LUCO – Associate’s Degree Policies for Incoming Freshmen

As a reminder, incoming freshmen are restricted to bringing in a total of 36 credits (can be through AP, IB, CLEP, dual credit, or a combination of these things).  If they have earned more than 36 credits, you must work with the student to determine which credits to “deny.”

The exception to the 36-credit policy is if a student has actually earned an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree through their high school.  In this case, up to 64 credit hours may be transferred, so long as a student has earned a grade of “B” or higher for each credit transferred.

To be clear:

  • These students are still considered “developmental” freshmen.  They are not coded as “transfer students,” nor should they be.
  • These students do not fall under the IAI or GECC waivers.  In other words, they are not automatically waived from any particular core areas – their transcripts should be reviewed on a course-by-course basis to see which core requirements may have been fulfilled by their AA/AS course work.

VERY IMPORTANT: There is a distinction between AA/AS and AAA/AAS degrees.  The Associate of APPLIED Arts or APPLIED Science degrees do not qualify for the 64 credit exception and remain capped at 36 credits.


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