Incoming Credits and Course Information

Credits that Count

At CSS the ways to transfer in credits are as limitless as the amount of credits you can transfer in. Here are a few options:

Transferring Credits

St. Scholastica will award class and course equivalencies to students based on the following criteria:

  • Receive a "C" or greater in college-level courses including PSEO and CITS
  • Scores of 3, 4 and 5 on Advanced Placements (APs) Exams
  • Scores of 4, 5, 6 or 7 on International Baccalaureates (IBs) High Level Exams
  • Score of 50 or better on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Transfer Course Equivalencies Tool

Use our Transfer Course Equivalencies Tool to tentatively identify how many of your incoming credits may transfer.

If you know the CSS course number and would like to see which are equivalent courses at other schools, visit our Reverse Lookup page.

Transfer Guides

Check our list of transfer guides to help you with course planning and determine how your credits will transfer to The College of St. Scholastica.

Send an Official Transcript

To start the evaluation process, you'll need to send CSS an official transcript (with completed classes/grades) from the college/university where you took these classes. Official transcript(s) can be sent to CSS through ParchmentNational Student ClearinghouseeScrip-Safe or by mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Admissions
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

Who is considered a transfer student?

A transfer student is a student transferring into the College with 12 or more earned semester credits from a post-secondary institution(s). This definition excludes post-secondary option students.

I have Post-secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) credits, will they transfer?

Credits from regionally accredited institutions will transfer. However, we need to do an official transcript evaluation to see exactly which courses will be accepted at St. Scholastica.  You can get an idea of what will transfer using our Credit Transfer Tool.

If I'm a PSEO student, am I considered a transfer student?

No, you are not considered a transfer student because you are a high school student concurrently enrolled in a college or university, however your college/university credits will be evaluated for transfer to CSS. You will qualify for any and all freshman-level scholarships.

I have College in the School credits. Do they transfer?

Yes, but just like PSEO credits, we need to do an official transcript evaluation in order to see exactly which courses they match up with here at CSS.  Again, you can get an idea of what will transfer using our Credit Transfer Tool.

Which credits will transfer?

College credits taken in high school can come in many forms, including Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO), College in the Schools (CITS/CIS) or Senior to Sophomore (S2S).

If you participated in any of these classes/programs through an accredited college/university, these credits may transfer to CSS. However, we first need to perform an official transcript evaluation to see exactly how the courses will transfer, along with which courses may satisfy general education requirements at St. Scholastica.

To start the evaluation process, you’ll need to send CSS an official transcript (with completed classes/grades) from the college/university where you took these classes. Official transcript(s) can be sent to CSS through Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, eScrip-Safe or by mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Admissions
1200 Kenwood Ave.
Duluth, MN 55811

If you don’t want to wait for our official evaluation to get an idea of what credits may transfer and the general education requirements they may fulfill, take a look at our Credit Transfer Tool. Please note that this tool does not replace the official transcript evaluation process.

*Note: Even if you have done a lot of college work while in high school, you are still considered a first-year student, but you will have advanced standing. You will qualify for any and all freshman-level scholarships.

If you have taken classes at another post-secondary institution, your credits may transfer to St. Scholastica. Use the tools below to find out if your credits will transfer.

Which courses transfer?

Use our Transfer Course Equivalancies Tool to see if your course will transfer and fulfill a general education requirement.

Transfer Guides

Check our list of transfer guides to help you with course planning and determine how your credits will transfer to The College of St. Scholastica.

  • ACE: American Council on Education (ACE): Students who have taken courses, exams and other training accredited by ACE can request a transcript from ACE for possible course credit.
  • Advanced Placement (AP): The College participates in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. Advanced placement or college credit is given to qualified students on the basis of these examinations. To receive credit a student must take the test and receive an Advanced Placement score of three, four or five.

    View our Exam Credit/Class Equivalencies information to see how many of your credits may transfer.
    Access or request your AP exam score(s) be sent to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • The College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board. CLEP tests are available to prove mastery in more than 30 undergraduate college courses, including many general education and business courses.

