Transfer & Prior Learning Credit
A student applying for advanced standing after having attended another accredited institution shall send an official transcript to the Admission Office. If requested, the student must provide copies of course descriptions and/or syllabi. The Registrar’s Office will determine whether credits are transferable to Lebanon Valley College.
Credits are accepted for transfer provided the grades are C– (1.670) or better and the coursework, including expected learning outcomes, is equivalent to or consistent with LVC curricula and standards. Transferred courses count for credit hours only and are not factored in the grade point average.
Transfer institutions within the United States must be regionally accredited or hold accreditation from other, non-regional accreditors recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Coursework from non-regionally accredited institutions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis subject to the above requirements and, if applicable, may be accepted as elective credit. Coursework may satisfy Constellation LVC or major requirements with approval of the associate dean and director of curriculum and the appropriate department chair, respectively. Institutions outside of the United States must be recognized as a degree-granting institution in its home country. A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States is required for international transfer students.
A candidate for admission holding an associate degree from a regionally accredited college can be admitted with full acceptance of coursework at the previously attended institution. However, coursework in the major field for which the applicant has received a D shall not count toward fulfilling the major requirement.
Because LVC is a liberal arts institution, consideration of full acceptance of the associate degree will be granted with the understanding that the candidate has followed a basic course of study compatible with the curriculum and academic programs of the College and has been enrolled in a transfer program. A total of 60 credits will be accepted for an associate degree. A maximum of 90 credit hours will be accepted toward a baccalaureate degree.
LVC will honor transfer students’ general education requirements that have been satisfied at prior institutions. If a student completed general education requirements with at least 40 credits of coursework at their prior institution, we will consider those requirements to have satisfied LVC’s Constellation program requirements. If a student has partially completed general education requirements, we will accept those credits on a credit-match basis and will only require that student to complete their remaining general education credits within our 41-credit general education program.
Lebanon Valley College has established transfer articulation agreements with Harrisburg Area Community College, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Montgomery Area Community College, and Reading Area Community College. Visit www.lvc.edu/registrar for additional information.
Students transferring to Lebanon Valley College to complete work on a baccalaureate degree will normally be expected to pass at least 25 percent of the required credits for their intended major at the College. Beyond this minimum requirement, departments may require additional courses if they so desire. Students are required to complete 300- and 400-level core coursework for the major in residence, unless otherwise approved by the applicable academic department.
Lebanon Valley College students enrolled for a degree may not carry courses concurrently at any other institution without the prior consent of their advisors and the registrar.
Courses taken through study abroad programs approved by the Center for Global Education will have their credits/instructional hours and grades converted to LVC equivalent credits and grades, with credit ultimately awarded according to the College transfer credit policy, described above. Students will have planned courses pre-approved for transfer before their study abroad program begins. Students enrolled in a program of study approved for credit by LVC will be considered enrolled at LVC for the purpose of applying for federal financial aid.
A maximum of 9 credits (a maximum of 6 core credits) in graduate degree programs that require fewer than 60 credits, and a maximum of 15 credits in graduate degree programs that require 60 credits or more, may be transferred from another institution with the approval of the registrar and appropriate graduate program director. This policy also applies to the application of credits from a previously earned graduate degree at LVC to an additional graduate degree.
A maximum of 3 credits in certificate programs completed as part of a graduate degree may be transferred from another institution with the approval of the registrar and appropriate graduate program director. No external credits may be transferred toward a stand-alone certificate program.
Transfer institutions within the United States must be regionally accredited. Institutions outside the United States must be recognized as a degree-granting institution in its home country. A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States is required for international transfer students.
Coursework, including expected learning outcomes, must be equivalent to or consistent with the curricula and standards of the applicable graduate program at Lebanon Valley College. Credit transferred must have been earned within seven years before admission to the applicable graduate program. No transfer credit shall be accepted if the grade earned at another institution was less than “B” (a grade of “B-” or lower will not be accepted). Transferred grades count for credit hours only, not for quality points. Students wishing to transfer credits may be asked to submit a course syllabus, textbook used, and any reading materials so proper credit may be given.
Except for programs with undergraduate direct admission to graduate programs, LVC students who take graduate courses as undergraduate students may apply up to 6 credits toward a graduate degree or certificate program. Students must obtain the approval of the registrar and appropriate graduate program director. Students must also complete at least 30 credits toward a master’s degree following the completion of a bachelor’s degree (graduate credits completed as an undergraduate student cannot be included in this total).
