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Transfer coursework


Transfer initiatives and resources

Augustana has numerous transfer initiatives for both current students seeking to take courses over the summer as well as resources for new students seeking to transfer to Augustana. 

Transfer coursework

To be transferable, courses taken at another institution need not be exactly comparable to courses offered at Augustana, but should be in an academic program and at a level that is normally applicable to an Augustana liberal arts degree. Please also see Transfer Initiatives and Resources section below. 

A stricter criterion of comparability may be applied for a course to fulfill a general graduation requirement or a requirement for a major. Augustana does not accept coursework that is considered remedial in nature. 

Students may not pick and choose which courses are applied to their record. If transfer coursework was taken after initial enrollment with the college students are required to petition every course on their transcript for transfer before any work will be applied to the record. Augustana students who wish to inquire about transferring credits to Augustana after initial enrollment should complete the petition to transfer credit form. Students may not transfer coursework if they have previously taken the courses at Augustana. See Course Repeat and Replacement and Advanced Standing for the policies and how to request a repeat of an Augustana course. 

Following completion of the pre-approved course, students should arrange to have the official transcripts sent directly to Augustana from the other institution by mail or by official e-delivery. Augustana does not accept hand-delivered transcripts at any time, including those sealed in an envelope. Please see the transcripts page for more information.

(Here is information for students interested in transferring to Augustana.)

For complete policies on transfer work visit the College Catalog.

Acadeum Coursework

Augustana students have the option of enrolling in summer consortial courses and pre-approved online transfer courses from other four-year colleges and universities through Acadeum. Students who seek to enroll for Acadeum coursework during the academic year may not enroll in consortial courses or any other transfer course while concurrently enrolled at Augustana. All students who do not plan to be enrolled at Augustana, but wish to take courses elsewhere must complete the online transfer approval form if they are not taking a summer only Acadeum consortial course. 

Augustana helps facilitate the enrollment and billing process for Acadeum courses, however, students enrolled in Acadeum courses become students at the partnering institution for the duration of the course and are subject to that institution's policies and procedures.

Augustana students have two options for how they can utilize Acadeum courses. As part of the approval process for each student applicant, Augustana staff will make the final decision about which option is appropriate or acceptable for each student. Students may not repeat courses they failed at Augustana through an Acadeum transfer or consortial course. See Grading Policies

If you are searching for a specific course to meet general education requirements and do not find the course listed on the Acadeum site, contact the Office of Advising, who can work with you to identify other course offerings. If you are searching for a course to fulfill a major/minor requirement, you must work with your departmental advisor or department chair. 

If you are receiving federal financial aid for the summer term, it is vital to check with financial aid before dropping a course. Federal regulations could result in your owing the college if you withdraw from a course, or fail to begin a course for which you have registered.

Consortium Coursework 

Augustana students in good academic standing can take consortial online summer courses through Acadeum. These courses are marked as "consortial" within the Acadeum site. A consortial course will count as an Augustana course. So, while a summer consortial course will be offered by a different college or university, consortial courses are deemed as fully equivalent to a specified Augustana course, the course will appear on the student's Augustana transcript as an Augustana course (though these courses will be designated with a specialized section number in order to indicate that the course was not actually taken at Augustana), and the grade that a student receives in a consortial course will impact the student's Augustana GPA. Note that consortial courses cannot be counted among the minimum of 60-credits of in-residence courses that Augustana students require for graduation, and consortial courses cannot be included among the last 12 credits a student applies toward graduation.

The contact for CIC consortial coursework is the Office of Advising


TES is a cloud-based repository of college catalogs, which provides efficiency in evaluating transfer courses and determining equivalencies. Transferology is powered from TES data and provides a user-friendly, web-based tool to provide information to potential transfer students. Using Transferology, students can see how coursework completed at one institution will transfer to another institution. The majority of 4-year private institutions in Illinois participate in Transferology, and students looking to transfer to 4-year institutions in Illinois utilize Transferology at high rates. Building Transferology is an on-going process of developing course equivalencies. If you have questions about this tool, please contact the Transferology/TES coordinator Mary Windeknecht, Director of Advising.

IAI - Transfer Agreement for Students that Complete Illinois Articulation Initiative

As a receiving institution within the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), Augustana will consider the six Learning Perspective (LP) requirements, the Quantitative (Q) requirement, and the first year sequence requirement (FYI 101 and 102) fulfilled when a student transfers to Augustana having successfully completed the IAI’s General Education Package prior to initial enrollment at Augustana. 

Graduation requirements not automatically fulfilled by the IAI General Education Package include:

• Diversity Suffixes (D, G);

• LSC-300;

• Reasoned Examination of Faith (REF);  

• Health and Physical Education (PEA) activity requirement; and

• Second Language

However, individual credits and courses for all transfer students are evaluated on a case by case basis, so qualifying transfer courses may also be applied to the college-wide graduation requirements listed above as well as major requirements as Augustana policy allows.

While qualifying IAI students will have the above list of requirements noted as complete within their degree audit, courses that have earned a grade of “D” will not be placed on the student record as credit. Therefore, students should verify their classification (i.e. year in school as defined by credits) as they first enroll and determine how many credits they will need to earn while at Augustana to complete their intended program and the degree. Students should also consult the college’s additional transfer credit policies.

Other transfer agreements 

Augustana has several partnership agreements with community colleges. This option is only available to students who begin their studies at Augustana as a transfer student. Please visit our Transfer Student and Policies webpage for more information. 

New transfer students

New transfer students who have questions should see Transferring to Augustana. Students seeking information about transfer coursework should work directly with Rachel Gustafson, associate director of admissions and transfer enrollment.

Transfer equivalencies

Currently enrolled students who wish to transfer summer courses to Augustana should complete the online Petition to Transfer Coursework form available in Arches