Transfer to Ashford University
Freshman students (less than 30 college-level transfer credits) who seek to attend the University should meet two of the three following requirements:
- A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above on a 4.00 scale in college preparatory courses or regular high school courses (GED equivalency is also accepted) or have completed secondary school through home schooling, as defined by state law.
- A rank in the upper half of the graduating class
- A minimum ACT composite score of 18 or SAT composite score of 860
Please see the Ashford University Catalog 2012-13 [PDF] or additional admission requirements.
If you plan to transfer to Ashford University from another college or university, you should:
- Complete an admissions application and mail it to the Admissions Office, or apply online.
- Have an official transcript sent to the Admissions Office from each college or university previously attended. If you have fewer than 30 acceptable semester credit hours, a high school transcript is also required.
Transfer credits from a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited college or university will be accepted by Ashford University under the following guidelines:
- Transfer credits will be evaluated from each college or university independently. Generally, credit for courses (100 level or higher) earned in a regionally accredited or approved nationally accredited institution with a grade of "C-" or better will be accepted in transfer. Grade points earned at another college are not used in the computation of the grade point average at the University, except for those students seeking a degree in the field of teacher education.
- Transfer credits will be evaluated by Registrar in terms of curriculum. Courses containing similar content will be accepted as equivalents to Ashford University courses. Courses not similar to those offered at Ashford University will be accepted on an elective basis within the general curriculum area in which the course was completed.
- A maximum of 90 credit hours will be accepted in transfer from a two-year college and applied toward the 120 credit hours required for the Bachelor's degree. A maximum of 90 hours will be accepted from two-year and four-year institutions combined.
- Credits earned from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution as part of an
Associate degree where a student earned a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher are accepted as fulfilling
all General Education and competency requirements of a Bachelor’s program, with the exception of
General Education capstone, as long as either:
- The student meets the general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts degrees offered through state universities in which the college granting the Associate degree resides; or
- The transfer credits have been evaluated and deemed acceptable by the University Registrar's Office.
- The mathematics course earned within the Associate’s degree is College Algebra or higher.
- This does not constitute a waiver of any course required to earn a particular major.
- Credits earned in an Associate of Applied Science degree or a certificate program will be evaluated on an individual basis for the B.A. or B.S. degree. Courses taken that are similar to those taken in an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science Degree program will be accepted in transfer. Exceptions to this policy must be approved in writing by the Dean of the corresponding College.
After matriculating at the University, a student must obtain advance permission of the Dean of the corresponding College to enroll at any other college or university with the intent of transferring course credits to Ashford University for application toward degree requirements.
* Please note: These transfer procedures only apply to students interested in pursuing their degree from Ashford University via on-campus programs.
Frequently Asked Questions*
- Will my credits transfer?
Ashford's Registrar will evaluate your transcript(s) from other previously attended colleges or universities and determine how many credits will transfer. We know you have worked hard already and don't want you to have to repeat coursework.
- Are scholarships available to transfer students?
Yes, transfer students who transfer into the Fall semester are eligible for the Ashford University scholarships which are awarded based on cumulative grade point average. You may also qualify for scholarships in athletics based on your level of talent. There is also a wide range of financial assistance for which students may apply. The only way to be sure is to complete your FAFSA and have it sent to Ashford. Our Financial Aid Office will determine what financial aid is available to you.
- Do transfer students take longer to graduate?
That all depends on how many of your courses will transfer to AU.
- If I transfer, can I still do an internship?
Of course. If you're interested in an internship, see your Academic Advisor or contact the Office of Career Services at 563.242.4153, ext. 7711, or email@example.com.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Admissions, 563.242.4023, ext. 7383 or 1.800.242.4153 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All applicants for admission should forward the necessary admissions materials to: Admissions, Ashford University, 400 N. Bluff Blvd., P.O. Box 2967, Clinton, Iowa 52733-2967
* Please note: These frequently asked questions refer to transfer students who are interested in pursuing their degree from Ashford University via on-campus programs.
Ashford University currently has articulation agreements with the following community colleges, listed by state:
- Des Moines Area Community College
- Eastern Iowa Community College District
- Hawkeye Community College
- Iowa Central Community College
- Iowa Valley Community College District
- Iowa Western Community College
- Indian Hills Community College
- Kirkwood Community College
- North Iowa Area Community College
- Northeast Iowa Community College
- Southeastern Community College
- Southwestern Community College
- Western Iowa Tech Community College
- Clarke College
- Mayo School of Health Sciences
- School of Cytotechnology at Madison
- Mercy School of Cytotechnology
- St. Francis Medical Center
- Black Hawk College
- Harper College
- Illinois Central College
Illinois Valley Community College
- Joliet Junior College
- MacCormac College
- Oakton Community College
- Sauk Valley Community College