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Transfer Credit Policies

Our faculty have established policies for transferring credits in each subject area. When you send us your college-level transcripts, we'll complete a transfer credit evaluation for you. When your evaluation is complete, you will be able to see what credits you've received on CougarTrail.

Transfer credit is awarded when the course is:

  • earned at a school accredited by a regional accreditation association.
  • graded at least a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • similar in description to the corresponding course at the College of Charleston and is not a duplication of credits already earned.

Courses completed 10 or more years ago will be evaluated by College of Charleston faculty to determine if they are eligible for transfer credit.

Credit by Exam

The College awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams based on your scores. Click the links below to view the credit or placement you will receive for your scores.

When credit is given, your College of Charleston transcript will show that the credit comes from an exam. If you enroll in a class at the College for which you have already received credit based on your exam scores, you will not receive credit again for taking the class, although the grade may be included in your GPA.

If you wish to decline exam credit, you must download a Decline Transfer Credit request form and submit it to the Office of Admissions. A request to decline credit must be submitted prior to your taking the class.


The maximum number of transfer credits that you can apply towards a College of Charleston undergraduate degree is 92 semester hours from all four-year institutions attended or 60 semester hours from all two-year colleges attended. When a student has attended both two- and four-year institutions, the maximum number of credits that may be applied toward your degree is 92, with no more than 60 from two-year colleges.

We do not transfer grades, only credits. Therefore, you will enter the College of Charleston without a grade point average.

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