Transfer Credit Evaluation

Students may choose to take a course at another college or university while pursuing a degree at ESU. Transfer credits will be considered for equivalent courses completed where the student earned a minimum grade of “C.” Students are required to send an official transcript of coursework completed at another institution to ESU.

Information on the Student Transfer Policy, the Pennsylvania Articulation Center (PA TRAC) and the Transfer Credit Appeal Process can be found in the Admissions section of the catalog or online at

Please see the Graduation Residency Requirement for information that may affect the maximum transferrable credits and completion of the degree program.

Continuing Students Transferring Credits Back to East Stroudsburg University

Current East Stroudsburg University students who wish to transfer courses from another college or university back to ESU are encouraged to check their degree program requirements with their academic adviser or the department chairperson where the external credits would transfer, before registering at the other college/university. This is done to ensure that the course will replace a course requirement within the degree program. Approvals must be submitted to the Transfer Center in the Student Enrollment Center. Transfer credit is only granted if a grade of at least “C” is earned and upon receipt of an official transcript from the other college/university. Students can use the Course Equivalencies Database online at:

Advanced Placement, DANTES and IB Credits

East Stroudsburg University permits students to earn credit toward the baccalaureate degree by successful completion of the Advanced Placement Examination, CLEP, DANTES, and IB diploma.

Students currently enrolled in high school should contact their guidance counselor about the Advanced Placement Exam (AP). A grade of “3”or higher on any of these examinations will be counted for three credits by East Stroudsburg University.

The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is another way for students to earn credit at ESU. The General Examinations of CLEP may be taken to apply towards the General Education pattern at East Stroudsburg University, such examinations must be passed at the 50th percentile. In order to receive credit, students should go to College Board and request official scores to be sent to East Stroudsburg University, Office of Admission. 

The Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support (DANTES) has 37 different subject tests that allow students to receive college credit by taking any of these tests. Official ACE transcripts showing the tests and scores earned should be sent to the Transfer Center at East Stroudsburg University.

International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations may also count towards courses at ESU. Official International Baccalaureate transcripts should be mailed to the Transfer Center at East Stroudsburg University.

Please refer to for more information about getting credit for courses.

College-Level Examination Program

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board enables students to earn college credit by examination. The General Examinations of CLEP (English Composition, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences-History) may be taken to apply toward the General Education pattern of courses at East Stroudsburg University. Such examinations should be passed at the 50th percentile.

Subject matter examinations may also be taken under the CLEP program. Students shall not be given credit for both General and Subject examinations in the same areas. Normally CLEP examinations may not be counted toward the student’s major field of study. Interested students should contact the Transfer Center staff in the Student Enrollment Center. Official CLEP results should be forwarded to the Admission Office, for consideration.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Visiting Student Program

The purpose of this policy is to facilitate undergraduate student enrollment at institutions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to take advantage of courses available across the system, without loss of institutional residency, eligibility for honors or athletics, or credits toward graduation at the home institution. Grades earned under the Visiting Student Program will be accepted in full by East Stroudsburg University, and will be included in the calculation of credits earned, GPA, and residency requirements.

The following requirements and conditions apply to participants in the Visiting Students Program:

  1. The student must be matriculated at the home university with a minimum of 12 college-level credits and be in good academic standing.
  2. Students may take a maximum of 24 credits via the Visiting Student Policy.
  3. The student who presents evidence of good standing at the home university will be allowed to register for courses at other PASSHE universities. The visiting student priority level for registration will be determined by each university.
  4. All credits and grades accrued at other PA State System of Higher Education universities shall be accepted in full by the home university and thereafter treated as home university credits, residency, and grades.
    1. It is the responsibility of the student to work with the student’s adviser at the home institution regarding applicability of credits toward graduation requirements at the home institution consistent with PA State System of Higher Education procedures.
    2. It is the responsibility of the student to complete the Visiting Student Notification Form and submit to the home institution prior to enrolling in courses at another PA State System of Higher Education institution.
    3. Students cannot use the Visiting Student Program to repeat courses.
    4. Students cannot use the Visiting Student Program for internship or practica that are required for licensure or certification without the express written permission of their appropriate university officials at the home university and placement availability at the requested institution.
  5. The student shall register at, and pay tuition and fees to, the state system university visited. A student wishing to divide a course load between two institutions during the same term shall register and pay appropriate tuition and fees at both universities.

PA State System of Higher Education Distance Education Course Application Process: Students wishing to take advantage of the State System of Higher Education Distance Education Course Sharing need to complete the Distance Education Application with their home institution.