Students may request an unofficial review of credits to be completed prior to admission.

Please email your unofficial transcript to to be reviewed.

However, this brief and preliminary review is subject to change based on the academic calendar year or program of study. Upon admission to Shenandoah University, an academic unit will evaluate transferable credit and upon completion, mail a full transfer credit evaluation to the student.

The following types of credit transfers to Shenandoah University:

  • Courses in which a grade of C- or higher has been achieved*
  • Non-Collegiate sponsored instruction, such as armed services and testing service examinations recognized through the American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Overseas credits that have been officially reviewed by an academic credentialing service such as World Education Services (WES), Josephy Silney & Associates, etc.
  • Credit by Examination to include AP, IB Higher-Level, and CLEP

*Please note that not all transferable credit will apply towards a degree.

*Transfer institution must be fully accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies. Credits taken at a non-accredited institution must undergo an appeal process to transfer. The student must provide documentation demonstrating equivalency to include a syllabus and professor credentials for each course undergoing appeal. 

Course Equivalencies

Shenandoah University has set course equivalencies with all of the schools in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and continually adding equivalencies for partner institutions. Please visit the Transfer Evaluation System to see how your courses transfer to Shenandoah University.

General Education at Shenandoah University

Shenandoah University aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be active, ethical, and productive citizens in a changing and diverse world.

Transfer students holding one of the following degrees from an American institution will be considered to have fulfilled the Shenandoah University general education requirement: 

  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Sciences
  • Associate of Arts and Sciences
  • Associate of Arts and Teaching 

Specific requirements of each academic unit and majors will be considered on a case-by-case basis regardless of the associates degree earned.

General education at Shenandoah University is formed through seven domains of learning:

  • Effective Communication: 6-9 credits
  • Artistic Expression: 3-6 credits
  • Quantitative Literacy: 3-6 credits
  • Scientific Literacy: 3-8 credits
  • Moral Reasoning: 3-6 credits
  • The Individual in Society: 3-6 credits
  • The Individual in the World: 3-6 credits
  • Total General Education Credits = 30 minimum

List of approved courses and general education information