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Transfer Credits

EKU accepts almost all forms of transfer credit. Successfully completed coursework (earning a D- or higher) from universities or community colleges whose accreditors are recognized by the US Department of Education and credit from military occupational specialties and basic training can be used to complete your EKU degree requirements. Visit our Transfer Course Evaluation (EKU TraCE) hub to access a list of our established equivalencies, build your own report, and to submit a request for additional evaluations.

Submit a Syllabus

Admitted EKU students may be told by their advisor, professor, or official DegreeWorks audit, that they need to submit a syllabus for their transfer course to complete the evaluation. While a syllabus is not usually required for transfer credit, if one is requested, it may be submitted by email to (Office of Articulation and Transfer Systems).

International Transfer Coursework

International coursework must have a course by course evaluation through ECE or Josef Silny, and it is best to also provide syllabi or course descriptions translated into English to the Student Outreach and Transition Office for this work.

Transfer Policies

Transfer students coming from a Kentucky public institution have unique agreements that govern the transfer of their general education requirements and/or associate degrees. If you have credit from Kentucky public institutions, then review our summary of in-state transfer policies. Out-of-State and private institutions also present unique situations. If you have credit from an out-of-state institution, then review our summary of out-of-state transfer policies.

For a comprehensive outline of transfer credit articulation, please review the Transfer Credit Policies.

Credit Equivalency

Once your transfer credits have been processed, they may be matched to different categories or EKU credit, though they will retain the number of semester hours.

Direct Equivalency Direct equivalencies have been approved by the academic departments as matches to a specific EKU course. They impact student degree progress in the same way as if the student took the course at EKU. e.g. BIO 111: Cell and Molecular Biology
Departmental Elective Credit If a course cannot be determined as an exact match to a course taught at EKU but still matches a department, then the student will receive Departmental Elective Credit. e.g. BIO X1003: Departmental Elective Credit (3 credits)
University Elective Credit If a course cannot be determined as an exact match to a course or department at EKU, then the course will receive University Elective Credit. e.g. EKU X1003: University Elective Credit (3 credits)

General Education Indicators

In addition to established equivalencies, courses may also be given a variety of attributes. The most common attribute a course can receive is a General Education Indicator. On principle, EKU strives to honor general education coursework as it was administered at accredited sending institutions. Even if a course cannot be matched to a Direct Equivalency, it may still receive one of these indicators if it can be established that the course was considered part of a similar general education area at the sending institution. This means that even elective credit can be used to complete general education requirements if it is verified to have previously been part of a general education curriculum.