Admissions & Aid

Transferring Credit

Upon acceptance, Alma College will individually evaluate your transcript for course equivalencies. Most classes from accredited colleges and universities in the United States transfer.

Transfer Policies

  • You must earn a “C” (2.0) or better for a course to transfer to Alma
  • Your class must be academic in nature, rather than vocational, technical or developmental
  • You may apply up to 68 credits of community college coursework toward your Alma College degree

Specific Course Requirements

It is common for transfer students to meet a variety of Alma’s general education requirements by completing classes at other colleges or universities. Please use the following description of these requirements to help you select coursework at your current institution:

Writing

The second course in a college-level freshman English composition series (some students will need to take the first course to build their skills before taking the second course).

Second Language/International Awareness

A one-semester course in a second language (e.g., Chinese, French, German or Spanish) and either:

  • One more semester of the same language; or
  • An approved course with non-U.S. or comparative international content or perspective

Distributive Requirements

At least 12 credits in each of the following three divisions, with no more than four of these credits from any one program.

Arts and Humanities: 12 credits chosen from art, communication, music, philosophy, religious studies, or theatre and dance; English courses numbered above freshman composition; or the second course in a foreign language

Social Sciences: 12 credits chosen from economics, history, political science, or sociology and anthropology

Natural Sciences: 4 credits from each of the following three areas, with at least two laboratory courses:

  • Life Sciences: All courses in biochemistry, biology, and psychology
  • Physical Science: All courses in astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics
  • Mathematics/Computation: All mathematics courses above college algebra, such as statistics, pre-calculus, or trigonometry

An Alma College First-Year Seminar course is also required for the completion of your degree, but the requirement is waived for students who transfer 25 or more credits.

For information on Alma College’s courses, please refer to our most recent academic catalog.

Course Equivalency Guides 

Alma College offers guides for transfer credit at area community colleges. Please click the links below to access a PDF of the guide for a particular institution. New guides are added regularly so please check back!

The guides are not a comprehensive list of all courses that will transfer to Alma College, other courses than those appearing on this guide should be checked for transferability to Alma College.The classes you have taken may also meet major and minor requirements. Checking with our Registrar’s Office will help ensure that you are taking the right courses for your intended major.