Admission as a transfer student does not imply admission to a specific academic major. Admission to the major is determined by the department once the admission process has been completed and the student has been accepted to the university. Transfer students are encouraged to consult with department faculty either by phone or in person during the admission process regarding admission to the major. Admissions staff will be pleased to facilitate these visits.
Transfer students must successfully complete at least 15 credits in the major program at Clarke University. Special policies regulate the transfer of credits for religious studies and composition/speech courses in the general education program.
Religious Studies Courses
- Religious Studies or Theology courses transferred from Catholic colleges or universities are accepted and count toward General Education Foundational RELS credit, Divisional credit, Elective credit, or College Elective credit.
- Courses transferred from other faith-based colleges or universities will be accepted as General Education Divisional or Elective credit, or University Elective credit. In some cases, one bible/scripture course from faith-based colleges and universities may count toward General Education Foundational RELS (200 level) credit. Placement of credits will be based on the sending institution and course description and determined by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Director of General Education.
- Religious Studies or theology courses transferred from all other institutions will be accepted as General Education Divisional or Elective credit, or University Elective credit as specified in institutional articulations or as determined by the Registrar’s Office in consultation with the Director of General Education.
Composition and Speech Courses
All students are required to complete the Clarke University writing assessment at entrance.
- When a student transfers 3 credit hours in writing, the 3 credits will be accepted. First-year transfers scoring 1 or 2 must enroll in either GNED 110, Cornerstone I, or GNED 123, Speech, in addition to GNED 111, Cornerstone II. Other transfer students scoring 1 or 2 will be placed in GNED 120, Writing Practicum and GNED 123, Speech. For those students whose writing assessment score is 3 or higher, the 3 credit hours will satisfy GNED 110 Cornerstone requirement and the student will enroll in GNED 111, Cornerstone II or GNED 123, Speech. If the writing assessment score is 4, the individual may be eligible for honors Cornerstone II.
- When a student transfers 6 credit hours in writing, 6 credits will be accepted. If the writing assessment score is 1, the student will need to enroll in GNED 110, Cornerstone I and GNED 111, Cornerstone II, or GNED 120 Writing Practicum and GNED 123, Speech. If the writing score is 2 or above, the 6 credits will satisfy GNED 110, Cornerstone I and 3 credits will be general education or college electives. These students complete the Cornerstone requirement by taking GNED 123 Speech.
- Students who transfer 3 credits of speech and no writing need to enroll in GNED 111, Cornerstone II, or GNED 120, Writing Practicum.
- Students who transfer 3 credits in writing and 3 in speech and score 1 or 2 on the writing placement, will register in GNED 111, Cornerstone II or GNED 120, Writing Practicum. Those scoring 3 or higher on the assessment will complete the requirement without further coursework in writing or speech.
- When a student transfers 9 credit hours in writing and speech, and receives a score of 2 or higher in the writing assessment, 6 credits will satisfy Cornerstone I and Cornerstone II, and the remaining 3 transfer credits will satisfy general education elective credit or university elective credit. Students who score 1 must take GNED 111, Cornerstone II, or GNED 120, Writing Practicum.
- Transfer of Intermediate Algebra courses will be equated with Clarke’s Intermediate Algebra course regardless of its numerical designation
- Transfer of 100 level math courses in “College Algebra” or other college “level” math courses will satisfy proficiency and credit may count as divisional or elective credit as needed.
Other General Education Courses
The following courses from regionally accredited institutions will be accepted as general education credits.
- College level courses from universally accepted liberal arts disciplines that are 100 or 200 level courses.
- Fine Arts “hands-on” courses, e.g., art or drama laboratory courses, music ensembles (not to exceed 3 credits)
- Religious studies courses from non-Catholic institutions may satisfy humanities requirements.
NOTE: In cases where courses have generic titles such as humanities, the registrar’s office will make a determination based on course description if the course best suits Clarke’s humanities, fine arts, or social science division.
The university will record course titles and the number of credit hours on the student’s Clarke transcript; a student’s grade point average (GPA) for a degree, however, will be computed on Clarke courses and cross-registered courses from Loras College and the University of Dubuque only. Transfer courses with a grade of C- and above are listed as S on the transcript. Courses with grades below C- are neither accepted, nor listed on the transcript.
Academic Honors at Commencement
Academic honors at commencement are awarded to candidates for baccalaureate degrees who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on Clarke University coursework. Candidates are expected to have completed a minimum of 45 graded credit hours at Clarke University by their degree completion date. Honors printed in the commencement program are calculated as of the end of Spring Session I grades. Diplomas and transcripts will reflect final honors.
- 3.80 or above Summa Cum Laude
- 3.65–3.79 Magna Cum Laude
- 3.50–3.64 Cum Laude
Honors at commencement are also awarded to candidates for baccalaureate degrees who have successfully completed the Honors Program.