Credit Transfer and Military Transcripts

Viterbo will accept credit from any regionally accredited college or university.  Official transcripts are required as part of the admission process.  Official transcripts are sent from college to college (no hand delivered transcripts are accepted as part of the admission process).  Military students can provide us with an unofficial transcript and receive an unofficial transfer evaluation during the beginning of the search process).

Military Transcripts

All service members can access their military transcripts provided by the different branches of the military.  Both current and former members can request their transcripts which include individual military education, training and experience.  Your training has been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and we will use ACE’s recommendations for credit transfer.  Additional information can be found at  Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs 

  • U.S. Army: Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)
  • U.S. Navy: Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
  • U.S. Air Force: Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
  • U.S. Marine Corps: Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)
  • U.S. Coast Guard: U.S. Coast Guard Institute (CGI)
  • GED: Obtain your GED transcript based on the original testing center.

Credit for Military Training
If you have been or are a member of the military then you can apply your earned credit by having a copy of your official ACE transcript sent directly to Viterbo University.  Viterbo accepts a maximum of 30 credit hours base on ACE’s recommendation. (maximum 30 credit hours) *

Viterbo University will grant credit for education experiences earned from and awarded by an accredited college or university while serving in the armed forces. A maximum of 30 credits, in any combination, may be accepted via ACE recommended courses, DANTES examinations, or the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Viterbo University reserves the right to make such determinations.  (See below for further descriptions) 

College Transfer Credit
Viterbo University welcomes applications from students attending two-year or four-year regionally accredited schools. Credit for college-level work is granted in all areas that correspond to courses offered at Viterbo University as long as the student has earned a grade of “C-”  or higher for the course. (Grades of CD are not eligible for transfer)

Transfer students will be considered for admission as long as they have a cumulative grade average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, are free to return to their previous college or university, and are considered to be in good academic standing both at their previous school and at Viterbo University. Transfer students need a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA to enter the nursing program, and a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA to enter the dietetics, teacher education, and social work programs. Transfer students to Viterbo University must submit the following:

  • an official high school transcript sent directly from the school to Viterbo University
  • an official set of college transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended sent directly from the institution(s) to Viterbo University (hand-carried copies of both the high school transcript and any post-secondary transcripts are not accepted)
  • results of the ACT or SAT (for nursing majors)

Alternative Credit
Viterbo University also awards credit for some Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate, as well as awards retroactive language credit.

Students who feel they have significant college-relevant learning based on life or work experience creditable toward a college degree may apply for and earn credits for this prior learning through the portfolio process. All portfolios of learning experience must be approved by the appropriate academic school and department at Viterbo University. Students will explore their eligibility to apply for prior learning credit with their academic advisor. Credits for work through the portfolio process are limited to 30 credits.

Transfer Credit Policy
Credits for letter graded courses earned at regionally accredited institutions will transfer to Viterbo University. Courses in which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or higher will be considered for transfer to Viterbo University. Grades of CD are not eligible for transfer. If a student has less than a “C” in a course required for the major or a required support course, the individual must retake that course. Individual schools or departments may require that coursework in the major be current with academic and professional standards.

Viterbo University recognizes the value of career education provided by regionally accredited technical colleges and strives to provide opportunities for those students to combine their technical education with advanced coursework in their major field and a background in the liberal arts that results in a baccalaureate degree. Credits which are a part of an associate degree program will be considered for transfer to Viterbo University.

Courses of a remedial or pre-college nature will not be accepted for transfer.

All credits eligible for transfer from two year institutions will be transferred to Viterbo University. Students must, however, satisfy all support and discipline-specific coursework for the major. Every student must earn a minimum of 43 credits in upper division coursework as required by the university’s accrediting body.

Students enrolled at Viterbo University who wish to take a course at another institution must obtain prior approval to insure the course will transfer to Viterbo University. The form for this approval is available in the Office of the Registrar or the office’s Web page.

Viterbo University will accept a completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four year college or university, an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited college or university or an Associate of Science degree from a Viterbo University approved regionally accredited two-year college program (not vocational/technical schools unless they have accredited college parallel programs) as having fulfilled the general education requirements and overlays and competencies of the final degree requirements at Viterbo University except for courses in religious studies which are unique to a Catholic educational experience. Some programs of study have specific support course requirements for the degree. This policy does not exempt students from those requirements. The baccalaureate, A.A. or A.S. degree must be completed and earned prior to enrollment at Viterbo University.

Advanced Placement
Viterbo University participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program whereby high school students may enroll in advanced high school courses, take the AP exam and receive college credit (with the appropriate score). The student must enroll as a degree seeking student at Viterbo University. Contact the Office of the Registrar or see the office’s Web page for further information.

American Council on Education
Viterbo University will grant credit for educational experiences evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). See military training and PONSI.

Credit by Examination
Viterbo University participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Only the CLEP subject examinations are considered for college credit. Students are eligible to receive credit in the subject areas of biology, business, chemistry, composition, computer science, English literature, history, mathematics, psychology, and sociology, no matter when, where, or how their knowledge has been acquired. The examinations are administered three times per year to currently enrolled students and to incoming students who enroll the subsequent semester. There is a fee for each examination. Interested persons should contact the School of Graduate, Professional and Adult Education, for more information. A maximum of 30 credits in any combination may be accepted via ACE recommended courses, DANTES examinations, or the CLEP. Viterbo University reserves the right to make such determinations.

Credit for Prior Learning
An adult student who wishes to receive college credit for prior learning and feels he/she has significant college-relevant learning from lifetime/work experience creditable toward a college degree can become involved in this program. A limit of 30 semester hours may be earned by portfolio. To participate in the credit for prior learning program you must:

  • enroll concurrently to establish current student status for award of credit
  • enroll in a non-credit portfolio workshop or INDV 300, Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment
  • construct a portfolio containing lifetime/work learning that you feel may be applicable to college credit and course objectives
  • submit portfolio to the academic departments involved and pay portfolio fees (See Tuition and Fees section)
  • academic departments will review the portfolio and upon successful completion, credit award will be made

Students who would like to know more about credit for prior learning are encouraged to contact the School of Graduate, Professional, and Adult Education.