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MBU ECP Transferability of Credit

Transferability of Credit
Each year MBU sends hundreds of transcripts for MBU ECP students to schools across Missouri and the nation.  Click here to request a transcript. Upon receiving the student’s transcript, institutions can transfer the credits into the planned program of study, reducing the number of courses the student must complete in order to graduate. Another option is that the university can exempt the student from taking certain courses required for freshmen and sophomores including introductory courses in composition, math, science and social studies. Students may also be able to use the transfer credit for prerequisites for their major or minor fields of study.

Often when a student earns dual credit, not only does the credit transfer, but the grade earned also transfers.  This means that all your hard work will be reflected in your overall college grade point average (GPA)!  Conversely, credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP) exams are not reflected in your college GPA.  Because dual credit students are typically high performers, the GPA contribution will not only affect your high school transcript, but it can help to obtain and retain college scholarships. NOTE:  Although a college accepts dual credit courses as credit hours on the college transcript, the college may choose not to include the course grades in the student’s college GPA.  As you’re considering colleges, we suggest you ask (1) how the credit hours will transfer and (2) how the grades will be used.

As you are checking on transferability of courses, it may help to understand the meaning of these kinds of credit:

  • “Like” credit

In most cases, an MBU ECP course is transferred and accepted as the same course the student would need to complete as a freshman or sophomore. It transfers as “like” credit.  A list of available courses can be found here. Many courses have received CORE 42 approval.  Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public (and participating independent) colleges and universities in Missouri.  MBU is one of only five independent institutions participating in CORE 42.

  • “Elective” credit

In other cases, the credit hours are counted as “elective” credit because the receiving university does not have a course that matches the course the dual credit student is transferring. In that case, the student can count the hours toward graduation but may still need to take a course that is similar to, but not the same as, the dual credit course.

Once you have registered for and completed an MBU ECP course, the MBU transcript certifies that you have earned college credit, but it does not automatically guarantee the credit will be accepted at every institution.  Students should call their prospective colleges before registering for MBU ECP courses. Because MBU ECP does not accept late registrations, it is the student’s responsibility to find out if a course will transfer to the school of his or her choice before enrolling in the program.

We suggest the following steps to check on the transferability of dual credit to a student’s chosen school:

  1. Call the Office of the Registrar / Records at the institution(s) you are interested in. Tell them your name, high school, and names of MBU ECP courses you are taking.
  2. It is up to the school you will attend to decide whether they will accept your credit.
  3. If you get an answer you feel is incorrect, it may help to call the Department Chairperson of the academic department for the MBU ECP course you are wishing to transfer.
  4. You may need to provide a syllabus from the MBU ECP course. Syllabi may be available from your high school teacher or you can contact the Director of MBU ECP.

When credit is not given for MBU ECP courses, the following reasons may apply:

  • The college attended does not offer a similar course.
  • The college requires that, in some disciplines, freshmen take introductory courses taught only on that campus.
  • Some colleges will not recognize a college course that was also used to meet a high school graduation requirement.  In other words, the college does not recognize dual credit.

IN SUMMARY, BE SURE TO CHECK ON TRANSFERABILITY!

Evaluation of any kind of transfer credit is made on an individual basis.  Even though a college or university has recognized MBU ECP credit in the past, does not mean that it has a future commitment to do so.  By contrast, the fact that an institution has limited its acceptance of MBU ECP credit in the past does not imply that those limitations are permanent.

For more information, contact the MBU Early College Partnerships office at Missouri Baptist University by e-mailing MBUECP@mobap.edu or by calling 314-392-2203.