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Transfer Credits

If you’re looking to take a class at another institution and want to see how it transfers to Hope, start with our Transfer Equivalency System (TES).

If the course you want to take is not listed in TES:

  • Current students, complete a transfer credit request. Once we receive your request, the course information will be sent to the appropriate academic department for review. Even if you’re not sure you’re taking the class, you can still complete the request. If the course is listed in TES, you do not need to fill out this form. How the course is listed in TES is how the course will transfer to Hope. If the Hope equivalency posted is not the exact class that will meet the requirement you are trying to fulfill, you will need to complete a major/minor substitution form to request the class count toward the requirement. 
  • Incoming transfer or first-year students, contact the Registrar’s Office with the college and the course number you want to take, so that the course can be evaluated.

If you have already completed courses at another school and you would like to transfer the credits to Hope, contact your other school to have your official transcript mailed (not faxed) directly to the Registrar’s Office. Once we receive your transcript, it typically takes a week for us to add the credit to your record. Check your unofficial transcript (Registrar and Student Accounts > Student Records > Unofficial Transcript) or your degree audit in your plus.hope.edu account to see if it has been added.

Faculty and staff: Read more about approving transfer credit.



If you are currently a degree-seeking student at Hope and want to take a class at another institution to transfer back to Hope, please follow the steps below.

  1. Check if the course you want to take is listed in TES. If it isn't, you can submit a transfer credit request as described above, and we will evaluate the course.
  2. Once you know the course you want to take will transfer back to Hope to meet the requirement you need, apply to that institution as a single-term enrolled or guest student. If the institution is located in Michigan, you can use the Michigan Undergraduate Guest Application instead of going through the school’s application process. Complete the top portion of the form, including your handwritten signature and the name of the school you want to apply to.
  3. Bring your completed form to the Registrar's Office so that we can fill out the bottom portion. If you are applying to an institution outside of Michigan and that school requires our office to complete something for you, we are happy to help. Completion of forms typically takes us 1–2 business days. We usually will not email you a confirmation that we have sent it, but you are welcome to email or call us to verify we've sent it.
  4. After we have completed your Michigan Guest Application or other form as requested, we will mail it to the other institution. If you need the form to be expedited, we can email or fax it if you provide us with the contact information. Please note that not all schools accept emailed applications, and fax is sometimes not reliable. We will try our best!
  5. You will be contacted by the other institution once they have received and processed your application. This typically takes 12 weeks. If you want to find out about the status of your application, we recommend you contact the school's admissions office. After you have been admitted to the school, they will work with you directly for class registration.
  6. After you have completed your class and received a grade, contact the other school's registrar's office to request your official transcript to be sent to our office. We accept official paper transcripts and official electronic transcripts. We cannot award credit from unofficial transcripts. You are welcome to contact us to find out if we received a transcript, but keep in mind that a mailed transcript may take 12 weeks to arrive.
  7. Once we receive your transcript, it takes us about a week to enter the credits on your Hope record. We will email you when it's complete.

Check TES to see how the classes you have taken will transfer back to Hope. If any of the classes you took are not listed in TES, you can contact the Registrar's Office with your course information to start the evaluation processs. Otherwise, we will evaluate them when we receive your official transcript. Official transcripts should be sent to Admissions as part of your application process. Once you are admitted, Admissions will send your transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.

If you are currently taking classes at another college, make sure you send your final official transcript to us, so that we can place the credit on your record. We cannot award credit for ungraded, in-progress courses.


In order to have courses transfer or be evaluated to transfer to Hope, they must be listed on an accredited college’s transcript. This includes dual enrollment — courses listed only on a high school transcript do not earn credit at Hope. Online courses are accepted just as on-campus courses are.

Courses must be 100-level or higher to be considered for transfer; remedial and developmental courses do not transfer. Math courses must be pre-calculus or higher; college algebra and lower courses do not transfer.

You can transfer a maximum of 65 community college (2-year) credits. Overall, you may transfer up to 96 credits. The final 30 credits must be completed at Hope.

You can earn a maximum of 32 credits through APIB and CLEP exams.

The number of credits does not change in the transfer. For example, if a course is 3 credits at the other school and the equivalent at Hope is 4, the course will transfer as 3 credits. Generally, 3-credit courses will still satisfy general education requirements, however, TES notes exceptions. You can also read more about it below under “fulfilling requirements.”

If the other school is on a quarter calendar instead of semester, the quarter credit hours will be converted to semester credits as follows:

1 .66
2 1.33
3 1.99
4 2.66
5 3.33

Generally, in order for a course to transfer to Hope, you must have earned a C or above at the other institution. However, if your cumulative GPA at the other institution is at least a 2.00, you may earn credit for transferrable courses where you earned a C- or below. The exception to this is failed and withdrawn courses — if you receive a F or W grade, you will receive no transfer credit.

Grades and honor points do not transfer to Hope — only the credit. On your Hope transcript, transfer courses will be listed with a grade of TR (Transfer).

If you failed a course at your previous school, you may retake it at Hope for credit. If you choose to retake any transferred courses at Hope, your transfer credit for that course will be deleted. Credit cannot be awarded for the same course twice.

If you passed a course at Hope but are not happy with your grade, you can't retake the course at another school to improve your grade, since grades do not transfer to Hope. You must retake the course at Hope to improve your grade.

If you failed a course at Hope, you can retake the equivalent course at another school, but only for credit. The grade from that course will not transfer, and your F grade at Hope will still factor into your Hope GPA.


If a transfer course is equivalent to a Hope course that completes a requirement, the transfer course will count toward that requirement. TES will note any exceptions to this, such as if the number of credits are lower at the other school and the transfer course does not completely fulfill a general education requirement.

Two general education requirements must be fulfilled at Hope or on a Hope-approved program: Global Learning and Senior Seminar.

Consult your advisor and the chairperson of your major/minor department before taking any major or minor required courses at another school. Some departments have restrictions on transfer courses or on missing credits.

If Hope doesn’t offer an equivalent to the course you’d like to transfer, but is similar to the types of classes offered at Hope, you can still earn general credit. Courses like this will be listed on your transcript as 0100, 0200, 0300 or 0400, based on the course’s level at the other institution. The credit counts toward your minimum 126 credits to graduate, but does not automatically count toward a specific requirement. To petition that the course count for a specific requirement, you must complete a general education substitution/waiver or a major/minor substitution/waiver form. These forms should only be completed by currently enrolled students.

Statistics courses at other schools generally do not transfer exactly as Hope’s Math 210 because Hope offers a unique lab component that other schools do not. The Math Department has determined that it will award the credit as Math 0110 (Statistics Transfer Credit) for transferrable stats courses.

Math 0110 counts toward the Mathematics and Natural Science general education requirement. Some majors and minors that require statistics will accept it as a substitute for Math 210, and some will not. Check your degree audit for confirmation. You cannot earn credit for both Math 0110 and Math 210.


In TES, you must first search by school. Type the name or part of the name of your school in the search box, or use the alphabetical index below it.

After selecting your school, you can search for a specific course in the search box, or browse for the course in the list. The other school’s courses are listed in the left-side box and Hope equivalencies are listed on the right. If you click the "VIEW" icon, you will see more details about the class and any special notes about the course. Special notes appear in the light yellow box at the top of the page.

Units indicate how many credits the course is worth at the other school and at Hope College.

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