Transfer to CSU

You already know what it’s like to go to college. 

Our goal is to raise your higher education experience to a whole new level when you transfer to CSU.

The best place for you to start is to request information.

When you choose Clarks Summit University, you’ll find a learning experience with the right blend of quality academics, career preparation, close friendships and spiritual development you’ll need to be effective for Christ—no matter where God leads you.

A Smooth Transition

As you transition to our university, we’re happy to help you navigate easily as you bring your unique set of skills and academic accomplishments to CSU. Our faculty and staff are committed to helping you make a smooth academic transition. We’ll help you integrate your previous educational experiences with your future academic goals and career.

As a transfer student, one of the surest ways to set yourself up for success is ensuring that your hard-earned credits will actually transfer. That’s why, before you even apply to Clarks Summit University, we’ll complete an audit of your existing credits and let you know what credits you can expect to transfer. Contact admissions today at 800.451.7664 or email

That’s what it’s like at CSU—you’ll find people who truly care about you and will do what it takes to help you reach your goals.

More About Transferring Your Credits…

Many CSU programs are ideal for transfer students like you, specifically designed with a large number of electives to accommodate as many of your previously earned credits as possible.

Credits you’ve completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “C” or above can transfer in if they apply to one of our programs. Credits from non-accredited schools must be validated. Find details in the Institutional Transfer Policy below.

Clarks Summit University grants credit for suitable scores in Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) exams. For more information contact our Registrar’s Office.

Transfer Credit Policy

Clarks Summit University believes that learning, wherever it occurs, should be recognized and integrated into a student’s degree program when that learning is found to be equivalent to that offered by post-secondary educational institutions and determined to be applicable for meeting degree and program requirements. Clarks Summit University makes every effort to transfer as many courses as possible, credit-for-credit. However, the student should be aware that all transferable credits may not apply to the degree program of choice.

Applicants who have completed courses in an accredited college, university or seminary, may receive transfer credit for courses which apply to one of the University degree programs, and which reflect the required grade according to college undergraduate, graduate, or seminary transfer policies. Credits from non-accredited schools are also eligible for transfer based upon above mentioned criteria. Only the credit is transferred into the degree program. The grade and grade points are not calculated in the student’s grade point average. Students who take a course at Clarks Summit University who have received transfer credit for an equivalent course at Clarks Summit University will forfeit the transfer credit.

Credits from both accredited and non-accredited institutions and other sources must be validated prior to awarding transfer credits. Evaluation of credits for transfer is done by the Registrar. The validation process considers the following:

  • Acceptable course grade according to the individual undergraduate, graduate, or seminary credit transfer policies.
  • The academic credentials of the course instructor.
  • The course description and or content of the course.
  • The acceptance of the credits by other reputable colleges, universities, or seminaries.
  • ACE recommendations

For graduation, each degree has a policy of either a minimum number of credits that must be earned at CSU or a maximum number of credits that can be transferred in. The university reserves the right to adjust these requirements in exceptional cases. The policies are listed below:

  • Associates degrees: a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at CSU
  • Bachelor’s degrees: a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at CSU
  • M.A., M.S.C., M.Ed., M.B.A. degrees (graduate school): a minimum of 2/3 credits must be completed at CSU
  • M.A. degree (seminary): a maximum of 12 credits/4 courses can be transferred in
  • M.Min. degree seminary):  a maximum of 12 credits/4 courses can be transferred in
  • M.Div. degree (seminary): a maximum of 36 credits/12 courses can be transferred in
  • Th.M., D.Min., Ph.D. (seminary): generally no transfer credits are accepted with few exceptions

Clarks Summit University accepts transfer credit for suitable scores in Advanced Placement (AP) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) exams, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) exams, and ACE-approved training (including military experience).

CSU has entered into articulation agreements with the following institutions and organizations:

  • The Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE)
  • Acadeum
  • Answers in Genesis
  • Eleven:6
  • FaithLife/Logos
  • Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center, Inc.
  • Miracle Mountain Ranch
  • One Life Institute
  • Score International
  • Adult and Teen Challenge
  • Teens for Christ
  • New Tribes/Ethnos 360
  • Penn View Bible Institute
  • Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Word of Life Bible Institute (WOLBI)

Options Designed for You

As a transfer, you can choose from more than 50 undergraduate programs, eight online master’s degrees and two web-enhanced doctoral degrees. However, we want to draw your attention to just a few that might interest you specifically as a transfer student:

  • The online bachelor’s Degree Completion major, packed with elective options, is designed specifically to help transfer students like you reach your goals on the most direct path.
  • All of CSU’s other online bachelor’s degree programs can also be an excellent fit, giving you 57 credits of elective studies to help you make the most of your previously earned credits.
  • Join us on campus as you finish earning your associate or bachelor’s degree in many specialized program areas.
Other Details for Transfer Students…

If you have completed 30 transferable credit hours or more at an accredited college or university, you are not required to take the SAT, ACT or CLT exams.

You must have official academic transcripts of all previous college courses sent to the Admissions office before a decision will be made on your application. A minimum 2.0 cumulative college GPA is required for acceptance.

To qualify for graduation, transfer students must complete at least 30 credit-hours at Clarks Summit University.

Disclaimer: Accepted transfer college credits vary by degree program. Check with your CSU Admissions Counselor about transfer credit options for your specific degree program.


Still have questions?

Will CSU accept my previous college transfer credits?

Transfer credits may be accepted from regional and nationally accredited schools. Transfer credits may be accepted from unaccredited schools after review from CSU’s Registrar’s office. All undergraduate credits are accepted on a per credit basis and must have a grade of C or better.

I haven't been to school for years, will CSU accept my transfer credits?

Most college credits are accepted without a time limit. Contact an admissions counselor to learn more about transfer credits for your specific situation.

Is my previous grade point average included in my CSU grade point average?

No. The GPA in your CSU transcript will be calculated based only on the courses you take at CSU


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