Transfer Policies & General Education Requirements


Policies & General Education Requirements

Learn about our transfer policies and general education requirements.

Contact us for more information on our policies, or explore the information below.

Transfer Credit Policies:

  • Only official transcripts from other schools may be used to evaluate and/or award credit.
  • New students or previously enrolled students must request that an official transcript from ALL previously attended colleges be mailed to: the Admissions Office, 
University of Saint Joseph 
Undergraduate Admissions Office
 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford CT, 06117.
  • Current students should have the official transcript mailed to:
 University of Saint Joseph 
Office of the Registrar,
 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford CT, 06117. 
  • Credit will not be awarded to second-degree Nursing students with Biology or Chemistry course work that is more than eight years old.
  • USJ accepts transfer credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities. The following accrediting bodies are recognized by USJ:
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC-ACCJC, WASC-ACSCU)
    • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)
    • North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA-CASI, NCA-HLC)
    • Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)
    • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
    • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE, NEASC-CTCI)
    • Credits from nationally accredited institutions will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. We reserve the right to request additional information about coursework including: course descriptions, syllabi, and catalogs.

USJ Residency Requirement:

A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for graduation. Students must earn 45 hours at University of Saint Joseph; these hours can include a combination of courses at USJ or within the Consortium.

Transfer Credits:

When you transfer to USJ, the credits you transfer prior to official matriculation are what will determine which general education requirements you need to fulfill.

If you transfer in with 24 or more credits, you are waived from:

  • First-Year Seminar
  • OneReligious Studies course
  • Either Philosophy or the values/ethics perspective. 

If you transfer in 23 credits and later complete additional transfer credits, those credits are not added to the original 23 to grant waiver from the three requirements mentioned above.

Advanced Placement:

Students who enter USJ with an Advanced Placement score of four or above will be granted advanced placement and credit. Select courses are granted transfer credit with a score of three or higher. View eligible exams.

CLEP Exams:

College credit may also be awarded to students for successful completion of proficiency examinations. Such examinations may be designed and administered by the faculty of a department for specific courses. Standardized exams such as CLEP (College Level Examination Placement) or Dantes may be used as the basis for awards. View eligible exams.