DigiPen welcomes applicants from all types of educational backgrounds. Applicants who have college-level, AP, or CLEP-related studies are automatically considered for transfer credits during the application process. If this applies to you, please send official transcripts and test scores for consideration. If we decide you have eligible transfer credits, we will notify you with your acceptance packet.
DigiPen’s degree programs are linear in nature, and transfer credits cannot be used to shorten the amount of time it takes to complete a degree program; however, transfer credits may help lighten your course load during certain semesters or allow you to take additional electives or more advanced coursework.
Transfer credits are not awarded grade points and are not calculated as part of your grade point average (GPA). However, if the credit transferred is from an institution with which DigiPen has an articulation agreement, the grade will be recorded and will count toward your GPA. Transferred courses may not be used to substitute improved grades for passing grades earned at DigiPen.
Transferring schools may affect the amount and type of financial aid available to you. We encourage you to contact our Office of Financial Aid about financial aid as a transfer student.
Transfer Credit Requirements
Eligible transfer credits vary by degree program. Previous courses must have the same content, rigor, and credit hour total as a DigiPen course, and you must earn a B- grade or better to be eligible to receive transfer credit for the course. The course must have been earned by examination at an accredited college or university in the last 10 years and must appear on your official transcripts. The Registrar will evaluate potential transfer credits with respect to graduation requirements at DigiPen.
If you have studied college-level courses outside of the United States, you must provide course descriptions for review with your transcripts. If the course descriptions are not in English, please provide official translations in addition to the original documents. (See For International Applicants for more details on translating application materials.)
Regardless of credits transferred, you must complete a minimum of 50% of your undergraduate degree program at DigiPen, unless your transferred credits come from an institution with which DigiPen has established an articulation agreement. If you are a graduate student, you may be eligible to transfer up to 15 credits from other colleges and DigiPen programs.
Current students are strongly urged to seek transfer approval from their academic advisor and the DigiPen Registrar prior to enrollment in any course for which transfer credits might be sought.
Developmental courses, orientation courses, or courses that award a “pass” or “credit” grade are not eligible for transfer credits.
If transfer credits would count toward your major requirements, DigiPen may also require a validation examination before approving the transfer credits.
Pre-Approval of Courses for Transfer Credit
If you are a prospective transfer student and you would like to choose courses at your current postsecondary institution that will be eligible for transfer credit, DigiPen can pre-approve courses. To receive pre-approval for a course, you must:
Review the DigiPen recommended course sequence for your program of choice and compare that to the courses available at your current school.
Email our Admissions Office with the following:
A link to the course descriptions at your current school that are similar to courses at DigiPen;
Your DigiPen program of choice;
Current transcripts of courses already taken.
Requests for pre-approval must be received at least two weeks prior to registering at DigiPen.
We will respond to your request via email. Please note that pre-approval of a course does not guarantee transferability. If you earn a grade lower than a B- or if the DigiPen course curriculum changes, the pre-approved course may no longer be transferable.
Your transcripts will be evaluated again automatically as part of the admissions process, and you will be notified in the acceptance packet of final transferable credits.