To receive a bachelor's degree from the University of South Dakota, you must complete a minimum of 30 hours of USD credit, including at least 15 of the final 30 hours completed immediately prior to the degree. At least 50% of the coursework required for your major must be earned through USD.

Transfer Credit Review

Following your acceptance to USD, you will receive a tentative credit evaluation based on your official transcripts using the following guidelines:

  • Academic courses completed for credit at an accredited institution are generally accepted for transfer.
    • Credits from non-accredited institutions may be accepted for transfer subject to approval of the dean of the college or school in which you plan to enroll.
    • College credit earned while a student is still enrolled in high school may or may not be eligible for transfer. Consult your admissions counselor for further information.
  • Accepted academic courses will transfer as meeting graduation requirements as determined by the school or major department if:
    • the courses parallel requirements for the degree
    • the courses meet electives required for degree
  • Courses repeated for credit are evaluated using the last grade earned.
  • A maximum of 60 semester hours of transfer credit from a two-year college may apply toward graduation, and may not exceed one-half of the total semester hours required for completion of your USD degree.
  • Transfer credits are accepted with the same grade and credit as recorded on the original transcript from your previous institution.
  • Grades of "F" or the equivalent in a course otherwise transferable will be incorporated in calculating a student's cumulative grade-point average.
  • Remedial courses, vocational courses, orientation, life experience and high school level courses are not generally accepted for transfer credit.

Transferring credit from Non-U.S. Institutions

Read more about transferring your credits from a non-U.S. college.

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