Transfer initiatives and resources
Augustana has numerous transfer initiatives for both current students seeking to take courses over the summer as well as resources for new students seeking to transfer to Augustana.
To be transferable, courses taken at another institution need not be exactly comparable to courses offered at Augustana, but should be in an academic program and at a level that is normally applicable to an Augustana liberal arts degree. Only a summary of credits accepted from other institutions with a grade of C or higher will be noted on a student’s Augustana transcript with the credits awarded, grades will not be noted. Please also see these helpful resources about transfer credits:
- Transfer Student Policies - policies for students who begin their studies as transfer students
- Advanced Standing - transfer credits processes and procedures
- Pre-Enrollment Credit policies - how credit is applied for credit earned before Augustana
- Testing Credits policies - AP, IB and A-Level credit exams
- Credit Hour Policy - policies and procedures for how credits are earned
- Admissions for Transfer Students
A stricter criterion of comparability may be applied for a course to fulfill a general graduation requirement or a requirement for a major. Augustana does not accept coursework that is considered remedial in nature.
Students may not pick and choose which courses are applied to their record. If transfer coursework was taken after initial enrollment with the college students are required to petition every course on their transcript for transfer before any work will be applied to the record. Augustana students who wish to inquire about transferring credits to Augustana after initial enrollment should complete the petition to transfer credit form. NOTE! The process to petition transfer coursework can take a week or more to process depending on the response time of the advisor and/or department chair (and during times when the college is closed), so students need to plan ahead and request approval many weeks before their coursework begins. Students may not transfer coursework if they have previously taken the courses at Augustana. See Course Repeat and Replacement and Advanced Standing for the policies and how to request a repeat of an Augustana course.
Following completion of the pre-approved course, students should arrange to have the official transcripts sent directly to Augustana from the other institution by mail or by official e-delivery. Augustana does not accept hand-delivered transcripts at any time, including those sealed in an envelope. Please see the transcripts page for more information.
(Here is information for students interested in transferring to Augustana.)
For complete policies on transfer work visit the College Catalog.
Acadeum consortial and transfer courses
Augustana students have the option of enrolling in online summer courses from other colleges and universities through a course sharing platform called Acadeum.
Courses taken through Acadeum are billed at the same rate as Augustana online courses, which is $600 per credit for summer 2023 through spring 2024. Augustana helps facilitate enrollment and billing; however, students enrolling through Acadeum become students at the partnering institution for the duration of the course and are subject to that institution's policies and procedures.
Augustana students can utilize Acadeum courses in two different ways. As part of the approval process for each student applicant, Augustana staff will make the final decision about which option is appropriate or allowable for that student.
Consortial Courses. Augustana students in good academic standing can take summer online consortial courses through Acadeum. Any course identified in Acadeum as Consortial, though offered by a different college or university, can count as an Augustana course when taken in summer by an eligible student. Consortial courses appear on the student's Augustana transcript as an Augustana course (though with a special section number to indicate that it was not actually taken at Augustana), and the grade earned in a consortial course impacts the student's Augustana GPA. Consortial courses cannot be counted among the minimum of 60 credits in-residence at Augustana that are required for graduation, and they cannot be included among the last 12 credits applied to the degree.
Transfer Courses. Transfer courses are an option both for current students in good academic standing at Augustana and for former students who are not currently enrolled but intend to return to Augustana (e.g., students who are suspended for academic reasons, students taking a gap semester for personal reasons, etc.)
- As with other transfer courses, students need to complete the petition to transfer credit form before enrolling, and ideally weeks before the start of the course, to allow sufficient processing time.
- Students who wish to transfer coursework that falls in their final 12 credits toward the degree must also receive permission via a Petition to the Committee on Advanced Standing and Degrees.
Once a transfer course is completed, the student must arrange to have the official transcript sent directly to Augustana from the other institution according to the Office of the Registrar’s instructions for sending transcripts.
Interested in Acadeum? Take the following steps:
- Contact the Augustana's Acadeum Initiatives Coordinator to discuss eligibility and course options.
- Explore pre-approved courses in the Acadeum Portal. Follow up with the Acadeum Initiatives Coordinator if you’re looking for a particular course and don’t find it. There may be a course that isn’t yet approved by Augustana that could meet your needs. Do not submit enrollment requests in the Acadeum Portal at this point, unless you are an eligible student requesting a summer Consortial course. June 30 is Augustana's deadline to submit an enrollment request for a summer Consortial course. After June 30, Augustana allows summer Acadeum courses only if they are taken as a Transfer course, and you must follow the additional steps below before the add deadline for the course.
- Submit the Petition to Transfer Coursework and any required Petitions to the Committee on Academic Standing and Degrees.
- Forward your approved Petition(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Return to the Acadeum Portal and submit enrollment requests for the courses for which you have an approved Petition to Transfer Coursework.
If you are receiving federal financial aid for the summer term, it is vital to check with financial aid before dropping a course. Federal regulations could cause you to owe the college if you withdraw from a course or fail to begin a course for which you have registered.
TES is a cloud-based repository of college catalogs, which provides efficiency in evaluating transfer courses and determining equivalencies. Transferology is powered from TES data and provides a user-friendly, web-based tool to provide information to potential transfer students. Using Transferology, students can see how coursework completed at one institution will transfer to another institution. The majority of 4-year private institutions in Illinois participate in Transferology, and students looking to transfer to 4-year institutions in Illinois utilize Transferology at high rates. Building Transferology is an on-going process of developing course equivalencies. If you have questions about this tool, please contact the Transferology/TES coordinator Mary Windeknecht, Director of Advising.
IAI - Transfer Agreement for Students that Complete Illinois Articulation Initiative
As a receiving institution within the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), Augustana will consider the six Learning Perspective (LP) requirements, the Quantitative (Q) requirement, and the first year sequence requirement (FYI 101 and 102) fulfilled when a student transfers to Augustana having successfully completed the IAI’s General Education Package prior to initial enrollment at Augustana.
Graduation requirements not automatically fulfilled by the IAI General Education Package include:
• Diversity Suffixes (D, G);
• Reasoned Examination of Faith (REF);
• Health and Physical Education (PEA) activity requirement; and
• Second Language
However, individual credits and courses for all transfer students are evaluated on a case by case basis, so qualifying transfer courses may also be applied to the college-wide graduation requirements listed above as well as major requirements as Augustana policy allows.
While qualifying IAI students will have the above list of requirements noted as complete within their degree audit, courses that have earned a grade of “D” will not be placed on the student record as credit. Therefore, students should verify their classification (i.e. year in school as defined by credits) as they first enroll and determine how many credits they will need to earn while at Augustana to complete their intended program and the degree. Students should also consult the college’s additional transfer credit policies.
Other transfer agreements
Augustana has several partnership agreements with community colleges. This option is only available to students who begin their studies at Augustana as a transfer student. Please visit our Transfer Student and Policies webpage for more information.
New transfer students
New transfer students who have questions should see Transferring to Augustana. Students seeking information about transfer coursework should work directly with Rachel Gustafson, associate director of admissions and transfer enrollment.
Currently enrolled students who wish to transfer summer courses to Augustana should complete the online Petition to Transfer Coursework form available in Arches.