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Transfer Admissions

Transfer Admissions

Transfer students constitute an integral segment of the total student body at Dallas Baptist University. They bring a diversity of educational backgrounds that enrich and strengthen the overall academic experience for all students.

A transfer student is defined as one who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted some college or university work for credit.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Students with transfer credit who apply to DBU must submit the following:
  1. A fully completed DBU Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. A non-refundable $25 admission application fee. The fee is waived if the online application for admission is submitted.
  3. A 250-word essay (typewritten or word-processed) relating why the applicant would like to attend Dallas Baptist University.
  4. Official transcript from all previously attended colleges and universities. Transcripts must be received by DBU in an unopened transcripting school envelope to be considered official.
  5. Applicants with less than 30 hours of college credit must furnish high school transcripts or official GED scores and official scores of either the ACT or SAT.
* Applicants who have permanent resident alien status in the United States must also fulfill the requirements listed under Other Applicants.

Transfer Admission Criteria

Careful consideration is given to a number of factors in reviewing applications and may include: academic records, class rank, standardized test scores, personal recommendations, church/ministry involvement, extracurricular activity participation, community service, and the applicant’s written essay. Applicants for admission are evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s academic record, character, aptitude, and potential for success in the DBU experience.

The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates for admission:
  1. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher on all previous college work.
  2. Applicants with less than 30 hours of acceptable credit must provide:
    1. A final high school transcript demonstrating the following:
      • At least a 2.5 grade point average.
      • Official seal of the school.
      • Graduation date.
      • Satisfactory class rank based on the standards of the particular high school attended.
    2. The following high school academic units are recommended:
      • English - 4 years
      • Mathematics - 3 years
      • History/Social Studies - 4 years
      • Science - 2 years (minimum of 1 year Lab Science)
      • Foreign Languages - 2-3 years
    3. Students educated through a non-traditional secondary education, which includes a course of study at the secondary level in a non-accredited private school setting or home school, must submit an academic transcript. The academic transcript must include a list of courses completed, final course grades, graduation date, birth date, and cumulative grade point average. Official ACT or SAT scores must be submitted. The documents submitted must demonstrate that the student meets regular admission standards.
    4. A minimum standardized composite test score of 21 on the ACT or a combined Critical Reading and Math score of 1020 on the SAT is required. The writing assessment section of the ACT or SAT will be required.
  3. Students with grade point averages below 2.5 on all previous college work may be considered for admission if their ACT and/or SAT test scores fall in the ranges indicated below.

    Requirements for GPA below 2.5
    2.49-2.31 22 1040
    2.30-2.21 23 1080
    2.20-2.00 24 1120
    Below 2.0 25 1160

Academics in Motion Admission

For those students who are borderline in meeting the minimum admission requirements, the University may choose to offer admission through the Academics in Motion (AIM) program. Students admitted through this program must retake the ACT prior to registration for classes. AIM students may only enroll for a maximum of 16 hours during their first semester at DBU. An additional requirement for students in the AIM program is to complete READ 2100 - Advanced Reading Skills, during their first semester at DBU.

The academic progress of students who are admitted through the AIM program will be evaluated after each semester of enrollment until they have completed 16 hours at DBU. All AIM students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average during the first 16 hours at DBU will be placed on Academic Probation with additional requirements form the Registrar. Should a student who has been placed on Academic Probation, not reach a GPA of 2.0 by the end of the semester following being placed on probation status, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Dallas Baptist University complies with all applicable federal and state non-discrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color, or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program, or educational activity. Under federal and state law, the University may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes.


Students desiring to live in the residence halls must complete a residence hall application and medical history form. These forms are mailed to students by the Residence Life Office upon acceptance to the University. Students desiring to live in the Colonial Village Apartments, Williamsburg Village Townhomes, or Williamsburg Borwnstones must complete an apartment application and medical history forms. These forms are available in the Apartment Life Office.

Transfer Credit

Transfer students' grades earned on course work accepted in transfer to DBU will not become a part of the DBU grade point average.. No course with a grade of "D" or "F" will be accepted in transfer.  Only Dallas Baptist University residence credit will be considered in calculating the grade point average to determine:

  1. Eligibility for graduation;
  2. Eligibility for graduation with honors; and
  3. Eligibility for financial aid.

Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will be considered for acceptance unless the institution at which the work was earned equates a grade of "P", or pass, to a grade below "C". Transfer credit will be considered for acceptance on all regular college credit courses taken at a regionally accredited institution. The total number of hours that can be transferred from all accredited, two-year colleges is 66. DBU will accept up to 12 credit hours of technical/occupational credit from regionally accredited institutions (including community/junior colleges) into the traditional degree programs. These 12 hours are to be used as elective credit only. No advanced courses will be accepted in transfer from a two-year college. A limited amount of transfer credit from identified non-accredited institutions may be accepted, upon review by the Registrar's Office. There is no limitation to the number of hours DBU will accept from accredited four-year institutions; however:

  • Thirty of the last 36 credit hours must be taken in residence at DBU.
  • A minimum of 32 hours total must be taken in residence. (Any courses which DBU offers at extension site locations or online are considered resident hours.)
  • All required courses of the student's degree plan must be completed.
  • After matriculation, a student may only transfer a total of 12 credit hours to DBU.

Courses that are considered developmental/remedial as well as continuing education, college orientation, work co-op, and extension courses, are not transferable. Credit given on another regionally accredited school's transcript for ACE, CLEP, AP, or departmental exams is transferable provided that the institution's testing standards are comparable to those of DBU.

The transfer student must recognize that academic advising is unofficial until an official transcript evaluation form and official degree plan have been approved by the Registrar's Office.

A student enrolled at Dallas Baptist University who wishes to enroll for a course at another college must secure the written permission of the Registrar at Dallas Baptist University two weeks before registering for the course. Failure to obtain this approval in advance may result in the refusal of this University to accept credit earned at other institutions. Students should seek full understanding of the conditions under which transfer credit is accepted. A Permission Request form may be obtained from the student's advisor.

NOTE: Graduating students are not allowed to transfer hours taken at another institution if the hours are taken during their final semester at Dallas Baptist University.

Credit for Corporate Training

DBU accepts, subject to departmental approval/policies, credit recommendations for courses that have been evaluated by the American Council of Education (ACE) as specified in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs or College Recommendations: The Directory of the National Programs on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction. These recommendations may be placed on a DBU transcript for a fee.

Credit for Military Experience

Students may receive, subject to departmental approval/policies, credit for Army courses and military occupational specialties (MOS); Navy general rates, ratings, warrant officer and limited duty officer specialties; Air Force courses; Coast Guard courses; Marine Corps courses; and Department of Defense courses, if they have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). DBU will accept credit recommendations made by ACE as specified in The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.