Credit Transfer Policy

Sierra States welcomes the transfer of course work from accredited institutions. (Some institutions include those that have been accredited by an agency that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or CHEA. Outside the U.S., a provincial or national authority such as the Ministry of Education usually approves some institutions.) In order to request this transfer, you should arrange for an official transcript (signed and sealed) to be mailed directly from the previous institution to Sierra States University’s Registrar’s Office.


Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis, requiring that course descriptions and credit values be comparable. Only work earned with a grade of “C” or higher is transferable; however, grades from transfer credits do not compute into Grade Point Averages (GPA). Grade Point Averages are computed solely on courses completed at Sierra States University.


In addition, Sierra States University takes steps to ensure that course work taken at the previous institution is comparable to the course work offered by Sierra States University. These steps include one or more of the following:


Demonstration of achievement by means of comprehensive examinations;

Review of syllabi, faculty credentials, grading standards, and other relevant learning resources at the sending institution; and


Analysis of historic experience regarding the success of transfers from the sending institution.


If a student wishes to apply transfer credit to his/her program, the transfer should be arranged immediately upon receiving your letter of acceptance, and before registering for courses at Sierra States University.


Generally, fifty percent of the quarter hours in your undergraduate program must be completed at Sierra States in order to qualify for graduation. More than 8 units cannot be transferred into a masters program at Sierra States University, and 12 units for a doctoral program. Depending upon the program and circumstances, the number of transferable credits may vary.


Sierra States University has not entered into an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university.


AP Credit Policy – Sierra States University

Sierra States University acknowledges the merits of the Advanced Placement Program, sponsored by the College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service, and will grant students credit for AP exams taken during their high-school years (i.e., grades 9 through 12 [or the equivalent]).

To receive credit, a student must earn a minimum score of 4 on an AP exam whose content is deemed comparable to that of a course currently offered by Sierra States. (In some cases, an AP score of 3 may be accepted.)

Sierra States reserves the right to determine:

– (1) whether a given AP exam’s content is suitably and sufficiently comparable

– (2) whether a score lower than 4 on a given exam will be acceptable for credit

– (3) how much total AP credit will be counted toward a student’s degree requirements


Notice Concerning Transferability of Credits and Credentials Earned At Our Institution

The transferability of credits you earn at Sierra States University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree, diploma, or certificate you earn in your program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits, degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Sierra States University to determine if your credits, degree or certificate will transfer.