If you previously attended a college or university, but have not yet earned a bachelor's degree, you are considered an undergraduate transfer student.
During the application process, you will be asked to declare your academic program. This is an important step as it generates the academic plan that you will follow as a student here. If you are unsure of which program to choose, our Admissions Representatives can help you make this important decision. To speak with a representative, call 877-777-9081 or e-mail email@example.com.
As an undergraduate transfer student, you can choose from the following program levels:
The associate degree program is designed for students who seek a 2-year degree as either their final degree in higher education or the foundation for further study at the bachelor’s level. If your plan is to someday seek the bachelor’s degree, it is recommended that you declare a bachelor’s degree program instead of the associate degree.
A bachelor’s degree is designed for students who seek the traditional 4-year degree commonly recognized as the standard credential of higher education in the U.S. and most industrialized nations. It is this degree that is most often pursued by students who possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
The undergraduate certificate provides a 6- to 8-course focus of study on a particular topic or set of issues. The curriculum is more concentrated than an associate or bachelor’s degree and is typically taken by students who may already have an undergraduate degree but seek more specific knowledge in a subject area.
A learning track is comprised of 3 academic courses in a related area of interest. The learning track is designed for students to pursue a course of study without committing to a degree or certificate program.
If you need help deciding on a major that could assist you in achieving your career goals, check out our career assessment tool, FOCUS-2 (use apus123 as the access code when creating an account). This assessment tool can help you discover which career fields match your interests, skills, and abilities, and suggests possible degrees that can prepare you for jobs in these areas.
Once you've narrowed your options, talk with an Admissions Representative; he or she can assist you in getting a preliminary evaluation of your previous transcripts so you can make a more informed choice.
We will consider military or civilian training evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as well as approved examinations, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). You will need to submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) application to request credits for ACE or CLEP, but not for Joint Services Transcript (JST). We will request the JST on behalf of the student once the TCE application has been submitted.
Note: Undergraduate students who apply at the associate level may transfer ; those applying at the bachelor's level may transfer up to 91 credit hours. Students with no prior college experience may have their ACE-evaluated military or professional experience considered for transfer credit.
Our university recognizes that all learning does not necessarily take place in a classroom. For this reason, we offer a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio program designed to provide students the opportunity to seek credit for learning outside of the classroom. Examples of prior learning include knowledge acquired on the job, in military or corporate training programs, running a business, working with a volunteer organization, traveling, or pursuing a hobby. Additional PLA benefits include accelerated degree completion and potential cost savings.
In addition to meeting the requirements for each program level as listed above, some programs have specific admission requirements. Please carefully review the detailed program description to be sure you are qualified to apply for your program of interest.
If you are an undergraduate transfer student who has not yet earned an associate degree, please submit the following documentation as soon as possible after submitting your admission application:
We will request all official U.S. college transcripts with receipt of the Transcript Release Authorization (TRA) form, as long as that institution accepts third party transcript requests. Once you submit your TCE Application, you will be provided with an option to print your TRA form. Students are required to complete, sign, and either fax or email the TRA to 304-724-3811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*TCE fee covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military tuition assistance.
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