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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 percent 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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