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Academic Passport was created for transfer students from Pennsylvania Community Colleges to help the transition into four-year PASSHE schools with the following degrees.
Under the Academic Passport:
Incoming students who were admitted before Fall 2019 with one of the degrees listed above will automatically have satisfied the first 45 credits of general education requirements. This includes English Composition, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Behavioral/Social Science, Public Speaking, Arts, and Interdisciplinary. The Diverse Communities and Writing Emphasis requirements are not included; students are required to complete them at West Chester University.
Incoming students who were admitted Fall 2019 and after with one of the degrees listed above will automatically have satisfied the first 45 credits of the new general education requirements. This includes First Year Experience, English Composition, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Behavioral/Social Science, Speaking Emphasis, Ethics Requirement, Arts, and Interdisciplinary. The Diverse Communities and Writing Emphasis requirements are not included; students are required to complete them at West Chester University.
Students also must complete any prerequisites and/or related major requirements.
This policy is not retroactive and only applies to students admitted to WCU in Fall 2014 or later and excludes the Associate of Applied Science degree (except for CCP). You may also want to refer to the Academic Passport section in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Incoming transfer students from one of the following Pennsylvania Community Colleges who complete an A.A., A.S., or A.F.A will qualify for Academic Passport:
Bucks County Community College
Butler County Community College
Community College of Allegheny County
Community College of Beaver County
Community College of Philadelphia (Effective Fall 2018: now includes AAS degrees)
Delaware County Community College
Harrisburg Area Community College
Lehigh Carbon Community College
Luzerne County Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Northampton Community College
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
Reading Area Community College
Westmoreland County Community College
To be eligible for an Academic Passport, you must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. If you’re a Lackawanna College or community college student with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, you must have earned at least 30 credits in liberal arts courses.
The conferral date of the degree awarded must be before the start of classes of the student's first semester at West Chester University.
In order to have Academic Passport added to your Degree Progress Report (DPR), students must:
The Office of the Registrar will review your transcript and apply Academic Passport to your DPR.
Admission to a specific curriculum at WCU shall be determined by WCU based upon the same criteria required for non-transfer students. Transfer students shall not be required to repeat or retake courses that they have already successfully completed at another school.
Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees recognized for the Academic Passport must contain, at a minimum, 30 hours of liberal arts among the following fields of study: Composition/Communications; Humanities/Fine Art; Behavioral/Social Sciences; Biological/Physical Sciences; and Mathematics and Computer Science. Vocational, technical, and career courses shall not be used to satisfy general education requirements.
Credits earned by a Community College student as part of a qualifying degree program (or credits earned at another System school) should be accepted and applied toward completion of the baccalaureate degree requirements. WCU shall apply as many credits as possible toward the satisfaction of lower division general education requirements.
WCU will try to apply the remaining credits to the transfer student’s major requirements. The rest of the transfer student’s credits shall be applied to satisfy elective requirements.
Students shall receive an evaluation of credits prior to enrollment and payment of tuition and fees.
The Academic Passport does not guarantee entrance to a specific major or program. WCU schools, colleges, and majors may have additional requirements for admission. Accepting courses as meeting the General Education requirements does not imply that they are equivalent to specific West Chester University courses. Equivalency in courses, as indicated by the course number, is determined and granted by individual departments. Nothing in this policy requires a department to grant equivalency if it does not exist. Some programs require specific courses in mathematics and the liberal arts distribution offerings as part of their degree program. Students must complete all courses that are specified by their major/minor program as well as all university requirements for graduation. Students should read the course catalog and consult with their advisor.
For students who were admitted Fall 2019 and after - General Education Academic Passport Guide
For students who were admited before Fall 2019 - General Education Academic Passport Guide
Students/Parents: For questions about admission to WCU, please contact Undergraduate Admissions.
Faculty and Staff: For questions about Academic Passport,please contact the Registrar.