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Transfer of Credit Policies | Consumer Information

Transfer Student Admission

Transcripts will be evaluated by the registrar on a course‑by‑course basis. Only work comparable to that offered at Bridgewater College in level, nature and discipline will be accepted for degree credit. Credit will be awarded only for those courses in which a grade of C or above has been earned. Bridgewater offers competitive scholarships and grants for transfer students. Please contact the financial aid office for more information.

Bridgewater College currently has Guaranteed Admission Agreements with three Virginia Community College System (VCCS) institutions—Blue Ridge Community College, Germanna Community College, and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College. Bridgewater also has an agreement with Richard Bland College of The College of William & Mary.

Transfer Graduate Student

Admission Bridgewater College will accept up to six semester hours of equivalent graduate work transferred from institutions credentialed by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. International institution credits will be evaluated by the registrar and the World Education Services evaluations process. Candidates for transfer admissions must demonstrate evidence of good standing and eligibility to return to their former institution. Additionally, all institutional and program-specific admissions criteria must be fulfilled.

Credit is allowed only for those courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned within the previous five (5) years. Only credits are accepted in transfer; grades are not transferred and do not affect the student’s cumulative grade point average. Credit from institutions on a system other than the semester hour system is converted to semester hours. Students receive no more, and may receive fewer, than the number of credits earned at the host institutions. The student is responsible for supplying official descriptions of courses and any other supporting information such as course syllabi as requested to determine course transferability.

Transcripts will be evaluated by the registrar on a course‑by‑course basis. Only work comparable to that offered at Bridgewater College in level, nature and discipline will be accepted for degree credit. Official transcripts must be submitted. Students wishing to receive prior approval for course transfers should submit a completed  Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form to the registrar in advance of enrolling in a course outside of Bridgewater College.

Policies governing transfer credit may vary by graduate program and in some cases be far more delimiting than general institutional requirements. All program-specific information is detailed in subsequent sections.

Grade Point Average and Grading System

Work accepted for transfer to Bridgewater College is recorded as credits earned. Credits at‑ tempted and quality points achieved are not transferred. Hence, a student’s GPA, both cumulative and in the student’s major, is only dependent upon work attempted at Bridgewater. All College‑approved study abroad credits are received on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis. However, a student may petition the provost and vice president for academic affairs to include all grades earned for cumulative GPA calculations.

Transfer Credit Policy for Current Students

A student wishing to transfer credits to Bridgewater College must complete the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form, and submit it to the registrar for approval. Courses to be considered for transfer must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university. Transfer credit will be awarded for approved courses received on an official transcript in which the student earns a grade of C or higher. Transferred courses are recorded as credits earned and will not change a student’s grade point average at Bridgewater College.