Transfer Students

Lindsey Wilson College welcomes transfer students; we work with all students individually and transfer students are no different. The personal aspect of the admissions process allows all students to be able to complete the admissions process with virtually one counselor. You have come to the right place if you are looking for a college experience that will challenge you academically, foster your spiritual growth, allow you to make a difference in the world that you live in, provide an outlet for leadership opportunities and allow you to make friends that will be with you for a lifetime. At Lindsey Wilson College, your experience goes beyond the textbook.

We understand that the college search process is tough and overwhelming. We know that you probably have a multitude of options within two hours of where you sit right now, and we are honored that you are considering Lindsey Wilson. You deserve a college that cares, a college that will prepare you for success, a college that will allow you to experience the world at your fingertips, a college that is committed to the mission of serving every student, every day. You deserve Lindsey Wilson College.

Transfer Credit Approval

To assure credit for a course(s) accepted in general education or as a general elective taken at another institution, prior approval from the Registrar's Office must be obtained. For a course(s) in a student's major, written approval must be obtained from the dean and the Registrar's Office. Upon completion of the course(s), an official transcript must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. Transfer credit is accepted only from regionally accredited colleges and universities. Technical and vocational credit hours from colleges and universities with U.S. Department of Education recognized institutional accreditation.

Although an official evaluation must be completed to assess credit, the Transfer Evaluation System provides a reference to determine how credits will transfer. For more information regarding courses that have previously been evaluated by our Registrar's Office, visit TES Transfer Evaluation System.

*Credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College are transferable to another institution at the discretion of the receiving institution.

General Education Full and Category Certification

Lindsey Wilson College recognizes completion of its general education requirement for those students transferring from the Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) institutions who have completed requirements for General Education Full Certification* provided grades of C or higher have been earned in all relevant mathematics and English composition courses. If mathematics or English composition courses have been taken and grades below C have been earned, those courses (or equivalent courses) must be repeated until a grade of at least C is earned. Transfer credit is accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities only. Technical and vocational credit hours from a college or university with U.S. Department of Education recognized institutional accreditation.

*General Education Full Certification from KCTCS institutions requires 60 semester hours of coursework in writing, communication, humanities, social interaction, science and mathematics.
Note: Students who enter under this policy will be required to complete three credit hours in religion.

In addition, KCTCS students who have not completed all general education requirements at their home institution may be General Education Category Certified. Students who have not been General Education Category Certified may be category certified or general education core certified by their home institutions. Lindsey Wilson College will recognize these designations as fulfilling the corresponding Lindsey Wilson Essential Student Learning Outcomes General Education requirements.

Lindsey Wilson College also has general education articulation agreements with community colleges in Virginia and Ohio and with some private institutions. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for the details of these agreements.

All general education transfer arrangements are reviewed to ensure ongoing compliance with accreditation requirements and are evaluated to ensure consistency with institutional requirements. The review is conducted annually by the Academic Affairs Office (vice president of Academic Affairs and assistant vice president for Academic Affairs) and the Registrar's Office.

Lindsey Wilson College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the following state agencies. These authorizations must be renewed each year and are based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

  • Kentucky: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Ste. 320, Frankfort, KY 40601-8204; 502-573-1555.
  • Ohio: Ohio Department of Higher Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215; 616-466-6000.
  • Tennessee: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243; 615-741-3605.
  • Virginia: Commonwealth of Virginia, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 23212; 804-786-3586.
  • West Virginia: West Virginia HIgher Education Policy Commission, 1018 Kanawha Blvd, East-Ste. 700, Charleston, WV 25301; 304-558-2101.
  • California: Lindsey Wilson College is a private institution approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means Lindsey Wilson College has met the standards set by the California Education Code (CEC) and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Statement Regarding Transfer of Credits

Credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by Lindsey Wilson College. Students should obtain confirmation that Lindsey Wilson College will accept any credits they have earned at another educational instutiton before they execute an enrollment contract or agreement. Students should also contact any educational institutions that they may want to transfer credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from Lindsey Wilson College to another educational institution may be very limited. Students' credits may not transfer, and they may have to repeat courses previously taken at Lindsey Wilson College if they enroll in another educational institution. Students should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and students are advised to make certain that they know the transfer of credit policy of LIndsey Wilson College and of any other educational institutions they may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College before they execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

Students who have completed College Board Advanced Placement courses (AP) and earned scores of 3 or higher will receive credit in the appropriate discipline. Because the AP proficiency examination follows the completion of a college-level course taken while the student is in high school, details may be obtained from the high school counselor. The AP score should be sent to the Admissions office at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

Placement in writing courses is determined through the student's score on the English section of the ACT (American College Test) or through a writing sample administered to new students. An ACT English sub-score of 25 or above waives the ENGL 1013 requirement, allowing the student an additional three hours of elective credit.

Placement in mathematics courses is determined through the student's score on the mathematics section of the ACT. An ACT mathematics sub-score of 26 or above waives the mathematics general education requirement, allowing the student an additional three hours of elective credit.

