Current students wishing to transfer course credit must complete a Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form. Credits are accepted from institutions recognized by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and accredited by a regional accrediting body. Each course taken at another institution will be evaluated individually, and credit will be allowed only for equivalent college courses offered at JMU in which a grade of “C” or better has been earned. Courses are evaluated by reviewing the course content regardless of the mode of instruction. If you wish to take courses at a two- or four-year institution not included in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), you will need to submit your Permission Form to the appropriate JMU department for review (ex. approval needed from the Biology department for Anatomy and Physiology, or Gen Ed approval required for all Gen Ed courses). Please include syllabi for all courses listed on your Permission Form so that the department may review the content taught in each course. 

 

Virginia Community College System (VCCS)

If you wish to take courses at a VCCS school, please review the Transfer Equivalency Guide. You must complete a Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form and submit to the Office of the Registrar. 

Note that certain restrictions apply to students wishing to transfer courses from the VCCS to satisfy General Education requirements. Please view the General Education - Current Student Transfer site for more information.

 

Note: To receive transfer credit, JMU students must have an official transcript sent to:
Office of the Registrar
738 South Mason Street, MSC 3528
Student Success Center, Room 5300
Harrisonburg, VA 22807



Frequently Asked Questions

How do I transfer credit from other institutions?

How do I take classes at a Virginia Community College and transfer them to JMU?

Can I transfer the college credit I earned in high school?

Do the grades I earned at other institutions count toward my JMU GPA?

Has JMU received my transfer credit?

May I repeat at JMU a course for which I have already received transfer or test credit?

 

 

 

 





How do I transfer credit from other institutions?

Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit

A student wishing to earn credits at another institution, either during the summer or during a regular session, must obtain permission in advance of registration elsewhere. Multiple approvals may be required. For permission to transfer credit into a major or minor program, secure permission, a course equivalent and an approving signature from the department head or coordinator for that area. For permission to transfer credit into the General Education Program, secure permission, a course equivalent and an approving signature from the appropriate General Education program administrator. Approvals for General Education will be based on an evaluation of the extent to which the course meets the objectives of the relevant cluster and whether or not the student has already transferred the maximum allowed. There is a limit of three general education courses, from three different clusters, may be transferred in by matriculated JMU students.  Course descriptions and/or syllabi must accompany all transfer requests for courses taken outside the Virginia Community College System. When all necessary approvals have been secured, submit the completed permission form to the Office of the Registrar for final approval. The Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit form is available in the Office of the Registrar or by clicking on the link above.

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How do I take classes at a Virginia Community College and transfer them to JMU?

Check the JMU VCCS equivalency guide before signing up for the course. If you are currently attending JMU you must still complete a "Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit" (download Adobe Acrobat Reader here to view this file) form and submit to the Registrar's Office. There are some exceptions to course equivalencies listed if used for General Education by current JMU students. Please click on the following link for acceptable VCCS equivalents for current JMU students:  http://www.jmu.edu/gened/VCCSCourseEquivalents.pdf

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Can I transfer the college credit I earned in high school?

Courses taken in this manner are referred to as dual enrollment courses. Upon approval, dual enrollment credit will be awarded for academic courses completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education. You must receive a grade of "C" or better in order to be awarded credit.

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Do the grades I earned at other institutions count toward my JMU GPA?

No, the letter grades earned for dual enrollment or other transfer course work will not appear on the JMU transcript nor will they be included in the JMU cumulative grade point average. Please review your undergraduate catalog for the year in which you first enrolled at JMU to see how transfer credit and corresponding grades apply to JMU graduation honors.

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Has JMU received my transfer credit?

If an official transcript has been sent to the Office of the Registrar, students may check their unofficial transcript on MyMadison to see if the transfer credit has been awarded.

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May I repeat at JMU a course for which I have already received transfer or test credit?

Test Credit and Transfer Credit from an outside institution

1)           Students who present to JMU a transcript from another institution where a class has been repeated at that institution will only receive transferable credit for the class one time.

2)           Students who have received credit via test, or who have transferred credit to JMU, and wish to repeat that class at JMU may do so for grade with the following stipulations:

  • The test or transfer credit will remain on the JMU record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “D-“ or higher, the test or transfer credit will be removed permanently from the JMU record once that grade is posted.
  • The test or transfer credit will remain on the JMU record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “F“, “W”, “WP”, or “WF”, the test or transfer credit will remain on the academic record.

3)           Students will not need to select a repeat code for a repeat attempt of a class or classes for which credit has been received via test or transfer.  Repeat Credit or Repeat/Forgiveness options are to be used when a student chooses to repeat a class that the student enrolled in and completed on the undergraduate career at JMU.

Transfer Credit from a non-undergraduate JMU Career 

1)      Students who present credit on a JMU Continuing Education transcript where a class has been repeated will receive transferable credit to a UG career for the class attempt with the most favorable grade.  Classes with grades of “W”, “WP”, or “WF” will not transfer to the UG record as the student was not charged with an attempt of that class.

2)      Students who have transferred credit from a non-undergraduate JMU career (i.e. CE) to an undergraduate JMU career, and wish to repeat that class in the undergraduate career at JMU, may do so for grade with the following stipulations:

  • The graded transfer credit will remain on the JMU undergraduate record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “D-“ or higher for the repeat attempt, the graded transfer credit will be removed permanently from the undergraduate JMU record once the repeat grade is posted.
  • The graded transfer credit will remain on the JMU undergraduate record until the end of the term in which the class is being repeated.  If the student earns a grade of “F“, “W”, “WP”, or “WF”, the graded transfer credit will remain on the undergraduate JMU academic record.

3)      Students will not need to select a repeat code for a repeat attempt of a class or classes for which credit has been received via test or transfer.  Repeat Credit or Repeat/Forgiveness options are to be used when a student chooses to repeat a class that the student enrolled in and completed on the undergraduate career at JMU. 


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