Transfer Evaluation System (TES)

The Transfer Evaluation System (TES) can be used by transfer students, other students entering Bethel with college credits, and current Bethel students who wish to take some courses elsewhere so that they see how courses taken at another institution will transfer to Bethel. Courses not found in TES will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the faculty. For incoming students, transfer credit evaluations are valid for the student's anticipated semester of enrollment and the following semester.  If enrollment is deferred for additional semesters, transfer work must be re-evaluated

Transfer Policies

Bethel accepts transfer credits in accordance with the policies below:

  1. Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited college or university or at an institution accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education.
    1. No more than 12 credits taken at an institution accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education may be transferred to Bethel. These credits are brought in as 100-level electives in biblical studies.
  2. Only courses at the 100-level (1000-level for colleges using a four-digit numbering system) and higher are accepted for transfer. Remedial courses are not accepted for transfer.
  3. Vocational/Technical courses (e.g., Massage Therapy, Auto Mechanics) may not be transferred to Bethel.
  4. Only courses in which students earn a grade of C or better may be transferred to Bethel. Courses taken pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory do not transfer unless the official transcript indicates that a pass/fail, credit/no credit, satisfactory/unsatisfactory is equivalent to a grade of C or higher. Audited courses are not accepted for transfer to Bethel.
  5. Official transcripts for all courses completed at colleges outside of the United States must be evaluated (and translated, if needed) by an approved evaluation agency or U.S. college or university. Examples of evaluation agencies include, but are not limited to, World Evaluation Services, and Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. 1
  6. Grades earned in transfer courses are not included in calculating the cumulative GPA or the GPA for the major at Bethel.
  7. Official transcripts from the college, university, or institution offering the transfer course are required.
  8. The Office of the Registrar consults departments and the General Education Committee to determine which Bethel requirements may be fulfilled by transfer courses. Final decisions are made by the Office of the Registrar. The Office of the Registrar evaluates official transcripts only.
    1. In order for a transfer course to fulfill a requirement for majors and minors it must be approved by the department offering the course and the Office of the Registrar.
    2. Approval for a course to fulfill a General Education requirement must be obtained from the General Education Committee member overseeing the course or General Education category and the Office of the Registrar.
  9. In order for a transfer course to fulfill a specific Bethel requirement:
    1. the credits of the transfer course must be greater than 50% of the credits of the Bethel requirement (e.g., a 2-credit transfer course may not be used to fulfill a 4-credit Bethel requirement but a 3- or 4-credit transfer course may fulfill either a 3- or 4-credit Bethel requirement).
    2. the level of the transfer course must not be more than one level lower than the Bethel requirement it fulfills (e.g., a 100-level course may replace a 200-level course, but may not replace a 300-level course.)
  10. Courses completed at another accredited college or university for 0 credit may be used to fulfill the Physical Wellness requirement provided they meet Bethel’s General Education requirements, but will remain as 0 credits.
  11. Transfer courses that do not fulfill specific courses or requirements may be brought in as electives and counted toward the total credits required for graduation.
  12. Students are responsible for ensuring that official transcripts from other colleges and universities are sent to Bethel and for monitoring their academic records to verify which Bethel requirements the transfer courses fulfill.
  13. Students studying abroad should obtain approval of courses to be taken abroad prior to their departure. Petition forms are available through the Office of the Register.
  14. Current Bethel students who wish to take courses at another college or university for transfer to Bethel should obtain approval prior to taking the course. Upon completion of the course, they should ensure that official transcripts are sent to the Office of the Registrar.
  15. Of the last 35 credits taken to complete a degree at Bethel, at least 28 must be taken at Bethel.

 The online version of the 2016/2017 CAS Catalog has been edited from its print version to reflect a correction in official transcript evaluation agencies. AACRAO International Education Services is no longer processing or evaluating international transcripts and is no longer an option for Bethel students.