Admission | Credits

Transferring Credits from Another College

At Ripon College, the registrar is responsible for evaluating coursework at other institutions to determine how the courses can count toward completion of our degree requirements. Often, prospective transfer students need to know how courses will transfer to Ripon and how long it will take to earn a degree prior to making a decision about attending Ripon College. The admission counselor with whom you are working will contact me; I will then review your records and can answer specific questions. Some students plan to be enrolled elsewhere for another semester before transferring to Ripon. I am happy to help students make their course selections so that they are sure the courses will transfer to Ripon.

Because you have benefited from the experience of attending college, transfer students tend to understand the significance of degree requirements in a way new first-year students do not. The requirements for a degree at Ripon College are:

  • Completion of 124 semester credits
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00
  • Completion of a major (the grade point average for the courses presented for the major must be at least 2.00)
  • Completion of the distribution requirements

Distribution requirements at Ripon provide breadth of scholarship to complement the depth provided by the major. You’ll build a stronger foundation of knowledge for your own major, as well as develop respect and understanding for other academic disciplines.

The academic areas you’ll explore include:

  • Fine arts
  • Natural sciences and mathematics
  • Humanities
  • Social sciences
  • Global studies
  • Foreign language
  • Physical education

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 32 semester credits at Ripon, including at least one-half the credit hours required for any major or minor and, except under circumstances described in the Ripon CollegeĀ catalog, the senior year must be spent in residence. As a rule of thumb, all college-level coursework will be accepted as transfer credits provided the courses were completed at an accredited college and a grade of C- or higher was earned. A maximum of 12 credits will transfer from online, hybrid, e-learning, blended, or comparable courses taken at accredited institutions.* Approval of transfer credit for these courses will follow the same procedures used to evaluate transfer credit for traditional courses. No credit will be given for correspondence courses. Transfer grades are not included in computing a student’s average at Ripon. The Ripon College catalog contains all of the policies regarding the degree requirements.

Upon request, we will review your college transcript and inform you how your credits will transfer to Ripon or give you advice on which courses to take if you are planning to transfer.

I look forward to working with you. My experience has been that transfer students not only are warmly welcomed to our campus, but that they have been very pleased with their decisions to join our community.

Michele Wittler, Registrar

* new policy effective 11/12/2014.