Transferring Your Credits

If you're thinking about transferring to Grand View University, you're in good company. We’re eager to help you leverage the credit you’ve already earned as you start working toward your degree. At Grand View, we keep our transfer process simple and our transfer policies friendly. Normally all college parallel credits from accredited institutions are accepted.

Transfer Students

Credit From Other Colleges & Universities

Grand View does not limit the number of credits accepted from other four-year colleges and universities.

Grand View accepts up to 75 semester hours of credit from community colleges. 

Articulation agreements between one college or university and another allow for seamless transfer of credit. The community colleges in Iowa are participating in a joint project to develop common course numbers to help with the transfer process. Here's a list of courses that at least eight of the Iowa community colleges have in common, along with Grand View’s equivalent course. Please note that this is not a complete list of courses that Grand View accepts for transfer.

Grand View has an articulation agreement with Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). We are in the process of updating agreements with other community colleges. Please refer to the list of courses or email Rachel Baron, transcript analyst, with any questions.

Articulation Agreements

Cross Enrollment

In 1975 the Des Moines Area Consortium for Higher Education implemented a Cross-Enrollment Program, extending the course offerings available to students attending Grand View, Drake, and Des Moines Area Community College. Under this program, full-time students at Grand View may enroll for one course up to three credits offered at Drake University or Des Moines Area Community College during the Fall and Spring semester. Students are responsible for all books, supplies, fees and additional tuition charges over the three credit limit. The Grand View University Registrar's Office coordinates this process and must be notified prior to registration for the class. Cross enroll courses do not interrupt nor add to the last 30 hours of Grand View requirements.

If a Grand View student is interested in cross enrolling at Drake or DMACC:

  1. Students must discuss what class they are interested in taking and how it will transfer back to Grand View with their academic advisor.
  2. Students must complete an add slip with course information and advisor signature and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Students will be asked to complete a cross enrollment tuition waiver form (must be completed in our office).
  3. The Registrar’s Office will scan and email the form to the appropriate school.
  4. The student will receive a confirmation email to confirm their registration. 

The guest school will automatically send transcripts to the home school at the end of the term. 

Off-Campus Programs

Grand View also awards credit for off-campus educational programs that have been evaluated by:

  • The American Council on Education (ACE)
  • The Armed Services
  • The Association of Executive and Administrative Professionals (AEAP)
  • The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
  • The Insurance Institute of America
  • The Life Management Institute (LOMA)

In addition, you may earn college credit through the successful completion of:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests
  • DSST Exams
  • Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) tests
  • Grand View departmental exams
  • Experiential learning (life experience) portfolios

Up to 32 hours of credit by examination and/or portfolio assessment may be counted toward the Grand View baccalaureate degree.

The Associate in Arts degree (AA) satisfies the Grand View University General Education Core requirements for the baccalaureate degree except for the composition and quantitative reasoning courses (unless fulfilled by transfer coursework), Core Seminars II and III, and the required number of outcome iterations (number determined by class status on entry to the University as defined above).

Transferring From DMACC
DMACC Transfer
Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer from an Accredited Institution

Grand View University follows the Transfer Credit Practices published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). The transfer of credit from one institution to another involves at least three considerations according to AACRAO. Grand View will take into consideration, when evaluating transfer credit, the following:

  1. The educational quality of the learning experience,
  2. The comparability of the nature, content, and level of the learning experience, and
  3. The appropriateness and applicability of the learning experience to the programs offered at Grand View.

The department chair of the courses being evaluated has the ultimate approval of transferability of the courses. Official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions attended whether coursework was completed or not. Transcripts must be mailed directly from the originating institution to Grand View University.

Only credits and grade points earned at Grand View will be used to calculate a student’s cumulative grade point averages. Credits with grades of D- (D minus) or above that transferred from an accredited institution can be used toward graduation and may be used to meet requirements and prerequisites for specific courses, but not necessarily toward students’ majors. Students awarded Latin honors must receive at least 45 credit hours from Grand View from which the grade point average will be calculated. The maximum number of transfer credits accepted from junior/community colleges is 75 semester credits. All transfer coursework is accepted at the course level from the originating institution.

Transfer from a Non-Accredited Institution

Grand View University may refuse to recognize credit from an institution that is not accredited by a regional accrediting organization or may accept credit for approved Core and/or major courses successfully passed with a C- (C minus) or above. Credit may be given for courses equivalent to the core courses required of every Grand View graduate.

Associate of Arts or baccalaureate degrees from an institution which is not regionally accredited will not automatically satisfy the Grand View General Education Core requirements; however, credit may be given for courses equivalent to the core courses required of every Grand View graduate.

At the discretion of the Registrar’s Office and the major department, courses may be counted toward the major. Additional coursework may be considered for elective or vocational-technical credit. . These credits count toward hours required for graduation but do not meet any specific degree requirements. The transferability of coursework follows the principles outlined in Transfer from an Accredited Institution.

No grades from non-accredited institutions are averaged into the cumulative GPA.

Transfer of Coursework Completed Outside of the United States of America

To receive credit for coursework completed outside of the United States of America (U.S.A.), the student must have the transcript evaluated by a transcript evaluation agency in the U.S.A., at the student’s expense. The evaluation must be completed on a course-by-course level. Evaluation by a transcript evaluation agency provides a guide for evaluating international course work; however, Grand View University retains the right to determine transferability of courses and degrees. Students may need to provide Grand View with additional information about coursework, if requested. To receive transfer credit for English composition, international students must take an equivalent course from an accredited institution in the United States or pass the Grand View Composition requirement. In some cases, transfer credit can be granted if the course work is transcripted by a college or university in the U.S.A. that sponsored the study abroad or semester at sea experience, but this situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.