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How do my “Running Start” credits count toward my degree?
If you participated in “Running Start” or another college-in-the-high-school program, but did not complete the DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) associate degree offered by your community college, your courses your official college transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine which classes may transfer to SPU as elective credit or to fulfill Exploratory Curriculum requirements. You must complete the University Seminar, UCOR 1000 and UFDN 1000 at SPU during your freshman year.

If you completed a DTA associate degree prior to beginning studies as a matriculated (admitted) student at SPU, you have completed the Exploratory Curriculum and University Core courses, and you are not required to complete the University Seminar. Most DTA holders enter SPU with junior standing (90 credits). Your class standing at entrance will determine how many University Foundations classes you are required to complete.

Credits are not transferred from the high school transcript. You must submit an official, unopened transcript to Student Academic Services or Undergraduate Admissions from each college or university you previously attended.
What’s a Direct Transfer Agreement?
Seattle Pacific participates in the Inter-College Relations Commission agreement on direct transfer degrees. This agreement guarantees that if you earn an approved DTA (Direct Transfer Agreement) associate degree from a Washington State Community College , you have completed the Exploratory Curriculum and University Core courses, and you are not required to complete the University Seminar. Most DTA holders enter SPU with junior standing (90 credits). Your class standing at entrance will determine how many University Foundations classes you are required to complete.

SPU will confer the same privileges as those outlined above for Washington state community college DTA degree holders upon the following students:
  • Associate degree holders from Central Christian College of Kansas
  • Associate degree holders from California junior colleges who have completed the IGETC curriculum for the CSU or UC system
  • Students from Oregon who have completed the Uniform Oregon Associate of Arts degree
Associate degrees earned after matriculation to SPU are not recognized.
I started work on a Direct Transfer Associate Degree, but didn’t finish it. Can I complete it after I begin classes at SPU?
Associate degrees earned after matriculation to SPU are not recognized under the direct transfer agreement.
How do I transfer credits I’ve earned at another school?

All students receiving credit from sources other than SPU should be familiar with the “Limitations on Credit Applicable toward a Degree” section in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog.

If you completed college courses at another college or university, you must provide SPU with an official transcript from each school attended. Your Undergraduate Academic Counselor will determine how many credits transfer to SPU and which areas of SPU’s curriculum are fulfilled by previous academic work. Your faculty advisor will determine whether or not specific transfer courses fulfill major or minor requirements.

You will be notified by email when the transfer credit evaluation is complete and can view how the courses have transferred through the Online Degree Check found in the Banner Information System (Banner → Student Menu → Grades and Transcripts Menu → Degree Status Check).

Can I earn credit from testing programs?
You may also receive credit through Advanced Placement, CLEP, and PEP, and through the International Baccalaureate Program. The Admission section of the Undergraduate Catalog outlines minimum scores required and indicates how AP and IB credits will be applied toward Exploratory Curriculum requirements.

Credits will be transferred only from official, sealed score reports. Please request that these reports be sent to Student Academic Services. No more than 45 credits will be awarded for any combination of test scores, including SPU’s own “Credit by Exam.” No more than 90 credits will be awarded for any combination of test scores, classes from two-year schools and courses from unaccredited schools.
What if I want to take classes at another school after I start attending SPU?
It is always a good idea to meet with your undergraduate academic counselor to discuss courses you plan to take before you enroll at another institution, as there are limitations on transfer courses. If you enroll in classes at other institutions after you begin attending SPU, it is your responsibility to request that official transcripts of your course work be sent to Student Academic Services.
If I get a bad grade in a class at SPU, can I take the class at another school and transfer it to SPU?

If you received credit for the class at SPU, (that is, if you earned a grade of D or better), you cannot repeat the class somewhere else and have it transferred to SPU because you cannot receive credit for the same class twice.

If you fail a class at SPU (earned a grade of E), you do not receive credit for the course, so you may be able to repeat it at another school and transfer the course to SPU. However, repeating a class elsewhere will not change your SPU grade point average. Always consult with your undergraduate academic counselor before registering for a class at another school.

Note that once you have earned credit, courses taken at SPU or elsewhere can only be repeated once.



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