First Year or Transfer Student

Alternative/Dual Credit

Alternative credits at The College of Idaho are defined as credits earned prior to the date of high school graduation. Alternative credits are not considered transfer credits. Although alternative credits may apply toward the 124 credits required for graduation, they do not count toward the 28 transfer credits that would allow a student to complete less than the full PEAK curriculum. Students entering C of I with alternative credits are considered first-time students. Students must initiate the acceptance of alternative credit with the Registrar's office. Credit toward program and/or graduation requirements will be determined on a course-by-course basis.

The College of Idaho accepts a combined total of up to 30 semester credits from the following categories of alternative credit: Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Concurrent/Dual-enrollment credit. While concurrent or dual credit is given based on a grade of C or better, AP and IB credit is determined by the exam score.

Alternative Credits (AP and IB) and concurrent/dual-enrollment credits are not considered transfer credits. Although these types of credits may allow a student to enroll in the College with advanced standing, they do not count toward the 28 transfer credits that would allow a student to complete less than the full PEAK curriculum (1 major and 3 minors).

FIRST YEAR

All first-time students and all students who transfer to the College with 27 or fewer credits are considered first year students.  Alternative Credits (AP and IB) and concurrent/dual-enrollment credits are not considered transfer credits. Although these types of credits may allow a student to enroll in the College with advanced standing, they do not count toward the 28 transfer credits that would allow a student to complete less than the full PEAK curriculum.

transfer

Credits earned at regionally accredited colleges or universities will be evaluated by the Registrar's Office, and credit will be given in accordance with college policy only after a student has been accepted. In general, credit will be accepted for courses that are comparable to courses in the College curriculum.  Accepted transfer credits and GPA will aid in the merit determination for transfer students. Any discrepancies in final transcripts and those presented at the time of admission will be reviewed by the Vice President for Enrollment Management and could result in changes in financial assistance, and/or violations of the honor code.

PEAK for Transfer Students

The College of Idaho accepts up to 70 transfer credits from accredited community colleges and up to 90 transfer credits from accredited four-year colleges and universities. The College of Idaho accepts only those transfer credits earned with a grade of C or better.

As far as possible, students, in conjunction with their advisors, are expected to shape their course of study according to the expectations of the PEAK curriculum.

  • Students who transfer to the College with 60 or more semester credits (Junior standing or above) will be required to complete majors and minors covering at least two of the PEAKs (to include at least one major), with additional liberal arts experience planned in collaboration with the advisor. Transfer students admitted with Junior standing or above must complete 3 credits during at least one Winter term.
  • Students who transfer to the College with 28 to 59 semester credits (Sophomore standing) will be required to complete majors and minors covering at least three of the PEAKs (to include at least one major), with additional Liberal Arts experience planned in collaboration with the advisor. Transfer students admitted with Sophomore standing must complete 6 credits during at least two Winter terms.
  • All first-time students and all students who transfer to the College with 27 or fewer credits are expected to complete the full PEAK curriculum.
  • Alternative Credits (AP and IB) and concurrent/dual-enrollment credits are not considered transfer credits. Although these types of credits may allow a student to enroll in the College with advanced standing, they do not count toward the 28 transfer credits that would allow a student to complete less than the full PEAK curriculum.