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Transfer Credit

 New Undergraduate Students Transferring to SMU

When planning your move to SMU, it will help to keep the following transfer guidelines in mind:

  • University policy requires that of the 122 minimum required term hours for a degree, at least 60 hours must be earned in residence at SMU. Therefore, regardless of the number of transferable credits completed elsewhere, to receive an SMU degree you will need to earn 60 credit hours in residence at SMU. All students must also complete the University Curriculum or the General Education Curriculum requirements of SMU in order to earn an undergraduate degree at the University.
  • Official college Transcripts are required for ALL college-level work attempted, regardless of transferability. Standards for Official Transcripts - What we need and where to send them
  • How will my credits transfer to SMU? - Transfer Equivalency Guides help you see what courses may transfer to SMU from other schools.

      Courses that do NOT transfer to SMU include the following:

    • Courses below college level (e.g. Developmental English, Math and Reading courses; ESL courses)
    • Vocational - Technical courses 
    • PE activity courses in excess of two hours 
    • Correspondence courses
    • Courses completed at a school that is not regionally accredited 
    • Courses with a grade below a "C-" (Note: Although the course is non-transferable, the grade received below a C- will count towards a student's admission eligibility and is calculated into his/her all-college GPA, which is used when calculating Latin degree honor at graduation time.)
    • Credit by examination earned at another college or university
    • Petition for Credit Re-Evaluation Form
  • Transferable G.P.A.  How we calculate your transferable G.P.A.
    • All attempted hours and earned grade points will be used to calculate the transferable GPA for transferable courses, even if those courses have been repeated.  For repeated courses with grades of C- or above, only the first attempt completed with a grade of C- or better will be awarded credit.  A grade of W (Withdrawn) will not be used to calculate the transferable GPA.  A grade of I (Incomplete) will be calculated as F.  A grade of IP (In Progress) for a current term is not calculated.
    • For some majors requiring a subset of courses and specific GPAs for entry, the subset GPA is calculated using the first graded attempt of these courses, even if the first attempt of the course was failed or later repeated.
    • For courses not taught at SMU, free elective transfer credit may be awarded for appropriate courses completed with a grade of C- or better at regionally accredited colleges or universities that meet SMU's academic standards.

NOTE: Transferable courses for which there is no exact SMU equivalent are given an "XX", "YY" or other two letter designation.

NOTE: Please be aware that graduate and professional programs have certain limits regarding the transferability of courses. You should consult with your specific school or department concerning transfer courses in these cases.


Credit Hours

If you are currently attending a college or university on the quarter system, your course credits will be converted to semester credits. Quarter hours are converted to semester credit hours by multiplying by two-thirds (0.67000). If you are unsure what type of credit system your institution follows, refer to the transcript legend on your transcript or your institution's catalog or website.

Passing Credit

SMU accepts the grade of Pass for transfer courses with regard to the grading scale used at the awarding institution. For example, if the transferring institution defines "P" as passing and earning credit, then we will evaluate it as a "P" and award credit. All SMU students are limited to a total of 12 hours of Pass credits. This includes grades earned for accepted transfer courses. This requirement cannot be waived.

Students with more than 30 transferable hours may be admitted directly to the school of their intended major if the admission requirement of that school has been met. Below are links to individual schools at SMU.

Please contact the individual schools directly with specific questions. 


The University Registrar is responsible for facilitating the evaluation of transfer credit for new and continuing students. Working with the Admissions Office and the Academic Deans, the Director of Transfer and Transition Services and the Transfer Manager ensure that all transferable courses that meet the academic standards and policies set forth for transfer credit at SMU are applied to a student’s academic record.

Index Information

If you have 50 or more transferable credit hours and a high G.P.A., find out about SMU scholarship opportunities for transfer students.