Transfer Resources

Find information on transfer policies, how to transfer credit to St. Kate’s, transfer course equivalencies and much more.


transfer course equivalencies

Use TES (Transfer Evaluation System), to search for transfer equivalencies by looking at the institution you are transferring from and how those courses will be evaluated at St. Kate’s.

(TES) Transfer Evaluation System


transfer policy faq

Below you will find some of the Frequently Asked Questions about St. Catherine University's transfer policy. Please also visit our catalog for further information on transfer policies.

Yes. Only institutions that are regionally accredited by the following bodies are eligible for transfer to St. Kate’s:

Please note that your transfer institution must have been accredited at the time of your attendance in order for the credits to be eligible for transfer to St. Kate’s.

If you are an international transfer student, please review our catalog for information on how to transfer your international credits to St. Kate’s. Approved course-by-course credential evaluations of international transcripts can be ordered from World Education Services.

Associate Students: Only courses that are applicable to your program will transfer. Transfer credit is granted only for liberal arts courses with a grade of C- or better. St. Kate’s does not grant transfer credit for developmental courses, vocational-technical courses or continuing education units (CEUs). Zero credit courses do not transfer. Courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or P (pass) will transfer only from institutions where S/P is equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

Baccalaureate Students: Transfer credit is granted only for liberal arts courses with a grade of C- or better. St. Kate’s does not grant transfer credit for developmental courses, vocational-technical courses or continuing education units (CEUs). Zero credit courses do not transfer. Courses with grades of S (satisfactory) or P (pass) will transfer only from institutions where S/P is equivalent to a grade of C- or better.

Please note that some majors require a course to have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Courses with a C- may transfer toward general overall credits, but may not fulfill a major requirement. See the Programs of Study section of the undergraduate catalog for details specific to your major.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.

For courses that are eligible to transfer, the number of credits accepted will be equivalent to the SEMESTER credits earned for the course at your transfer institution.

St. Kate’s will convert all transfer credits taken from quarter system academic institutions to semester credits using the following conversion scale (multiplying the number of quarter credits by .667 and rounding to the nearest whole number)

Quarter Credits = Semester Credits
6 = 4
5 = 3
4 = 3
3 = 2
2 = 1
1 = 1

Yes. Credits for all approved course work will be included in your cumulative earned credit hours and cumulative grade point average at St. Kate’s. Please visit our catalog to view St. Kate’s grading system.

Cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing total grade points by total earned credits. You may find this GPA calculator to be a helpful tool.

Associate Students: No, Associate students are not eligible for Latin Honors.

Baccalaureate Students: Yes, Baccalaureate students are eligible for Latin Honors. Students must take a minimum of 64 credits in residence in order to be eligible for Latin Honors at St. Kate’s. Please visit our catalog to view more details about Latin Honors.

Graduate Students: No, Graduate students are not eligible for Latin Honors.

A student may repeat a St. Kate’s course only at St. Kate’s. If you repeat a St. Kate’s course at St. Kate’s, only the most recent grade received for the course is counted toward the grade point average, although the previous grade remains on the transcript.

If you repeat a transfer course at St. Kate’s, the transfer course will be removed from your St. Kate’s transcript once the final grade for the course has been reported.

If you repeated a transfer course at your transfer institution, only the most recent course will be considered for transfer to St. Kate’s.

Associate Students: Students enrolling Fall 2011 or later must complete 40 of the last 60 credits in residence. Students enrolling prior to Fall 2011 must complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in residence.

Baccalaureate Students: Baccalaureate students must complete 48 of the last 64 credits in residence. Please visit the Undergraduate catalog for more details on residency.

Students who began at St. Kate's prior to Fall 2009 must complete 24 of the last 32 semester credits in residence, as well as 64 credits overall in residence. Students who began at St. Kate's prior to Fall 2009 and transferred in 57 or more credits upon matriculation must complete 48 credits overall in residence, in addition to 24 of the last 32 semester credits in residence.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.

All associate and baccalaureate degree students at St. Kate’s are required to complete the liberal arts and sciences core requirements.

In order to fulfill a core requirement, a transfer course must be a minimum of two semester credits. Writing intensive courses must be a minimum of three semester credits.

Associate Students: CIL 1400 or 1500 may not be fulfilled with a transfer course.

Baccalaureate Students: The CORE 1000 or 2000 The Reflective Woman & and CORE 3990 The Global Search for Justice core requirements may not be fulfilled with a transfer course. These courses are unique to St. Kate’s and must be taken at St. Kate’s.

Students who have previously earned a Baccalaureate degree and have been accepted into the Second Major program are not required to complete the core requirements.

Associate Students: Transfer courses will not apply toward your major.

Baccalaureate Students: A minimum of one-half of the courses in a St. Kate’s major must be completed in residence. A maximum of two transfer courses may be counted toward a minor.

Transfer of courses in your major or minor field may require the approval of the department.

For more information on major & minor restrictions see the Fields of Study section of the Undergraduate catalog.

Please note that some majors require a course to have been completed with a minimum grade of C. Courses with a C- may transfer toward general overall credits, but may not fulfill a major requirement. See the Major Fields of Study section of the undergraduate catalog for details specific to your major.

