Transfer Credit Policies

Transfer Credit Policies

Contact Information

Deanna Stumbo
Foundation Courses Office
229 Ross Hall
(515) 294-3516
stumbo@iastate.edu

How do transfer students fulfill the ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement?

Students transferring to Iowa State University with credit deficiencies in the ISUComm Foundation Courses should be advised to complete the requirements for their ISUComm Foundation Courses as soon as possible. Eleventh-hour requests for credit waivers may delay a student’s graduation.

  • Transfer credit must be earned from an accredited English-speaking college or university in the United States.
  • Transfer students without credit for English 150 or 250. Students who enter ISU without credit in the ISUComm Foundation Courses will have an opportunity to earn credit for English 150 if their ACT-E, SAT-EWR, SAT-CR score, or Advanced Placement (AP) credit meets the placement criteria as described on the English Placement information page.
  • Transfer students with only English 150 credit. If the transfer students are freshmen or sophomores, they must take English 250. If the students transfer in as juniors or seniors, they should be encouraged to take English 250, or they may choose to take the English 250 Test-Out.
  • Transfer students with only English 250 credit. These students do not need to take English 150. Instead, they will need to take an advanced communication course (English 275, 302, 309, 312, 313, or 314). Before this is done, they must receive permission from their adviser and approval from the ISUComm Foundation Courses office. For approval from the ISUComm Foundation Courses office, the student’s adviser must submit an online Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) filling out the ISUComm Foundation Requirement Changes section by listing the advanced communication course (English 275, 302, 309, 312, 313, or 314) the student plans to take at ISU in place of English 150.
  • Students who transfer English 250U (Accel Rhetoric – 010:003) from the University of Iowa with a “C” or better meet the ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement. These students will receive 3 credits of English 250U (the designating transfer credit from the University of Iowa). These students, however, will not receive credit for English 150. A Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) to the ISUComm Foundation Courses office is not required, but the student’s adviser must document the deficiency by indicating on the degree audit that the student can graduate with 3 credits in the Communication Proficiency Certification Requirements section, listing completion of English 150 and 250.
  • Students who transfer 2 credits of English 150 and 2 credits of English 250 from the PAIDEIA course (also includes 2 credits of HIST 2T**- PAIDEIA I and 2 credits of HIST 2T**- PAIDEIA II) from Luther College with a “C” or better meet the ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement. A Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) to the ISUComm Foundation Courses office is not required, but the student’s adviser must document the deficiency by indicating on the degree audit that the student can graduate with 4 credits in the Communication Proficiency Certification Requirements section, listing completion of English 150 and 250.
  • Transfer students with a total of 5 credits in English 150 and 250. Transfer students with 5 credits in English composition will have the remaining 1 credit automatically waived. A Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) to the ISUComm Foundation Courses office is not required, but the student’s adviser must document the deficiency by indicating on the degree audit that the student can graduate with the 5 credits in the Communication Proficiency Certification Requirements section, listing completion of English 150 and 250.
  • Transfer students with quarter credit. Students enrolled in schools with 9 or 10 quarter-credit English composition programs are advised to complete the full sequence at those schools before transferring to Iowa State University. Six quarter-credits transferred in ISUComm Foundation Courses will not meet the Iowa State University requirement.
  • Transfer credit for courses that do not transfer into ISU as English 150 or 250. Students and advisers should read the course descriptions for 150 and 250 BEFORE sending materials for evaluation. They should look at the ISUComm Curriculum and Objectives web page. Literature and university orientation courses are not equivalent. Courses lacking a significant amount of multimodal work are also not equivalent.

Students who believe their transfer credit may be equivalent to our English 150 or 250 must provide the ISUComm Foundation Courses office (Deanna Stumbo – 229 Ross) with the following:

• A Request for Department Review of Transfer Course or Military Credit form filled out with their adviser’s assistance and signature. This form can be found on the Office of the Registrar website. Under Quick Links, select Forms and on the Forms page you’ll find this form under the For Students column.

• a catalog course description of the class that the student took

• a syllabus and course schedule from the class

• all major assignments composed in class

The Director of ISUComm Foundation Courses will review the information provided to determine whether the course can be used in place of the required English 150 or 250 courses at ISU.

Please Note:

• Transfer course evaluations will only be reviewed once the student has started attending ISU, and after the course has been successfully completed.

• Please allow at least two weeks for a response to a transfer course review.

  • Students who plan to study abroad may not transfer credit for English 150 or 250 from an institution in a country where English is not the first and main language spoken.
  • Exemptions from other schools. Exemptions from Foundation Courses requirements at other schools will not be applied to the ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement at ISU unless those exemptions carry with them academic credit. However, as outlined above, this policy does not apply to students who transfer English 250U (Accel Rhetoric – 010:003) from the University of Iowa.
  • What are the requirements for students with undergraduate degrees? Students who are seeking a second undergraduate degree do not have to fulfill the ISUComm Foundation Courses requirement unless their undergraduate degree was earned from an institution outside the United States or from a non-English institution in the United States. Student’s adviser must submit an online Degree Audit Adjustment Form (DAAF) filling out the ISUComm Foundation Requirement Changes section stating the student has an undergraduate degree.