Transfer Student Policies and Guidelines

College of Education and Human Services

Credit Transfer Policy

Students desiring to transfer in any College of Education and Human Services Baccalaureate from other accredited institutions of higher education are granted transfer credit on individual basis. Student may need to provide a college catalog with course descriptions and/or course syllabi credit for specific credit evaluation.

The following conditions apply to the transferring of course credit to the College of Education and Human Services:

  • Credit may be accepted for courses taken elsewhere provided grades of “C” (2.0 GPA) or better were earned.
  • In some cases, courses similar in title and content to the College of Education and Human Services courses at the 300-400 level may not receive specific credit if taken at the 100-200 level at another institution.
    However, general credit may be granted for those courses.  

Course and Transcript Evaluations

Transcripts of transfer students are evaluated by the dean’s office of the College in which the student enrolls.

Transfer course equivalency evaluations are determined by the Ferris State department with comparable coursework as indicated by the Ferris course designator.  These evaluations represent an institutional determination and will not be independently renegotiated by each Ferris State University College.  That is, if a transfer student enters Ferris State and then changes program and College, the initial transfer course equivalent determinations is not changed.

Course evaluations allow equivalency determination where courses are at least 75% the same content.  Course equivalency is not denied simply on the basis of differences in course numbering.  For instance, a community college adolescent psychology course at the 200 level is not denied equivalency for a 300-level Ferris adolescent psychology course, if the two courses are substantially the same in content.

In those cases where specific course equivalents are not transferred, prerequisite course requirements may be waived and the course equivalency granted when the transfer student completes the next course in a sequence with a grade of “C” or better, demonstrating prior preparation equivalent to preceding coursed in the sequence.  Failure to achieve a grade of “C” or better in the latter course indicates that the student needs to take the appropriate Ferris prerequisite course.

Course sequences or clusters may be evaluated for Ferris State course equivalency in total rather than course-by-course.  For example, when a community college “packages” its course sequence differently but covers substantially the same content as the Ferris course sequence, the entire sequence of transfer courses may be evaluated as a whole, rather than course-by-course.   An example of this may be:

Biology 101, 102, &103 at another institution may be accepted as Biology 121 & 122 at Ferris.

Credits in Residency Policy

To fulfill the residency requirement for and associate degree, a student must earn a minimum of fifteen semester credit hours from Ferris State.  To fulfill the residency requirement for a bachelor’s degree, a student must earn a minimum of thirty semester credit hours from Ferris State.  The University expects that these hours are the final credits earned for the degree.

It is expected that a maximum of one-half the total hours required for completion of the degree at Ferris may be transferred from non-bachelor degree granting institutions which have articulations agreements with Ferris.  In such a case, additional lower-division courses required for a Ferris bachelor’s degree may be transferred. 

Approved off-campus degree program may be exempted from portions of this policy.  College Dean’s Office should be consulted for specific requirements.   

Additional Important Information

If you are planning to complete additional college coursework, you must provide current transcripts for evaluation, as your current college will not automatically send another transcript.

Credit is granted only once per course.  If a course is repeated, the last earned grade stands.

Courses that transfer to Ferris below the 100 level do not count toward graduation and credit hours are not granted for them.

If a course that Ferris accepts has fewer credits than the Ferris requirement, you many need to take additional courses to fulfill the minimum graduation credit requirements of your program.  Please check with your department office.