The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university. An applicant who wishes to receive a transfer and/or equivalent credit evaluation prior to enrollment must provide official college transcripts and training certificates. Transfer credit evaluations will not be performed using unofficial transcripts. After a student enrolls in the University, there is no charge for a transfer credit evaluation. The transfer credit evaluation serves as a guide for determining the remaining coursework required for the student to complete his/her desired program of study. Students wishing to transfer NCU credits to another institution should check first with that institution regarding its policy on transfer credit.
The transferability of credits you earn at NCU is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree you earn is also at the complete discretion of the institution in which you may seek to transfer. If the credits that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason, you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending NCU to determine if your credits will transfer.
Course content and instructional quality varies across institutions and, because of this, NCU does not consider grade points for work completed at other colleges or universities. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average. Only grades of C- or better will be considered for undergraduate credit and B- or better for graduate credit. In addition, the University has established the following limits on the maximum credits that are allowed for transfer into the degree programs. Computer and technology courses must have been taken within the last five years.
Maximum Transfer Credits that May Be Awarded from All Sources
Associate Degree up to 45 credits (15 courses)*
Bachelor’s Degree up to 90 credits (30 courses)*
Master’s Degree up to 18 credits (6 courses)**
* For Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, transfer credit may be awarded through a combination of transfer and/or credit by examination.
** For Master’s degrees, credit by examination does not apply
Military/Law Enforcement Training
The University accepts military/law enforcement and other training for academic credit based on ACE College Credit Recommendation Service evaluations, as outlined in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and The Guide to Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
Credit by Examination
NCU accepts the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) for approved agencies offering credit by examination. These include:
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
Excelsior College Exams
DANTES subject exams
AP (Advance Placement) Credit for a score of 3 or above on the AP test (must be validated by receipt of official scores)
Prior Learning Assessments
Students may be able to challenge up to 25% of their undergraduate degree program. Students can potentially fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary, and/or general education courses by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). To be eligible for PLA credits, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at New Charter University. Additionally, the student must have submitted his/her official transcripts to the University, and must have remaining general education and/or elective credits required to complete their degree program at NCU. Before requesting a PLA, we suggest that the student contact his/her Advisor to discuss whether PLA would be beneficial to him/her and how credits are applied towards the chosen degree program.
Students must notify NCU staff before they start the course they wish to challenge. Students must complete the PLA for each course they wish to challenge. Students must indicate mastery of the course concepts by being able to effectively describe the prior learning activities and expertise they’ve attained relevant to the course objectives. Students must demonstrate mastery by providing exhibits of their own work that indicate their level of mastery pertaining to the course objectives. Students must defend their mastery by completing an assigned project and achieving a score of 70% or better. Students who successfully complete the PLA will receive credit towards their degree. Students have 4 weeks to complete each PLA. Absolutely NO EXTENSIONS will be given for incomplete assessments at the end of the allotted time. If a student fails to complete the PLA within this time frame, they are not allowed to re-attempt, and will have to complete the applicable NCU course.
*There is a one-time assessment fee for each PLA attempted by the student. The one-time submission fee is $300. **Concentration courses are excluded from PLA and must be taken at NCU.
Because NCU has an outcomes-based model, we do not award credit for prior experiential learning. However, a student with considerable experience in a given subject may challenge the course examination and earn credit if the examination scores are high enough to pass the course.
Students may transfer a maximum of 25% of the credits required for a degree through credit by examination. Transfer credit by examination is not available at the graduate level.