At St. Francis College, we have a unique transfer credit policy, which can help you save money and graduate sooner. We talked with Dr. Gale Gibson Gayle, AVP of Academic Affairs with oversight for Prior Learning Experiences, about the ways that St. Francis can help you make the most out of your past experiences and gain credit toward your future degree.

Transfer Friendly

St. Francis accepts up to 77% transfer credit toward your degree. This means you can earn your degree faster and for less with us. 

“At St. Francis, we are very transfer friendly. We will allow up to 98 credits of transfer credits from a mixture of institutions, so if a student has attended two or three or five institutions, we will review, evaluate and accept up to a maximum of 98 credits toward a bachelor’s degree,” Dr. Gayle said.

Credits that transfer must be courses that are required for the degree program. For example, computer science credits from another university wouldn’t transfer over to an exercise and movement science degree, but any past exercise science coursework would. 

Make the Most of Past Courses

While some credits may not be applicable to the exercise and movement science degree, that doesn’t mean they have to go to waste.

“If the student chooses to change their major, they can use those excess credits that we are not using for the program, and apply them to another major or to another minor,” Dr. Gayle said. “So they can double major, or they can use those excess credits to create another minor in an area.”

Gain Credits for Work Experience, Specialized Training and Subject Knowledge 

Students at St. Francis can gain credits not just for past college courses, but from other experiences as well. “We use a process where we bundle and assess all of a student’s knowledge and learning from various experiences. Through our organized experiential learning program, students can find information about taking standardized exams that equate to college-level credits and courses, creating a portfolio for prior learning course credits that will save them money and time, and that will allow them to accumulate credits,” Dr. Gayle said.

In addition to past courses, students can gain credit from:

  • Being proficient in another language
  • Coursework from another country 
  • Advanced Placement Exams
  • On-the-job and specialized training, certificates, credentials 
  • Work experience, webinars, seminars and trainings
  • Knowledge of math, chemistry, psychology, history or business
  • Military training or military service

Students who go through the program also get a dedicated advisor to help find out what credits they qualify for and to learn how to make the most of their past experiences. 


Want to learn more about transfer credit at St. Francis? Download our guide,“Save Money, Graduate Early: Maximize Transfer Credit at St. Francis College.”


For 160 years, St. Francis has provided an affordable and quality education to all students. We strongly believe that the quest for knowledge was not to be an end in itself, but a quest to live more authentically within oneself and morally within the world community.

When you enroll in our online program, you receive the same level of commitment and quality of education. If you’re interested in pursuing exercise and health with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Movement Science, contact one of our Admissions Experts to learn more.