Graduate Students: Students may transfer a maximum of nine semester graduate credits and only courses with a letter grade of B or better will be accepted. Some graduate programs may have more restrictive requirements. Please view the Transfer Credit section of the Graduate catalog for more information.


how to transfer credits

Before Taking a Course

Graduate Students

  1. Read the Transfer Policy FAQ section before registering for any course.
  2. Contact your Program Director.
  3. A copy of the pre-approval needs to be sent to the Registrar's Office for your file.
  • All graduate level courses are evaluated on an individual basis.
  • Prior written approval for each course must be obtained from the program director for a course to be eligible for transfer.
  • Only Graduate level courses are eligible for transfer. Undergraduate level courses will not be added to your record unless they are prerequisites for a required graduate level course.

Undergraduate Students

  1. Read the Transfer Policy FAQs section before registering for any course.
  2. Visit the How Do My Credits Transfer page to see if your course has previously been evaluated.
    • Locate your school in the list. If your school is not listed, then no course from that school has been evaluated. See step 3 below.
    • Search the school's evaluated courses for an exact match to the course number and title of the course you wish to take. If you find a match, you will see the equivalency displayed.
    • If you take more than one course equivalent to a St Kate’s course, only the most recent will transfer.
    • Make sure to click on the Notes icon next to your course for important information such as:
      • Whether the course meets the St. Kate's liberal arts and sciences core requirement
      • If a syllabus may be provided for further review
      • A list of all course equivalents
  3. If your school or course is not listed, it has not yet been evaluated. An evaluation may be requested. Please visit the Transfer Course Evaluation Process section below for further information.

After Taking a Course

New Students: Contact the appropriate St. Kate's Admissions office.

Current Students: You must request an official transcript be sent to the appropriate Registrar's Office after the course is completed and a grade is posted.

Baccalaureate and Graduate programs on the St Paul campus:

St. Catherine University
Office of the Registrar, F-31
2004 Randolph Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105

Associate and Graduate programs on the Minneapolis campus:

St. Catherine University
Office of the Registrar
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Transfer Course Evaluation Process

New Students: Contact the appropriate St. Kate's Admissions office to request an evaluation. You may be asked to provide a course description or syllabus. Upon completion, you will receive a copy of the evaluation.

Current Students:

  1. Submit the online pre-approval form through Kateway.
  2. Upon review completion, you will receive a reply to your St Kate’s email. You can expect an e-mail reply within 1-2 business days indicating how this course will transfer to St. Kate's. You will be asked to review the transfer course work near the top of your transcript in Kateway.
  • If a course is equivalent to a course required for your major or minor, you may additionally need the department or program chair’s approval before taking the course.

Understanding How Your Credits Transferred to St. Kate's

Equivalent Courses
Courses that are directly equivalent to a St. Kate's course will appear on your transcript with the corresponding St. Kate's subject code and course number designation. They meet the same major, minor or core requirements as the St. Kate’s course, except as noted below.

Writing, Women's Studies and Critical Studies Exceptions
Some courses at St Kate’s are specifically designed to be writing intensive or to fulfill the Critical Studies/women’s studies requirement. A transfer course may be equivalent without fulfilling these requirements. If this is the case, there will be information in the Notes section on the How Do My Credits Transferpage regarding the equivalency.

Core Liberal Arts
Courses may transfer which are not exactly equivalent to a St. Kate's course, but still meet a core liberal arts requirement. Contact us to identify if a core requirement has been met.

Electives
  • Associate Students: Only courses that meet a program requirement will transfer. Most programs do not require elective credits.
  • Baccalaureate Students: Liberal Arts courses that do not fulfill a core requirement and are not equivalent to one of our courses are still eligible for transfer as elective credits. They are applied toward the credit total required within your program for graduation.
    • Vocational or Developmental level courses are not eligible for transfer.

A Course Did Not Transfer or Did Not Transfer as I Expected

A course did not transfer:

  • Check the Transfer Policy FAQs (above) first to make sure your course is eligible.
  • It may be that we have not yet received your transcript, or that the grade was not recorded on the transcript.

A course transferred to St. Kate's, but not as I expected:

  • If there is a discrepancy between how a course transferred and either a pre-approval you received or information on this page, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • If the course was evaluated solely on the basis of a course description, you may provide a syllabus for a more detailed review. Be sure to first compare the St. Kate's course description with the transfer institution's course description. Once a syllabus has been reviewed, course equivalencies are final and are not subject to petitions.
  • If the course is for a major or minor requirement, you must submit a substitution request after consulting with your advisor and the department chair of the course.
    • New Students: Please submit syllabi to the appropriate Admissions Office.
    • Current Students: Please submit syllabi to the Registrar's Office.

other ways to earn credit

Below you will find several common ways to earn credit. Please visit the catalog for information and policies on receiving credit by examination.

Credit by Examination

ACTC program
Courses completed in our ACTC program count as resident credit. ACTC is only for Baccalaureate DAY students only. For more information on this program, please visit the ACTC website.

