Office of the Registrar
7400 Bay Road
University Center, MI 48710
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.* Designated Registration Days: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.* * Subject to registration schedule and deadlines, official holidays, and reduced hours when classes are not in session.
SVSU transfers in a wide variety of credits from numerous institutions. Transfer equivalencies are on our Transfer Equivalency Tool. When evaluating transcripts we first look to see if the College/University is regionally accredited.
By being regionally accredited, the College/University falls into one of six regional accrediting agencies. This means that the College/University has met the minimum standards within the higher education industry.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Higher Learning Commission/North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Northwest Accreditation Commission for primary and secondary schools/Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges/Western Association of Schools and Colleges
If you are transferring Nursing courses that have been completed at another institution, this can only be done with permission of the SVSU Nursing Department Chair. The Nursing curriculum is carefully constructed, pursuant to disciplinary accreditation and State Licensing standards, to be followed in a sequence. Classes taken at other institutions may not comprise the identical information and skills needed to continue in the SVSU program and needed for graduation requirements.
*For students who do not have a nursing degree (A.D.N) and are completing RN-BSN curriculum.
The maximum credits accepted for an incoming transfer student from multiple institutions are 93 credits (with the exception of the 150 credit hour accounting program where the maximum credits accepted is 119 credits).
The maximum credits accepted from all two-year institutions for an undergraduate degree program is 62 credits.
The minimum accepted grade for transfer to an undergraduate degree program is "C-" (2.0) or its equivalent.
Transferred credits are not included in the Saginaw Valley State University grade point average computation. Transfer credits will be listed as "TR" on transcripts and degree audits.
Saginaw Valley State University participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board and grants either advanced credit, advanced placement or both, to freshmen who have completed college-level studies while still in high school and have earned satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement examinations.
Scores of three, four or five on the following examinations assure the entering student of both advanced placement and credit: American History, Studio Art, Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Composition and Literature, English Language and Composition, European History, Music, Physics B and Physics C. Credit and placement are granted for scores of four or five on Biology and Psychology and three or four on French, German, Latin, and Spanish examinations.
A course may have come over as an elective for one of two reasons: 1) SVSU does not offer a course similar to the one taken at another institution or 2) The course description did not meet the same standards as an SVSU course.
If you feel that the course taken at the other institution should count towards an SVSU requirement, then you have the right to course petition the Department's Chairperson and Dean.
The CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) Policy is a testing program that gives individuals the chance to earn college credit by examination in a variety of study areas. Two types of tests are offered - general examination and subject examinations.
Please contact the Office of the Registrar at (989) 964-4085 or email email@example.com for further information.
SVSU will grant transfer credit and/or waive requirements according to the following provisions:
Credits: Only HL (Higher Level) examinations, scores of "4" or higher. Only basic skills and general education credits will be awarded. Students may pursue individual course credits by petition through respective departments.
Theory of Knowledge, grade of "C" or better: 3 credits, General Education Category 5 or 8.
Extended Essay, grade of "C" or better: 3 credits, General Education Category 10.
If you took college courses while in high school and have subsequently been admitted to SVSU, please send the official transcript of the college course(s), that was taken while in enrolled in high school, to the SVSU Office of Admissions. If the course received a C- grade or better, SVSU can transfer the course into the your SVSU curriculum. It is your responsibility to contact the college issuing the credit to have official transcripts sent to SVSU.
The Reverse Transfer Agreement is an optional process by which transfer students currently enrolled in a four-year university can transfer university credits back to their former community college in an effort to qualify for an associate degree credential from that community college. Students who have attended multiple community colleges are not eligible for reverse transfer. In addition, students must have obtained residency status in their community college.
Formal Reverse Transfer arrangements exist between SVSU and each of the following community college partners:
Alpena Community College
Kirtland Community College
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Mid-Michigan Community College
Mott Community College
St. Clair County Community College
Lansing Community College
SVSU students may indicate their interest in reverse transfer by completing the Reverse Transfer Agreement (155kB) form, which will authorize the University to send their transcript to the applicable community college.
It is important to know that a degree is not guaranteed. The community college must evaluate your course work and determine if the degree requirements for an associate degree have been met. Any communications you have regarding an associate degree can be addressed with your community college.
Disclaimer: The recieving instution will determine if and how credits will be accepted. Please direct transfer equivalency questions to the appropriate community college.