Transfer Student Information

Transfer Students are those who have completed 14 or more credits from another regionally accredited institution.

An ISU hold on registration is in place for all incoming transfer students until they complete the Transfer Fundamentals of Advising and Registration (TFAR) online session. Registration holds are removed Monday through Friday and typically within 24 hours of a student completing the TFAR session.

Transfer students are encouraged to meet with a faculty member in their chosen major as soon as possible and officially declare their major.

Undecided transfer students should make an appointment to meet with an advisor in Central Academic Advising and plan some time to explore majors using all available resources.

College-level courses from U.S. regionally accredited institutions are evaluated by Transcript Evaluators.

Students transferring from a junior, community, or two-year college are allowed a maximum of 70 credits to count toward the credits needed to graduate from ISU (a minimum of 120 credits are required to graduate with a bachelor's degree).

No grades will be transferred, however, transfer grades will be shown on the ISU transcript as TA, TB. TC, etc. for all students who transferred in Fall Semester 2010 or later.

ISU General Education Requirements have been met for transfer students:

  • Who have an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Arts and Science (A.A.S.) earned in 1995 or later from a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution.
  • When a transcript issued by a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution shows "Idaho Core Certified."
  • With a baccalaureate degree for a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution.

An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree does not fulfill ISU General Education requirements.

Transfer students who meet ISU General Education requirements by virtue of any of the above means must also complete all courses required by their major, even if the course serves as an ISU General Education requirement.

Students transferring from an Idaho public institution can review transferability of general education, (GEM) courses, at the Course Transfer - GENED Courses site.

An official transcript of classes taken at any other institution must be submitted to ISU.

Once admitted, a transfer student's Transcript Evaluation with college level work taken at another institution - including the transfer college(s) class names and numbers - will be completed and coursework shown on the ISU unofficial transcript. The unofficial transcript is found on Bengal Web in the Academic Tools tab on the Student Records channel.

It is important to verify all transfer credit has been evaluated. Information on Reading Your Transcript can help.

Log onto Bengal Web, go to Academic Tools, and select the Academic transcript. If equivalent credit was awarded, the ISU equivalent class will be shown with the ISU 4 digit course number (e.g. 3356). If a specific ISU equivalency is not articulated, the transfer class will be assigned a class level code with XXX as the number designator (e.g. 3XXX). The corresponding credits will be included in total credits earned as long as the class has a passing grade and is at least a 1000 level class.

  • Lower-division classes may be evaluated as equivalent to upper-division classes; however, upper-division status will not be given to a course taken as lower-division.
  • Courses that begin with two zeros (e.g.0025) cannot be used as credit toward graduation for an academic program at ISU.
  • It is important to read and understand Resident Credit Requirements for graduation.
  • Transfer equivalent credit is shown on the Degree Works audit.

Students should review their Degree Works degree audit each semester to see which general education objectives and/or major requirements have been satisfied. Transfer courses with ISU credit articulation are also displayed. This information is critical when planning future classes and staying on track to graduation.

Students should bring any degree audit questions with them when they meet with an advisor.

  1. Review and retain your Admissions Letter and retain all admissions material for future reference. An Admissions email provides students with their ISU Bengal Web username and password.
  2. Get It All with Bengal Web - the Internet portal to ISU email, degree audit, academic records, registration, class schedule, student accounts and more.
  3. Enter your Emergency Contact information in Bengal Web on the Academic Tools tab in the Student Record channel.
  4. Complete the online advising session and meet with an advisor.
  5. Check ISU email regularly. All official ISU communication will be sent via ISU email. Checking regularly is important to avoid missing time sensitive information. ISU email is available on Bengal Web by clicking on the envelope icon in the upper righthand corner.
  6. Instructions on how to forward ISU email to a personal account can be found at
  7. Register for classes. Refer to the Registration Quick Guide for assistance. The Trial Class Schedule can help with planning.
  8. Investigate the full costs associated with attending ISU.
  9. Understand what it takes to Finish in Four.
  10. Research Financial Student Aid and what it takes to get it.
  11. Get a Bengal Card (Photo ID)
  12. Review professional communication standards.

In the U.S. "Academic Honesty" is highly prized and "Academic Dishonesty" is severely punished.

Academic honesty and dishonesty can be viewed differently in different cultures just as certain behaviors or actions in public life may be illegal in one country and completely legal in another country.

Students wishing to earn a degree from a U.S. institution must observe and understand the policies governing academic honesty at their university regardless of cultural background.

Remember, when a student cheats in any way, they are not learning the material and skills needed to succeed in a profession later on. A good grade is worth nothing if you cannot do the work on your own!

At ISU, Academic dishonesty can lead to dismissal from a program or from the university. Please look at this short tutorial to gain an understanding of academic honesty and dishonesty.

The Student Handbook published by the Division of Student Affairs addresses academic integrity and dishonesty issues. Please review it carefully.


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