Transfer Credits

New Transfer Students

Students transferring to Kettering University may receive earned hours for a Kettering course for which the student has taken an equivalent course, in content and level, at their previous institution. 
The following conditions apply:
  • Transfer Credit is accepted only from accredited colleges and universities.
  • Upon receipt of transfer credit information from the Admissions Office, coursework will be evaluated for transferability to Kettering University. 
  • Only courses in which a C (2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale) or higher were earned will be evaluated for transfer credit.
  • Only the credit will transfer. The grades do not transfer and will not affect the GPA. 
  • A maximum of 72 earned hours may be awarded by transfer upon admission.
  • All coursework is evaluated for transfer to Kettering University regardless of a student’s intended major. 
  • All credits awarded may not be applicable to graduation requirements. Consult with your degree department to determine how the equivalent courses will apply to your degree.
  • Any requests for transfer coursework review must be submitted with any requested supporting documentation by the end of the student’s first academic term.
  • Final official transcripts are required to be mailed from the student’s transferring institution(s) prior to registration for the next academic term. 
  • Transfer evaluations are processed by the Registrar’s Office ( 

Current Students

Students enrolled in a Kettering University degree program may take selected coursework at other institutions if the need arises and the opportunity is available. Students who want to take a course at another institution and transfer the credits to Kettering University must have the course approved prior to registration at the other institution. 
The following conditions apply:
  • Transfer Credit is accepted only from accredited colleges and universities.
  • A Guest Application Form must be completed by the student and submitted to the Office of the Registrar for approval. Note: Even if a course is listed on the Course Equivalency System, it does not guarantee approval. Official approval is obtained by completing the Guest Application and receiving all required signatures of approval. The Office of the Registrar will send an email to the student’s Kettering email account confirming approval or non-approval. 
  • Students should consult with their advisor to confirm the course being taken as guest credit will apply towards their degree requirements before registering for the course. 
  • A maximum of eight transfer credits are allowed while an active student, over and above approved study abroad transfer credits. 
  • The course must carry a grade of C (2.0) or above to transfer. Grades of C- or below are not transferable. 
  • Only the credit will transfer. The grades do not transfer and will not affect the GPA. Therefore, the grades cannot replace grades earned at Kettering University. This means credit for a guest course taken elsewhere can earn credit for a failed Kettering course but the Kettering course grade will remain on the student transcript and in the GPA.
  • The course repeat policy only affects courses repeated at Kettering University. Guest credits do not qualify under this policy.  
  • Courses approved for guest credit do not eliminate pre-requisite requirements.
  • Independent Study work is not transferable.
  • Coursework for Kettering minors is not transferable.

Free Elective Transfer Credits

A student’s degree granting discipline may allow the transfer of a course taken outside of Kettering University even though no other academic discipline has allowed the transfer, because the course does not correspond to an existing Kettering University discipline. Such a course will be transferred as FREE-297 or FREE-497. 
The following conditions apply:
  • A course is eligible under this policy if the course is from an institution accredited by a U.S. regional accreditation such as North Central Association. 
  • A course from an institution outside the U.S. will be considered for FREE-297/497 if the course is from an institution which has been approved for transfer of courses with Kettering University equivalents.
  • The course must be considered non-remedial at both Kettering University and the transfer institution.
  • Courses which have a 100 or 200 level at the transfer institution will be considered for FREE-297.
  • Courses which have a 300 or 400 level at the transfer institution will be considered for FREE-497.  
  • A minimum of 2400 classroom minutes in one or more courses is required for four credits of FREE-297/497. A number of credits different from four is not allowed.
  • A student must receive academic advisement from his/her degree department before initiating the process of transferring FREE-297/497.
  • The number of credits of FREE-297/497 shall be limited to the number of Free Electives in the student’s degree program which have not already been fulfilled through other transfer or Kettering courses.
  • Eligibility for Free-297/497 credit is determined by a student’s term of admission to Kettering University.
  • FREE-297/497 credit may be awarded to students admitted 200401 and beyond. Students admitted prior to 200401 are not eligible for FREE-297/497 credit for a course completed prior to January 1, 2004.
  • Current Kettering students may apply for FREE-297/497 credit through the normal Application for Guest Credit process.
Questions: Contact the Office of the Registrar

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