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Prospective Transfer Students

We’re glad you’re thinking of transferring to Bethel! Transferring often comes with many questions, so we’ve put together the information below to help you. If you have additional questions after looking through this page and the other pages on this website, feel free to email advising-center@bethel.edu or call 651.638.6437.

How will my credits transfer?

We value the experience you bring to Bethel. Using our Transfer Evaluation System (TES), you’ll find that many of your previous courses will transfer to Bethel to fulfill our requirements.

Tips for using TES:
  • Courses are sorted based on the college or university at which you completed the credits. Find your school’s name in the alphabetical index, then click that school’s name to see a list of courses that transfer to Bethel. You can search for the course code of any class you’ve already completed or are currently taking in order to see how that class transfers to Bethel.
  • If your course or school isn’t listed, that doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t transfer to Bethel. It may mean that we simply haven’t evaluated the course yet. You can fill out a transfer course petition to have your classes evaluated.

In addition, you should review the transfer policies in the Academic Catalog to get a better understanding of how courses transfer to Bethel.

What general education courses will I need to complete?

Bethel’s General Education curriculum includes about 51-52 credits of courses from a wide range of academic areas. You may have already completed courses that will transfer into our general education curriculum, and if you transfer more than 26 college-level credits to Bethel, you’ll be exempt from some general education requirements simply because of your college experience. Based on transfer courses and general education exemptions, many transfer students do not end up taking all 51-52 General Education credits.

To learn more about our general education requirements, look through our General Education webpage. In addition, if you know how many credits you plan to transfer into Bethel, you can use our Transfer Entry Level Chart to determine what general education courses you may be exempt from.

What courses are required for my major?

Bethel's Academic Catalog contains information about each major and minor we offer, including a list of required courses for each program. Keep in mind that the catalog for the academic year you enter Bethel will be your official guide for degree requirements and academic policies. The catalog for the upcoming academic year is published each spring.

When will I graduate?

Every student’s path toward graduation looks slightly different. At Bethel, we’ve set up our general education program and many of our majors to allow maximum flexibility as you work toward your academic goals. For example, if you enter Bethel with more than 26 college-level credits already completed, you’ll be exempt from some general education requirements just because of your previous college experience. Plus, many of our majors include courses that count for both the major and a general education requirement, so you can fulfill two requirements at once.

If you want to get a better idea of when you’ll be able to graduate and the courses you’ll need to take each semester, we recommend drafting your academic plan using the steps below or our electronic academic planning sheet. In addition, you can contact us if you have questions, want to talk about your plan with an advisor, or want to get in touch with a faculty member in the department of your intended major.

  1. In our online catalog, find and print the Academic Plan for your major: From the List of Majors and Minors, click on your intended major, then select the blue button for “Academic Plans.” You can easily print the plan for your major using the “Print Friendly Version: PDF” option.
    • Each major has two academic plan templates based on whether you choose the CWILT or Humanities general education option.
    • You’ll officially need to follow the catalog for the academic year you enter Bethel. However, major requirements usually do not change too much from year to year, so you can get a good idea of your major requirements by using the most recent catalog. The catalog for the upcoming academic year is published each spring.
    • Tip: If you like working electronically, check out our BU Academic Planning Sheet. This is a tool powered through Google Sheets that can help you organize your graduation requirements and course plan. You can also share this sheet with your admissions counselor, advising specialist, or a faculty member in the department of your intended major.
  2. Reference our Transfer Evaluation System or your Transfer Evaluation Email from the Registrar’s Office to check off any courses you’ve already completed. Then, use the Transfer Entry Level chart for the year you want to enter Bethel to check off courses you are exempt from based on your transfer level.
    • Tip: Most academic plans in the catalog have some “Elective” courses built in to help students reach the 122 credits needed for graduation. Since you’re bringing credits in to Bethel already, you can check off any “Elective” courses on your academic plan template.
    • Tip: Courses with an additional letter after the course number (i.e., MUL143A) are part of Bethel’s general education curriculum and fulfill one of the required categories for general education.
  3. With the remaining courses, you can start building your own academic plan for your time at Bethel. Using the tips below, list the courses you'll need each semester, January term, and summer term in order to complete all your requirements by your goal graduation date.
    • Pay close attention to prerequisites and terms courses are offered. Some courses must be taken in a particular sequence, and some are only offered every fall, every other spring, etc. Bethel’s online catalog includes this information for every course.
    • Full-time enrollment means taking anywhere from 12 to 18 credits. On average, students take about 15 credits per semester, but it’s up to you to decide how many courses you can succeed in during a given term.
    • Consider whether summer courses might help you complete your graduation requirements by your goal graduation date.
    • Don't forget about opportunities like study abroad (both January term and semester options), the Pietas honors program, and Pre-Professional Programs.
  4. Talk to your Admissions Counselor or an academic advisor to make sure you understand the requirements for your degree.