Transferring Credit

PLNU reviews courses for transfer that were completed at regionally accredited institutions in the U.S. to count toward a bachelor's degree at PLNU. Each transfer course is evaluated individually; the course description will be compared to the content and school/department/university requirements at PLNU to determine equivalency. For additional information, review PLNU's catalog policy on transfer credit.

Exams for Credit

A combined maximum of 70 units may be transferred to PLNU from the following sources (with no more than 32 units of exam/JST credits):

 

  1. Community Colleges
  2. Joint Services Transcript (must petition for credit)
  3. AP (Advanced Placement) 
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) 
  5. IB (International Baccalaureate) 

Please review our policies for Advanced Placement (AP) credits. Students who need to request their AP scores may contact the AP Board at (888) 225-5427.

You can also review our policies for the SAT/ACT, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and college courses taken in high school.

Joint Services Transcripts

To have your Joint Services Transcript (JST) evaluated:

 

  1. Contact PLNU's Office of Admissions for an Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Request. You must include a copy of your JST for evaluation. Please allow two weeks' processing time.  
  2. The evaluation is a possible list of the courses that will transfer. The courses will be officially reviewed once you are admitted and confirmed.
  3. Admissions will contact you to notify you of your evaluation.
  4. Once admitted, you will need to have an official JST sent to the PLNU records office. An official evaluation will be done and approved courses will be entered onto your transcript for transfer credit. A maximum of 32 units may be transferred to PLNU from JST, AP, IB, CLEP, and online coursework combined.

Transfer Agreements

Transfer Agreements

PLNU has created transfer agreements with multiple colleges and universities to help current and prospective students choose transferable General Education (GE) courses. The courses listed in our transfer agreement database are pre-approved with certain restrictions* to transfer to PLNU. If we do not have a transfer agreement for your institution, please read our GE Transfer Guide.

Transfer Agreement Database

The courses listed in our transfer agreement database are pre-approved* to transfer to PLNU. If you are a current student and have questions regarding these agreements, please contact the Office of Records. If you are a prospective transfer student, please contact a transfer admissions counselor for more details.

If your last name begins with A-L, please contact Sarah Olivarria
If your last name begins with M-Z, please contact Nicole Francisco

You may apply to PLNU with any number of units; there is no minimum credit requirement. Our transfer agreements list all the GE courses required at PLNU, but you do not need to complete these courses to apply.

Explore the Transfer Agreement Database

*Please Note:

  • All courses listed on the agreement must be taken in person in a traditional classroom setting and cannot be taken via non-traditional delivery means, such as TV or online. If you are a current PLNU student, please refer to the course petition process for online courses.
  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail.
  • If you are planning to retake a "C-" or below, you must retake the course at the exact same institution to replace the grade.
  • If you are planning to take transfer courses while also enrolled in courses at PLNU or within your last 24 units of graduation, you must file a course transfer petition (outlined below) with the records office before signing up for any of the classes listed on the agreements below.
  • The GE courses listed in these agreements are created for students pursuing a traditional undergraduate bachelor's degree program at PLNU. Some majors may require a student to choose a specific GE course from the list. Please consult the PLNU catalog to determine which courses may be required for your major.

Transferring Credits as a Current PLNU Student

  • All GE and major courses must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail.  
  • If you are planning to retake a "C-" or below, you must retake the course at the exact same institution to replace the grade.
  • If you are planning to take transfer courses while also enrolled in courses at PLNU, a petition must be submitted and approved prior to registration at another institution.
  • If you are within your last 24 units of graduation, you must file a petition with the records office for a waiver to be allowed to transfer within your last 24 units before signing up for any of the classes listed on the agreements below.
  • If you are a current PLNU student, all courses must be taken in a classroom format. Please refer to the course petition process for online courses. The transfer approval process for current PLNU students can be found in the portal.

Step One: Obtain Written Approval

Before enrolling in a course at another institution, be sure to stop by the Office of Records to obtain written, official approval. Please remember to bring a catalog description of the course you plan to take or if it is an online course, you will also need a syllabus showing threaded discussion. Your academic records specialist will ask you some clarifying questions, help you fill out a Transfer Credit Approval form or an academic policy petition, and possibly refer you to an academic department. Remember to submit your petition to the records office for the final approval; we keep this copy in your file and refer to it when transferring your course to PLNU.

Step Two: Complete Transfer Course

All courses must be completed for a letter grade within one year of the approval. If the course you intended to take is full and you decide to register for an entirely different course, this new course must be approved by the records office as well.

Step Three: Send Official Transcripts

After completing a transfer course, request official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from the other institution and designate that they be mailed directly to the Office of Records at PLNU (not the Office of Admissions):

PLNU Records Office
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106

Once the transcript is received in our office, your academic records specialist will evaluate it and enter it onto your PLNU transcript within two weeks of receipt.

Step Four: Check Your Portal

As soon as a transfer course has been added to your PLNU transcript, you will be able to view it on your portal by clicking on the "Unofficial Transcript" link. If you would like to make sure the course transferred for the appropriate requirement, please check your advising guide to see if the transfer course appears in the correct slot. If the course appears in the electives section at the bottom of your advising guide and it should be counting toward a major or GE requirement, please contact the records office immediately at (619) 849-2289.