Transferring College Credits

If you are planning to transfer to USD from another college or university, many of your general education credits may be transferable.

After being admitted to USD and submitting your enrollment confirmation form, a transfer credit analysis will determine which of your credits are transferable.

  • General education classes from accredited institutions are generally transferable with a grade of C- or better.
  • Classes from non-accredited institutions or trade schools will not transfer to USD.
All transferable coursework will count toward unit credits only and will not be calculated into your USD GPA.

Selecting Coursework at your Current Institution

When registering for classes at your current institution, we strongly recommend that you reference our Transfer Information Form, making sure to pay special attention to the Core Curriculum requirements outlined on the second page. 

  • If you have attended or are currently attending a community college within California, please reference your institution’s IGETC pattern in addition to our Core Curriculum requirements in order to ensure that your classes will transfer to USD. 
  • If you have attended or are currently attending a four-year college or university in California or an institution outside of California, you may contact our Senior Transfer Admission Counselor, Andrew Alsoraimi-Espiritu, for advice on the potential transferability of these classes.

Please note: Recent revisions to USD's Core Curriculum have impacted the way in which general education classes transfer into USD. Learning outcomes are a significant point of consideration used by the Core Curriculum Committee when determining whether or not classes taken at other institutions meet core curriculum criteria. As a result, classes that bear a title similar to USD classes but differ in learning outcomes may not satisfy core requirements for graduation (though they may transfer into USD for elective credit). This may impact the length of time you will need to study at USD in order to satisfy the Core Curriculum as well as the requirements for your degree(s). 

For advice on class choices, please contact our Senior Transfer Admission Counselor, Andrew Alsoraimi-Espiritu.

Important Information for First-Year Applicants

First-year applicants should note that college coursework taken while in high school may only be considered for credit at USD if taken after the student's sophomore year and in addition to high school requirements. College coursework will not be eligible to transfer to USD if it served to satisfy any high school graduation requirements.