Frequently Asked Questions

How will I know which classes to take after transferring?

As an incoming transfer student, you will be advised at Summer Orientation by a faculty member representing your major. You will receive a Summary of Transfer Credits, which will determine which requirements you have fulfilled and help you plan an academic program for completing the remaining requirements for graduation.

How do I know if the courses I’m transferring meet APU’s requirements?

Check out our Course-to-Course Articulation and General Education Guidelines and choose your school from among the list of links available on these pages. Your Summary of Transfer Credits form will show you which General Education requirements you have already met. In addition, the university catalog has a list of courses for each major. You may refer to these educational categories to locate classes similar to the ones you have taken.

Note: Your academic advisor will determine which classes fulfill the requirements for your selected major at preregistration.

If you are not completing the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) program or CSU Breadth, please refer to APU’s suggested General Education guidelines to help determine if the classes you have taken match APU’s requirements and will transfer. An official transcript evaluation will be completed on a course-by-course basis for each transfer student to determine transferable units.

Completion of the requirements for an A.A. degree or the general education program at another school does not guarantee that you have met all of APU’s General Education requirements. However, if you complete the IGETC program or CSU Breadth with the APU provisions, you will have met all of APU’s General Education requirements.

When you have applied and been accepted to APU, you will receive a general education evaluation prior to registering for your classes.

Do I have to complete a general education program to transfer?

Not at all. You are welcome to transfer at any time.

Does APU offer scholarships for transfer students?

Yes! Learn more about our academic scholarships and other financial aid opportunities to help make your college degree more affordable.

Is there an orientation program I must attend?

There are three different Welcome Weekend seminars held throughout each semester.

The first seminar is held prior to the beginning of the semester.1 Two additional orientation seminars are held at various times to ensure transfer students know about upcoming information and events.

When do I register for classes?

If you are in the area, you will have an opportunity to meet with a faculty member during one of APU’s on-campus Summer Orientation events to discuss your first semester schedule. APU will provide you with further information after you have been admitted.

Will I lose credits if I transfer to APU from a quarter system?

APU uses a semester system. Quarter units are transferred as two-thirds of a semester unit.

What is the maximum number of units I can transfer?

APU will accept a maximum of 70 semester units from a community college. Once a student has reached this ceiling, APU will not accept any additional units from a community college to meet graduation requirements. If a student is enrolled in another four-year college, all transferable credits from a four year college may be accepted.

In order to graduate from APU, a minimum of 30 units must be earned at this institution, including at least 15 upper-division units in the major field. At least 18 of these units must be completed within the last 24 units counted toward the degree. Credit by examination (CLEP) may not be used to fulfill the 30-unit minimum requirement.

Will a D grade transfer?

A minimum C- grade is required for all transferable units.

Will APU accept College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit?

If you receive an accepted score, you will receive units of credit for each CLEP test. This also includes units received from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for information on acceptable test scores.


  1. The orientation staff provides you with information about APU’s student services and the university, which will make your transition smoother.

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