FAQ Transfer Students

General Information

As a Catholic university, a rich sacramental and prayer life is at the center of JPCatholic campus activity. Each day’s class schedule is structured around the Mass, so that any student who wishes may easily attend. Students are encouraged, but not required, to attend Mass.

  • Information about the undergraduate admissions process, including the minimum GPA requirement, can be found here.
  • Information about the graduate admissions process can be found here.

Information about financial aid can be found here

  • The JPCatholic Transfer Office is available to assist students with selecting transferable courses, and students are encouraged to work closely with the Transfer Office to understand and optimize transfer credit, both leading up to and during the process of evaluating transfer coursework.
  • Nicholas Heye
    Phone: 858-653-6740 ext. 1202
    Email: nheye@jpcatholic.com

Transfer Credit

  • The Transfer Office reviews possible transfer credit after acceptance to JPCatholic. Transfer credit awards are contingent upon submission of official transcripts with final grades for all coursework.
  • If you are interested in transferring to JPCatholic, please complete the application for admission and submit your official college transcripts and AP/CLEP exam scores from the College Board.
  • The student is solely responsible for providing JPCatholic with the required information for the credits that they have already earned at another institution of higher learning. Once the Transfer Office reviews the applicant's transcripts; the student will be contacted with the details of the evaluation.
  • Except for one-to-one course substitutions, credit conversion from semester to quarter equals semester course credits multiplied by 1.5, i.e. (Semester Credits) x 1.5 = (Quarter Credits). One-to-one course substitutions transfer as 3 quarter credits.
  • Transfer credit totals in each category of the requirements for a degree must be divisible by 3. If the transfer credit total in a particular category is not divisible by 3, then the credit will be rounded down to the nearest multiple of 3. For example, 13.5 transfer credits would be rounded down to 12 transfer credits.
  • Up to 90 quarter credits maximum can transfer for undergraduate students. Transfer students may join the JPCatholic academic program as up to and including first-quarter junior status.
  • No more than 25% of an undergraduate student’s total transfer credit can be C grades (anything lower than a C cannot transfer).
  • For graduate students, transfer credits may not exceed 30% of the program’s curriculum.
  • No more than 25% of a graduate student’s total transfer credit can be C grades (anything lower than a C cannot transfer).

No. Grade points earned at other institutions are excluded in the computation of your cumulative GPA at JPCatholic. Your JPCatholic GPA will be based on your course work at the University.

If you are accepted to JPCatholic, the Transfer Office will review your college transcripts and provide you with a copy of the evaluation showing accepted transfer credit and where it applies to the degree.

Official course descriptions are available in the University Catalog.

  • American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations
  • Cambridge International Examinations
  • DSST exams
  • Independent study courses
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) exams
  • Internships
  • Military training
  • Practicum courses
  • Prior experiential learning
  • Prior vocational training
  • Remedial or developmental courses
*This is not an exhaustive list.
  • Yes. JPCatholic awards college credit for select AP examinations passed with a score of 3 or higher. Further information on the AP exams can be found on the College Board website.
  • Please review JPCatholic's list of accepted AP exams and required scores here.
  • JPCatholic's institution code for sending AP exam results is 4576.
  • Yes. JPCatholic awards college credit for successful completion of select CLEP subject examinations passed with a score of 50 or higher. CLEP information can be found on the College Board website.
  • Please review JPCatholic's list of accepted CLEP exams and required scores here.
  • JPCatholic's institution code for sending CLEP exam results is CLEP06126.
  • The minimum requirement for the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts is 180 quarter credit hours.
  • JPCatholic’s curriculum follows a unique distribution that differs from the standard method of completing GE requirements first and then major-specific coursework, which is a factor in the overall time that it will take to graduate. A visual representation of the curriculum distribution at JPCatholic can be viewed here.
  • Overall time to complete a degree is not directly correlated to the amount of transfer credit awarded. Transfer students will normally spend between a minimum of six and a maximum of twelve quarters at JPCatholic. Consult with the Transfer Office to determine the length of time it will take for you to graduate.
  • Time to complete a degree depends on multiple factors, including but not limited to, (a) awarded transfer credit, (b) full-time or part-time status, (c) failed courses, (d) course availability [each course is usually taught just once a year], (e) change in major/emphasis, etc.
  • Pursuit of a double major/emphasis generally increases overall time to complete a degree. Changing one’s major/emphasis may also result in loss of transfer credit, e.g., where the new major/emphasis has different requirements.
  • Students pursuing the MBA in Film Producing must complete a minimum of 69 credits of graduate coursework. The program must be started in the fall quarter and generally takes 12-15 months to finish. Please see the University Catalog for more details.
  • For the MA in Biblical Theology, JPCatholic is not admitting new students to the program at this time. Current JPCatholic MA students wishing to transfer to another institution should contact the Biblical Theology Program Manager (Luke Heintschel) or Assistant Dean of Theology (Jackie Wakelin).
  • JPCatholic runs on a 10-week, 4-quarter, year-round system for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Non-transfer, undegraduate students complete 4 academic years in 3 calendar years. GE courses are taken throughout all 4 academic years. Students typically take 5 courses per quarter.
  • A visual representation of the year-round structure for undergraduates can be viewed here.
  • The current academic calendar can be found here.

Foreign Transcripts

  • Please submit your transcripts to the World Education Services (“WES”) for conversion to U.S. equivalents, and select the WES ICAP course-by-course evaluation. More details are available on the WES website.
  • The JPCatholic Transfer Office generally cannot perform a transfer credit evaluation until transcripts have been formally evaluated by WES.
  • Answers to frequently asked questions can also be found on the WES website.