Confused by Transfer Admissions lingo? Have no fear! Admissions Counselor Heather Schmidt has taken the time to define some of the popular terms and phrases found on LSU’s transfer admissions website.
Here are some useful tips to help prospective transfer students read between the lines. Full details on transferring to LSU including a comprehensive list of FAQs can be found at www.lsu.edu/transfer. Transfer applicants are encouraged to monitor their myLSU account for updates on their admission status and to confirm receipt of official transcripts.
What does “30 or more transferable (academic, non-remedial) credit hours* from a regionally-accredited college or university” mean?
LSU only accepts coursework from regionally accredited colleges or universities. If you are unsure of your school’s accreditation status, please feel free to contact the our office. Additionally, all coursework must be college-level, which simply means above remedial/developmental level.
Generally speaking, LSU will accept all academic coursework (that is, general education courses rather than vocational or technical training courses) that would apply to a traditional AA, AS, or bachelor’s degree program. To see if courses from your current institution have already been evaluated for transfer credit by LSU faculty, check out our Tiger Transfer Tables.
What does “students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet both transfer and freshman admission requirements” mean?
Prospective transfer students with the less than 30 credit hours must still earn a 2.5 overall college GPA and must successfully complete a college-level English and a college-level math course. Additionally, these students must have met all of LSU’s automatic freshman admissions requirements as stated on the admissions website. All prospective transfer students who wish to enroll at LSU with fewer than 30 credit hours earned must submit an official high school transcript and an official score report from the ACT/SAT for evaluation.
What does “2.5 academic GPA on all transferable college work attempted” mean?
Applicants should not assume that the GPA printed on their current institution’s transcript is the same as the transfer GPA that will be calculated by LSU. Differences in grading scales or institutional policies (such as the repeat and delete policy) may cause a discrepancy. The our office will conduct an independent evaluation of each transcript received from regionally accredited colleges or universities. If you attended multiple institutions (regionally accredited or not), you must request a separate official transcript from each college.
Grades for all transferable courses are used in the computation of an overall GPA, regardless of whether credit was earned, desirable, or applicable to your intended major. This includes failing grades, repeated courses, withdrawals, and incompletes. Please note that some majors require a higher GPA to be eligible for direct admission to the senior college. If you are not meeting all of the published senior college requirements for your major, you will still be considered for admission to University College as long as you meet the general LSU requirements for transfer students.
What does “credit earned in college-level math (above remedial) and credit earned in college-level English (above remedial)” mean?
Successful completion of one college-level math and one college-level English course is required prior to transferring to LSU. These courses must each be worth three or more semester credit hours and they must be above the remedial level. There is no specific math and English course that must be taken, however, they must apply to a traditional AA, AS, or bachelor’s degree program. Please be aware that a specific grade in a particular level of math and/or English may be required for direct admission into your senior college.
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