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									Transfer Admissions

Alabama A&M University (AAMU) was organized in 1875 through the untiring efforts of its founder and first
President, William Hooper Councill, an ex-slave. The school opened on May 1, 1875, as the Huntsville
Normal School. Industrial education was added in 1878, generating widespread attention, which helped to
garner financial support from the Slater and Peabody Funds and private contributors. Under the second
Morrill Act of 1890, AAMU became a land grant institution and moved to its present location in 1891.

The University has undergone four name changes during its 132 years of existence. Upon earning the
junior college status in 1919, the name was changes to the State Agricultural and Mechanical Institution
for Negroes. Senior college level courses were added in 1939; the first graduating class received the
bachelor’s degree in 1941, and the name was changed to Alabama A&M College in 1949. The college
became a fully accredited member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in
1963. Subsequently, the name was changed to Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1969.

Getting started
1. Collect information

• Why AAMU?
• Bullog transformation - see how credits you've earned from institution(s) you've attended - including
military - are likely to apply to your degree at AAMU
• Tours, visits, maps: Open House or Daily Tour

2. Apply

Transfer admission/application of credit earned policy
Alabama A&M University's transfer admissions and application of transfer credit policies adhere to the
State Policy on College Transfer: Acceptance and Application of Credits as adopted by the State Council for
Higher Education for Alabama (SCHEA).

Associate's degrees and lower general education requirements
Completion of a transferable associate's degree in the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) will
waive you of the university's lower level general education requirements. However, there may be lower
level departmental requirements that have to be fulfilled.

Completion of an associate's degree does not guarantee junior standing for enrollment and financial aid
verification purposes as a course-by-course evaluation of credits is still conducted. Junior standing is
reached upon earning/transferring in at least 58 credit hours.

Associate's degrees earned at institutions other than those within the AVCCS or RBC will be reviewed
individually for parallel curricula.

Academic resources
• University Catalog - a complete listing of degrees and requirements. And provides a brief description of
every course taught at AAMU.
• Curriculum Sheets - degree requirement summaries
Help, questions, and support
• 'Ask us' message boards
• Transfer:

Entering Students
From U.S. Colleges and Universities
Students who transfer from another two- or four-year institution must submit, in advance of acceptance,
transcripts of all previous work completed on the college level. Such transcripts must be sent directly from
the institution at which the work was completed. Academic work from other schools not listed on the
Admission Application will not be accepted for transfer purposes.

Transfer credits are accepted conditionally until the student presenting them has demonstrated, through
satisfactory academic achievement, over a period of at least one semester, that he or she is able to
pursue successfully the curriculum in which he or she is enrolled.

Students transferring from other colleges and universities must have maintained a “C” average, and be in
good standing with the institution from which they are transferring. Students on academic probation or
suspension are not in good standing.

Credit by Examination
Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Several A&M University departments award credit to students
who have earned designated scores on Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations of the College
Entrance Examination Board. Advanced Placement examinations are usually taken at the end of an AP
designed course of study in high school. Students may contact their major departments to determine
specific areas where AP credits will be accepted.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP, a nationwide system of credit-by-examination, is
administered at many colleges and universities to award college credit to those who earn the designated
minimum acceptable score. There are five general examinations and 30 specific subject examinations. The
general examinations measure college-level achievement in five basic areas of the liberal arts: English
composition, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences/history. The subject
examinations measure achievement in specific college courses and are used to grant exemption from and
credit for these classes. Students must check with their major departments to determine the availability of
and their eligibility for subject examination.

The Testing Services Center at AAMU is an open center for CLEP administrations. Examinations are
scheduled on an individual basis and are available year-round, with the exception of the English
Composition with Essay Examination. This test is only offered in January, April, June, and October.

