Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

To earn a Wabash College degree, a minimum of eighteen (18) course credits must be completed at Wabash College.  No more than sixteen (16) course credits may be applied to a Wabash degree program from outside sources, including transfer credit or any credit by exam other than Wabash-administered exams. Courses completed through a Wabash-approved off-campus study program are recorded on student transcripts as transfer credit but are considered Wabash College courses for the purpose of this requirement. 

Wabash College will accept course credits from other colleges and universities under the following conditions:

  • The institution must be regionally or nationally accredited.
  • Coursework should be liberal arts in nature and acceptable to Wabash College.
  • The term grade must be at least C-.
  • Distribution requirements specifying completion of multiple course credits must be fulfilled with at least one (1) course credit completed at Wabash College. For the Natural Science requirement, completion of at least one (1) lab science course credit at Wabash is required.
  • After a student has matriculated at Wabash College, no more than a total of ten (10) course credits will be accepted in transfer. Of these credits, no more than one transfer course credit may be applied toward a single distribution requirement. No more than five (5) course credits per semester may be transferred to Wabash.

An official academic transcript (not a grade report) is required to establish an official academic record of transfer credit.  The College does not award transfer credit for correspondence courses.

One Wabash course credit is equivalent to four semester hours. Individual two-semester hour courses accepted in transfer will count as one-half course credit. Individual courses of three, four, or five semester hours will count as one (1) course credit. Academic departments or program committees will have the final decision on transfer credit for courses in their fields and in determining if a transfer course can meet requirements for their major or minor.

Transfer credit and credit by examination (other than Wabash departmental exam) appears in the student’s academic record as credit without letter grade and is not used in the determination of academic grade point average. Transfer credits to be counted toward the fulfillment of a department major or minor, the foreign language requirement, or in mathematics and science must be approved by the appropriate department or committee. All transfer credits must be approved by the Registrar.

Transfer credit requests are filed using the Transfer Course Request Form available on the Registrar’s webpage at www.wabash.edu/registrar/. Transfer credit will not be accepted unless prior approval has been granted by the Registrar and/or academic departments as needed.

Dual Enrollment Programs

The acceptance of a transfer course for which the student also received high school credit (a dual credit course) will be contingent upon completion of an additional course in the appropriate Wabash College department or program, and approval of the chair of that department or program.  If there is no corresponding department, program, or course at Wabash in which to enroll, no credit will be granted for the transfer course. To earn transfer credit for such courses, students will typically be permitted to enroll in a higher level course in the same department or program and will receive credit for the transfer course after earning a grade of B- or higher in the Wabash course. 

Students who earn college credits as high school students by completing courses on a college campus alongside students from the general college population may have those credits evaluated as transfer credit rather than dual enrollment credit, subject to the conditions for acceptance of transfer credit at Wabash. 

Credit by Examination

A new student at Wabash may receive credit upon enrollment based on examination scores indicating a high level of achievement in the subject matter.  Exams recognized by Wabash, and requirements for receiving credit, are listed below.

Credit by exam will not be granted, or will be removed from a student's credits toward graduation, when the student takes a comparable course that covers the same material. College placement examination results will take precedence over credit by exam. For example, AP credit will be forfeited if, by College placement examination, the student is required to take a beginning course. In all cases, the amount of credit awarded will be determined by the appropriate department.

Advanced Placement (AP)

The College grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) results with an Advanced Placement exam score of 4 or 5 in courses relevant to a Wabash academic program. The credit is recorded as elective credit and designated as XXXX-98 or XXXX-99 (where XXXX represents the Wabash department or program, e.g. ENGL = English). Additionally, Department or Program Chairs may designate credit equivalencies for specific Wabash courses at their discretion, e.g. to meet prerequisite or distribution requirements, and with the Chair’s permission, students may request the Registrar’s Office to update to their program on that basis.  The Mathematics and Modern and Ancient Languages programs may grant or deny AP credit based on proficiency exam performance.

AP Exam Equivalencies

Exam Title Score Equivalency Credit
Art History 4,5 ART-101 1
Biology 5 BIOL-98 (without lab) 1
Calculus AB 4,5 MAT-111 1
Calculus BC 4, 5 MAT-111 and MAT-112 1
Chemistry 4, 5 CHEM-98 1
Computer Science A 4, 5 CSC-111 1
Computer Science Principles 4,5 CSC-101 1
Economics - Micro & Macro 4,5 ECO-101 1
English Language/Composition 4, 5 ENGL-98 1
English Literature/Composition 4, 5 ENGL-99 1
French Language 4, 5 FRE-101 1
German Language 4, 5 GER-101 1
Government/Political Science - Comparative 4, 5 PSCI-AP92 1
Government/Political Science - U.S. 4, 5 PSCI-AP91 1
History - European 4, 5 HIST-AP93 1
History - U.S. 4, 5 HIST-AP94 1
History - World 4, 5 HIST-AP92 1
Music Theory 4, 5 MUS-201 1
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) 4, 5 PHY-178 (non-lab) or PHY-110 if the student completes the labs for PHY-110 1
Physics C (Mechanics) 4, 5 PHY-178 (non-lab) or PHY-109 if the student completes the labs for PHY-109 1
Psychology 4, 5 PSYC-99 or PSY-101 if the student takes a 200 level course and earns a B- or higher 1
Spanish Language 4, 5 SPA-101 1
Statistics 4, 5 MAT-103, MAT-104 1/2, 1/2

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 765-361-6245 for questions about exams not listed. AP credits earned in Biology or Chemistry will not fulfill the college laboratory science distribution requirement.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Courses completed for the International Baccalaureate Degree with a higher-level (HL) examination grade of 5, 6, or 7 may receive credit at Wabash, provided the course is liberal arts in nature and applicable to a Wabash academic program.  International Baccalaureate credits may not be used for fulfilling science laboratory requirements. Academic departments or programs may place additional limits on the applicability of International Baccalaureate credits within their departments or programs.

Exam Title Score Equivalency Credit
Chemistry 5, 6, 7 CHE-111 once CHE-111 labs are complete 1
Economics Macro & Micro (Both Required) 5, 6, 7 ECO-101 1
English Literature 5, 6, 7 ENGL-98 1
English Language & Literature 5, 6, 7 ENGL-99 1
History - Americas 5, 6, 7 HIS-200 1
Mathematics None
Spanish 5, 6, 7 SPA-101 1
Physics 5, 6, 7 PHY-111 once PHY-111 labs are complete 1

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program credits may receive credit subject to review by the appropriate department or program chair.

Cambridge International Exams

Cambridge International Exams, A-Level, may receive credit subject to review by the appropriate department or program chair.

Wabash Departmental Exams

Credit may be granted for Wabash-designed and administered examinations. Faculty members administering Wabash-designed examinations have the option to authorize credit with or without a grade. Not all departments or programs at Wabash offer credit by exam. Students seeking this option should consult with the appropriate chair of the department or program.