Transfer Your Credits and Complete Your Degree

USU is dedicated to helping students finish their degrees – no matter where they started. We accept up to 90 transfer credits from accredited institutions, and offer a 10 percent discount to students who transfer to USU from California community colleges.

USU has a Residency Requirement of 30 credits for all undergraduate programs, and accepts up to 20 percent of the credits required to complete a master’s level program. All transferred credits must come from an accredited post-secondary institution or from approved non-traditional resources. To learn if your credits are transferable, speak with an admissions advisor today!


Credit Transfer Process

To determine which credits will transfer to USU, follow these steps:

  1. Make an appointment with an admissions advisor.
  2. Notify your admissions advisor of your desire to transfer credits and provide a list of courses to be transferred or unofficial transcripts from the schools you have attended to receive an unofficial evaluation.
  3. Request official transcripts from all previously attended institutions for an official evaluation. (USU will request will request transcripts on behalf of the students and apply any charges to the student’s account upon approval from the student.)

Students who completed university coursework outside of the United States must submit transcripts that have been fully translated and evaluated. Transcripts should come directly from the issuing institution, and should be sent to:

United States University

Attn: Registrar’s Office

7675 Mission Valley Road San Diego, CA 92108

*All records submitted to the university become the property of the university and are placed in the student’s permanent file. No confidential information will be released without student authorization. If students do not complete the admission application, the Student Services Department will keep their records as prescribed by state regulations.

Students may be requested to submit course descriptions and/or syllabi to assist in determining course equivalency.

Upon receipt of all official transcripts the Academic Advisor in the student services department will complete the evaluation of all courses and apply transfer credit. Students will receive email notification once the evaluation has been completed.  Students who wish to appeal the decision of the Academic Advisor may do so in writing to the Dean of the College where the course(s) in question resides.


Non-Traditional Credit

United States University adheres to the principle that all learning does not take place in the classroom.  The University welcomes students from a wide variety of backgrounds and learning experiences. Many students come to our institution with a firm grounding in a particular discipline. We recognize their prior learning by accepting a full range of non-traditional credits, including:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Challenge Examination (CE)
  • DSST Get College Credit
  • Military Service
  • Credit for Experiential Learning
  • Excelsior
  • Straightline
  • ACE
  • EduKan