The Registrar's Office is responsible for the evaluation of academic credits from other institutions. Course credits earned from regionally accredited colleges and universities are subject to the guidelines in USI's Transfer Credit Policy.
Official transcripts will be reviewed to determine what courses will transfer to USI, and their equivalent USI courses. To be considered official, a transcript must be sent directly from the institution to USI. If the college/university is able to provide a certified e-transcript, it should be sent directly from the institution to email@example.com. If submitting a paper copy, it should be mailed directly from the institution to the attention of either Undergraduate Admissions (for new students) or the Registrar's Office (for current/readmitting students); 8600 University Blvd, Evansville, IN 47712.
Eligible Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams may result in credit by exam. A list of AP and CLEP tests and the minimum score required to receive credit at USI can be found on the Credit By Exam page. An official score report must be submitted directly from The College Board to USI.
Eligible International Baccalaureate (IB) coursework may result in credit by exam. A list of IB Diploma Programme (DP) subjects and the minimum score required to receive credit at USI can be found on the Credit By Exam page. An official transcript must be submitted directly from IB to USI.
Military credit may be granted for eligible coursework based on submission of an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) and review of the American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation. Students whose JST includes basic training can receive 2 credit hours in KIN, if not already awarded via evaluation of their DD-214 (credit offer form prepared by Veteran, Military, and Family Resource Center). The KIN credit satisfies the Physical Activity and Wellness requirement in Core 39.
The Registrar’s Office strives to complete the transfer credit evaluation process in a timely manner after an official transcript is submitted – often within 3-5 business days. New students must submit all required documents to Undergraduate Admissions and be admitted to the University before the evaluation process can be completed and the results are viewable via myUSI. Factors that could delay the evaluation process for up to two weeks (or longer) include:
- If USI has not previously received a transcript from an institution, or if a transcript includes courses for which a transfer equivalency has not yet been established. The Registrar’s Office will coordinate with the department chair for the course(s) in question. The chair will review the course description to determine whether USI offers a course that is a direct equivalent or if it will result in transfer elective credit.
- Peak times when a high volume of transcripts are submitted (after a term ends, before the start of a term, during Priority Registration, etc.).
- Submission of an unofficial transcript. Transfer credit will only be awarded based on receipt of an official transcript. For a preliminary evaluation of your transfer credits, use USI's Transfer Evaluation Self-Service (TESS).
Once an official transcript has been evaluated, students can see the results of the transfer credit evaluation by viewing their Degree Works audit (via myUSI).
If you have questions about how your coursework might transfer to USI, visit or contact:
- The Registrar's Office on the main floor of the Orr Center, room 1077.
- Mara Ansbro, Transfer Credit Coordinator (phone 812-465-7171 or 800-467-1965 #3)
- Kim Ruffin, Senior Administrative Assistant (phone 812-465-1038 or 800-467-1965 #3).
On the student's unofficial transcript and in Degree Works, grades beginning with T indicate transfer courses. Transfer courses accepted for credit are included in earned hours but are excluded from GPA hours, Quality Points, and GPA. An official transcript includes only the number of credit hours accepted, not individual transfer courses.
Letter grades indicating the transfer credit can be applied toward graduation requirements include TA, TB+, TB, TC+, TC, TP, TCR, TS, TSC.
A grade of TIP indicates an In Progress transfer course. An official transcript showing the final grade must be submitted before the transfer evaluation process can be completed and credit awarded for eligible coursework.
Letter grades indicating the transfer credit cannot be applied toward graduation requirements include TND, TNF, TNI, TNP, TNT, TNW, TRP.
Indiana is working to help students transfer college credits more easily. TransferIN is being developed as the state’s official source for course transfer information across campuses and institutions. Indiana has developed the Core Transfer Library (CTL) – a list of courses that will transfer among all Indiana public college and university campuses, assuming adequate grades. The current list of CTL courses at USI can be found in the class schedule. Visit TransferIN.net for more information, including a state-wide CTL database.
The Statewide Transfer General Education Core enables a student who satisfactorily completes an approved program of general education in any public institution of higher education in Indiana to transfer that coursework to any other state educational institution as a block of 30 credit hours towards the general education core requirements. The STGEC applied to all students matriculating at a public institution of higher education in Indiana in the fall of 2013 and after. Additional information may be found at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education website.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, students who have earned an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University in certain programs may be able to follow a single articulation pathway to complete a bachelor's degree at USI. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education and Indiana state institutions are working together to allow students to complete a four-year degree program in corresponding programs without a loss of credit hours. Additional information on Senate Enrolled Act 182 and its implementation will be available over the coming year. Visit the Articulation Agreements page for more information about TSAPs at USI.