Transfer Credit Policy

Wisconsin Lutheran College evaluates credit in transfer for courses completed at colleges and universities with regional accreditation. Transferability is determined based on evaluation of official college or university transcripts. The decision to accept courses in transfer is based primarily on how individual courses compare in content, academic quality, and level to courses offered at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Catalog course descriptions and syllabi are used to determine appropriate placement and equivalency of transfer courses to Wisconsin Lutheran College. For coursework from institutions outside the United States, students must submit a course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services, Inc. (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or International Education Services (IES).

Courses are accepted for transfer to WLC if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Student received a grade of "C" or better for undergraduate courses, or "B" or better for graduate courses. Courses graded "pass" are accepted in transfer if the granting institution defined a pass grade as at least a "C" or better for undergraduate courses or a "B" or better for graduate courses. Incompletes, withdraws, audits, and continuing education units are not accepted. [Note: Specific WLC programs may have higher grade requirements for courses used to meet prerequisites or major/minor requirements.] Exception: Grades of "D" or better are accepted if it is part of a sequence of courses (i.e. Foreign language) in which the subsequent course is passed with a "C" or better.
  2. Transfer credit is NOT awarded for pre-college coursework intended to prepare students for college level work, including courses in:
    • GED preparation and adult basic education
    • Reading skills or vocabulary development
    • Developmental writing instruction
    • Mathematics below the college level, including arithmetic, elementary algebra, and intermediate algebra
  3. A student who transfers at least 60 credits is considered to have Advanced Transfer Status.
  4. For the B.A., B.S., or B.S.N. degrees, a maximum of 12 semester credits may be accepted in transfer from courses in the following areas.
    • Professional/technical fields intended to prepare students for jobs related to a specific trade.
    • Physical education or first aid/CPR
    • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  5. Students who transfer with a completed Associate of Arts, Science, or Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin Colleges or the Wisconsin Technical College System are considered to have met the General Education requirements of WLC with the exception of two additional Theology courses. All credits earned with a passing grade transfer as long as the grade was awarded prior to the completion of the degree.
  6. Courses accepted in transfer are not used in the calculation of a student's cumulative GPA.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits must be earned in residence at WLC, including at least 15 upper division credits (300 or higher) in the major used to satisfy the degree. A minimum of 60 credits must be earned at WLC to be eligible for Latin honors. Students who earn at least 48 credits at WLC are eligible for academic distinction.

Number of Transfer Credits

A maximum of 70 semester credits can be transferred from two-year institutions. Although no limit exists on the number of transfer credits from four-year institutions that may be accepted to WLC, not all transfer credits may be applicable to all programs. The number of transfer credits applied to any program depends on the applicability of the specific credits to the degree requirements.

Age of Transfer Credits

No restrictions are placed on the age of transfer credits as long as they meet the criteria for transferability and are for use as General Education or elective courses; however, regional accreditation must have been held by the granting institution at the time the courses were taken. Certain departments may have time limit requirements on courses used to satisfy the major.

Transfer Credit Policy After Enrollment

Once enrolled, students are to obtain permission from the Registrar's Office in order to have coursework from another institution accepted in transfer. If credits are to be used in a major/minor, department approval is required. Grade point deficiencies at WLC cannot be made up with transfer course credit.

Repeated Courses

Repeated courses only count once in total credits earned. If a student repeats a course at WLC which was previously accepted for credit at the time of transfer, the transferred credits will be removed from the student's record.

Credit Hour Equivalencies

Wisconsin Lutheran College operates on a semester system. Transfer credits based on a different unit of credit will be converted to semester credits before being transferred.

College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Professional Studies (Traditional Undergraduate Programs)

Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts credit earned through the following examination programs

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DSST Program (DANTES)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

Transferability is determined from an official test score report. A maximum of 30 credits of credit by examination may be applied toward a bachelor's degree.

Credit for Military Education and Experience

Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts credit for armed service education and training according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). Transferability is determined from an official military transcript or, for basic training, the student's DD-214. There is a 15 semester credit limit on the number of military credits that may be accepted in transfer to WLC, although not all military credits may be applicable to the GENEDS or specific programs.

College of Adult and Graduate Studies – Non-traditional credits

The undergraduate program in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Wisconsin Lutheran College accepts credit for non-traditional learning transcripted through a regionally accredited college or university or through the American Council on Education (ACE) according to the same guidelines given for traditional coursework. WLC does not accept in transfer credits for any form of learning unless transcripted. A maximum of 45 semester credits of prior learning from all institutions can be applied to a WLC degree from such programs as:

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • DSST Program (DANTES)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Straighterline (15 credit maximum)
  • Portfolio review


Wisconsin Lutheran College is part of the Milwaukee Area Collegiate Language Consortium (MACLC) with Alverno College, Carroll University, and Mt. Mary University. MACLC is a voluntary higher education association dedicated to promoting and developing the study of world languages in efficient and cost-effective ways. For additional questions, please see the Registrar's Office.

Articulation Agreements

The College of Professional Studies and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:

  • UW Colleges

College of Adult and Graduate Studies:

  • UW Colleges
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Gateway Technical College

Disclaimer: The policies of this document are subject to change as deemed appropriate by the faculty, administration, or board of regents of Wisconsin Lutheran College. Any such changes may be implemented without prior notice, without obligation, and, unless specified, are effective when made.