Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit
CI grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of examinations of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students who present scores of three or better will be granted up to 6 semester units (9 quarter units) of college credit. CI credit for past (and current) exams is available on the Registrar’s Office website at: https://www.csuci.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-resources/external-exams.htm. Grade reports are sent automatically to CI if requested by the student at exam time. The sudent may also order the report through the AP website at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html or by calling (888) 225-5427, Mon-Fri 8 am to 4:45 pm, Eastern Time. Reports should be sent to Records and Registration.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CI may grant unit credit to those students who pass examinations that have been approved for credit system-wide through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Specific information on credit earned is available on the Registrar’s Office website at: https://www.csuci.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-resources/external-exams.htm.
Students may challenge courses by taking examinations developed at Cal State Channel Islands. Credit shall be awarded to those who pass them successfully. Credits earned in this manner will be recorded as “CR” credit on the student’s transcript and will be counted toward the total number of units required for the degree although they will not be included in calculation of the grade-point average. Credit by examination may not be used to fulfill the minimum residence requirement.
Credit for Military Service
Credit will be allowed toward graduation to any student submitting evidence DD 214 or DD 295 of satisfactory completion of Basic Training. Students with service in the Air Force, Army and Coast Guard will receive 4 units of credit. Students with service in the Marine Corps will earn 8 units of credit. Credit is allowed in accordance with the recommendation by the American Council on Education (ACE). Other military courses completed may earn baccalaureate credit as outlined in the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experience in the Armed Forces. CI has final discretion on where these units will be applied. Specific information on credit earned is available on the Registrar’s Office website at: https://www.csuci.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-resources/military-service.htm.
Credit for Military Service, Academic
Students shall be granted credit toward the Baccalaureate degree based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Three units of General Education Area E credit will be awarded for military basic training with any additional credit for basic training recommended by the ACE Guide given as free electives.
In addition, up to 30 credits may be awarded as a combination of free electives based on ACE recommendations and/or the following specific credits:
- Three to four units of General Education Area C2, Language credit will be awarded for Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center proficiency exams based on ACE’s guidelines in the National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. Any additional credit for language proficiency recommended by the ACE Guide will count as free electives.
- Major or other General Education credit may be awarded by petition.
Students should contact Enrollment Services for instructions on receiving credit.
Credit for Non-collegiate Instruction
Cal State Channel Islands grants undergraduate degree credit for successful completion of non-collegiate instruction, either military or civilian, appropriate to the baccalaureate degree, which has been recommended by the Commission on Educational Credit and Credentials of the American Council on Education. The number of units allowed are those recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services and the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Specific information on credit earned may be found by visiting https://www.csuci.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-resources/index.htm.
Credit Toward Graduation for Courses Taken Outside CI
A student may earn credit toward graduation for courses taken outside of CI as follows:
Transfer of Undergraduate and Graduate Credit from Another Accredited Institution
Students who were in good standing at another accredited institution may, within maximums, transfer credit for baccalaureate or graduate degree course work. Course equivalency for major requirements is subject to the determination and discretion of the University; students are cautioned that while the University will accept transferred courses for unit credit towards admission, it is under no obligation to accept those same courses for subject credit to fulfill requirements. Policy regarding transfer of courses from California Community Colleges differs in some respects. Individual program regulations for specific transfer limitations should be consulted.
Transfer of Undergraduate Credit from Accredited Community Colleges
A maximum of 70 semester units earned in a community college may be applied toward the baccalaureate degree, with the following limitations and stipulations:
- No upper-division credit may be allowed for courses taken in a community college;
- No credit may be allowed for professional courses in education taken in a community college, other than introduction to education courses;
- Students who transfer general education certification are still required to complete at least 9 units of Upper Division General Education (UDGE) courses within the CSU (CSUCI or other CSU campus).
Note: Articulation agreements with the California Community Colleges may be found at www.ASSIST.org. ASSIST also provides CSU General Education and IGETC certification lists.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit
CI grants credit toward its undergraduate degrees for successful completion of IB examinations. IB exams at the Higher Level (HL) passed with a score of 4 or higher will earn up to 8 units of semester credit. Exams passed earn a grade of credit (CR) and are not calculated into the GPA. CI credit for past (and current) exams is available on the Registrar’s Office website at: https://www.csuci.edu/registrar/transfer-credit-resources/external-exams.htm. IB transcripts are sent automatically to CI upon completion of the exam if requested by the student. For more information about transcript requests, please call the IB North American office in New York City at (212) 696-4464, Mon-Fri 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Eastern Time or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Transcripts should be sent to the Registrar’s Office.
International Program Credit
Course credits earned in universities abroad may be accepted for degree credit at CI subject to evaluation by the Admissions and Recruitment office. Specific course equivalencies may require consultation with individual program coordinators. CI students who desire, subsequently, to take courses at a foreign university for degree credit must have each such course approved in advance in writing by the program coordinator.