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Transfer credit policies are applied by the Admissions Office for new students and by the Registrar's Office for returning and continuing undergraduate students.
For full official transfer policies, consult the Student Handbook.
Want to know how many of your college credits will transfer?
Contact your Admissions Counselor and ask for an unofficial evaluation of your transcripts.
Transfer Credit Eligibility
Advanced Placement Exam Credit
Transfer Credit Non-Eligibility
Cases in which credit is not transferrable:
SFAI Residency Requirement
SFAI requirements that generally do not accept transferred courses:
Critical Theory A (CS-300), Critical Theory B (CS-301), Thesis Colloquium (HTCA-390), and BFA Senior Review Seminar (IN-390) are residency requirements and nontransferrable.
Students in their last year (90 credits or more) are required to take 24 out of their final 30 credits in residence at SFAI.
SFAI accepts up to six semester College-Level Examination Placement (CLEP) credits in subjects relevant to the SFAI curriculum; on each such subject-matter test, candidates must score 50 or higher.
International Baccalaureate Credit
International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations are accepted for transfer credit in subjects relevant to the SFAI curriculum. Students who have taken IB exams may receive transfer credit for any Higher Level (HL) exams for which they scored a 5 or higher. To request IB exam score reports be sent directly to SFAI, please visit IB Transcripts.
*Please note the International Baccalaureate provides the only acceptable documentation to verify IB exams and results.
All SFAI requirements are 3 semester credits, unless otherwise noted.If transferred courses are either less than 3 semester credits, students must take multiple eligible courses to fulfill one of SFAI's requirements. Excess credits may be moved to electives if applicable.
Converting Quarter Units
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Most 4 quarter unit courses will be accepted as equal to 3 semester units.
Transfer Appeal Process
A student has one year from the date of receiving their transfer credit evaluation to request any adjustments to their evaluation. After one year, no adjustments to the transferred courses, including the removal of any transferred courses, will be made to the academic record with the following exception:
removal of transferred courses due to:
Appeals are submitted in writing to email@example.com.
For more information on transfers, including transfer policies for second-degree student transfers, international students, and how transfers appear on records, consult the Student Handbook.