Credit Earned Away from Stonehill

Academic Policies & Procedures

Credit Earned Away From Stonehill

Transfer of Credit

Stonehill College accepts transfer credits from other institutions of higher learning with three basic considerations:

  1. The educational quality of the learning experience being transferred in;
  2. the comparability of the nature, content, and level of the learning experience earned to Stonehill College’s academic programs; and
  3. appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned in light of the student’s educational goals.

Educational quality is partly ensured by the requirement that transferred credit must be from accredited institutions. Comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned is ensured by thorough research into the content of each transferable course and through established articulation agreements with community colleges and other partnering institutions. Appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned is ensured by close consultation and coordination with the academic department chairs, Assistant Dean of General Education, the General Education Advisory Committee, Office of International Programs, and the Registrar’s Office.

Transfer Credit Requirements

Transfer credit is only granted for college-level, credit-bearing courses taken at other institutions whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), regardless of delivery method (e.g. on-line courses, hybrid courses, MOOCs, etc.). Credits may also be awarded through the College Board Advanced Placement Exam Program, International Baccalaureate Program or through approved abroad programs..

Credit will only be granted for courses in which the student has received the equivalent of a grade of “C” or better. An earned grade of “C-” or below will not transfer. However, since Stonehill lecture/lab courses are graded with a single grade, transfer lecture/lab courses for which each component is graded separately may be accepted even if one of the grades is lower than a “C” if the weighted combined average grade is equivalent to a “C” (2.00 at Stonehill) or better. Pass/Fail courses will only be accepted in transfer if the official transcript indicates that a passing grade is the equivalent of a “C” or better.

In order to qualify for a Stonehill degree, a transfer student is required to complete at least 50% of their credits at the College, with their final two semesters taken at Stonehill or in a Stonehill sponsored program. At least 50% of courses required by the Stonehill General Education Cornerstone Program, a major, or minor must be taken in residency at Stonehill or through a Stonehill sponsored program. Individual academic departments may further restrict which major or minor courses may be transferred into Stonehill College.

Only credit hours are transferred. Transfer grades are not recorded on the Stonehill transcript and are not included in the computation of the cumulative grade-point-average. Credits transferred in from quarter hour, trimester, or other non-semester hour institutions may be adjusted to make them equivalent to a Stonehill semester-hour credit.

Students wishing to take and transfer in courses from another institution after initial matriculation at Stonehill must have the courses pre-approved by the Registrar’s Office. Courses taken abroad must be pre-approved by the Office of International Programs.

Students are required to provide the Stonehill College Registrar’s Office with an official copy of the transfer school’s transcript, or official Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test scores before credits will be transferred. In some cases courses descriptions and/or course syllabi will be required to ascertain course equivalency.

The Registrar’s Office, in consultation with the appropriate academic departments, makes the final determination of the applicability of courses in transfer; however:

  • credit will only be granted for courses that are comparable in nature and content to courses and credits offered through Stonehill College programs;
  • credits may only be accepted in transfer toward completion of major or minor requirements with approval from the appropriate Department Chairperson or Program Director; and
  • credits may only be accepted in transfer toward completion of General Education requirements with the approval of the Assistant Dean of General Education and/or the chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages, for courses fulfilling the language requirement.

Transfering in General Education Requirements

Generally, transfer credit (including Advanced Placement credit (AP), International Baccalaureate credit (IB), and Dual Enrollment credit) may be applied toward the General Education Cornerstone Program curriculum if the transferred credit satisfies the requirements of a particular course within the Cornerstone Program and is identified as such in the Hill Book. (e.g., a student who receives transfer credit for BIO 101 Biological Principles I, which presently fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement in the Cornerstone Program, will also have fulfilled the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement).

  • Transfer students with first‐year standing (fewer than 25 credits) must complete all General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.
  • Transfer students with sophomore standing (transferring in 25-55.9 credits) are exempt from the First-Year Seminar requirement but must complete all other General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.
  • Transfer students with junior standing (transferring between 56-62 credits) are exempt from the First-Year Seminar and Learning Community requirements but must complete all other General Education requirements, with the exception of those fulfilled through approved transferred courses.

Since students must complete at least 50% of their credits (62) at Stonehill, a student may not transfer in at a level higher than junior standing.

Transfering in Advanced or Occupational Military Training

Transfer credits may be granted for coursework completed as part of advanced or occupational military training that is comparable in nature and content to courses and credits offered through Stonehill College programs. Credits earned for Basic Training are not transferable. Students wishing to transfer in credits for military courses must provide Stonehill with an official college transcript from an accredited institution of higher education or from The American Council on Education (ACE).

Stonehill does not grant transfer credit for:

  • completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exam;
  • life experience;
  • remedial courses below the 100-level or college transition/study skills courses;
  • directed or independent study/research and internships, unless taken as part of a Stonehill sponsored program or abroad experience; or
  • courses taken in the natural and computer science more than 10 years ago.

International Study Transfer Credits

Students who are approved for the Study Abroad Program by the Director of International Programs must obtain pre-approval for all academic courses they are planning to take at the international educational institution. Students must complete the Study Abroad Course Approval Form during the semester before they leave to be eligible to transfer credit back to Stonehill College.

