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General Requirements for Admission to Degree Programs with Transfer Credit

General Policy on Transfer of Course Credits

Applications for admission with transfer credit must be accompanied by secondary school records and official transcripts from the institutions where work has been done. Official transcripts are to be forwarded directly from such institutions to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment of Lakehead University. Copies of calendar descriptions for post-secondary courses must be submitted by the student for transfer credit assessment. Applicants wishing to claim transfer credit should apply before June 1.

Normally, completion of the first year at any Ontario university, with at least 'C' standing, will allow the student to enter second year at Lakehead University. Admission into third and fourth year may, however, require extra consideration because of differences in regulations and program requirements.

No specific credit, in terms of the number of courses required to complete a degree program at Lakehead University, will be extended for work at the preliminary year level.

Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology

College transfer applicants who have completed, or partially completed a college diploma, may be eligible for transfer credit.

College transfer applicants who have completed a college diploma program will be considered for transfer credit as follows:

  • for a 3-year diploma, with a B (70%) or better cumulative average, or a B (70%) average in the last year of the program, up to 7.5 credits may be awarded. In exceptional cases, an additional 2 credits may be awarded, upon the approval of the Program Chair/Director/Coordinator.
  • for a 2-year diploma, with a B (70%) or better cumulative average, or a B (70%) average in the last year of the program, up to 5 credits may be awarded. In exceptional cases, an additional 2 credits may be awarded, upon the approval of the Program Chair/Director/Coordinator.
  • for a 1-year diploma, with a B (70%) or better cumulative average, up to 2 credits may be awarded.

College transfer applicants who have partially completed a college diploma program will be considered for transfer credit as follows:

  • for a 3-year diploma and only 2 years completed, with a B/70% cumulative average, or B/70% average in the last year of the program, a maximum of 5 credits may be awarded.
  • for a 2-year diploma and only 1 year completed, with a B/70% cumulative average, or B/70% average in the last year of the program, a maximum of 2 credits may be awarded.

Transfer credit is granted according to appropriateness of the college program, admission requirements of degree and academic achievement in relevant courses. Specific courses for transfer credit will be determined on an individual basis. For some programs, the transfer credits may be unspecified credits that can be used towards fulfilling elective requirements.

A minimum grade of B/70% must be achieved in each transferrable course.

Bible Colleges

Applicants from colleges accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (AABC), may be granted advanced standing. Two years study is required for applicants who did not previously complete the necessary minimum requirements for admission to the university (high school transcript may be required). A minimum of a B- grade must have been attained in the appropriate course(s) for transfer credit consideration. Only academic courses will be granted credit; no credit will be granted for courses related to church education or administration, pastoral studies, counselling, or courses intended to promote doctrinal or denominational belief. Credit may be permitted at the first or second year level only. The assessment of transfer credit towards the first two years of an undergraduate degree at Lakehead University does not constitute recognition of a completed degree from an accredited bible college for purposes of admission to any post-baccalaureate degree program. The assignment of transfer credits to a specific degree program is at the discretion of the admitting authority of the faculty or academic department concerned.

Transfer Credits Among Ontario Universities

Acceptance of transfer credits among Ontario universities shall be based on the recognition that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be virtually equivalent in terms of their content and rigour. Insofar as possible, acceptance of transfer should allow for maximum recognition of previous learning experience in university-level courses.

Subject to degree, grade and program requirements, any course offered for credit by one Ontario university shall be accepted for credit by another Ontario university when there is essential equivalency in course content.