Transferring Credits

Saint Leo Education Centers are happy to work with you to make sure you get credit for work you’ve already done.

Traditional Transfer Credit

Need to transfer credits from other universities you’ve attended? Our academic advisors evaluate your transcripts and match credits with a Saint Leo program that’s right for you.

Coursework qualifying as academic credit should be from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, and must not be vocational or remedial in nature.

  • The maximum number of credits that can be transferred and accepted from community or junior colleges by Saint Leo University is 64 hours.
  • If you transfer to Saint Leo with an Associate of Arts degree, you may earn a bachelor's degree by completing a minimum of 30 credit hours with Saint Leo—15 of which must be in your major. Your Associate of Arts degree satisfies all General Education requirements, with the exception of COM 140: Basic Computer Skills and a religious studies course and foundation courses.
  • If you transfer to Saint Leo with a bachelor's degree from another college or university, you may earn a Saint Leo bachelor’s degree by completing a minimum of 30 credit hours with Saint Leo University—15 of which must be in your major. Your bachelor's degree satisfies all General Education requirements.
  • Credit that was earned 25 or more years prior to the date of application to Saint Leo will be considered on a course-by-course, case-by-case basis.

Non-Traditional Transfer Credit

Saint Leo University recognizes non-traditional transfer credit earned or validated through the methods listed below.

Standardized Examinations

The University recognizes the following standardized examinations at the credit levels recommended by the respective testing services:

  • Excelsior College Examinations (ECE). Formerly ACT PEP: Regents.
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations and specific subtests. Up to 40 credits may be earned through the general examinations. For more information go to
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). More information about DANTES can be found at
  • Advanced Placement Exam (AP). Credit awarded with score of 3 or higher.

In most cases, transfer credit is granted in accordance with scores recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE). However, there are specific exceptions where the University requires a higher score than the recommended score in order to fulfill degree requirements. Students should meet with their academic advisor prior to taking any standardized tests.

The maximum limit on standardized examination transfer credit is 40 semester hours. Examinations and minimum scores acceptable for credit are subject to change.

Military Service Courses & Training

Credit for military courses and training may be granted, based on formal evaluation by the Registrar and by recommendations published by ACE. The maximum limit upon this category of transcript credit is 39 semester hours.

To receive credit for military training, you must prepare the following for your application:

  1. Documentation for evaluation of nontraditional transfer credit from one of the following:
    • U.S. Army-AARTS transcript
    • Validated DD Form 295
    • Navy-Marine Corps SMART document
    • Community College of the Air Force CCAF Transcript

Police Training Experience

Credit for training may be granted based upon individual evaluations of official training center certificates and/or transcripts. A maximum of 21 semester hours of transfer credit for training and police courses may be awarded if not duplicated elsewhere. State and training center certificates must be presented for evaluation. Courses of less than 40 contact hours will not be considered for credit.

Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction

The University recognizes credit recommendations established by ACE and published in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs. Credit is also recognized from the Directory of the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction, conducted by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. A maximum of 33 hours may be awarded.