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Transfer Students

Core Curriculum requirements may be met through International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), and College Level Exam Program (CLEP) examinations as well as dual enrollment and transfer credit. The Radford University Transfer Guide [PDF] includes more details about core curriculum requirements, undergraduate degrees, transfer recommendations for specific majors, and transfer equivalencies.

Information regarding transfer equivalencies for University Core A: Core Foundations is provided below.

International Baccalaureate Policy

Radford University recognizes the advanced level of academic preparation demonstrated by the International Baccalaureate. Students entering Radford University with an IB Certificate will be awarded three to eight (3-8) semester hours of credit (up to 12 for Foreign Language) for each course completed at the Higher Level with a score of four through seven (4-7).

In addition, to the higher level, standard level courses with scores of five (5) or higher will be considered in the awarding of credit for those students who have completed the IB diploma. Students who complete the IB Diploma have the opportunity to earn up to 30 semester credits.  Credits granted for individual IB courses or completion of the IB Diploma are shown as transfer hours on the official Radford University transcript and are included in the hours completed toward a degree. IB final course scores are evaluated for transfer credits in the same manner as for college transfer credits.

Advanced Placement and College Level Exam Program

Radford uses the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject exams and College Board Advanced Placement Tests to award graduation credits. The Advanced Placement Tests are given in May of the student’s junior or senior year in high school.

Radford University will allow credit for scores on the CLEP subject examinations and Advanced Placement Tests as shown in the table below.  Advanced Placement and CLEP scores are evaluated for transfer credits in the same manner as for college transfer credits.  See the section for Transfer Students for additional information regarding transfer credits.

Dual Enrollment

Students may receive credit for college courses taken to meet high school requirements. These credits may be applied toward a Radford University degree program but the dually enrolled credits are not evaluated automatically for transfer credit based upon high school transcripts.  An official college transcript must be provided in order for credit to be awarded.  Credits granted for dual enrollments are considered the same as any college transfer credits.

University Core A: Core Foundations

Transferring to Radford University

University Core A is a series of four interdisciplinary courses that synthesizes skills in critical thinking, oral and written communication, technology and information literacy, and ethical reasoning. A detailed list of transfer equivalencies is provided below.

Transferring from Radford University

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Core Foundation courses, transfer of credits will vary by institution.  For example, CORE 101 and CORE 102 emphasize written communication and information literacy and technology skills. These courses may transfer as two introductory composition courses (e.g., English 101 and 102) or an introductory and an advanced composition course. In addition, they may serve as the equivalent of an information literacy and technology requirement. Both CORE 201 and CORE 202 emphasize oral communication and critical thinking skills, while CORE 202 focuses on ethical argumentation. These courses may transfer as a critical thinking course and an introductory ethics course, or as an introductory philosophy course and a public speaking course. Transfer equivalencies will be determined by the institution to which a student transfers.

Official Course Syllabai