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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Transfer Guides and Planning

Reach out to our transfer staff early with your transfer plan and education goals.  The earlier you start aligning your courses to Clarke’s requirements for your intended major, the better timeline you will have for completion.  We are happy to help you plan out credits semesters before transferring to ensure you are making the most of your time and money.

Simply click the link below, search for your school in the list and check your credits. If you do not see your school or a specific course, do not worry.  We are always expanding the transfer credit offerings and are happy to review your credits. Just inquire or email with your request.

Transfer Guides

Transferring schools can be a bit complex.  Utilize our transfer guides to aid you in course planning.

Planning on achieving your AA or AS prior to entering Clarke? Check out these Curriculum Guides which show you how you can enter Clarke with an AA or AS and graduate within two years.

Transfer Curriculum Guides 

Attending one of the community colleges where Clarke has established a formal partnership?
  See our  school specific transfer pathways on our partnership pages:

Northeast Iowa Community College

Eastern Iowa Community College


Tips and Tricks for a successful transfer

  • Inquire early in the process, as soon as you know you intend to transfer to Clarke. We will work with you to select transferrable credits at your initial institution as you work toward your educational goals and eventual Clarke transfer.
  • If at a community college, inform your academic advisor of your plan to transfer to Clarke. They can also help guide your course selection to meet any requirements of a potential AA/AS while also working toward a transfer to Clarke.
  • Keep a record of your course syllabi. Some course equates will require the submission of a syllabus, especially if it is a course that will work toward your major in some way or has not been transferred to Clarke in the past.
  • Review Clarke’s academic catalog
    • Review the section with your academic major to see what prerequisite, support and intro level courses are required.
    • If not obtaining an AA/AS prior to transferring, check out to Clarke Compass section to get ideas on general education courses that may transfer well into Clarke.
  • Not planning to enter Clarke with an AA or AS? Take a look at our four-year curriculum guides to help you visualize our typical sequencing of courses and aid you in knowing which courses will be best to take at your current institution prior to transferring.
    • For Education, Nursing, and other majors in the sciences, sequencing can be quite complex. It is best to transfer earlier to keep your timeline to completion on track. Please  reach out in advance for assistance in course planning.

Transfer Credit Policies

We accept applications for admission from transfer students who have attended two-year and four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or similar regional associations.

We accept the Associates of Arts and Associates of Science degrees from institutions accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) or its nationally affiliated equivalent accrediting associations.

A maximum of 64 semester hours earned in a two-year institution or 90 semester hours earned in a bachelor’s degree program may be accepted provided the student is in good academic standing, i.e., has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. Courses with grades lower than C- do not transfer.

Course work completed at a school not regionally accredited will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with ordinarily no more than 16 credits accepted.

After a student has enrolled and transferred the maximum number of credits, no additional credits will be accepted or exchanged for previously accepted courses. Internship, independent study, test-out credit and preparatory courses are not transferable to Clarke University. At least 15 credit hours in the major field of study and a minimum of 6 credit hours for the minor must be earned at Clarke University. The final 30 hours of credit must be taken in residence.