ETSU offers much information for prospective transfer students and ETSU students who transferred from other institutions.
General Education describes those categories and courses that all ETSU students complete. Initial decisions about transfer credit at ETSU are made in the Office of Admissions.
What general education credit from previous institutions will transfer students receive at ETSU?
Course Transfer Equivalencies spelled out by selected community colleges and universities. Answer the question of how the courses you have taken will transfer to ETSU.
General education credit must be approved at ETSU by the general Education Advisory Council and the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), which allows exceptions for transferred courses that are deemed equivalent to approved courses.
Effective fall 2004 general education requirements in the TBR system comprise blocks, such as Communication and Natural Sciences. Students who complete general education blocks at TBR institutions before they transfer to ETSU are considered to have met the blocks at ETSU, even when students failed to complete the associate degree and the particular courses taken to satisfy the blocks are not equivalent to courses in ETSU's general education core.
Students will be considered to have partially completed general education blocks when courses they have taken at TBR institutions are recognized by those institutions as meeting respective blocks. The exception is two semesters of U.S. History, which students must complete by act of the Tennessee legislature.
Students from Non-TBR Institutions
Student transferring from non-TBR institutions must meet all general education requirements at ETSU, regardless of how courses taken at other institutions may have met general education requirements at the previous non-TBR institutions.
Advanced Placement Credit, Course Substitutions and Waivers of Requirements Granted by Other Institutions
ETSU does not recognize completion of general education blocks when previous institutions, within or outside the TBR system, (a) award advanced placement credit, (b) permit general education course substitutions or (c) waive general education requirements. Any advanced placement credit, substitutions or waivers related to general education must meet standards approved by ETSU.
Other Guidelines Regarding General Education and Transfer
Some institutions or particular academic departments within institutions require a minimum grade of "C" in certain general education courses. These minimum grade requirements will also apply to the transfer of general education courses. Even if transfer credit hours are granted for a course, any requirement for a minimum grade of "C" by the receiving institution will be enforced.
Certain majors require students to take particular courses to fulfill general education requirements. Students and their academic advisors should note any major-specific stipulations regarding fulfillment of general education requirements.