The acceptance of transfer credits between institutions is at the discretion of the receiving college or university. An applicant who wishes to receive a transfer and/or equivalent credit evaluation prior to enrollment must provide official college transcripts and training certificates. Transfer credit evaluations will not be performed using unofficial transcripts. After a student enrolls in the University, there is no charge for a transfer credit evaluation. The transfer credit evaluation serves as a guide for determining the remaining coursework required for the student to complete his/her desired program of study. Students wishing to transfer BU credits to another institution should check first with that institution regarding its policy on transfer credit.
Course content and instructional quality varies across institutions and, because of this, BU does not consider grade points for work completed at other colleges or universities. Therefore, transfer credit neither raises nor lowers a student’s grade point average. A “TR” on the transcript next to the course name will indicate the course is transferred in from another institution. Only grades of C (70 or above) or better will be considered for undergraduate credit and B (80 or above) or better for graduate credit. In addition, the University has established the following limits on the maximum credits that are allowed for transfer into the degree programs. Transfer credit may not exceed more than 75% of the program requirements for undergraduate and 50% of the program requirements for graduate programs. Computer and technology courses must have been taken within the last five years.
Maximum Transfer Credits that May Be Awarded from All Sources
- Associate Degree up to 45 credits (15 courses)*
- Bachelor’s Degree up to 90 credits (30 courses)*
- Master’s Degree up to 18 credits (6 courses)**
* For Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, transfer credit may be awarded through a combination of transfer and/or credit by examination.
** For Master’s degrees, credit by examination does not apply
Military/Law Enforcement Training
The University accepts military/law enforcement and other training for academic credit based on ACE College Credit Recommendation Service evaluations, as outlined in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs and The Guide to Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
Credit by Examination
BU accepts the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) for approved agencies offering credit by examination. These include:
Prior Learning Assessments
Students may be able to challenge up to 25% of their undergraduate degree program. Students can potentially fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary, and/or general education courses by completing a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). To be eligible for PLA credits, students must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at Bottega University. Additionally, the student must have submitted his/her official transcripts to the university and must have remaining general education and/or elective credits required to complete their degree program at BU. Before requesting a PLA, BU suggests that the student contact his/her Advisor to discuss whether PLA would be beneficial to him/her and how credits are applied towards the chosen degree program.
Students must notify BU staff before they start the course they wish to challenge. Students must complete the PLA for each course they wish to challenge. Students must indicate mastery of the course concepts by being able to effectively describe the prior learning activities and expertise they have attained relevant to the course objectives. Students must demonstrate mastery by providing exhibits of their own work that indicate the level of mastery pertaining to the course objectives. Students must defend their mastery by completing an assigned project and achieving a score of 70% or better. Students who successfully complete the PLA will receive credit towards their degree. Students have four (4) weeks to complete each PLA. Absolutely NO EXTENSIONS will be given for incomplete assessments at the end of the allotted time. If a student fails to complete the PLA within this time frame, they are not allowed to re-attempt and will have to complete the applicable BU course.
*There is a $300 assessment fee for each PLA attempted by the student.
Because BU has an outcomes-based model, BU does not award credit for prior experiential learning. Students may challenge up to 25% of an undergraduate degree program in any combination of Prior Learning Assessment and Course Examination Challenges. Students may transfer a maximum of 25% of the credits required for a degree through credit by examination. Transfer credit by examination is not available at the graduate level.