Boise State University accept all academic transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions. Six regional associations accredit public and private institutions in the United States. These are:
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education
- North Central Association
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Generally, credits are transferred in at the equivalent level that they were taken (i.e., a lower-division course will transfer in as a lower-division course and an upper-division course will transfer in as an upper-division course). However, all coursework taken at a Junior/Community College is considered lower-division.
There are two types of transfer courses: equivalent and non-equivalent. When determining course equivalency, a transfer credit evaluator compares the course description from the original institution with course descriptions at Boise State. If a course you took at another college or university is equivalent to a course at Boise State, it will be counted toward your degree as if you had completed the course at Boise State. However, upper division credit for courses will be based on the course numbering system of your transfer institution, not the Boise State course it has been equated to. Non-equivalent courses are designated on your credit report with an “XF” at the end of a course number.
Some reasons why a course may be transferred as non-equivalent are:
- Boise State does not offer an equivalent course.
- There was not enough information in the course description to make a determination.
- The evaluators are unable to locate a course description due to the length of time since the course was taken.
- The course is essential and/or specific to the major, and the department needs to determine if it is equivalent.
If you have earned credits from an institution that is not regionally accredited, those courses may still be able to transfer to Boise State. In such cases, the department offering similar courses can review the credits and decide which credits – if any – to accept. This process should be initiated with the assistance of an academic advisor. A list of advisors by major can be found on the Advising and Academic Enhancement website.