Transfer Credits and Requirements

Get credit for what you've earned

At Lewis University, we accept coursework from all regionally-accredited colleges and universities. This includes almost all community colleges and most four-year institutions. We will carefully evaluate your transcript on a class-by-class basis, and transfer your credits into general education, elective credit and major coursework requirements based on their academic equivalency.

In order to qualify as a transfer student at Lewis University, you must have earned a minimum of 12 semester (18 quarter) hours of transferable credit at a regionally accredited post-secondary institution with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Certain Lewis majors require higher GPAs.

  • Nursing students need a 2.75 cumulative GPA for admission consideration.
  • Biology and Education majors must be admitted with a 2.75 cumulative GPA to begin major courses.
  • Air Traffic Control students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA to declare the major.

If you have attended more than one institution prior to transfer, you must submit official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities you previously attended. We will combine your grades and earned credits into a cumulative GPA for evaluation.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

Lewis University accepts up to 72 semester hours of credit from community colleges, and up to 96 hours of credit from four-year universities. The final 32 hours of your degree must be completed at Lewis, including four upper-division courses in the major, and two University Mission-based courses (6 hours).


Are you interested in taking specific classes at Lewis, but not for the goal of completing a full degree program? You may qualify as a Lewis University Student-at-Large. Contact us today for more information.

Preparing for Future Transfer

Many students begin their transfer plans to Lewis a semester or year before they actually apply for admission. As a member of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), you can know ahead of time exactly which courses will be eligible for transfer to Lewis. Or simply select your school on our College Transfer Guides page to view course transfer eligibility.

We would be happy to review your transcript and tell you exactly what courses transfer over, as well as help you choose compatible classes to take before you arrive at Lewis. Contact your personal transfer counselor with any questions.

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