Enrolled students who want to take CLEP examinations to substitute for specific courses or who want to
obtain additional information about the CLEP, should contact the Testing Services Center. Credit awarded
through the CLEP must be recorded on a student’s transcript no later than the end of the first semester of
the junior year. GENERAL INFORMATION 11

Military Education/Training Evaluation
The Office of Admissions evaluates military transfer credits for AAMU. For evaluation, appropriate official
copies of certificates, diplomas, or transcripts should be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. The Guide
of the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as sanctioned by the American Council
on Education (ACE) is the standard reference work used by AAMU for awarding credit for learning acquired
through the military.

Work Experience
Non-traditional credit, not to exceed 54 non-transferable semester hours, may be awarded at the point of
entry to persons who have earned a certificate, diploma or degree in the intended field of study, from a
regionally accredited technical/career college and/or through work-related learning. A maximum of 30
semester hours may be awarded for a diploma or certificate and 36 semester hours may be awarded for
an associate degree from an acceptable institution. Persons with a minimum of three years and a
maximum of six years of relevant work-related learning, documented by employer/examination and/or
approved by the major area, in accordance with established departmental criteria for non-traditional
credit, may be awarded nine to eighteen academic credit hours, respectively.

Other Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction
AAMU considers for college credit non-collegiate sponsored instruction approved and sanctioned by the
American Council of Education and listed in the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training
Programs. Appropriate official copies of certificates, diplomas or transcripts should be forwarded to the
Office of Admissions for evaluation.

Continuing Students
Students registered at AAMU who desire credits taken at other collegiate institutions to be applied toward
their degrees at AAMU must receive approval before enrolling at the other institution. The completed
Transient Student Form must be signed by the student’s advisor and submitted to the Office of the
Registrar. Students who receive such approval must submit official transcripts documenting the work as
soon as it is completed, whether they still desire credit for the work or not. The total number of hours
taken at another institution or the sum of credits taken at AAMU and another institution during the same
term cannot exceed the maximum allowed during the same enrollment term at AAMU: 18 credit hours for
fall and spring semesters; 10 credit hours for an eight or nine week summer session. All transfer grades
must be “C” or above to be accepted.

Advisors will evaluate whether or not the courses for which the student intends to enroll will transfer back
to AAMU based on a comparison of course descriptions in the AAMU Bulletin and the bulletin of the
institution the student wants to attend. Approval of transient credit is contingent upon whether the
intended course is equivalent to a course at AAMU and whether or not it will be accepted by the major
department for fulfillment of degree program course requirements.

Students are reminded that they should carefully review the number of credit hours that will be awarded
for courses taken at another institution. Since AAMU awards credit for course work based on semester
hours, credit hours awarded for course work completed at institutions which use a quarter system must be
converted to semester hours upon transfer. In some instances, such conversion may result in the student
receiving an insufficient number of credit hours to fulfill the required number of semester hours for a

International Institutions
Post-secondary credits earned from international institutions, which are patterned after the British or other
Non-American systems of grading, must be evaluated by the World Education Services, Inc., to be
accepted by AAMU for admission or transfer. Applications for the evaluation may be secured from the
Office of Admissions. Courses recommended by the World Education Services, Inc., will be accepted by
Alabama A&M University. It is the responsibility of the student to execute, request, and pay the cost of
such evaluations.

Correspondence Courses
Correspondence courses taken for credit towards a degree at this University must be authorized in the
same manner as any other transfer work. In addition, the following policies apply:

1. No more than one correspondence course will be permitted during any semester or term. A student will
be considered enrolled in a correspondence course from the time he or she receives permission to enroll
until the Office of the Registrar receives a grade or evidence of discontinuation.

2. Correspondence course hours will be included in the computation of the student’s load for the duration
of the enrollment in such course, and hence become subject to total load restrictions.

3. Correspondence courses may not be used to satisfy upper level course requirements in the student’s

General Registration Guidelines
All students of AAMU are required to present themselves for registration in accordance with the plans of
registration established for the current semester or term listed in AAMU’s calendar.

