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Credit Programs for Part-time Students

Transferring

In this section, the term “transferring” is used to refer to three separate procedures within Part-time Classroom Studies:

  1. transferring credit for work taken at other institutions
  2. transferring from other UNC-Chapel Hill schools and colleges to Part-time Classroom Studies
  3. transferring from Part-time Classroom Studies to other UNC-Chapel Hill schools and colleges.

1. Transferring Credit for Work Taken at Other Institutions

Postbaccalaureates

On the recommendation of the major department and with the approval of the Graduate School, you can transfer up to six hours of graduate credit in partial satisfaction of the 30-hour minimum requirement for a master’s program. These transfer hours can be from another graduate institution or from courses taken at UNC-Chapel Hill before formal admission to a graduate degree program. More than six hours may be approved for transfer to master’s programs requiring over 30 credit hours.

Undergraduates

Transfer credit for undergraduate courses taken at other institutions is evaluated by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. You must have earned a grade of C or better, and UNC-Chapel Hill must offer a comparable course for you to receive transfer credit; professional courses (business, journalism, education) require approval by the appropriate UNC-Chapel Hill school. Technical courses and courses from a special-purpose institution usually do not transfer. The University accepts up to 64 credit hours of transfer credit from two-year institutions or from a combination of two- and four-year college enrollment when the four-year college enrollment (which includes courses concurrently enrolled in or previously completed at UNC-Chapel Hill) precedes the two-year college enrollment. After 64 credit hours are earned toward graduation, no credit hours can be transferred from a two-year institution. Physical education courses taken at other institutions count toward the University’s physical education requirement but do not count toward the academic hours required for graduation. The University will accept up to 75 hours from four-year institutions.

2. Transferring from Other UNC-Chapel Hill Schools and Colleges to Part-time Classroom Studies

If you are a full-time UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduate student and you need to switch to part-time status, talk with your advisor. You must be academically eligible to remain in the school that you are transferring from.

Once transferred to Part-time Classroom Studies, you cannot exceed eight credit hours per semester. If you transfer after a semester has begun, you will have to drop courses to fit within this eight-hour limit.

You cannot transfer into Part-time Classroom Studies for the semester that you will graduate. You also cannot transfer into Part-time Classroom Studies for less than two academic (fall, spring) semesters unless you can graduate in the second semester and the college that you will graduate from approves an early return.

All attempted course work is taken into consideration to determine if you meet the 2.0 quality point average required to maintain academic eligibility in Part-time Classroom Studies. If you maintain eligibility, you can transfer back to full-time status at any time after you complete your second semester in Part-time Classroom Studies.

3. Transferring from Part-time Classroom Studies to Other UNC-Chapel Hill Schools and Colleges

There is no transfer process if you are a postbaccalaureate student. If you want to pursue a graduate degree, you should request information about application procedures from the Graduate School admissions office. If you are a part-time undergraduate who would like to attend school full-time, you may be eligible to transfer into another school or college at UNC-Chapel Hill as a full-time student. The transfer procedure differs according to academic standing:

Intra-University—Fully qualified and competitive degree candidates may transfer to full-time status on request, provided that you are academically eligible and the transfer is approved by Part-time Classroom Studies and by the dean of the school or college involved in the transfer.

Degree-seeking and nondegree-seeking undergraduates may apply to transfer into another school or college at UNC-Chapel Hill after:

  • removing any existing high school deficiencies
  • acquiring a combined quality-point average of at least 2.0 by UNC-Chapel Hill computation on course work attempted at colleges other than UNC-Chapel Hill
  • attaining a quality-point average of at least 2.0 on course work attempted at UNC-Chapel Hill
  • completing at least three fall or spring semesters on campus (in a classroom) as a Part-time Classroom Studies student and earning a minimum of 24 credit hours (exclusive of physical education activities, correspondence courses, online courses, self-paced online courses, MATH 100 (R), and placement credit) at UNC-Chapel Hill, or completing at least two fall or spring semesters on campus (in a classroom) as a Part-time Classroom Studies student and earning a minimum of 12 credit hours (exclusive of physical education activities, distance education courses, MATH 100 (R), and placement credit) at UNC-Chapel Hill, provided acceptable transfer credits from other institutions bring the total hours of credit to at least 51 hours of credit work. Credit for the courses will, however, count towards your GPA.

NOTE: Enrollment in the UNC-Chapel Hill Summer School will not reduce the number of fall or spring semesters you must complete; the credits earned, however, will count in the total number of UNC-Chapel Hill credits needed.

If you meet the qualifications stated above, you may be eligible to transfer into a full-time program. To request a transfer, make an appointment with a Part-time Classroom Studies advisor during October if you want to transfer to full-time for the following spring, or March if you want to transfer to full-time for the following fall.

If you are a degree-seeking or nondegree-seeking undergraduate who does not meet the requirements for transfer, you can apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to be considered for admission as an outside transfer candidate.