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Transfer Credit

What Transfers?

Eastern Illinois University accepts college-level courses from any accredited college or university as college credit. Remedial, developmental or orientational courses are NOT accepted. Hours and courses transfer as credit towards graduation.

Credit for courses in which a "D" was earned will transfer as long as the overall grade point average from that institution is at least a "C" average. ("C" or better required for English and speech.)

An evaluation of transfer credit will determine how courses are placed in a curriculum. Official evaluations of transfer credit are completed by the Records Office after each student is admitted. Grade point average does not transfer. Grade point average is used for admission to the university, and for admission into the College of Business, Department of Economics, and Department of Communication Studies. Once admitted to EIU, a transfer student's cumulative grade point average starts over.

Credit Evaluation

The Office of Transfer Relations is happy to meet with you for an unofficial evaluation of your transfer credit. We can give you an idea of how your credits will transfer and how they may be applied toward your degree program at EIU. Contact the Office of Transfer Relations at 217-581-2120 or transfer@eiu.edu to set up an unofficial evaluation.

An official evaluation of credit will be available at your EIU Transfer Debut orientation program.

Associate Degree Benefits

A student transferring to EIU with an Associate in Art (AA), an Associate in Science (AS) or an Associate in Science and Arts (ASA) degree from an Illinois public community college, Lincoln College, or Springfield College in Illinois, is considered to have:

  • Junior status.
  • A minimum of 60 semester hours of accepted transfer credit.
  • The cultural diversity and Constitution requirements automatically waived.
  • Met lower-division general education requirements.

All students must still complete Eastern's graduation requirements.

Out-of-State Credit

  • Credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis.
  • Content is compared to course offerings at Eastern.
  • Our Records Office needs a copy of the transfer institution's catalog and/or syllabi for courses taken.
  • Sending this information prior to enrollment will assist the evaluation of transfer credit.
  • Out-of-state associate degrees do not automatically meet Eastern's lower-level general education requirement.
  • Transferable courses are placed in the appropriate corresponding component of general education and major requirements.

Credit Policy for Out-of-State and Non-IAI Institutions

Courses transferred from any accredited institution and clearly matching the criteria for a general education course under the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) will count toward Eastern's general education requirements, even if we offer no comparable course.

Community College Substitutions

Community college and university courses are subject to change at any time. Courses without a direct equivalency will transfer as electives. Electives may be placed in major, minor and/or general education requirements. All college-level courses will be applied towards graduation hours.

Course substitution lists for Illinois community colleges are available here.