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Transferring to SVC

Students who have taken courses at another institution prior to admission to SVC will have courses evaluated for transfer during the Admission process. Students enrolled at SVC are strongly advised to have prior approval prior to taking courses at another institution. Without prior approval completed courses taken at other institutions may not be eligible for transfer. Forms to request evaluation of transfer credits may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Courses that have not been pre-approved but meet the criteria for transfer will be posted to the SVC student transcript as general transfer credit. Courses taken at another institution may be used to satisfy degree requirements, but do not impact the student’s SVC grade-point average.

To be eligible for transfer evaluation, courses must first meet one of the following requirements:

  • Courses taken must be from a regionally accredited college or university in the USA.
  • Courses taken outside the USA must first be evaluated by World Education Services.
  • Courses taken from a USA military school must be evaluated by the American Council on Education.

Courses meeting one of the above criteria will then be evaluated based on the degree requirements (including common core courses) and policies for the declared major. Only common core courses will be evaluated for students with a declared “Exploratory” major. Courses with a grade of C or higher will be evaluated for transfer unless specific programs have higher requirements as outlined in the SVC Catalog. Courses eligible for continued evaluation will be evaluated by the Division Chair responsible for the respective academic discipline.

  • Courses having 2/3 content equivalency to an existing SVC course will be considered substantially equivalent and will be accepted as an equivalent.
  • Courses lacking 2/3 equivalent content but meet SVC curricular expectations for a college-level course in the discipline will be accepted as a discipline specific elective.
  • Courses that do not meet SVC curricular expectations for a college-level course in the discipline or are in an academic discipline not taught at SVC will be denied transfer.

Courses approved for transfer will be posted to the SVC transcript by the Registrar only after an official transcript is on file and verified by the Registrar.

During the review process, students may be asked to provide additional information such as course objectives, course syllabus or course class or lab outline. Obtaining this information is the responsibility of the student. Courses may be denied due to lack of available information for evaluation.

Students may appeal the denial of transfer credit by completing a Transfer Course Evaluation Appeal during the first semester of matriculation and thereafter. The form may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.

Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may transfer a maximum of 64 credits, but no more than 20 courses, to SVC and have them count toward meeting degree requirements. Associate degree-seeking students may transfer a maximum of 32 credits, but no more than 10 courses, to SVC and have them count toward meeting degree requirements.

Transfer/Articulation Agreements

Graduate Education
Southern Vermont College has several collaborative agreements with other colleges that provide SVC students the opportunity to pursue advanced education:

● Master of Science in Athletic Training – Bridgewater College
● Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Roger Williams University
● Master of Science in Occupational Therapy – Sage Colleges: School of Health Science

Students interested in these opportunities should consult their advisor.

Cross-registration with Bennington College
Through cross-registration, Southern Vermont College allows students the opportunity to take courses at Bennington College while still enrolled at SVC. Authorization to cross-register will be given to students if the proposed course(s) is not currently offered at Southern Vermont College. No extra charge is assessed to full-time matriculated students with at least one-half of the credits registered through Southern Vermont College. There is a limit to ten students per semester.

Air Force ROTC Crosstown Agreement
SVC students have the opportunity to take the Air Force ROTC General Military Course and/or Professional Officer Course at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

To learn more, contact the Office of Admission at 802-447-6300 or e-mail

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