Graduate Admissions

Alternate Sources of Credit

Candidates may obtain credit for areas in which they are competent. However, no more than 18 credit hours may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree. All requests for credit from an alternate source are subject to approval by the dean. Candidates may apply the following specific sources of alternate credit toward their degree:

Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate

VanderCook participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, allowing both college credit and placement for courses completed successfully by secondary school students. Scores of 3, 4, and 5 as reported by the College Board, with review and approval by the dean, will entitle the secondary school graduate to apply the credit awarded for a similar course offered on campus. Successful completion of IB courses may also be evaluated by the dean for credit.

Internal Placement Examination

Undergraduate candidates take a placement test in written theory during the admissions process. This ensures placement at the appropriate level. At the discretion of the dean, college credit can be awarded for classes in which a candidate proves proficiency.

College Level Examination Program

VanderCook gives credit for successful completion of the College Level Examination Program sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board. Exams must be cleared by the dean.

Transfer Credit

Credits may be accepted in transfer if earned at an accredited college or university, if they are comparable to courses offered at VanderCook, and if they were completed within ten years (three years for technology courses) prior to enrollment. All official transcripts for prior courses must be submitted to VanderCook within the first term of enrollment. Prior academic work is not factored into the VanderCook GPA.

Grades below 'C' are not acceptable for transfer into the bachelor’s degree program. A candidate may transfer no more than 68 hours into his or her program. All credit given for work done at another institution is tentative; final acceptance is contingent upon the subsequent work of the candidate.

Concurrent Enrollment and Transfer Credit

Candidates enrolled at VanderCook may wish to enroll in courses at other institutions and apply earned transfer credits toward their degree at VanderCook. Written permission must be obtained from the dean before registration at other institutions. Only classes taken at VanderCook are factored into the VanderCook cumulative GPA.


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