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Transfer Credit Evaluation & Notification:

If admitted, the Office of Admission will review your offical college transcripts and all attempted coursework with final grades for transfer credit. Credit previously evaluated and deemed transferrable is applied to your Initial Transfer Credit Evaluation ‘TCE', which is included with your offer of admission or mailed shortly thereafter (prior to registration).

Credit not previously evaluated (pending an equivalency) is reviewed by the Student Enrollment Center (SEC). The SEC will review pending credit, establish the transfer credit equivalency, and notify the student.

Transferable credit is officially added to a student’s ESU record upon receipt of the official final college/university transcript and upon verification of enrollment (completed course registration).

Students may transfer credits from institutions accredited by:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Inc.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation

ESU does not accept or deny credits exclusively based on the sending institution's accreditation.  Credits from institutions not accredited by the above agencies or non-accredited institutions will be reviewed by the Articulation and Transfer staff in the Student Enrollment Center and/or the relevant ESU academic department for transfer credit. Students may be required to submit additional course information to assist in determining equivalencies.

Credits from Non-US institutions: Credit from foreign institutions are evaluated based upon the recommendations of companies that are approved members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Applicants who wish to have transferrable credits evaluated must do so directly through a NACES member agency (see list below), and request the agency to forward the results to the ESU Office of Admission.

Below is a list of some evaluation companies. This is not a comprehensive list of all authorized evaluation companies. East Stroudsburg University prefers that students use the services of companies that are approved members of NACES.

*** Listing of NACES member companies.  

World Education Services, Inc. Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
International Education Research Foundation, Inc. Education Evaluators International, Inc.
Foreign Academic Credential Service, Inc. SpanTran Educational Services

**All students applying for admission to the University with transcripts from a foreign post-secondary educational institution are required to submit an official educational credential evaluation.

Transfer Credit Appeal Process: Students may appeal transfer credit evaluations by contacting the Student Enrollment Center (SEC); Candice Pellegrino, Assistant Registrar at 570-422-2839 or pellegri3@esu.edu. The appeal process will encompass a re-evaluation of your coursework by the SEC. Students who appeal an equivalency are asked to submit a course syllabus, which provides more detailed information than catalog listings. Students not satisfied with the final transfer credit evaluation may appeal the decision to the chairperson of the academic department relevant to the course/s in question. Full and final discretion rests with the academic departments.

AP or CLEP Credits: Credit received from AP & CLEP exams will be reviewed for possible transfer credit. An official score report from the College Board must be sent directly to the Center for Enrollment Services (CES) at ESU. AP & CLEP credit will not be taken from college transcripts. Grades of '3' or higher on AP exams and scores passed at the 50th percentile for CLEP may be considered for credit at ESU. Access our on-line Course Equivalency database and enter ‘AP’ or ‘CLEP’ to view the equivalent transfer credit ESU has established to date for AP & CLEP.

Acceptable Grades: Credit for courses with a grade of "C" or better will be considered for transfer credit. Grades of "C-" or 'D' are only considered for transfer credit if the applicant is transferring under the guidelines of Academic Passport.

Non-Transferable Credits: Developmental/remedial courses and those of a specific vocational, technical, occupational, office administrative, or theological nature are not considered transferable.

Transferring with Academic Passport: If you are a student at a PA Community College, Lackawanna College or one of the PA State System Universities (PASSHE) and are ready to transfer, Academic Passport is your guaranteed admission to East Stroudsburg University. To qualify you must have a conferred Associate of Arts (A.A.) or the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a PA community college or Lackawanna College or at least 12 college-level credits from one of the PA State System Universities (PASSHE). All students must have a minimum 2.00 grade point average.

Students holding the Academic Passport will transfer credit according to the Board of Governors Policy titled 'The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy'. For more information see the Academic Passport home page.

Transfer Credit Limits: Final approval of courses counting toward your major rests with the chairperson of that department. Some departments have limits on the total number of credits that can be applied to the major field of study. Currently, these include:

Please Note:

  • Be sure to check with the ESU academic department chairperson for the most up-to-date information.
  • Specific requirements for majors, program restrictions, and course offerings may be found in the undergraduate catalog and through the individual department homepages.