Quite often students take courses at other institutions after enrolling at Plymouth. Many students, for example, take summer courses at other colleges or universities. Some students study abroad for a semester. Some students complete most of their degree at Plymouth, but take their final few requirements elsewhere and transfer these back.
In cases of this sort, the student must complete a Transfer Credit Approval form for each course. The student must sign this form. Transfer Credit Approval Forms are available from the Undergraduate Studies Office in Speare Building 208. If the course to be taken is in the Transfer Course database, no further signatures are needed for the course to be applied as the database indicates. If, however, the course is not in the database (perhaps only because no one has ever transferred it in before), the student takes the form to the individual who oversees the program to which the student would like to apply the course (i.e., the appropriate department chair if the student wants to use the course as part of the major or the minor, or the Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Studies, if the student wants the course to fulfill a General Education requirement.) Typically this evaluator will want to see at least a course description to make the judgment, so the student should provide whatever information is available about the course.
Students, especially those in academic difficulty, often wonder whether they can improve their GPAs by taking courses at another college or university. Generally, this cannot be done, since as explained above Plymouth does not transfer grades, only credits. There is one exception, however. If the student has earned the grade of F in a Plymouth course and takes an equivalent course elsewhere, then transferring in the equivalent course will remove the F from the Plymouth GPA. Note that only a failing grade can be removed in this way; grades of D- and above are passing, and students can not after the fact transfer in courses equivalent to ones for which passing grades at PSU have been earned.
In order to be confident that the transfer course will be acceptable and applicable, the student should complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form before taking the transfer course. The completed form is held in the Undergraduate Studies Office until the student arranges for the transfer institution to send an official transcript directly to their office. Assuming that transcript shows a grade of C or higher, the application is then made and the information entered on the student’s Plymouth transcript.