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Summer Courses Taken Elsewhere


If you are planning to take summer courses outside of the United States, contact Dean Sue Mennicke in the Office of International and Off-Campus Studies

If you are planning to take summer courses at another institution within the United States, please note the following procedures:

Before Leaving F&M:

  1. Pick up a blue department approval form from the Registrar's Office.  Read the policy and credit equivalencies on the back of the form.

  2. Complete the form and take it, along with the course description and if possible, the syllabus, to the appropriate department chairperson.  Do not give the chair a website; please print the information from the website and take it to the chair.  If you are seeking credit for your major or minor, make sure such has been clearly indicated on the form.  If the course is approved, the department chair will sign the form.  

  3. Return the completed form to the Registrar's Office for approval of the institution and verification of credit equivalencies.

Note: If you do not get the courses pre-approved, there is no guarantee that the credit will transfer.

To receive transfer credit for pre-approved courses

  1. You must request that the host institution's Registrar mail your official transcript directly to F&M's Registrar's Office (our mailing address is on the blue department approval form).  We cannot accept your transcript from you.  It must be mailed directly to us from the host institution.

  2. A grade of D- or higher must be earned.

  3. All courses must be taken for a regular letter grade and not P/NP or Pass/Fail.

  4. Your grade will appear on your F&M transcript but will not be calculated into your cumulative grade point average (there are a few exceptions to this policy; they are listed on the blue department approval form).

Note:  The following equivalencies are used in determining the amount of transfer credit you will receive:

1 semester hour = .25 F&M course credit

2 semester hours = .50 F&M course credit

3 semester hours = .75 F&M course credit

4 semester hours = 1.0 F&M course credit


1 quarter hour = no F&M course credit

2 quarter hours = .25 F&M course credit

3 quarter hours = .50 F&M course credit

4 quarter hours = .75 F&M course credit

5 quarter hours = .75 F&M course credit

6 quarter hours = 1.0 F&M course credit

  • Questions?
  • Please feel free to contact Ms. Esh in the Registrar's office:

    • email:
    • telephone  717-291-4168
    • or make an appointment with her in the Registrar's office