Academic Policies and Transfer Information
Undergraduate students who are entering PSU through Admissions should not submit Transfer Credit Approval Forms for transfer credit because their transfer credit is reviewed as part of their admissions process.
All other established PSU undergraduate students, please follow the steps outlined below to transfer credit to PSU from another institution.
Undergraduate Student Transfer Credit Request Process
- Student submits an Undergraduate Transfer Credit Request form well in advance of the course they wish to transfer.
- The Undergraduate Transfer Credit Request form is evaluated and approved or denied. Please note, this process may take a few weeks depending upon the evaluation required.
- Approved Undergraduate Transfer Credit Request forms are assigned a course equivalency. This equivalency dictates how the transferred course will be counted toward a student’s degree.
- The student reviews the course equivalency with their advisor and determines if the transfer course is the best choice for their needs.
- The student takes the transfer course at the transferring institution.
- Upon completion of the course, the student requests an official transcript from the transfer institution.
- The Office of the Registrar receives the transcript and transfers eligible courses. Remember Pass/Fail courses or courses in which the student has earned a grade of C- or lower are not eligible for transfer.
- The student confirms the transferred course by checking their Degree Works in consultation with their advisor.
Transfer Credit Equivalency will be determined via the Registrar’s Office. Applicability of transfer credits to a student’s major is determined by the department sponsoring the major.
Grades for transfer courses must be a B or higher and equivalent to the course at PSU as determined and approved by the student’s Academic Advisor or Program Coordinator. Only credits may be transferred, not grades, therefore, the grade for transfer courses does not count toward the required 3.0 grade point average for program completion.
No Plymouth State University course for which credit was received may be repeated at another institution. Only a course failed at PSU may be repeated elsewhere. Preapproval, to transfer in a course for a course failed at PSU, must be obtained from the student’s Academic Advisor and the Registrar’s Office. Upon receipt of the transfer credit, the PSU grade of F remain on the transcript, but will be excluded from the grade point calculation.
Generally, up to nine graduate-level credits from other regionally accredited institutions may be transferred into programs with 30 or more credits. Transfer of credits into certification and certificate programs that are less than 30 credits will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and generally cannot exceed 25% of total program credits. MBA, MS in Accounting, and EdD students should refer to the transfer credit policy in the respective catalog sections for more information.
An official transcript must be on file before credits can be considered for transfer to a PSU program. Course descriptions or course outlines or both may be requested in order to determine credit consideration. To request review of potential transfer credits, students will complete the Graduate Transfer Credit Request form.
Students should be aware that decisions about acceptance of credit in transfer are up to the receiving institution.
Students should have their official transcript mailed to:
PSU Registrar’s Office, MSC #7, 17 High Street, Plymouth, NH 03264
*The registrar’s office will only accept paper transcripts in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Opened transcripts are considered “unofficial.”
Students may send an electronic copy of the official transcript, so long as it is verified as an official copy (typically done through a third-party vendor such as e-Script, Parchment, etc). Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to firstname.lastname@example.org. Forwarded electronic transcripts will not be accepted.
Once the transcript is received, it will be reviewed to ensure it meets the criteria of the policies noted above (ie minimum grade met) before the credits will be posted to the student’s record. The student will be notified of the results.[/su_spoiler]
In cooperation with the US Department of Veterans Affairs and the US Department of Defense, Plymouth State University participates in numerous Veterans Educational Benefits programs. Students who are eligible for Veterans benefits as determined by the Veterans Administration must contact Registrar’s Office at the time of application. Applications for Veterans Educational Benefits may be obtained directly from the Veterans Administration. A copy of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) is required for verification and certification. Once you receive your COE, submit a copy to the Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office. Your military experience may be applied to college credit ultimately reducing the amount of time it may take you to complete your undergraduate degree. Please arrange for your military transcripts to be sent to Plymouth State University Office of Admissions as noted below.
The Registrar’s Office Veteran’s Certifying Official accepts paperwork to assist students in receiving their VA education benefits. Enrollment certifications are completed by this office and reported to the appropriate VA regional office (Buffalo, NY). We are approved to accept veterans educational benefits, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and abide by the Principles of Excellence.
Yellow Ribbon Program
Plymouth State University has agreed to provide Yellow Ribbon Program contributions for undergraduate and graduate level participants during the academic year. Please see the Registrar’s Office for details.
Please be aware that any change in enrollment may affect your benefit and payment. We are required to notify the VA of these changes.