Generally, meet with an ESSC advisor to have your GE courses and transfer credit summary audited. They can clear any errors (credits that did not transfer when they should have, for example) that the automated system in the Evaluation's office didn't catch.
Beginning July 2022, there is an important change in the College of Engineering TEP process. Please read the details below marked NEW!
- How do I transfer my course credits from another college?
- Order transcripts from the institution from which you took courses.
- Have them electronically sent to SJSU (recommended) or mailed to you, so you can hand deliver them to the Registrar's office, which is located under the North Garage. (Use the Dropbox by the Student Services Center entrance.)
- You will be emailed confirmation that they have received your transcripts and will need time to process and post your grades.
- Check the status of your transcripts in your Transfer Credit summary in MySJSU.
- Email email@example.com if your transcripts have been received but not yet posted.
- How do I make sure the courses I plan on taking will transfer (articulate) with SJSU?
- When should I transfer my credits?
As soon as possible.
If the transfer course is a prerequisite, you will need it posted in your records before you can register for the proceeding course during Advanced Enrollment. Otherwise, you will need to bring unofficial transcripts to the department or instructor in record to get an add code.
Failing to show proof or prerequisites may result in being dropped from the course.
- My credits didn't transfer. What should I do?
- I took an AP exam. For which courses or GE areas will I receive SJSU course credit?
- What is the "temporary Area C waiver," and how does it relate to Area F?
The temporary Area C waiver for 2021-2022 has been approved for our college.
If you are a new transfer student starting Fall 2021, you will not be required to complete Area F if you've had continuous enrollment at the community college. During the process of transfer credit being posted and evaluated and continuous enrollment verified, Evaluations will change your GE catalog year (different from the major catalog year) to Fall 2020, which would keep you on the old GE pattern and not require you to take Area F.
Transfer credit will continue to be evaluated and posted throughout the summer, so once credit has been evaluated, please refer to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have the continuous enrollment but are being held to Area F.
Read the CSU policy on GE requirements.
- What is the difference between a TEP and a substitution?
A TEP (transfer equivalency petition) is strictly for an external course with no articulation agreement already. It is submitted by the student through the TEP process, managed by the ESSC (see below for an important change in the process), and sent to the appropriate department.
Substitution is when an advisor approves the use of one course (external credit or another SJSU course) for another SJSU course. There could be an articulation agreement, or it could be another SJSU course. Only the major advisor can make a substitution. This is the more flexible option.
Here are some examples of substitutions:
The student took an external course with no articulation agreement, but the course is very close to an SJSU required course (e.g. CIS 22A from De Anza for CS 46A).
The student took an SJSU course from a different major, and it is close enough to the current major requirement (e.g. AE 30 for ME 30).
The student submitted a TEP (transfer equivalency petition) which was rejected for some reason or another, and the major advisor determines that the course satisfies the major requirement (e.g. a physics course from an international university for PHYS 50).
When in doubt, meet with your major advisor first.
ESSC no longer processes TEPs for College of Science courses used to meet Engineering or Aviation major prep requirements. Please read the New! FAQ question below regarding College of Science courses.
- Should I sign up for a course before I know whether transfer credit could be used
to meet a requirement through equivalency?
In general we advise checking in with your major advisor to determine whether a TEP is best or necessary. We also advise not signing up for courses you think you have a good chance of receiving credit for using transfer credit (especially as a new transfer student).
When in doubt, meet with your major advisor first.
- CMPE/SE: Can I use a lower-division course as a substitute for a required upper-division
The CMPE/SE department will no longer consider petitions from students trying to substitute a lower-division course for an upper-division SJSU course. Please contact the CMPE/SE department if you have questions.
- NEW! For which course(s) do I use the College of Engineering (CoE) TEP?
Beginning July 2022, CoE Transfer Equivalency Petition (TEP) will be used only for:
- any Engineering or Aviation major courses taught within the College of Engineering
- ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B
- BUS2 90, BUS1 20, BUS1 20N, and ECON 1B
CoE departments include: Aerospace Engineering (AE), Aviation (AVIA), Biomedical Engineering (BME), Chemical Engineering (CHE), Civil Engineering (CE), Computer Engineering (CMPE including Software Engineering), Electrical Engineering (EE), Engineering Technology (TECH), Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE), Interdisciplinary Engineering (ENGR), Materials Engineering (MATE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME).
The SJSU course needs to have a letter prefix listed in bold above.
Here are examples of CoE major courses: ENGR 10, EE 98, CE 99, MATE 25, TECH 60, ME 101, AE 20, BME 25, AVIA 1, ISE 130, CMPE 30, ME 20, CE 95
Engineering or Aviation students who want to request equivalency for a College of Science course will use a different request, through the College of Science Advising Center. (See the answer to the next FAQ, marked NEW!)
- NEW! Which course(s) for my Engineering or Aviation major are within the College of
Science, NOT within the College of Engineering?
The College of Science consists of the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Meteorology, and Physics.
Common examples of CoS courses for Engineering or Aviation majors are MATH (all), PHYS (all), CHEM (all), CS (all), BIOL (all), GEOL 2.
Beginning July 2022, Engineering or Aviation students who want to request equivalency for a College of Science course use this request, through the College of Science Advising Center. It can take up to 15 working business days after you submit your request to CoSAC for a reply. See details on the form itself.
Links to the equivalency petition form can also be found on the CoSAC webpage, under the first letter of the subject (e.g. C for Chemistry, M for Math, P for Physics, etc.).
- I already had transfer credit approved (equivalency or substitution), but it no longer
shows up in MyProgress. How can I get it added back?
Anything that causes your major prep and major requirements to change in MyProgress will wipe out any previous updates that were manually made. This includes a change of major or being DQ'ed (i.e. enrolled in Open University/Continuing Education instead of SJSU).