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EIU Transfer Office

Transfer Credit

What Transfers?

Eastern Illinois University accepts college-level courses from any regionally 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 - a minimum 2.0 GPA. ("C" or better required for English and speech courses.)

An evaluation of transfer credit will determine how courses are placed in a curriculum. Official evaluations of transfer credit are completed by the Office of the Registrar after each student is admitted. Grade-point average does not transfer. Grade-point average is used for admission to the university, as well as 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 (transfer plan) 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 to set up your transfer plan.

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

Associate Degree Benefits

A student transferring to EIU with any baccalaureate-oriented degree 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 Office of the Registrar 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.
  • Out-of-state baccalaureate-oriented associate degrees are accepted with the same benefits as in-state degrees.

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

Courses transferred from any regionally 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.

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Contact Information

Office of Transfer Relations

1221 Old Main
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: 217-581-6452

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