Evaluations of Transfer Credit (including high school dual enrollment)
Evaluations are completed in the Office of Registrar after a student is admitted and commits to an offer of admission. The transfer credit evaluation is available through CNU Live (paper copies are available upon request).

Transfer Credits include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examinations, CLEP and courses taken elsewhere other than CNU.

  • The Office of the Registrar evaluates credit for applicants transferring to the University from another college or university. Courses and credits from other colleges and universities are considered for review, provided that such credits carry a minimum grade of 'C' and are comparable to courses offered at CNU. Please note that credit is not awarded for courses in which a grade of 'C-' or lower was earned or for credit earned through departmental or institutional examination(s).
  • Credit is not awarded for grades of "no credit," "unsatisfactory," "incomplete" or any other grade which indicates unsatisfactory progress or that a course has not been completed.
  • Grades do not transfer; only the courses and the credits transfer.
  • Nontransferable credit: Credit awarded at a previous transfer college or university for AP, IB, Cambridge, CLEP or remedial/developmental courses do not automatically transfer to CNU. APIBCambridge and CLEP scores should be submitted directly to CNU from the Educational Testing Service of the College Board for evaluation. APIBCambridge and CLEP scores are evaluated according to university policies in place at the time of your enrollment.
  • A maximum of 66 semester hours may be transferred to CNU from a community college or two-year college. A maximum of 92 semester hours from a four-year college or university may be transferred.
  • Academic policy requires that the last 45 semester hours must be completed in residence at CNU.
  • Incomplete transcripts: If a student's transcript was incomplete (listed courses without grades or listed courses as "in progress") at the time of their advising appointment or registration, the student should bring a list of those courses in progress to the advising appointment. Students should avoid registering for those in-progress courses until the entire, official academic transcript has been received and evaluated by the Office of the Registrar.
  • CNU degree holders must complete an additional 30 hours in residence to earn a second degree.
Questions about transfer credit evaluations should be directed to the Office of Registrar at (757) 594-7155 or transfer@cnu.edu.

Through College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), students may earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside the classroom.

The Office of the Registrar processes CLEP scores for individuals who are admitted or currently enrolled as degree-seeking students at CNU. Credit for qualifying CLEP scores is recorded on the student's permanent record (transcript) as transfer credit.

Prior to registering through the College Board’s testing center to take a CLEP exam, the student should thoroughly review the CNU CLEP Guide.

A list of the LIMITED number of exams accepted for credit is included in the guide. The student must obtain prior approval to take the CLEP exam for CNU credit. The student should submit the Request to Take CLEP Exam for CNU Credit Form.

After obtaining prior approval and completing the exam, the student should present a copy of the official CLEP score report from the College Board to the Office of the Registrar. Only the credit and the course will appear on the student’s academic transcript.

Beginning with Fall Semester 2014, entering students and current students with prior service in the Armed Forces of the United States may present the Joint Services Transcript or other official credentials to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation.  The American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services will be utilized in the review and determination of course equivalents; however, the ACE Guide recommendations will not automatically apply.  Although equivalencies to CNU courses rarely exist, in cases where a comparable course does exist, credit may be awarded to the student and recorded as part of the student’s official academic record. 

Students may also earn credit for coursework completed at the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF).  Such coursework is reviewed based on the official credential presented and credit may be awarded depending on the existence of a comparable CNU course and whether a minimum score equivalent to a grade of ‘C’ or better has been earned. 

With the exception of the portfolio accompanying certain Advanced Placement scores, Christopher Newport University does not typically award credit based on the presentation of a student portfolio.