Transferring Credits into BHCC
Students who have attended another college or otherwise earned credit may apply for transfer credit and advanced standing at BHCC. Official transcripts, original documents in an unopened sealed envelope, are evaluated once you are accepted to the College.
Where do I send or bring my official college transcript?
Send official transcripts from all previous colleges directly to the Academic Records Office at the time you apply to the college.
Academic Records Office
Bunker Hill Community College
250 New Rutherford Avenue
Boston, MA 02129
Official college transcripts may also be dropped off at Student Central, room B202, Charlestown campus. All official transcripts must be received by BHCC staff members in their original unopened sealed envelope.
Students may select to have their transcript sent electronically to AcademicServices@bhcc.edu.
Do I need to take the College Placement Test (CPT) if I have transfer credit?
There are a number of reasons why you may be excused from full or partial testing; review information on the Assessment Center webpage to determine if you need to take the CPT.
Do I need to wait for an evaluation of my college transcripts before registering for classes?
No, students do not need to wait for an evaluation of their college transcripts before registering for classes.
- Accepted students (applied and received acceptance) should follow the Ready-Set-Go New Student Enrollment Checklist and should attend an Advising & Registration session as soon as possible. Students should bring an unofficial transcript(s) to an Advising & Registration session while waiting for transfer credit to be evaluated.
- Guest students (students who have not been accepted to the College) should bring an unofficial copy of your transcript to register for classes at Student Central, room B202, Charlestown campus.
How does BHCC award transfer credit and how much credit is awarded?
Transfer Credit may be awarded if:
- the courses are comparable to those offered at BHCC;
- a grade of C or better is earned from a regionally accredited college or university (programs requiring a C+ or higher are noted on the program curriculum sheet located in the BHCC College Catalog);
- computer courses are not more than three years old;
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses are not more than five years old for some selective health program applications;
- BHCC requires that lab courses have an on-campus laboratory component. Web based courses equivalent to BHCC’s BIO115, ENV105, ENV110, AND ENV111 may be transferred to BHCC as lab courses if evidence can be provided that there was an online or at home lab component to the course.
You can use a maximum of 45 transfer credits toward the BHCC associate degree and a maximum of 75 percent of the total number of credits required for certificate programs.
Once an official transcript has been evaluated and you have registered for classes, transferred in courses will appear on your BHCC transcript with a letter grade of TR. TR grades are not counted in your BHCC GPA (Grade Point Average) and are not used to calculate your completion rate. BHCC uses both completion rates and GPA to calculate your academic standing at the College.
Can I use credits earned at colleges on quarter systems?
Credits earned at colleges which follow a quarter system will be converted to semester-hour equivalents resulting in an adjustment in the number of credits transferred.
Can I get credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college environment, CLEP, AP credit or military service?
Bunker Hill Community College’s Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA) provides a process for evaluation and, when appropriate, awards academic credits for learning acquired outside the traditional college environment for CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) and AP (Advanced Placement Examinations)credit if you have already tested and provides service members with information to assist with obtaining credit for military training and experience.
Our Veterans Center is committed to providing veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reservists, and their eligible dependents with a smooth transition to college and a successful educational experience. Learn more.
Can I use credits earned outside of the United States?
If you earned credits at colleges and universities located outside of the United States, you must obtain a detailed course-by-course evaluation of your foreign transcripts utilizing a credential evaluation service. Here are a few organizations to choose from:
- The Center for Educational Documentation (CED) www.cedevaluations.com
- Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) www.ece.org
- World Education Services (WES) www.wes.org.
You may also visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) www.naces.org for a list of members.
Students who plan to transfer to a 4-year university may be required to use a specific company visit the website of the university you intend to enroll. Students who plan to transfer to the University of Massachusetts Lowell Campus are required to have all transcripts from international institutions evaluated by World Education Services (WES).
What if the college I attended has closed?
If you are trying to locate your academic records (transcript) from a college that has closed, you should contact the state licensing agency in the state in which that college was located to determine where your records are stored. If the college was located in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education can provide contact information to request your transcript.
The Transfer Appeal Process
If you disagree with the transfer credit award decision, request a meeting with a Transfer Counselor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org The purpose of this meeting is to give you an opportunity to present evidence such as course descriptions and syllabi to demonstrate that the course(s) in question are either the equivalent or comparable and meet the criteria listed above. The Transfer Counselor will contact relevant Faculty, Department Chair and or the Academic Dean to review course documentation as needed. If the matter is not resolved with the Transfer Counselor, you can appeal in writing to the appropriate Associate Provost of Academic Affairs requesting that the Associate Provost review the materials and findings. The decision of the Associate Provost is final.