Students who wish to transfer credits from community or other four-year colleges apply to the Admission Office for admission with advanced standing, for either the fall or spring semester. All transfer applicants must have earned a grade point average of 2.0 or better in their college level work. Applicants to the nursing major and education program are expected to have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Candidates from community colleges may be granted a maximum of 65 transfer credits; candidates from four year institutions, a maximum of 75 transfer credits. All accepted students must earn a minimum of 45 credits for a B.A. degree and 51 credits for a B.S. degree at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, in regularly scheduled college classes, in order to be eligible for a College of Mount Saint Vincent baccalaureate degree.
Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Any course which parallels an offering of the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and in which the candidate has received a grade of “C” or better, will be accepted in transfer. Courses of a purely technical nature, i.g., typing or shorthand, as well as credits earned in clinical nursing at another college, will not be accepted in transfer. Transfer of credit earned at any time will be accepted except where technology, new research, or other factors have significantly changed the content or required skills of a course.
At any time, the College reserves the right to require assessment and to mandate appropriate placement into courses considered essential for satisfactory academic progress. Prior to registration, students will be offered the opportunity to take a writing test which will allow them to demonstrate their writing ability. If proficiency in both Information Literacy (as defined by the college’s accrediting agency) and college level writing skills are not evident, they will be required to enroll in the designated core writing skills course, ENGL120 Writing in Context, which includes Information Literacy and writing skills. Thus students may receive elective transfer credits for comparable writing courses.
Transfer students who wish to undertake a major in Nursing must refer to the "Nursing Overview" section of this catalog under “Program and Course Descriptions.”
Students who wish to transfer international college level credits should refer to the paragraph on evaluation requirements under Admission of International Students.
Transfer Articulation Agreements
The College of Mount Saint Vincent has secured Transfer Articulation Agreements with the regional community colleges listed below, which allow a seamless transition to a baccalaureate program for students who obtain either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree.