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FAQ for transfer students

What is the difference between semester credits and quarter credits?

Saint Martin's University operates on the semester system. Most community colleges and many other colleges and universities are on the quarter system. Saint Martin's fall semester begins in late August, spring semester in January. The University offers two summer sessions. One semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits.

How many semester credits are required for graduation?

Most academic programs at Saint Martin's University require 128 semester credits for graduation.

How many credits can I transfer to Saint Martin's?

A maximum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) will be accepted toward the fulfillment of requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Transfer credits from a two-year accredited college may not exceed 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours).

Can I earn credits toward a degree based on in-depth experience?

Students with learning gained from job experiences, civic or volunteer work have an opportunity to obtain credit toward a baccalaureate degree through the University's FOCUS Program. Please consult the Saint Martin's University Catalog on page 56 for details about this program.

Teacher certification

Transfer students who wish to enter the education program or teacher certification program must complete a separate application for admission to the College of Education. Acceptance to Saint Martin's University does not guarantee admission to the education or teacher certification programs. Students interested in pursuing Teacher Certification should contact the education office at 360-438-4333 to learn about deadlines for the College of Education.