Transfer Credit Appeal
Westminster makes every effort to
award transfer credit that is relevant to a student's anticipated major,
fits within our general academic areas, and does not artificially
inflate completed hours in a way that might jeopardize a student's
ability to be eligible for continued financial aid. However, it is not
always possible to determine the nature of a class from just a course
title on the transcript and often, more information is required to
determine Westminster equivalencies. Any student that wishes to appeal a
transfer decision may proceed as follows:
- Review your transfer evaluation thoroughly with your transfer advisor in the Start Center.
- Provide a syllabus to your transfer advisor for any course in question.
Start center advisors will forward your syllabus to the Transfer
Coordinator and the Dean of the Appropriate School for a review.
will receive written confirmation regarding any transfer decision
either with an adjusted Transfer Evaluation award or a letter outlining
any decision to deny your appeal.
A change in intended major
may necessitate a revision of transfer credit if particular courses
were eliminated as part of our initial screening for course work
applicable to your stated major. Transfer students are advised to meet
with faculty advisors in their major as soon as possible to resolve any
remaining transfer issues.
State of Utah Transfer Guide
For information about how your specific course work transfers to Westminster, please see the TransferUtah website below:
International Transfer Credit
international transcripts are evaluated by external services such as
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI) or World Education
Services (WES), which determines the level of coursework taken and the
semester hour and grade equivalents. Only coursework that is determined
to be equivalent to college-level academic work that meets the criteria
noted above will be considered for transfer. Transfer acceptance of
hours from foreign institutions does not guarantee fulfillment of like
courses in majors and minors at Westminster unless approved by the
Submitting Transcripts for Evaluation
your previous schools and request an official transcript be sent to the
Admissions Office at Westminster at the following address:
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
students earning baccalaureate degrees from Westminster must complete a
minimum of 36 hours of coursework at the college. In addition,
undergraduate students must complete in residence
- their last 36 hours of course work
- at least 12 hours of upper division course work in any major
- at least 8 hours of course work in any minor
maximum of 88 credit hours of external credit is accepted toward a
degree. External credit includes any transfer credit, credit by
examination, and credit earned through Prior Learning Assessment.
Challenge Examination Policy
course challenged must be offered by Westminster College, and the
student requesting the examination must be currently enrolled as a
degree-seeking student in the college.
- The student must pay a non-refundable fee of $50 per semester hour of credit prior to taking the examination.
to take the Challenge Examination must be secured from the dean of the
school under which the course falls and the instructor who teaches the
course. The instructor prepares, administers, and grades the
examination. Permission to take the examination must be secured 30 days
prior to examination, and reasonable assurance of the student's ability
to pass the examination must be provided when the request is made.
course being challenged must not be a course for which the student has
previously received credit, a course in which the student is enrolled,
or a course in which the student was previously enrolled and dropped
later than the first week of class.
- When students successfully
pass the Challenge Examination, they receive a letter grade of A, B, C,
or D and the appropriate number of semester hours of credit. Students
not passing their examinations receive no grade or credit.
- A course may be challenged only once.
- Seminars, directed studies, laboratory portions of a course, or activity courses may not be challenged.
more than 30 semester hours of credit by Challenge Examination may be
offered toward graduation. Credit received through challenge examination
is not counted as in-residence credit.
- The Challenge
Examination for the public speaking skills requirement must be taken at
least one semester prior to the semester in which the student plans to
Challenge Examination forms may be obtained in the Registrar's Office.
Advanced Placement Examinations
Placement (AP) examinations in most subjects cover a full-year college
course equivalent to eight credit hours. Some subject areas such as
Computer Science A, Economics (Macro and Micro), Environmental Science,
Comparative Government and Politics, U.S. Government and Politics,
Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, and Human Geography, are equivalent
to one semester of college-level coursework and are awarded credit based
on the credit hours for the equivalent course at Westminster.
score of 3 is the minimum score accepted by the college; however,
individual departments may require a minimum score of 4 to award credit
for the equivalent course. Individual departments determine how they
will apply AP credits toward specific major or minor requirements.
Students may receive a maximum of 40 hours of Advanced Placement credit.View the Academic Catalog page regarding AP examinations