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Limitations on Credit Applicable Toward a Degree

  • Seattle Pacific University will accept no more than 90 credits combined total from two-year colleges, unaccredited institutions, advanced standing for international 13th year, and approved testing programs such as AP, Cambridge International, CLEP, and IB.
    • Of those 90 credits, no more than 45 credits may come from advanced standing for 13th year and exam programs, including SPU’s Credit by Exam.
    • Credit for military service is limited to 3 credits of physical activity for basic training.
    • Credit will not be transferred for experiential learning or work experience.
  • You may earn no more than 30 credits from other institutions after matriculating at SPU, with the exception of courses earned through a pre-approved study abroad program.
  • At least 25 of your final 45 credits for the degree must be earned through SPU, with the exception of approved study abroad credits. 
  • Except when participating in approved study abroad, you may not take courses concurrently from SPU and another institution during the regular academic year (Autumn through Spring quarters). 
  • You may enroll in 5000-level courses, but they will not apply to undergraduate degree program requirements at SPU, nor are these courses eligible for financial aid. 
  • Graduate-level courses will not apply toward an undergraduate degree.
  • If you are a non-matriculated student, credits in excess of 45 completed before matriculation at SPU will not apply toward a first undergraduate degree. 
  • If you are a non-matriculated student, credits in excess of 15 taken prior to matriculation at SPU may not be applied to a post-baccalaureate degree.