Through Valencia’s Award of Credit evaluation procedures, you will receive credit for course work taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Transfer credit may apply toward program requirements and it may apply as elective credits. Valencia awards semester credits, and quarter credits are converted to semester credits; one quarter credit equals two-thirds of a semester credit.
Transfer course work must be on a level normally included within the first two years of college. To receive credit, a grade of D or better must have been earned except in developmental courses, English for Academic Purposes courses, and Gordon Rule courses which require a grade of C or better. In addition, a minimum grade of C is required in certain courses for graduation in some programs.
Valencia will award credit for your course work taken at foreign educational institutions upon receipt of an official evaluation from an agency recognized by Valencia to evaluate foreign credentials. (See Resolution of Student Issues for recognized agencies.)
If you have transfer course work that is evaluated as "not equivalent to a Valencia course," you may appeal for reconsideration of equivalency through Valencia’s Award of Credit procedures. To appeal course work taken at a regionally accredited institution, complete the Request for Review of Non-Equivalent Course Work from Regionally Accredited Institutions which is available in Student Forms in your Atlas account.
Course work taken at non-regionally accredited institutions generally is not accepted at Valencia; however, you may appeal the acceptance of such credit through Valencia’s Award of Credit procedures. To do so, obtain the Request Form for Substitution of Credit from Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions, which is available in Atlas under the Student tab.
It is your responsibility to submit the completed appeal information with documentation. The evaluation appeal will be reviewed by a committee of Academic Deans and their decision is final.
Regardless of the number of credits transferred to Valencia, you must complete at Valencia at least 25% of the college-level credits required for the Valencia degree.
If, after the evaluation of your transfer course work, your initial placement in English, mathematics and/or reading courses cannot be determined, you may be required to complete entry testing in one or more disciplines to determine your course placement(s). Students entering a Bachelor’s degree program will have all credits applied to the associate’s degree transferred to their Bachelor’s degree.