  • Students who take courses abroad to fulfill a major and/or minor departmental requirement(s) or departmental elective(s) must have those courses pre-approved by the respective department chair.
  • Courses taken for general elective credit must be pre-approved by the Office of International Programs.
  • Courses taken abroad to fulfill General Education Cornerstone Program requirements must be pre-approved by the Assistant Dean of General Education and/or the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages, if fulfilling the language requirement

Students are required to provide the Stonehill College Registrar’s Office with an official copy of the transfer school’s transcript before credits will be transferred so students should request international transcripts early to allow for adequate time for delivery and processing.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Credit Policies

Stonehill College participates in the Advanced Placement Program administered by the College Entrance Board. Each academic department establishes its own criteria for awarding placement and credit for Advanced Placement. A maximum of three (3) credits are awarded for test scores of 4 or 5 based on the Advanced Placement equivilency chart below.

Stonehill College also recognizes the level of academic achievement represented by the successful completion of coursework in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Stonehill will award up to six (6) credits of transfer credit for each Higher Level (HL) exam with a score of 5, 6, or 7. Credit will not be given for Standard Level (SL) examinations.

Students who have taken both AP and IB examinations in the same subject area may not receive credit for both.

Students who are granted Stonehill College credit for AP or IB examinations are not allowed to enroll in introductory courses in the same area(s) in which credit has been granted.

A maximum of 18 credits may be transferred in combination of AP and IB examinations.

Students who have completed AP or IB examinations must request that an official score report be sent to the Registrar’s Office to receive credit.

Advanced Placement and Credit Awards are as Follows:

Advanced Placement Course Score Stonehill Equivalent Credits
Art History 4 or 5 Art History Elective 3
Biology 4 or 5 Biology Elective 3
Calculus AB 4 or 5 Calculus I (MTH 125 ) or Math Elective 3
Calculus BC 4 Calculus I (MTH 125 ) or Math Elective 3
Calculus BC 5 Calculus II (MTH 126 ) and waiver of Calculus I (MTH 125 ) 3
Chemistry 4 or 5 General Chemistry (CHM 113 )
Fulfills the Natural Scientific Inquiry requirement
3
Chinese Language & Culture 4 or 5

Advanced Chinese II (CHN 332 ) and waiver of
Advanced Chinese I (CHN 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement

3
Computer Science A 4 or 5 Computer Science I (CSC 103 ) 3
English Language Composition 4 or 5 General Elective 3
English Literature/Composition 4 or 5 General Elective 3
Environmental Science 4 or 5 Environmental Science Elective 3
European History 5 European History Elective 3
French Language 4 or 5 Advanced French II (FRN 332 ) and waiver of
Advanced French I (FRN 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
French Literature 4 or 5 Advanced French II (FRN 332 ) and waiver of
Advanced French I (FRN 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
German Language 4 or 5 Germany Today (GRM 333 ) and waiver of
Germany Since 1945 (GRM 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
Government & Politics U.S. 4 or 5 American Government & Politics (POL 123 )
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement
3
Government & Politics Comparative 4 or 5 International Politics (POL 143 ) 3
Human Geography 4 or 5 General Elective 3
Italian Language & Culture 4 or 5 Italian Conversation and Composition (ITA 252 ) and waiver of
Italy: Language & Identity (ITA 251 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
Latin 4 or 5 Elementary Latin II (LAT 132 ) and waiver of
Elementary Latin I (LAT 131 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
Economics - Micro 4 or 5 Microeconomic Principles (ECO 176 )
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement
3
Economics - Macro 4 or 5 Macroeconomic Principles (ECO 178 )
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement
3
Music Theory 4 or 5 Music Theory (VPM 240 ) 3
Physics B 4 or 5 One Physics Elective 3
Physics C 4 or 5 One Physics Elective 3
Psychology 4 or 5 General Psychology (PSY 101 )
Fulfills the Social Scientific Inquiry requirement
3
Spanish Language 4 or 5 Advanced Spanish II (SPA 332 ) and waiver of
Advanced Spanish I (SPA 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
Spanish Literature 4 or 5 Advanced Spanish II (SPA 332 ) and waiver of
Advanced Spanish I (SPA 331 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
3
Statistics 4 or 5 Basic Quantitative Techniques (MTH 145 )
Fulfills the Statistical Reasoning requirement
3
Studio Arts
(Drawing, 2D and 3D design)
4 or 5 Studio Arts Elective 3
U.S. History 5 U.S. History Elective 3
World History 5 World History Elective 3

International Baccalaureate Placement and Credit Awards are as Follows:

International Baccalaureate Course Score Stonehill Equivalent Credits
Biology - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Business & Management -
High Level (HL)
5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Chemistry - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Economics - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
English A1 - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
English B - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
French B - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Advanced French I (FRN 331 ) and Advanced French II (FRN 332 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
6
Geography - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
German B - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Germany Since 1945 (GRM 331 ) and Germany Today (GRM 333 )
Fulfills the Foreign Language requirement
6
History (Europe) - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Mathematics - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 Calculus I (MTH 125 ) and Calculus II (MTH 126 ) or Electives 6
Physics - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Social & Cultural Anthropology -
High Level (HL)
5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6
Visual Arts - High Level (HL) 5, 6 or 7 General Elective 6