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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why didn't all of my credits transfer?
If a course did not transfer for one of the reasons listed below, notify the Office of Admissions or the Transfer Coordinator.
  1. Courses must be transferred from an accredited institution. Bridgewater State University does not award credit for life experience.
  2. Only grades of C- or above will transfer, with the exception of students enrolled in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact or the MassTransfer Program.
  3. Up to 90 credits may be accepted in transfer by Bridgewater and be applied to the baccalaureate degree, only 69 will be accepted from two-year institutions. Note: if you have more than the maximum number of credits allowed in transfer and would like to discuss which courses would be most beneficial to your degree program, please contact the Office of Admissions or the Transfer Coordinator.
  4. If you took the same course in two different institutions, you can only receive credit for the same course once.
  5. Admissions did not receive a final transcript.
Why are many of my courses in the free electives column?
Bridgewater transfers in all eligible transfer courses, regardless of whether or not they fulfill a specific requirement. If they do not fulfill a specific requirement, they will be placed in the free electives column. Placing them in the free electives column allows you to apply them toward the 120 credits needed to graduate and for your advisor to view the courses you took at another institution to determine whether or not they can be applied to the major or the core at BSU. If you believe, you have a course in free electives column that may satisfy a major or core requirement, follow the guidelines for the appeal process located on the transfer web site Transfer Central.

Why is the degree audit so difficult to understand?
The degree audit is not as complicated as it looks. Find a quiet place and sit with the audit. There is a guide on the transfer web site called “Learn How to Read Your Degree Audit.” The audit is broken down into categories. Look at the first column that states whether you satisfied the requirements. One of the most important categories is the “free electives” category. Treat it like a game. You want to get as many courses moved out of this column and into other areas.

Why do I have to take all of these core (GER) requirements? 
There are not as many core requirements as there appear to be. Except for the first five, the core skill set, everything else can be used to satisfy multiple requirements. For example, a world history would be a humanities, a global and a multicultural. You also have the option of appealing the writing/speaking intensive requirement, which our current students do not. If you transferred in a course where you had to write at least 15 pages, edited and revised, you may appeal that course. You will need proof, and the appeal process is found on the transfer web site under the link that says appeal process. Note: Writing I and II are not eligible for this requirement. Remember they are from the core skill set (first five) where you cannot double dip.

Where do I get good advice? 
This is where I tell you that you have to be your own advocate. You are not expected to know everything, but you have to know what you do not know. If you do not take the time to understand your degree audit, your program requirements, and familiarize yourself with BSU’s policies, you may be in for a difficult time. All institutions are different, therefore do not assume a policy at your previous institution is the same policy at BSU. If you have any questions, contact the Transfer Center, the Academic Achievement Center or your major department. I caution you to double check on information you receive from your peers.