In general, all courses must be comparable to those offered by Lafayette.  Courses that are vocational, professional, experiential, etc. are not eligible for transfer. A maximum of 16 (18 for BS Engineering) course credits/units will be awarded in transfer.


Lafayette students may be eligible to receive academic credit for college courses from a regionally accredited college or university. All courses must have prior approval via a petition to the Registrar’s Office. While some departments will accept credit for online courses, to be eligible for transfer online courses must have significant student-faculty and student-student interaction.

Approved courses with a grade of C or higher are eligible for transfer and Pass/Fail grades are not acceptable. However, courses that were graded on alternate scales (i.e. Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit) due to the Covid-19 crisis may be considered for transfer.  Grades will not be recorded or computed in the Lafayette GPA.

Lafayette awards credit on a unit basis. Courses will be evaluated as follows: 1 unit/course credit, 4 semester hours, or 6 quarter hours are equivalent to 1 course credit/unit at Lafayette. A maximum of three 3-semester hour or 5-quarter hour credit courses may be transferred during a student’s career.

Credit will be transferred upon receipt of an official transcript from the transfer institution.

The  Summer Transfer Credit Petition Form may be completed and submitted online.  Course descriptions, adviser and transfer credit, and department Head approvals can be emailed separately to

Study Abroad

Study abroad is only permitted through approved programs. Courses will be transferable for both course credit and grade toward the Lafayette degree. Grades for abroad programs will be computed into the semester and cumulative Lafayette grade point averages. Credit hours may be adjusted to correspond to the Lafayette course credit system. Transfer credits are normally limited to no more than the equivalent of four course credits per semester. Students must register for four units or 15-16 semester credit hours during their abroad program.  Courses should be approved for transfer via the Affiliated Study Abroad Authorization Form. Students requesting permission to use study abroad courses to complete Common Course of Study requirements must also complete the Application for Abroad Courses in the Common Course of Study Form.  More information about studying abroad can be found on the Study Abroad Office’s website.

Transfer Students

All courses completed during a student’s college career must meet the criteria noted in the Summer section. Courses are evaluated on a course by course basis and in general must be comparable to those offered by Lafayette. For schools awarding credit by semester hours, normally each 15 semester hours of transferable credit will be equivalent to four course credits/units at Lafayette. For schools awarding credit by quarter hours, normally each 24 quarter hours of transferable credit will be equivalent to four course credits/units at Lafayette.  The College has a transfer articulation agreement with Northampton Community College.  Students may contact the Admissions Office for details.

Course Taken During the High School Career

All courses completed during a student’s high school career must meet the criteria noted in the Summer section. In addition, all courses must be taught on the college/university campus by a member of the institution’s faculty. Courses must be part of the institution’s regular college-level curriculum, and the predominant population in the course is expected to be regular, full-time college students. Students must submit a completed Course Authorization Form for each course to be reviewed.