Credit for Completition of International Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma Program

Placement and/or credit is available for Higher-Level Exams with scores of 5, 6, or 7 (on either the certificate or the diploma). Students must obtain course equivalency recommendations from the relevant programs or schools. Coursework from the classes taken in preparation for the exams may be helpful in demonstrating what was covered.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations

A maximum of 15 credit hours may be awarded on the basis of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations for associate degree programs, and a maximum of 30 hours of CLEP credit may be applied to bachelor's degree programs. Lindsey Wilson College is a limited CLEP testing center, which means CLEP tests may be taken on campus and results may be submitted to other institutions as well. A score of 500 or 50, depending on how the scores are reported, is required for passing, except for the general examination for English composition, for which the minimum score is 610. To count for Lindsey Wilson College coursework, CLEP credit must be pre-approved by the Registrar's office.

Dual Credit Courses

A dual credit course is one high school seniors nominated by their high school may take at or through Lindsey Wilson College. Any earned credits will count for College credit and may also count for high school credit, depending upon the high school's guidelines. In order for Lindsey Wilson College to assume full responsibility for the academic quality of the dual credit courses it offers, the following conditions must be met:

  • The course is one which has been approved by Lindsey Wilson College faculty in the normal manner for all recognized course offerings at the College
  • The course is instructed by a person who meets normally applied College standards with regard to credentials, experience, etc.
  • The number of credits is appropriate to the normally applied College standards for the number of contact hours and other work expectations
  • In those cases where the course is taught at the high school rather than in a College facility and where that facility must support laboratories or other special needs, the College will examine the facility and determine if it is adequate for the course in question prior to the semester in which the course is offered
  • If the instructor is not a member of the college faculty, that person will meet all criteria normally applied for appointment at the rank of instructor. The syllabus for the course and all quizzes, tests, and other graded material will be reviewed by the program coordinator/director and approved by the relevant dean sponsoring the course prior to the semester in which the course is offered. The student learning outcomes (SLOs) for the course are required to be the same as those for the course as taught at the college. The instructor will be required to follow college guidelines as stated in the adjunct section of The Faculty Handbook and;
  • The course follows the syllabus, including SLOs and assessment normally used in the course. SLOs are determined by the academic program.

Students enrolled in a dual credit course will have all rights of access to academic materials normally afforded students at the college. They will also have all rights of appeal normally afforded Lindsey Wilson College students in the event of any differences with regard to grades or other academic matters.

Financial assistance will not be extended to students enrolled in dual credit courses. Applicable fees will be applied by the Business Office and must be paid prior to the beginning of the course in question. See Tuition and Fees for dual credit tuition charges.

Credit for Military Training

Upon presentation of an authenticated DD 214 form, Lindsey Wilson College will examine, validate, and may award credit for military training according to American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. Such credit will not exceed 30 credits or 25 percent of the credit hours applied toward a degree and will be applied to general education, elective, or major requirements, according to College policy.

Veterans are eligible for financial assistance. Lindsey Wilson College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Programs for veterans.

Course Audit

Special arrangements may be made at the time of registration to audit courses without receiving credit. An auditor is defined as a student who attends a course regularly without being required to take part in recitation, written work, or final examination.

Prior Learning Assessment Policy

Lindsey Wilson College recognizes that college-level learning may occur from a variety of life and work experiences. Students who have earned a minimum of 12 credits of college-level work and who are currently in good academic standing at Lindsey Wilson College are eligible to participate in prior learning assessment.

Students may earn up to 25 percent of the requirements for their degree program through prior learning assessment. Students must meet residency requirements for the College and must earn at least half of the credit hours required for their major from the College.

Prior learning must match existing courses using the course descriptions and student learning outcomes for guidance. The following guidelines and methods are acceptable for validating prior learning for the purpose of awarding credit:

  1. Credit demonstrated by successfully passing national for-credit examination programs, specifically CLEP (the College Board College Level Examination) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
  2. Credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE), if approved by the appropriate program.
  3. Individual portfolios evaluated by Council for Adult and Experiential Learning's (CAEL) national prior learning assessment service, see; National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS); or by College faculty who have been trained in portfolio assessment.
  4. Challenge exams developed and/or approved by faculty and approved by the program offering the course that is challenged.
  5. and/or
  6. Performance-based assessments developed and evaluated by faculty trained in performance assessment and approved by the program that offers credit for the assessment. Prior learning credits shall be applied to meeting degree or program requirements by the same manner as credits earned at the awarding institutions. Prior learning credit is transcripted with course title and number for the credit awarded. Grades of Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) are awarded; letter grades are not awarded.

The receiving institution's policies will determine whether credits earned through prior learning assessment will be transferable.

Policy on Continuing Education Programs and Units

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) measures individual participation in noncredit continuing education. All significant postsecondary level learning experiences for which degree credit is not earned will be recognized through the use of the CEU. The term "credit" is reserved for those learning activities which typically lead to a degree.

CEUs are issued in whole and half hour increments and are quantified as the number of instructional hours divided by ten. Partial increments are rounded down to the next nearest half hour. Approved CEU programs should normally be offered for no less than five contact hours (.5 CEU credits).