Transfer Credit Allocation
At Stockton, the allocation of transfer credits is a multi-step process, involving different offices and individuals. It is a also an on-going process, as your credits may be re-allocated each time you change your major, change your track, or new credits are accepted in transfer. If you are unsure how many credits were transferred to Stockton, or how those credits apply towards your bachelor's degree, make sure you contact your preceptor or the Center for Academic Advising.
Once the final transcripts arrive from your previous school or schools, they are sent to the Office of Student Records. In Records, the credits are accepted in transfer if the courses are college level, were passed with a grade of "C" or better, and are equivalent to courses taught here at Stockton. You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of how many credits were accepted in transfer.
From there advisors at the Center for Academic Advising determine which transfer courses will count towards your General Studies, At-Some-Distance, and Program/Cognate requirements.
Here are the guidelines that we use:
Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are awarded 96 transfer credits and are not responsible for any General Studies requirements, including the Writing and Quantitative reasoning requirements.
Students with 65 to 96 transfer credits, but lacking a baccalaureate degree, are not subject to the distribution requirement for General Studies. They still must take a GIS course at Stockton, as well as other G-acronym courses to meet the 25% rule. They must also fulfill both the writing and quantitative reasoning requirements, and the General Education Outcomes Requirement.
Students who have earned an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from an accredited New Jersey community college are awarded a maximum of 64 credits and are exempt from the distribution requirement and half of the G-acronym courses. They still must fulfill the 25% rule, the GIS requirement, and all writing, quantitative reasoning, and General Education Outcomes requirements. The exempted G-credits (16) are always added to the "At Some Distance" category.
Students with 16 to 63 credits are subject to the 25% rule, the distribution requirement for General Studies, and the writing and quantitative reasoning requirements. But we will grant them as many G-course equivalents as possible, without causing them to violate the 25% rule.
Stockton wants all of its graduates to have a strong background in the liberal arts. To further that goal, all students must take 25% of their Stockton credits in the "G", or General Studies, courses. These courses are denoted by their acronyms -- GAH, GNM, GSS, GEN, and GIS. Additional credits above 128 do not add to the General Studies requirement.
For students who begin their college careers at Stockton, or who transfer in with fewer than 16 credit hours, the requirement is 32 General Studies hours (25% of 128), or eight classes.
For students with 16 to 63 credits transferring, some transfer courses may count towards the General Studies requirement, if their content is appropriate. This option is limited to a maximum of 4 credits each in the GAH, GEN, GNM, and GSS categories, and will never exceed 25% of the total hours transferred.
A maximum of two W1 writing courses and two Q1 quantitative reasoning courses may be transferred in. To count as a W1, the grade must be a "C" or higher. To count as a Q1, the grade must be a "D" or higher. Transfer credit is never given for W2 or Q2 courses; these courses must be completed at Stockton. Credit will not be granted for developmental courses.
Transcripts are evaluated course-by-course to determine which classes, if any, will apply to program requirements. Occasionally, the course title listed on the transcript does not provide enough information to make a judgment. Students may be asked to supply catalogue descriptions of the courses or other additional information before courses are counted as the equivalent of specific program requirements.
If you have questions about a particular course, please contact your preceptor and be prepared to supply additional documentation.