May 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Transfer Credit Information

Procedures for Transfer of Academic Credit

Official Transcripts:

  • Applicants must arrange for official college transcripts to be forwarded from previously attended colleges and universities to Application Processing, University of Maine System, P.O. Box 412, Bangor, ME 04402-0412. Veterans must submit a Joint Services transcript or Form DD295. 
  • Applicants who have taken and passed Advance Placement (AP) courses while in high school with a score of 3 or higher must request an official transcript of scores to be sent to the Application Processing Center above stated. The college board number is 888-225-5427.

Transfer Credits

  • Academic work must be completed with grades of “C-” or better at regionally accredited institutions of higher education to be accepted towards meeting the requirements of a UMF baccalaureate degree. Some courses may not transfer because a particular course is not applicable to any UMF program of study (with the exception of courses within the University of Maine System). Credit will not be awarded for other institutionally based exams. The Office of Registrar maintains a transfer equivalency database of courses that are offered at some institutions that are transferable to UMF.

Grades and GPA: Grades earned in courses from other institutions, including any other University of Maine System institution, will appear on the student’s transcript; however, they will NOT be calculated into the student’s GPA. 

Repeated Courses: Courses taken at another institution may transfer to meet a requirement but will not replace the low grade of a course taken at UMF. To replace a grade for such a course, the course must be repeated at UMF.   

Study Away:  Current students should complete a Study Away form to ensure that the transfer credit will apply toward the completion of their degree. Students who are applying for financial aid must complete a Study Away form available on MyCampus>Tools>Forms&Documents>Study Away (

Pass/Fail Courses: Pass/fail courses taken outside the University Maine System (UMS) must have a “pass” defined as a C- or higher in order to transfer. Pass/fail courses can only be used as a general elective.

Residency Requirement: Refer to the Degree/Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Time Limitations of Course Work: Some subject areas have changed dramatically over time. Courses over ten years old will be subject to additional review to determine if they are in fields where there have been significant changes making the material outdated. Those courses that are determined to be missing important new material will be excluded from transfer.

Advanced Placement (AP)

UMF participates in the Advanced Placement Program of The College Board. To be considered for college credit, entering students must have completed a college-level Advanced Placement test. Scores of three or higher earn students credit depending on the subject matter area. Applicants who have taken and passed Advance Placement (AP) courses while in high school with a score of 3 or higher must request an official transcript of scores to be sent to the Application Processing Center above stated. The college board number is 888-225-5427. 


2-D Art and Design 3, 4, 5 ART 1XX  Art Elective 3
3-D Art and Design 3, 4, 5 ART 1XX  Art Elective 3
Art Studio - General 3, 4, 5 ART 1XX Art Elective  3
Art History 3, 4, 5 ARH 1XX  Art History Elective 3
Biology 3, 4, 5 BIO 110 Introductory Biology   4
Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 MAT 141 Calculus I   4
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 MAT 141 Calculus I  & MAT 142 Calculus II    8
Chemistry 3, 4, 5 CHY 110 Elementary Chemistry    4
Chinese Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 1XX - World Language elective 3
Comparative Govt & Politics 3, 4, 5 POS 121 Comparative Politics   3
Computer Science 3, 4, 5 COS 140 Introduction to Computer Science    3
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 COS 1XX  Computer Science Elective 3
Drawing 3, 4, 5 ART 115 Drawing I    3
Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECO 101 Principles of Macroeconomics    3
Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 ECO 102 Principles of Microeconomics    3
English Language & Composition 3, 4, 5 ENG 100 Writing Seminar   3
English Literature & Composition 3, 4, 5 ENG 1XX  English Elective* 3
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 ENV 110 Introductory Environmental Science    4
European History 3, 4, 5 HTY 1XX  History Elective 3
French Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FRE 1XX  French elective 3
German Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 1XX  Humanities Elective 3
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 GEO 103 Peoples and Environments    3
Italian Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 1XX  Humanities Elective 3
Japanese Language & Culture 3, 4, 5 FOL 1XX  Elementary Japanese 3
Latin 3, 4, 5 FOL 1XX  Humanities Elective 3
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 MUS 1XX  Music Elective 3
Physics 3, 4, 5 PHY 1XX  Physics Elective 4
Psychology 3, 4, 5 PSY 101 General Psychology   3
Spanish & Culture 3, 4. 5 SPA 1XX - Spanish elective 3
Statistics 3, 4, 5 MAT 120 Introductory Statistics    3
U.S. Government & Politics 3, 4, 5 POS 101 Introduction to American Government    3
United States History 3, 4, 5 HTY 103 United States History I    3
World History: Modern 3, 4, 5 HTY 110 Global History I    3

