We're here to help you transfer your credits so you can finish your undergraduate degree at St. Mary's.
If you are an undergraduate student who has completed courses at another institution, we want to make it easy to understand which credits will transfer. It’s always best to speak with the registrar, who can review your transcripts and identify which of your credits will transfer – and which degree requirements they will meet – but you can use the resources below as a starting point in determining which credits you have already earned.
Current students who wish to take undergraduate courses at other institutions – for example, taking a summer class at SAC – please see Gateway for details on how to make sure your credits transfer smoothly.
The Transfer Equivalency Self-Service tool is available to prospective undergraduate students to view how academic coursework earned at other institutions can be used in the transfer admission process and towards completing your degree at St. Mary’s University.
All you have to do is enter the classes and the institution where you took the classes (having access to your unofficial transcript will be helpful with this step). We will share how your course work will apply towards your selected degree, an articulation report, a degree audit and even next step options.
Please note that the Transfer Equivalency Tool works best in Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
You can also earn some undergraduate credits by passing an exam. We accept some AP exam scores which you can take in high school, but you can also take certain exams once you have enrolled at St. Mary’s for additional credit.
Students who wish to transfer credit from other institutions after matriculating at St. Mary’s University must seek approval from the Registrar’s Office and complete the Permission to Take Courses for Transfer Credit Form prior to registering for a course at another institution. Refer any questions you may have to Registrar’s Office for clarification. For students transferring to St. Mary’s from any of the Alamo Community Colleges, please see Alamo Community College Transfer Information.
If you plan to repeat a course you took here for a higher grade at another school, we recommend you repeat the course here because the lower grade will not count in your St. Mary’s University grade point-average.
If you repeat the course at St. Mary’s University, the lower grade and repeated grade will both show on the transcript, but only the higher grade will be computed in the GPA. This will give you a higher GPA here.
A student can obtain transfer credit for both School Specific Core (SSC) courses and St. Mary’s University (SMC) courses. However, transfer courses will fulfill SSC course requirements before SMC courses. The following St. Mary’s University required courses may transfer from another accredited college/university. Each course can only be used one time towards graduation.
The following courses meet each of the St. Mary’s Core credit requirements.
Conversational foreign language (or Sign Language) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. If a student has taken the same foreign language in high school, or has prior knowledge of the language, he/she must fulfill the requirement in that language at the Intermediate level (6 hours).
Foreign Language is not required for Accounting, or Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering majors.