Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

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

  • The institution must be regionally or nationally accredited.
  • Course work should be liberal arts in nature and acceptable to Wabash College.
  • The term grade must be at least C-.
  • Distribution requirements specifying completion of more than one course credit must be fulfilled with at least one course credit completed at Wabash College. For Natural Science and Mathematics, completion of at least one lab science course credit at Wabash is required.
  • After a student has matriculated at Wabash College, a maximum of 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.

An official academic transcript (not a grade report) is required to establish an official academic record of transfer credit.

Wabash College will accept for transfer college courses taken by a high school student only when the student enrolled in a section of a college course that included students from the general college population. Note:  Dual credit courses, for which both high school and college credit is awarded for the same course, typically do not meet this requirement.  

The College does not award transfer credit for Internet (online) courses or 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 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 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 other transfer credits must be approved by the Registrar. Transfer credit earned in approved off-campus study or equivalency credit earned by Wabash examination will be counted as Wabash course credit with respect to the curricular requirement of earning 18 course credits at Wabash College.

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

International Baccalaureate

The College grants credit for courses completed for the International Baccalaureate Degree with a higher-level (HL) examination grade of 5, 6, or 7, provided the course is liberal arts in nature. Total credits may not exceed five course credits per semester. International Baccalaureate credits may not be used for fulfilling science laboratory requirements but may be used for meeting other college distribution requirements. Academic departments may place additional limits on the applicability of International Baccalaureate credits in their departments.

Credit by Examination and Advanced Placement Credit

The College grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) results. One to two course credits will be granted for an Advanced Placement exam score of 4 or 5 upon the completion of a second course in the department with a grade of “B-” or better. The exceptions are in Mathematics and Modern and Ancient languages where the department may grant or deny AP credit based on proficiency exam performance and may waive the additional course requirement.

Credit for an AP exam will not be granted when the student takes a comparable course that covers the same material. College placement examination results will take precedence over AP credit. (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.

This policy also applies to the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit.

Credit may also 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.

AP Exam Equivalencies

Exam Title Score Equivalency Credit Requirement
Biology 5 BIO-111 1 B- or better in BIO-211 and other requirements as described in the Biology Department
Calculus AB 4 MAT-111 1 B- or better in MAT-112
Calculus AB 5 MAT-111 1 None
Calculus BC 4, 5 MAT-111, MAT-112 1 None
Computer Science A 4, 5 CSC-111 1 B- or better on course beyond CSC-111
English Lang/Comp 4, 5 ENGL-98 1 B- or better in 200 level ENG Language course
English Lit/Comp 4, 5 ENGL-99 1 B- or better on 200 level ENG Literature course
French Language 4, 5 FRE-102 1 B- or better in FRE-201 based on placement
French Language 4, 5 FRE-201 1 B- or better in FRE-202/FRE-301 based on placement
German Language 4, 5 GER-102 1 B- or better in GER-201 based on placement
German Language 4, 5 GER-201 1 B- or better in GER-202/GER-301 based on placement
Music Theory 4, 5 MUS-201 1 None
Spanish Language 4, 5 SPA-102 1 B- or better in SPA-201 based on placement
Spanish Language 4, 5 SPA-201 1 B- or better in SPA-202/SPA-301 based on placement
Statistics 4, 5 MAT-103, MAT-104 1/2, 1/2 None
U.S. History 4, 5 HIS-241 or HIS-242 1 B- or better in a U.S. History course
European History 4, 5 HIS-231 or HIS-232 1 B- or better in a European History course
World History 4, 5 HIS-101 or HIS-102 1 B- or better in a World History course
Gov/Pol Sci U.S. 4, 5 PSC-111 1 B- or better in 300 level U.S. PSC course
Gov/Pol Sci Comparative 4, 5 PSC-122 1 B- or better in 300 level Comparative PSC course
Physics C (Mechanics) 4, 5 PHY-178 (non-lab) or PHY-109 1 PHY-109 upon completion of labs
Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism) 4, 5 PHY-178 (non-lab) or PHY-110 1 PHY-110 upon completion of labs
Psychology 4, 5 PSY-101 1 B- or better in 200 level PSY course

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 765-361-6245 for questions about exams not listed.


A student can receive no more than two Wabash history credits as a result of his AP credits (even if he received 4s or 5s on all three AP history exams). If a student takes BOTH halves of any history survey at Wabash, he forfeits the right to receive a Wabash history course as AP credit. For example, if he takes HIS-241 U. S. to 1877 and HIS-242 U.S. Since 1877 he cannot receive an AP credit in U.S. History.

AP credits earned in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics will not fulfill the college laboratory science distribution requirement.