2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog
East Stroudsburg Normal School opened it doors on September 4, 1893. Today, ESU is a comprehensive university in northeastern Pennsylvania offering 58 undergraduate and 22 graduate degrees and is one of the 14 institutions in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog > Admission > Transfer Applicants
A Transfer applicant is a person who has successfully completed 12 or more college credits following high school graduation.
ESU welcomes more the 900 transfer students from two- and four-year institutions each year.
Individuals who have successfully completed fewer than 12 credits following graduation from high school are considered as freshmen in the application process.
Prospective transfer students can apply starting July 2015 to be reviewed for the spring or fall 2016 semesters. Applications are only available online at www.esu.edu/apply.
For an admission decision to be made the following must be submitted:
Please note: All fall applicants must submit final spring grades and spring applicants must submit final fall grades. Decisions for admission are conditional until a final transcript is received verifying that all program and admission criteria are met.
A minimum of 12 college credits with a GPA 2.0 or higher is required for consideration.
Applicants with fewer than 12 college credits are considered freshmen in the application process, and will be evaluated using a combination of their official college GPA, high school record, and SAT/ACT scores.
Although a 2.0 GPA is required for consideration, the following Programs have higher admission criteria:
More information can be found at esu/transfer under “Admission Requirements.”
Applicants must maintain a minimum GPA of a 2.00 on the final official college transcript. Applicants not offered admission to their first chose major will have an opportunity to choose another major.
The Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (PA TRAC) was established to comply with Article XX-C of the Public Institution Code of 1949. ESU participates in PA TRAC which allows for a seamless statewide transfer and articulation system between Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges, four state-related universities, and the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Transfer of courses and academic program articulation occurs in the following three ways:
For additional information on the PA TRAC, please visit www.esu.edu/transfer.
The Academic Passport is a program designed to promote a seamless transfer process for students currently attending Pennsylvania community colleges, Lackawanna College and the universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. If a student meets the established eligibility criteria, s/he will be granted an Academic Passport, which will guarantee acceptance at any of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions - and ensure the transfer and acceptance of all successfully completed course credits.
Applicants holding the Academic Passport from Pennsylvania community colleges, Lackawanna College, or a Pennsylvania State System university will transfer credit according to the Board of Governors Policy titled “The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy.” Further information may be obtained from the Office of Admission, or by visiting www.passhe.edu.
Only credits for courses with grades of “C” or better will be considered for transfer credit.
Students may transfer credit from institutions that have been accredited by:
ESU does not accept or deny credits exclusively based on the sending institution’s accreditation. Credits from institutions not accredited by the above agencies or non-accredited institutions will be reviewed by the Transfer Center staff and/or relevant ESU academic department for transfer credit. Students may be required to submit additional course information to assist in determining equivalencies.
Applicants offered admissions will receive a Final Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) from the Transfer Center, in the Student Enrollment Center. The TCE will indicate coursework that is transferable to ESU and will also indicate the transfer equivalent at ESU. The Transfer Center will update the student's record and notify the applicant via the U.S. Postal Service and email. Transferable credits are officially added to a student’s records upon evaluation of the official final college transcript.
Please see the Graduation Residency Requirement in the Academic Regulations section of the catalog for information that may affect the maximum transferable credits and completion of a student's ESU degree program.
Applicants may appeal transfer credit evaluations by contacting the Transfer Center staff in The Student Enrollment Center (SEC) in person or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The appeal process will encompass a re-evaluation of coursework by the Transfer Center staff. Applicants who appeal an equivalency are asked to submit a course syllabus, which provides more detailed information than a catalog listing. Students not satisfied with the results of the transfer credit appeal completed by the Transfer Center may appeal the decision to the chairperson of the academic department relevant to the course(s) in question. Full and final discretion rests with the academic department.
Transferable credits are officially added to a student’s East Stroudsburg University record upon receipt and evaluation of the official final college transcript.
Who is a Transfer Applicant?
When to Apply
Deadline for Applying
Application and Review Process
Notification of Admission
Transfer Admission Criteria
Pennsylvania Transfer Articulation Center
Transfer of Credit Without An Academic Passport
Transfer Credit Evaluation
How to Read the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE)
Transfer Credit Appeal Process
Final Transfer of Credits
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