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Explore how transfer credits are welcomed into the AU Core, select the type(s) of credits you plan to transfer.

To understand how transfer credits may equate to courses offered at AU, consult the Transfer Articulation Database.

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Advanced credit exams may be used for major, minor, and elective credit, but may not be used to satisfy AU Core requirements. Specific information about exam credit is maintained by the Office of Admissions and is available in all advising units.

Written Communication and Information Literacy (W1) requirement: Incoming first-year students may satisfy the W1 requirement by completing the 6 credit hour Written Communication and Information Literacy I sequence of classes (2 courses) with a grade of “C” or better or receiving advanced credit for specific exams (published annually by the Office of Admissions) and earning a grade of “C” or better in the 3-credit hour WRTG-106.

Quantitative Literacy (Q1): Incoming first-year students may satisfy the Q1 requirement by completing a designated Quantitative Literacy I course with a grade of “C” or better or by receiving advanced credit for specific exams (published annually by the Office of Admissions), and also earning a grade of “C” or better in an appropriately designated Quantitative Literacy I course.

Bringing in transfer credit? Please read on to see which credits may be used to satisfy AU Core requirements.

Written Communication & Information Literacy I: Students with transfer credit may satisfy the Written Communication and Literacy I requirement by presenting 6 credit hours of articulated composition credit from another institution or presenting 3 credit hours of coursework articulated as composition credit from another regionally accredited two or four year institution and completing WRTG-101 or WRTG-103 with a grade of “C” or better.

Quantitative Literacy I: Students with transfer credit may also satisfy the Quantitative Literacy I requirement by presenting 3 credit hours articulated as equivalent to a Quantitative Literacy I course from a regionally accredited two or four year institution.

AU Experience I (AUx1): External transfer students* entering in or after Academic Year 2021-22 with transfer credit may satisfy the AUx1 requirement by transferring 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited two or four year institution. 

Complex Problems: Students entering in or after Academic Year 2021-22 with transfer credit may satisfy the Complex Problems requirement by transferring 60 credit hours from a regionally accredited two or four year institution. 

Habits of Mind: Please note that external courses cannot be equated to AU's Habit of Mind courses for the AU Core Curriculum, such as SOCY-100: Introduction to Sociology. If a course is articulated as SOCY-100 based on course content, rigor, learning outcomes, and credit hours, the articulation would be entered on the record as SOCY-100X. The "X" is the indicator that an articulation will not fulfill HOM, but can fulfill major, minor, and certificate program requirements when relevant, as well as any registration prerequisites. 

For students who entered prior to Academic Year 2021-22: Students who transfer 0-14 credits must satisfy all five Habits of Mind; those who transfer 15-29 credits must take courses from four Habits of Mind; those who transfer 30-44 credits must take courses from three Habits of Mind; those who transfer 45-59 credits must take courses from two Habits of Mind; those who bring 60+ credits must take one Habit of Mind course. Students with transfer credit may select, in consultation with an academic advisor, which Habits of Mind to complete. 

For students entering in or after Academic Year 2021-22: Students who transfer 0-18 credits must satisfy all five Habits of Mind; those who transfer 19-33 credits must take courses from four Habits of Mind; those who transfer 34-45 credits must take courses from three Habits of Mind; those who transfer 46-59 credits must take courses from two Habits of Mind; those who bring in 60+ credits must take one Habit of Mind course. Students with transfer credit may select, in consultation with an academic advisor, which Habits of Mind to complete. 

Integrative Courses: Transfer credit may be applied to specific degree program requirements at the academic unit’s discretion. If the equivalent AU course is considered to be part of the AU Core Curriculum, the transfer course may also be applied to the AU Core’s integrative requirement.

*Defined by IPEDS as “A student entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate). This includes new students enrolled in the fall term who transferred into the reporting institution the prior summer term. The student may transfer with or without credit. For systems of coordinated institutions (multi-campus system), students are to be identified as transfer-in students upon entering an institution from another institution within the same coordinated system.”

The American University Experience I (AUx1): The American University Experience I (AUx1)will be waived for all external transfer students* entering in or after Academic Year 2021-22 who hold an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

The American University Experience I (AUx1)was waived for all students who entered in Academic Year 2020-21 who held an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Students who entered in or before Academic Year 2019-20 were required to complete specific sections of AUx1 within the first 30 credit hours in-residence after matriculation. 

Complex Problems: Students who entered in Academic Year 2020-21 who held an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution were waived from Complex Problems. 

Students who entered in Academic Year 2019-20 were required to complete complete Complex Problems (CORE-105) within the first 30 credit hours in-residence after matriculation. 

Habits of Mind: Students entering in or after Academic Year 2021-22 with an associate or bachelor's degree are required to complete the Habits of Mind requirements.  

Students who entered prior to Academic Year 2021-22 with an associate or bachelor’s degree were NOT required to complete the Habits of Mind requirements. 

Integrative Courses: Transfer credit may be applied to specific degree program requirements at the academic unit’s discretion. If the equivalent AU course is considered to be part of the AU Core Curriculum, the transfer course may also be applied to the AU Core’s integrative requirement. An "X" appended to a transfer articulation is an indicator that an articulation will not fulfill the Integrative Requirement, but can fulfill major, minor, and certificate program requirements when relevant, as well as any registration prerequisites. 

*Defined by IPEDS as “A student entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate). This includes new students enrolled in the fall term who transferred into the reporting institution the prior summer term. The student may transfer with or without credit. For systems of coordinated institutions (multi-campus system), students are to be identified as transfer-in students upon entering an institution from another institution within the same coordinated system.”

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