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University of Houston-Victoria

Transfer College Credits

General Regulations
Undergraduate coursework completed at previously attended colleges and universities are evaluated initially on the basis of up to four general criteria:

1.     Coursework completed at a Texas public institution of higher education that meet that institution’s core curriculum requirement will be accepted and satisfy UHV’s core curriculum requirement, provided such credits are within the approved transfer curriculum of the student’s declared major field at UHV. This acceptance is based upon Rule 5.402 of the Texas Administrative Code.

2.     Accreditation status of sending institution. Coursework must come from an institution that has recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Academic coursework completed at a regionally accredited institution at the college level that is not remedial are generally accepted when criteria #3 and #4 are met. All other coursework, including that which is completed at an institution of higher education with national accreditation, are reviewed on a case-by-case basis with required consideration to the following two criteria.

3.     Compatibility with academic coursework at UHV. Courses must be equivalent to courses offered at UHV, and will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis by the appropriate UHV college for equivalency.

4.     Applicability to program of study. Courses must fulfill established degree requirements for graduation, as either elective or major credit and will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis by the appropriate UHV college for applicability to the program of study.

Questions regarding transfer of credit may be directed to transfer credit staff in the Office of the Registrar and Student Records, or to the appropriate academic college dean for the student’s academic program of study.

Other Undergraduate Transfer Credit Regulations

  • Courses transfer to UH-Victoria on the same level and with the corresponding number of hours as earned at another institution. Grades are never lowered in transfer.
  • When a course has been repeated for credit, the last grade and credit hours will determine the acceptance for the course.
  • A student who has completed the core curriculum at another Texas public institution will have satisfied the core curriculum requirements for UHV.
  • Students who have not completed the core at another Texas public institution are subject to the following guideline. Courses taken at other colleges that do not correspond to courses listed in the Common Course Numbering System section in this catalog or to courses offered by this university may transfer as elective credit and may apply to specific degree requirements with appropriate academic approval.
  • The following courses are not accepted by the university in transfer:

                o Vocational courses except those required for university degree programs.
                o Orientation, remedial English, remedial reading courses; high school level mathematics or
                    intermediate algebra courses; bookkeeping courses.
                o General Education Development Tests on high school or college level.

  • Courses in technology will be considered for transfer credit on an individual basis, depending on the student’s plan and the type of course to be transferred.
  • Credit may be granted for courses taken at military service training schools when such training is considered to be at the baccalaureate level orhigher and consistent with the student’s educational objective. Transfer credit will be based on recommendations made in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.
  • A maximum of 12 semester hours in religion is accepted toward a degree.
  • To earn a bachelor’s degree at UH-Victoria, 30 of the last 36 upper division hours must be completed with UH-Victoria.

The dean of the school of the student’s plan, with the advice and consent of the president or his/her designate, will make the decision concerning the application of transfer credit to the degree program.

Transfer of Vocational and Technical Courses
Vocational or technical courses will transfer for the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree, provided the courses are transferred from a college or university that has recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the credit is of college level, and the credit is shown on the school’s official transcript.

Transfer Credit From International Institutions
Transfer work from international institutions that do not follow the U.S. pattern of education will be evaluated on an individual basis. Credit will be given for work satisfactorily completed at international institutions offering programs recognized by University of Houston-Victoria. Official credentials submitted directly from the Office of the Registrar and a listing of courses completed and grades awarded must accompany any request for transfer credit. Credentials must contain both English translation, if necessary, and original language of instruction. Courses must be equivalent in character and content to courses offered at UHV. No English composition courses will be transferred from institutions located in non-English speaking countries. American history and American political science/government courses will not transfer from foreign institutions. Courses taken at language training centers or institutes are generally not awarded transfer credit.

Community College Regulations
A student enrolled in a degree program at UH-Victoria may transfer hours from a community college, subject to the following conditions:

1.    Courses taken at a junior college cannot transfer as upper division (junior and senior) credits.
2.    There is no limit to the number of credits transferable from a junior college, but in addition to these credits a student must earn a minimum of 54 semester hours of upper division work toward a bachelor’s degree, with exception to the RN to BSN program which requires 31 upper division hours, and the BAAS program which requires 40 upper division hours.

Correspondence Credit
UH-Victoria does not offer correspondence courses; however, such credit may be accepted in transfer when taken from a college or university with recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. A student may apply a maximum of 18 semester hours of correspondence credit toward a bachelor’s degree. Only 6 semester hours in the plan may be correspondence credit.

Dual Credit
UH-Victoria does not currently offer high school dual credit courses; however, such credit may be accepted in transfer when taken from a college or university with recognition in some form from the U.S. Department of Education or the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The credit must be of college level and must be shown on the college or university’s official transcript.