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Credits earned prior to matriculation at Knox are evaluated for transfer by the Registrar on the basis of official transcripts submitted by the student. The Registrar consults with members of the faculty when necessary. Course credits earned at other colleges or universities subsequent to matriculation should be approved in advance by the Registrar. Students must return a completed “Transfer Approval” form to the Registrar's Office no later than two weeks before the end of the Knox term prior to when the transfer course is to be taken. Usually approval is not given for more than 3 credits taken during a single summer. Transfer work is only accepted from accredited two or four-year institutions.
Transfer work is credited at the rate of .3 Knox credits per semester hour, or .2 credits per quarter hour. Transfer credits are not counted into the grade point average. No more than 18 credits are accepted from community colleges. No more than two credits may be earned through correspondence or Internet courses. Because of the residency requirement, no more than 22.5 transfer credits overall may be accepted. No coursework from foreign universities can be transferred in by students on mandatory academic leave.
In general, liberal arts subjects in which grades of C or better were earned are accepted. Physical education credits are not transferable, nor is coursework in mathematics below the level of precalculus. However, mathematics courses at the level of College Algebra may fulfill the college requirement for Mathematical Proficiency without earning credit toward graduation. If there is a close correspondence between the transfer course and an existing Knox course, the student is awarded credit for that Knox course, otherwise the student receives generic credit in the appropriate department.
With the permission of the department chair, transfer credits may satisfy major or minor requirements. The Registrar may decide whether transfer credits apply to Foundations requirements, as well as the Quantitative Literacy and Mathematics Proficiency and Second Language Key Competency requirements. In general, transfer credits do not apply to the Oral Presentation and Understanding Diversity Key Competencies. Transfer credits in College Composition may play the role of First-Year Preceptorial in the Writing Key Competency; otherwise transfer credits do not apply to this requirement.