Transfer a Course

Please see the Academic Bulletin section on “Transfer of Courses.”

As of March 2019, the Faculty have approved a revision of the policy pertaining to “College Credit for Prior Coursework.” This new policy will appear in the 2019-2020 Academic Bulletin once it is published, but in the interim, the new policy is as follows.


First-time, first-year students with eligible credits completed prior to matriculation are recommended to transfer in a maximum of 42 credits. This includes Credit by Examination, credit obtained for college-level courses offered at high schools by accredited colleges and universities, which is treated as transfer credit, and transfer credit for work taken in residence at accredited colleges and universities.

However, first-time, first-year students may transfer in additional credits up to the maximum for all students of 64, but should be aware of the following caveats:

  • Once posted on an Allegheny College transcript, transfer credits will not be removed unless the student successfully completes the exact equivalent Allegheny course while in residence.
  • Students who bring in a maximum of 64 credits from dual enrollment while in high school will not be able to transfer in any additional credits while enrolled at Allegheny, including from study away, off campus internships or summer classes transcripted by other institutions, or from other courses or experiences.
  • Students should be aware that, per Federal regulations, they will lose eligibility for federal financial aid after the 192nd credit is posted to their transcript (150% of the 128 credits required for graduation).
  • Students with dual enrollment credits may not yet be ready for upper-level courses. Students should consult with course instructors and their advisors as appropriate.

Students who wish to receive credit for college-level courses offered at high schools or who are now considering taking college or university courses elsewhere should contact the Office of the Registrar for advice about transfer credit and/or selection of courses.



Information on how to have a course pre-approved for transfer is available here.

Information on transfer equivalents for Advanced Placement (AP) credits is here.

Understanding Transfer Credit on Your Transcript

If transfer credit is equated to an exact Allegheny equivalent, it will appear on your transcript as such. e.g., MATH 160. That course will count in all the ways that MATH 160 counts if taken on campus.

If transfer credit is not equated to an exact Allegheny equivalent, it will appear on your transcript as one of the following. These course numbers and descriptions will start to appear as of Fall 2018.

Elect*CMP College Elective Computer Science, Engl*0TE English Elective...

Prior to Fall 2018, transfer credit will appear as follows.

BIO*0TN Biology No distribution, CMPSC*0TG Computer Science General, ENGL*0TE English cetera

If you have AP credit, it will appear as follows

AP*BIO College Elect Adv Placement, ART*0AE Advanced Placement

Please consult your advisor or the Office of the Registrar if you have questions about transfer credit equivalents.