*May count as ENG 100 

CLEP Test Policy

TEST Minimum Score Course Title Credits
American Government 50 POS 101   Intro to American Government 3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 50 ENG 181    Literary Analysis and Interpretation 3
Biology* 50 BIO 110   Introductory Biology 4
Calculus 50 MAT 141   Calculus I 3
Chemistry* 50 CHY 110   Elementary Chemistry 4
College Algebra 50 MAT 1XX Mathematics elective 3
College Composition 50 ENG 100    Writing Seminar 3
College Mathematics 50 MAT 100   Introduction to Mathematics 3
Financial Accounting** 50 BUS 2XX  Business elective 3
French I 50 FRE 1XX and FRE 1XX French elective 6
History of the US I 50 HTY 103   US History I 3
History of the US II 50 HTY 104   US History II 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 225   Child and Adolescent Development 3
Humanities 50 GEL 1XX General Elective 3
Information Systems 50 COS 1XX Computer System elective  
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 PSY 1XX Psychology Elective 3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSY 101   General Psychology 3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 101   Introduction to Sociology 3
Precalculus 50 MAT 132   Precalculus 3
Principles of Management 50 BUS 210   Principles of Management 3
Principles of Marketing 50 BUS 220    Principles of Marketing 3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECO 101    Principles of Macroeconomics 3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECO 102    Principles of Microeconomics 3
Spanish I 50 SPA 1XX and SPA 1X Spanish elective 6
Western Civilization I 50 HTY 110   Global History I 3
Western Civilization II 50 HTY 111    Global History II 3

*UMF will accept credit for one natural science course, not two.

**Credit will be awarded provided that the student also passes an in-house test.

Note: The required scores and credits awarded follow the American Council of Education (ACE) CLEP recommendations. The minimum scores listed here are subject to change based on updates from the College Board.

UMF Policy: Students are limited to earning a total of 15 credits (the equivalent of one semester of full-time study) via CLEP testing.


Dual Enrollment/Concurrent Enrollment Classes and Credits:

If a student in high school is taking college classes through dual enrollment or concurrent enrollment and those courses are outside of the University of Maine System, it is the student’s responsibility to request an official transcript from that school(s) in order to receive college credit for their work. It will not be awarded based on the high school transcript.

A complete application consists of the application form, a required essay, an official high school transcript(s), an official recommendation, and official transcripts from any and all completed college-level coursework. Home-schooled applicants may be asked to submit their GED or HISET examination results. Occasionally, an interview may be requested if additional information is needed. International applicants must include the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS scores if English is not their first language or if they have not graduated from an educational institution in the U.S., as well as financial records to document their ability to fund their education in the U.S.

Applicants requiring special assistance in the application process may contact the Office of Admission for reasonable accommodation.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

The University of Maine at Farmington will award credit for the higher level IB examinations for which you earn scores of 5 or higher on a scale of 1 to 7. Credit will be awarded for those Farmington courses deemed to be equivalent by the appropriate UMF departments, with a minimum of three credits and a maximum of eight credits per examination. An official transcript from the College Board is required for transfer credit evaluation. The college board number is 888-225-5427. 

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

UMF students are supported by the University of Southern Maine Prior Learning Assessment Office (USM CPL) in the following ways: 

  • Posting general elective credit based on qualified licenses, certifications, and other credentials that represent learning comparable to that encountered in the college classroom.
  • Facilitating and guiding students through the academic portfolio process when students have been specifically approved by UMF faculty and the UMF Registrar.

USM CPL can not post credits directly from regionally non-accredited transcripts.  All credits posted for transfer to UMF must be approved by the UMF Registrar and the appropriate UMF faculty department.

UMF students who want to learn more about USM CPL should view the CPL website.  Students wishing to have credentials reviewed through USM CPL should begin by contacting Carla DeGraw, the UMF Registrar.

Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy

The Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy is an award that recognizes students’ achievement in language learning. Students who are proficient in English and an additional language may earn the Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy by demonstrating their skills on an approved assessment. Students receive a seal affixed to their diploma and an indication of receiving the Seal of Bilingualism/Biliteracy on their high school transcripts. This award elevates the study of languages and gives students an edge for their college applications and professional careers. In order to be eligible for the Seal, students must complete one of the following in each category:


                                                        Seal of Biliteracy Credit Table                                                   

   Language Certified         UMFTransfer Equivalent       Credit Hours       Gen Ed Satisfied   
American Sign Language         SED 106/SED 1XX              6  
Arabic            FOL 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
Chinese            FOL 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
French            FRE 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
German            FOL 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
Italian            FOL 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
Spanish            SPA 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution
Other Language            FOL 201H/2XX              6 Humanities distribution


*Students that receive credit for Foreign Language course equivalent through the Advanced Placement Examination cannot receive credit through the Seal of Biliteracy for the same language.

Process: Beginning with the Class of 2019, the Maine DOE will award Seals of Bilingualism/Biliteracy to any student who meets the benchmarks listed above. World Language teachers and their administration will be responsible for ensuring that eligible students take the necessary tests. Districts will submit all student applications and supporting materials to the Maine DOE by May 1. The World Language Specialist at the Maine DOE will review the test scores and, if the student meets the requirements, will send a Seal, letter, and certificate to the student and school.