Accepted Transfer and Adult Students FAQ
Do D grades transfer to Montclair State University?
In general, no. Only grades of C- or better are accepted. However, there are two exceptions:
- When a D grade is earned through an associate's degree in the arts or sciences (an AA or AS degree) from a NJ community college.
- When the 1st grade in a two-term sequence of courses is a D and the 2nd course grade is a C- or better.
The college from which I'm transferring operates on a quarter-hour system. How do courses transfer in this circumstance?
Students receive 2/3 of a Montclair State University credit hour for each quarter hour earned elsewhere. For example, four quarter hours from a transfer institution equal 2.67 credit hours at Montclair State.
Can I satisfy the multicultural awareness requirement with a course from my previous college?
Yes. However, the course must be deemed equivalent to a course that fulfills the Montclair State multicultural awareness requirement.
Do I have to take a language at Montclair?
As of fall 2008, transfer students without foreign-language coursework must take two introductory semesters of the same language in sequential order or one semester at the intermediate level or higher. Introductory courses at Montclair State are coded with a I or a II and intermediate and higher courses are coded with a III and a IV or higher.
The foreign language sequence at the institution from which I'm transferring isn't offered at Montclair State University. Do I have to take another language at Montclair State?
No. Two successful introductory semesters or one semester or higher at an intermediate level for any foreign language meets the Montclair State world language requirement.
How will I know how many credits will transfer to Montclair State University?
At Montclair State, we try our best to ensure that most credits transfer provided they are from a regionally accredited, degree-granting College/University. For your own reference, we do not give credit for basic skill courses, ESL courses lower than level 100, or courses where the earned grade is lower than a C-. You will be informed of the exact number of transferable credits in your Analysis of Academic Progress (credit evaluation), which will be made available to you online within 10 business days of the receipt of your acceptance letter.
Are courses in which I received grades of "P" (pass), "CR" (credit) or "S" (satisfactory) accepted in transfer?
Generally, courses taken with grades of "P", "CR", or "S" are accepted at full credit value provided they are college level degree credits from your previous school.
I took a CLEP test at my other college. Will Montclair State University accept CLEP scores?
Students who earn CLEP credits through another college must submit official test scores to Montclair State University in order to receive credit. (Please note: If the CLEP credits contributed to the completion of an AA or AS degree from a NJ Community College test scores are not required.)
I took AP courses in High School. Will Montclair State University accept my AP scores?
Students who took AP courses in H.S. must submit official test scores to Montclair State in order to receive credit.
Will I need to take placement tests?
Generally, students arriving on campus with 30 or more college-level credits are exempt from taking the Math/English placement tests. However, there are exceptions to this rule. For example, certain majors that require higher-level math course requirements may require further testing. Also, if you have not successfully completed at least (1) foreign language course in college and/or your only experience with foreign language was at the high school level; you will be required to take a Foreign Language placement test.
Students who transfer to Montclair State with less than 30 credits should contact the Center for Academic Development and Assessment which is the office that determines the need for additional basic skills.