Transferring Credits

  • You may transfer a maximum of two years of college coursework (59 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) to Lake Forest College. All transferable coursework up to the maximum, completed with a C- or better, will be accepted toward fulfillment of the bachelor of arts degree.

    If you are a recipient of an associate of arts (AA) degree in an applicable liberal-arts field from an accredited community college, you may be granted full junior standing (16 Lake Forest College credits). All coursework completed in the AA degree must have received a grade of C- or better to be transferable.

    How credits transfer

    The Office of the Registrar makes the official evaluation of transfer credit upon acceptance to the College and receipt of a student’s enrollment deposit. Once the registrar has determined how many transfer courses can be counted toward the Lake Forest College degree, you will be assigned class standing as follows: 16 Lake Forest credits (59 semester hours) equates to junior standing, 7 Lake Forest credits (26 semester hours) to sophomore standing, and 6 credits (22 semester hours) or fewer to first year standing.

    Lake Forest College weighs its own courses at four (4) semester hours. Students may transfer in only one 3-semester-hour course for full Lake Forest College credit. All succeeding courses transferred from another institution will be weighted as fractions of Lake Forest College credit at the rate of 1 semester hour = ¼ Lake Forest College credit.

    International credits

    Any credit earned outside of the U.S., including credit earned through study abroad programs, must be evaluated by the Academic Appeals Board of the College. Students with credit from outside the U.S. will work with Kristin Sundberg, director of transfer and international admissions, on this process.

    How your credits meet our curriculum requirements

    The Office of the Registrar determines which transferred credits apply to the General Education Curriculum at the time of your official transcript evaluation. Individual department chairpersons determine if transferred courses meet major requirements.

    • First Year Studies - A course in the College’s First Year Studies Program; waived if your transfer credits equal or exceed four Lake Forest College credits (14 semester hours)
    • First Year Writing - One course from an approved list that includes a substantial amount of writing (may be satisfied by the First Year Studies course); waived if your transfer credits equal or exceed seven Lake Forest College credits (26 semester hours)
    • Natural and Mathematical Sciences - Two courses from an approved list (includes computer science); must be from two different departments
    • Humanities - Two courses from an approved list; must be from two different departments
    • Social Science - Two courses from an approved list; must be from two different departments
    • Cultural Diversity - At least two courses from an approved list; the two cultural diversity courses must be taken from two different departments in the Humanities or Social Science divisions
    • Senior Studies - Determined by your major department or may be fulfilled as a Senior Thesis (as approved by the major department

    Credit for Summer Work at another Institution

    Enrolled students who plan to attend a summer session at a college in the United States other than Lake Forest must obtain prior approval for the proposed program of study. Forms for this purpose may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Transfer credits may be not be accepted for students who fail to obtain approval. Upon approval of coursework, credits earned by a student at another college will be converted into Lake Forest College course credits and will be included in the student’s total credits toward graduation, but the grades will not be used to calculate the grade point average. Refer to Transfer Credits (above) for specifics on how transfer credits are converted into Lake Forest College course credits.

  • Advanced Placement

    Students who have successfully completed Advanced Placement courses and the appropriate examinations provided by the College Entrance Examination Board may apply for college credit for this work.

    Scores of 4 or 5 on the examinations may entitle students to at least one course credit; scores of 1, 2 or, in most cases, 3, are not granted credit. A score of 4 or better on both the microeconomics and macroeconomics exams is required for one course credit in economics.

    Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department. 

    Advanced Placement Credit Table (pdf)

    International Baccalaureate

    Students who have successfully completed International Baccalaureate courses and taken the higher-level examinations provided by the IB Program may apply for college credit for this work.

    Grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the examinations entitle students to at least one course credit; grades of 1, 2, and 3 are not granted credit. Each department determines the specific amount of credit to be awarded. Credit will not be granted for both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate program examinations in the same department.

    International Baccalaureate Credit Table (pdf)

    Scores from this year

    If the College’s registrar has not yet received your AP or IB test and you wish to take a course in that discipline, you should register for the lower-level course in the department in question. For example, if you took the AP Test in Psychology, you should register for Psychology 110. Once we receive your score and determine that it satisfies our criteria, we will notify you so that you may change your schedule and enroll in the higher-level course – after consulting with your advisor, of course. Be sure to review the general information, prerequisites, and placement tests page, which also provides links to the course schedule and charts for AP and IB credit.

    Credit by Examination

    Students may apply to pass a regular course by special examination without prior enrollment. Consent of the instructor and approval of the Dean of the Faculty are required. Where appropriate, the instructor may set requirements in addition to the examination itself. For credit to be awarded, a grade of C– or better must be earned on the examination, but the student’s transcript will show only a CR (Credit). Special examinations are not allowed for courses that are usually part of pre-college curricula (for example, elementary languages or elementary mathematics) and are not normally allowed in courses previously audited or in which a student was enrolled. Students will be charged for course credits they earn by examination.