.”

External Examinations

Satisfactory scores on the University Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and other examinations evaluated by American Council on Education (ACE) for college-level credit. Students must have scores reported directly to the University Registrar.

Credit for Training

Credit will be awarded for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must submit documentation (AARTS or SMARTS transcript is recommended, at minimum a DD214 or DD295) of training to the University Registrar.

Credit for Life Experience

A La Roche student can earn up to 30 credits at the undergraduate level through work and life experience through the development of a portfolio. Portfolios are submitted to the Registrar’s Office and evaluated by La Roche faculty in the student’s intended major. Credit for Life Experience credit hours can be applied toward general and major electives, and courses for lower and upper division requirements for your major.