Lebanon Valley College recognizes the ability of highly motivated matriculated students to master specific areas of study on their initiative and provides programs to allow these students the opportunity to gain credit. Except for those seeking a second bachelor’s degree, any matriculated student may earn a maximum of 30 credits toward a bachelor’s degree through credit for prior learning. Credit will be recorded with a satisfactory (S) grade.
Advanced placement with credit in appropriate courses will be granted to entering students who earn scores of 4 or 5 on College Board AP examinations. The official AP College Grade Report must be submitted by the student for evaluation by the registrar.
Advanced placement without credit may be granted based on the Achievement Tests of the College Board examinations or such other proficiency tests as may be determined appropriate by the registrar and department chair.
Many LVC courses can be challenged for credit by examination. Students should request challenge examinations through their academic advisors. All requests must be approved by the registrar and department chair in which the course is listed.
Challenge exams are considered comprehensive examinations in the subject area. The grading criteria for challenge exams will be determined by each department. The exact nature of the examination will be determined by the faculty member and department chair involved and may include any means of evaluation normally employed by the department. There is a fee for preparation and grading of each challenge exam, and it is charged without regard to the test results.
Challenge exams may not be taken by students who have received any grade in a course equivalent to or more advanced than the course for which the student is requesting credit by examination. Challenge exams may not be used to acquire credit for a course previously failed. Practicums, internships, seminars, research courses, independent study, writing-intensive courses, and courses with laboratory components are normally not subject to credit by examination. Individual departments may have additional criteria regarding challenge exams. Consult the department chair in which the course is listed for specific information.
Credit shall be granted to those students who score well on CLEP examinations that are approved by the College. To receive credit, a student must earn a minimum score of 50. The English composition essay is required to receive credit for English Communications with a minimum score of 64. Credit for foreign language at the intermediate level requires a minimum score of 62 (for French), 63 (for German), and 66 (for Spanish) on Level 2 tests.
A maximum of six credits shall be awarded for each examination.
Students taking DSST exams will be granted credit in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations and with approval of the registrar, the appropriate department chair, and, if seeking to fulfill a Constellation LVC requirement, approval of the director of Constellation LVC. ACE recommends credit for a minimum score of 400 on a 200–500 scale.
Lebanon Valley College values the IB Diploma Program and its curriculum that develops sophisticated, critical thinking, intercultural competence, and respect for diversity. We welcome applications from IB students.
Credit for appropriate courses will be granted to entering students who achieve scores of 5, 6, or 7 on International Baccalaureate individual subject examinations. For each Higher-Level subject, 6–8 credits will be granted; for each Standard-Level subject, 3–4 credits will be granted. Three elective credits will also be granted for grades of C or better on the Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay components.
Students who complete the IB Diploma Program and achieve an overall score of 30 or better will automatically be granted 30 credits. Credit for equivalent courses will only be given for individual subject scores of 5 or better, otherwise only elective credit will be granted.
Lebanon Valley College provides for the awarding of undergraduate academic credit for knowledge acquired through nonacademic experience in subjects in the College curriculum. The experience should have a direct relation to the material taught in a course in the College curriculum and should extend over a sufficient period to provide substantive knowledge in the relevant area. Matriculated students who believe they qualify for such credit may petition the appropriate department through their academic advisors. This petition must be outlined on the Experiential Learning Application and:
- detail the relevant experience in question;
- provide appropriate supporting evidence;
- note the equivalent College course by department and number; and
- state the number of credit hours sought.
The appropriate department will consult with the academic advisor to determine the best means (interview, examination, portfolio, etc.) for evaluating the experience.
Approval of experiential credit must be made in writing over the signatures of the academic advisor, the appropriate department chair, the director of Constellation LVC, and the associate dean of academic success and registrar. There is a fee for evaluating each application for experiential learning credit, and it is charged without regard to the outcome.
Experiential credit cannot exceed a maximum of 12 credit hours in the degree program.
Lebanon Valley College recognizes learning through military and workplace training. Credit is awarded in accordance with credit recommendations by the American Council on Education (ACE) and where training is equivalent to or consistent with Lebanon Valley College curricula and standards. Coursework may satisfy Constellation LVC or major requirements with approval of the director of curriculum and appropriate department chair, respectively. To receive credit, students must provide an official transcript that documents successful completion of their training and includes ACE credit recommendations.