TRANSFER OF CREDITS
Transfer credit will be based on a review of official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities will be honored by Saint Joseph Seminary College for those courses in which a grade of C or above has been achieved and which are applicable toward its degree programs. Credits earned at Roman Catholic seminaries abroad will be honored by Saint Joseph Seminary College for those courses in which a grade of C or above has been achieved, as interpreted by transcript evaluation, and which are applicable toward its degree programs. Transferred credits carrying numerical grades will be interpreted according to the grading system in use at Saint Joseph Seminary College.
Students with international credit will be required to have their transcripts evaluated by the Office of International Educational Services of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). These transcripts must receive a course by course evaluation, with the cost for this evaluation borne by the students. AACRAO may be contacted by telephone at (202) 296-3359 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should request the referral form for the course by course evaluation.
Students transferring to Saint Joseph Seminary College in good standing with their prior institutions will be considered in good standing with the Seminary College during their first semester. Students transferring in probationary status from a prior institution will be subject to the academic probation and suspension policies of Saint Joseph Seminary College and may be required to carry a limited schedule of courses during their first year of enrollment.
All transfer students will receive notification, in writing, of credits accepted from other institutions no later than the end of their first semester at the Seminary College.
CREDIT AND PLACEMENT BY EXAMINATION
Saint Joseph Seminary College participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Board and awards credit and/or placement for the subject examinations sponsored by this program. The minimum score for all CLEP examinations for which credit will be granted is 50. The total number of combined credit hours a student may earn from CLEP examinations and advanced standing examinations (see below) is 24. Credit will be awarded only for CLEP examinations taken before or during a student's first semester of enrollment at SJSC. Registration forms for CLEP examinations are available from the Academic Dean. The Saint Joseph Seminary College CLEP identification number is 6689. The following chart shows the CLEP examinations for which SJSC awards credit:
|CLEP Examination||SJSC course for which credit is awarded||Hours Awarded|
|College Composition||ENG 101/102 English Composition I and II||3/6*|
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature||LIT 201 Introduction to Literature||3|
|College Mathematics||MAT 105 Practical Mathematics||3|
|Biology||SCI 101 Human Biology||3|
|Natural Sciences||SCI 102 Environmental Sciences||3|
*The credit awarded for these exams is affected by the score achieved on the Diagnostic Essay taken by all incoming students (see below). For a score of 1 or 2, no CLEP credit is awarded. For a score of 3, CLEP credit is given for ENG 101. For a score of 4, 5, or 6, CLEP credit is given for ENG 101 and ENG 102.
Students of superior ability and preparation, and students who have gained a fundamental knowledge of subjects offered at the college, may be permitted to take advanced standing examinations in specific courses which, if passed with satisfactory grades, will enable the students to receive degree credit and to advance to higher level courses. A student may take such an examination only once for each course. Credit given by examination is not used in the computation of the grade point average.
Advanced placement credits are awarded as follows: a score of 5 is equal to a grade of A, a score of 4 is equal to B, and a score of 3 is equal to C.
All incoming students, freshman and transfer students, take an institutional English essay examination (the Diagnostic Essay) and have their ACT, SAT, or THEA scores examined to determine the level at which the students are functioning in academic written English. Based on the results of these measures, students may be placed in developmental English or assigned to tutorial sessions in the Writing Center. Credit is awarded for performance on the Diagnostic Essay as follows:
|Diagnostic Essay Score||Credit awarded for|
|1, 2, 3, 4||none|
|5||ENG 101 English Composition I|
|6||ENG 101 English Composition I and ENG 102 English Composition II|