No student will be permitted to attend class unless the instructor has received from the Office of the
Registrar, evidence of proper registration. Students are considered registered only when they have
conformed to all University and school regulations applying to registration. Undergraduate students are
required to register prior to the first day of classes in each semester. There may be a period of late
registration for which there is an additional fee. Students who register after classes begin are responsible
for all information, assignments, etc. presented prior to their registration. Registration is most
conveniently accomplished for continuing students during the regular registration periods held in April for
the fall semester, in November for the spring semester, and in February or March for the summer session.

Each student registering for courses in any term must submit to the Office of the Registrar, with the
approval of the student’s academic advisor, a list of courses and sections, identified by call numbers, for
which registration is sought. AAMU will attempt to meet the curricular needs indicated by the student and
confirmed by the advisor, as long as the course selection conforms with University regulations and as
resources permit.

Registration after the final date provided in AAMU’s calendar must be by special permission of the
Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs. A student may add courses for credit, make section changes,
or drop courses with the approval of the appropriate dean within the period provided in the AAMU
calendar. A fee will be charged for this service.

Students generally enroll in courses in accordance with the following outline: 100-199 recommended
primarily for freshmen; 200-299 recommended primarily for sophomores; 300-499 recommended
primarily for juniors and seniors; 500 and above open primarily to graduate students.

Students who fail to register during a semester, or whose efforts to register fail to conform with University
and school regulations may not, at the end of such semester, receive credit for courses or parts of courses
completed. Permission, however, may be granted by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
for appropriate retroactive registration, but only upon the recommendation of the advisor, the instructor
from whom credit is sought, and the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled. It is to be noted
that such permission is highly unusual, since it is illegal for an instructor to allow a student to remain in
his or her class after the initial roster has been issued, if the student is not properly enrolled.

What is the AGSC?
(Click Here for a list of current members/alternates of the AGSC)

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in
March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

How To Use STARS...
• Access the AGSC/STARS home page at ...
• From the home page, Click on the STARS website.
• From the STARS home page, click the button that looks like...
• You should now select the option that best describes your current situation and click the "Submit Query"

• Enter your information:
 o E-mail Address (if available)
 o Name
 o Address
 o City, State, and Zip
 o Phone Number
• Using the drop down menu, click the institution that you are Currently (or Plan on) attending and click
the "SUBMIT" button.

• Carefully check your information.
• Using the drop down menu, select a major and click the "SUBMIT" button.

• Using the drop down menus, select the institutions you are most interested in transferring to. • Click the
"Compile Guide" button to process your guide.
• Once the guide appears, use the scroll bar on the right side of your screen to view the guide. At the
bottom of the guide you can use the links to access Transfer Assistance and Area V web pages of specific
institutions which offer programs in the chosen major.
• Print a copy of the guide for your records. KEEP THIS COPY ... YOU MAY NEED IT FOR VERIFICATION

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call (334) 670-3690 or use the "Contact Us" button
at the top of the page to email us.

Additional Transfer Information:
In order to obtain a complete transfer agreement, the student MUST also print the Area V page for the
major from the institution to which the student plans to transfer. (NOTE: Some institutions are still in the
process of building/updating their Area V pages for each of their majors. If you are unable to locate the
additional Area V information from the receiving institution's transfer page, request the information from
the institution's contact person. The contact page may be found here.)

All transfer students should:
• Print a copy of the guide for your use and verification purposes.
• Meet with your advisor to discuss the guide and the requirements listed. (There is no way the STARS
System can tell you everything you need to know!)
• Obtain a new guide if you change majors.
• Read the entire guide and agreement carefully.
• Follow the instructions listed on the guide and in the agreement.
• Research institutions to which you plan to transfer (admissions requirements vary from institution to
• Understand that this entire system is a work-in-progress. (PLEASE BE PATIENT!) We are constantly
working to improve and enhance our service. Thank you for using the STARS system!

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