Transfer Credit Policy
Transfer students are welcome at Hastings College, and the College will make every effort to see that all transferable credit is accepted. Final determination is made by the Registrar, with the advice and consent of the academic departments concerned.
Transfer work from other institutions will not be officially credited to the Hastings College record until the student has been officially accepted for admission and declared a candidate for a Hastings College degree. Official, raised-seal transcripts must be received directly from all high schools and colleges attended. Carry-in transcripts are not acceptable. Transcripts of any AP or CLEP work must be received directly from CEEB. Any transfer work applied toward teacher certification requirements is subject to the approval of the TEPC.
Each transfer student will receive a summary of credits, indicating which courses have been accepted for transfer. Any transfer work applied towards a major is subject to approval by the department concerned. The summary should be examined closely, and any appeals must be brought to the attention of the Registrar before the end of the first full semester as a full-time student at Hastings.
When examining work for possible transfer credit, the Registrar will consider the following:
- Whether the institution is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations: North Central, New England, Middle States, Northwest, Southern, or Western. Acceptance of credit from unaccredited institutions cannot be assured, although exceptions are frequently made in the case of certain special purpose institutions: Bible colleges accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges and nursing schools accredited by the National League for Nursing. In certain situations transfer credit may be accepted provisionally and then validated by additional evidence, such as satisfactory work in residence. Final determination is made by the Registrar.
- Whether the work is comparable to work offered at Hastings College and applicable to a Hastings College degree program. For example, courses in such fields as automotive technology, home economics, and secretarial studies normally will not transfer because Hastings College does not offer comparable programs.
- Whether the grades are C or above. Grades below C do not transfer unless accepted as part of an Associate of Arts degree (see below). For graduation, transfer students must achieve a C average in all work taken at Hastings College. Official grade point averages are based on all work taken at Hastings College and all acceptable transfer credits. If the grading system at the institution from which the credit is accepted is clearly not comparable to the grading system at Hastings College, then the grades will go on the Hastings record as P’s. Hastings College awards credit in semester hours. Credit from quarter-hour institutions will be accepted at the rate of two-thirds of a semester hour per quarter hour.
Special Transfer Policies
Registered Nurses who have completed their work at a school of nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing may earn a B.A. degree in Nursing from Hastings College by completing 65 additional hours (at least 28 in upper division courses) and by meeting all core requirements. Hastings College will accept the Associate of Arts degree from an accredited junior college or technical-community college and all work, regardless of grade, for which credit was allowed toward the A.A. degree. To earn the bachelor’s degree from Hastings College, transfer students with the Associate of Arts degree must complete 65 additional hours (at least 35 in upper division courses) all core requirements, and major field requirements.
In addition to articulation agreements reached with several individual institutions, Hastings College is a participant in the Nebraska Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Articulation Agreement, and the Nebraska Transfer Initiative. Details are available at the Registrar’s Office.
Participation In Extracurricular Activities
To be eligible to participate in intercollegiate contests such as debate, forensics, or athletics, students must be registered for a minimum of 12 hours and doing satisfactory work in them at the time of participation.
In accordance with the Student Right to Know Act, Hastings College makes available on an annual basis to students and potential students the graduate rates of all first-time, full-time students who matriculate at Hastings College. The transfer student data is kept separately and is included in the report to provide accurate graduation statistics. An annual report is available in the Registrar’s Office after January 1 of each year.