    View our additional CLEP Exam Information to see how many of your credits may transfer.
    Access or request your CLEP score(s) be sent to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • CSS Challenge Exams: A degree-seeking undergraduate student may request the opportunity to take a "challenge" examination to seek credit for a course for which a CLEP examination is not available. Challenge opportunities are provided at the discretion of the department chairman. Please contact your academic adviser for specific procedures to request a challenge.
  • DSST exams are college-level exams recommended for credit by the American Council on Education. Thirty-eight subject-level tests are available in diverse disciplines.

    View our DSST exam information to see how many credits you may be awarded.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): Students who have been formally admitted to The College of St.Scholastica may petition for up to four transfer credits for each International Baccalaureate course completed with a Higher Level Examination grade of four or above on a seven-point scale. The related academic department at the College will determine the acceptability of a course.

    View our Credit/Class Equivalencies page to see how many of your credits may transfer.
    Access or request your IB score(s) be sent to The College of St. Scholastica.
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

Whether it’s through basic training or courses completed during your service, chances are if you’ve served in the military, you’ll have some credits to show for it. St. Scholastica makes a point to help veterans claim these credits and provides them with other services to make the transition from servicemember to student a smooth one.

Army/Navy/Marines/Coast Guard service members: Request official, sealed transcripts from previous accredited institutions, including your JST. 

Air Force service members: Request official, sealed transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).

If you plan to use education benefits, apply for VA educational benefits.

Getting credit for what you know

The College of St. Scholastica recognizes that college-level learning occurs outside of formal school settings, and that students often acquire academic knowledge through past work, military service, on-the-job training or other experiences. In recognition of these legitimate modes of learning, students may earn college credit via Prior Learning Assessment. This option can save time and money on the journey toward a degree.

How Prior Learning Assessments (PLA) work:

  1. Develop a program plan with your advisor. Your first step should be to consult with your advisor. Your advisor will evaluate your past work and educational experiences to determine opportunities for Prior Learning Assessment.
  2. Complete a portfolio assessment. A faculty member will work with you to develop an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio) that describes how your past experience meets the learning objectives of one or more courses.

General Education Requirements

Find out how your degree applies to our general education requirements.

The College accepts a previously completed B.A. degree as equivalent to and satisfying the College's general education requirements, with the exception of a Religious Studies course (unless fulfilled by an approved transfer course) and an upper division Integrations course.  The new degree must include at least 32 unique credits.

Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and will be applied to the College's general education requirement. Courses lower than a grade of "C" will not satisfy general education requirements. The new degree must include at least 32 unique credits.

Minnesota*:  The College accepts the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) as satisfying the Veritas Foundations and Conceptions-level requirements with the exception of Religious Studies (may be transferred in) and an Integrations-level general education course which must be completed at CSS.

Wisconsin*:  The College accepts all associate degrees awarded by the University of Wisconsin System and the University College System as satisfying the Veritas Foundations and Conceptions-level requirements with the exception of Religious Studies (may be transferred in) and an Integrations-level general education course which must be completed at CSS.

Michigan*:  The College accepts all Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees awarded by the state of Michigan's community college system as satisfying the Veritas Foundations and Conceptions-level requirements with the exception of Religious Studies (may be transferred in) and an Integrations-level general education course which must be completed at CSS.

For students who previously completed the MACROA curriculum the Veritas Foundations and Conceptions-level requirements will be met with the exception of Religious Studies (may be transferred in) and eight credits of Integrations-level general education coursework which must be completed at CSS.

*Students admitted as first-year students on the Duluth Campus must also complete the first year experience known as Dignitas.

The College accepts the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) as satisfying the CSS general education Foundations and Conceptions-level requirements, with the exception of  Religious Studies course (may be transferred in) and an Integrations-level general education course which must be completed at CSS. Students admitted as first-year students on the Duluth Campus must also complete the first year experience known as Dignitas.

Transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis and will be applied to the general education requirement. Courses lower than a grade of "C" will not satisfy general education requirements.

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