DeSales University Transfer Policy
Effective for students matriculating on or after May 20, 2010

The following regulations govern the transfer of credits submitted by students who wish to be admitted to DeSales University. 

1) Core-to-Core Agreement - The DeSales University core will essentially be fulfilled by the core of affiliated community colleges. With appropriate A.A. and A.S. degrees, students will be required to take only two core courses: Intermediate Theology and Values Seminar.

2) All 3-credit courses taken at institutions accredited by one of the six regional accrediting bodies (namely, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and West Association of Schools and Colleges) and meant to be transferable, and passed with a grade of C- or higher are acceptable at DeSales University. 

3) No course in which a grade below C- was earned is accepted for transfer credit, except in the case that the student has completed an A.A. (Associate of Arts) or A.S. (Associate of Science) degree. All credits earned in the Associate degree program will be transferred to DeSales, provided that the student achieved (a) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all courses presented for the degree and (b) a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for courses required in and offered by the major at DSU. If the student has not satisfied both (a) and (b), the student's courses will be evaluated individually and only courses in which a C- or higher has been earned will be eligible for transfer into DeSales University 

4) A student must complete at least 15 three-credit (or more) courses at DeSales University to earn a degree from DeSales. A minimum of 40 three-credit (or more) courses are required to earn a degree. 

5) A student must complete 5 courses in the major at DeSales University. [There are several professional programs, e.g., nursing, physician assistant studies, and education, that may have additional requirements coming from their individual accreditation agencies. Please check with the chair or director of such programs.] 

6) Courses that are transferred and accepted as completing the major must be substantially equal in quantity and quality to the work for which they are offered as a substitute. 

7) Only credit is transferred. The grades for transfer courses are not calculated into the student's GPA at DeSales. An exception to this is that grades earned at LVAIC institutions (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges: Lehigh University and Cedar Crest, Lafayette, Moravian, Muhlenberg Colleges) via the cross-registration process are included in the calculation of the student's DeSales GPA. 

8) Depending on status at the time of admittance, students will be exempt from certain parts of the University's General Education Core as noted below:

Transfer with 8 to 17 courses 

If students enter at the sophomore level (i.e., have transferred 8 to 17 courses of 3 or more credits each), they are exempt from: 

a) MOT (Modes of Thinking) Philosophy 
b) MOT Social Science 
c) Communication and Thought I (EN103) 
d) Communication and Thought II (EN104), provided they have transferred at least one three-credit English composition course which included the writing of a research paper. If they have not written an acceptable research paper, they must take Communication and Thought II. 
e) World Cultures I 
f) World Cultures II 
g) PE 100 + Two activities courses (Traditional Day students only) 

Transfer with 18 to 25 courses: 

If students enter at the junior level (i.e., have transferred 18 to 25 courses of 3 or more credits each), they are exempt from the general education courses typically required in the freshman and sophomore years, namely: 

a) MOT Philosophy 
b) MOT Social Science 
c) Communication and Thought I (EN 103) 
d) Communication and Thought II (EN 104), provided they have transferred at least one three-credit English composition course which included the writing of a research paper. If they have not written an acceptable research paper, they must take Communication and Thought II. 
e) World Cultures I 
f) World Cultures II 
g) Humanities I 
h) Humanities II 
i) MOT Mathematics 
j) MOT Natural Science 
k) MOT Literature 
l) Introduction to Catholic Theology 
m) PE 100 + Two activities courses (Traditional Day students only) 

9) Traditional Day and ACCESS students are required to fulfill (either at DeSales University or through equivalent courses taken at another institution) the remaining general education requirements, namely: 

a) Humanities III – Great Works of Art and Music 
b) Humanities IV – Great Works of Literature 
c) Intermediate Theology 
d) Values Seminar