Advanced Placement Exam (AP)
High school students may take AP exams to earn both high school and college credit. University credit will only be awarded when the final exam is taken and passed with an acceptable level.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our exam guides below.

To order your AP transcript or for additional information on the AP offerings, visit the Collegeboard website.

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)
International exams offered in subject areas.

To order your CAPE transcript or for additional information on the CAPE offerings visit the CAPE website.

Cambridge International A Level or Pre U Exam
Similar to the AP program in the United States, these are international exams in subject areas that may be taken while in high school and are eligible for college credit with an acceptable exam score.

To order your transcript or for additional information on the offerings, visit the Cambridge International website.

College Level Exam Placement Exam (CLEP)
The CLEP exams allow all students the opportunity to earn credit for either educational or professional experiences by taking and passing subject tests.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our exam guides below.

To order your CLEP transcript or for additional information on CLEP exams, visit the Collegeboard website.

College in the Schools (CITS)
CITS is a concurrent enrollment program option where high school students earn both high school and college credit while attending an accredited course right at their high school.

In order to have a course considered for transfer, the partnering university or college must be regionally accredited and the student must provide an official transcript from the college or university. Courses will not be transferred based on the high school transcript.

Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)
The PSEO program offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in college courses and receive both high school and college credit. If you complete PSEO courses at St. Kate’s, these credits are considered resident credit.

For courses taken with another institution that is regionally accredited, your courses will be evaluated for transfer upon receipt of an official transcript from that college or university.

Credit by Proficiency Exams
Proficiency exams that appear on a regionally accredited college/university transcript for credit are eligible for transfer.

In general, we make no distinction in our evaluation of exams and courses. However exams will not be accepted to fulfill either our Writing Intensive or our Lab Science core requirements.

Credit by proficiency exams are available in some departments at St. Kate's. Please visit our Undergraduate catalog for further information.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Through Prior Learning Assessment, St. Kate’s students earn credit from learning acquired from non-classroom experiences like work, professional training, military careers, volunteering and personal life.

St. Catherine University is a member of the Council for Applied and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and partners with LearningCounts.org for Prior Learning Assessment through written portfolios.

You may seek PLA after enrolling at St. Kate’s and completing at least 16 credits. Then, you’ll take these steps:

  1. Consult with a member of St. Catherine University’s Office of Academic Advising (in Derham Hall 203, call 651.690.6803 or e-mail academicadvising@stkate.edu).
  2. Enroll in one of two LearningCounts.org portfolio courses:
    • CAEL 100 is a three-credit, six-week instructor-led online course. These three credits will be transferred to St. Catherine University. The cost is $500. In the course, you’ll identify areas of learning to be evaluated for college-level competency.
    • Develop Your Portfolio (DYP) for college credit. This is a self-paced, interactive online workshop that you will have access to for six months. No credit is earned through this workshop, and the cost is $129.
  3. Create your portfolio and request an evaluation. Portfolios are evaluated by trained assessors . LearningCounts.org will evaluate portfolios and make recommendations for credit via the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Each portfolio costs $250. St. Catherine recognizes credits recommended by LearningCounts.org and NCCRS.

Montessori Certification Credit (MCC)
MCC offers students who have earned Montessori certification through a MACTE accredited Montessori teacher education program the opportunity to have their learning evaluated for credit at St. Kate's.

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
The Dantes/DSST exams offer students the opportunity to earn credit for either educational or professional experiences by taking and passing subject area tests. Upper and lower level exams are available.

We accept ACE recommendations for credits earned. For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our exam guides below. Military personnel can order a Dantes/DSST transcript by visiting the Dantes website.

Non-Military students can order a DSST transcript by visiting the DSST website.

Global Studies/Study Abroad
The Global Studies or Study Abroad programs allow a broad range of options for completing courses internationally. Courses completed through these programs count as resident credit.

International Baccalaureate Exams (IB)
The IB program offers high school students the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit by taking and passing subject area tests.

For a list of exams accepted, score required, and credits earned, please check our exam guides below.

To order your IB transcript or for additional information on the IB program, visit the International Baccalaureate website.

International Transcripts
Students who have attended colleges or universities outside of the U.S. must submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation in order to have their courses evaluated for transfer.

Courses are transferred based on WES recommendations for credits.

To order a WES evaluation, please visit the WES website.

Military Transcripts
Military Course Completions with Ace Credit Recommendations are eligible for transfer if they also meet our Liberal Arts requirements. Courses that meet these criteria will transfer with the ACE recommended credit value.

Military Experience (or MOS) does not transfer. If your experiences fit the criteria for Liberal Arts college-level learning, see the section on Credit for Academically Relevant Learning for more details.

To order your military transcripts or for additional information on the ACE credit recommendations, please visit the ACE website.

For other military/VA questions, please contact the Enrollment Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office by clicking the link to the appropriate office: Minneapolis Enrollment Certifying Official, St. Paul campus Enrollment Certifying Official.

exam guides

Test scores from certain exams are eligible for course credit upon entrance to St. Catherine University. The following exam guides will help you estimate how many credits you can expect to transfer.