Transfer 101


Transfer applicants are evaluated on the basis of their previous college work and must provide an official transcript from each college attended.

To be eligible for admission, transfer students must have earned one of the following:

  • 12 or more transferable college credits and a 2.5 college grade point average or
  • 24 transferable college credits and a 2.0 grade point average

*Please note that these are merely minimum grade point averages and do not guarantee admission.

Transfer Credit

Bridgewater State University is very liberal in the number of transfer credits accepted from other institutions; 69 credits from a two-year institution and 90 credits from a four-year institution.

Transfer credit is provided for all college level coursework obtained from an accredited institution in which you received a C- or above. Developmental or remedial coursework does not transfer.  Note there are Massachusetts statewide programs that do allow for the transfer of grades in certain situations.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing with college credit is granted to entering students who have demonstrated college-level proficiency through established procedures.

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Bridgewater State University participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board, providing academic credit for students qualified for advanced placement standing. Those interested should take the College Board Advanced Placement tests and have the results submitted to the Office of Admission for evaluation. Students scoring three, four or five will receive placement and credit from the university.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Bridgewater State University welcomes International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma students and will consider awarding academic credit toward completion of a Bachelors degree for IB Higher Level courses in which students have earned scores of 4 or higher. Decisions regarding the award of academic credit will be made by the Office of Admission in consultation with the appropriate department chairpersons. Course credits will be regarded as transfer credits. No credit will be awarded for standard level courses.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Bridgewater State University awards academic credits that students may earn though the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) of the College Board.

Credit earned with CLEP examinations may be applied toward fulfilling core curriculum requirements, major and elective requirements. The chart in this section provides information about the specific CLEP examinations and equivalent BSU courses.

Further information can be found within the university catalog.

Second Degree Option

You may be admitted to the college to pursue an additional bachelor's degree in a field of study substantially different from your initial degree program if you have earned a bachelor's degree at Bridgewater State University or at another accredited institution. More information on completing a second bachelor's degree can be found within the university catalog.

B.E.A.R.S. Database

Looking for more information about the courses that will transfer over from your current institution? The B.E.A.R.S. database can provide information on courses that have been transferred in the past and how they will match up with your program of study.

Note this is not a final list; courses not found within the database may still be honored for transfer credit and may be eligible for an appeal.