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02-16-2012, 02:30 AM
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Quarter Credits vs. Semester Credits

I am a junior college student attempting to transfer to a university. I was researching the university admission requirements and have found I am either 1 or 2 classes short, which I can easily complete before the application deadline.

The university awards quarter credits while the junior college awards semester credits. I know that conversion of quarter units to semester credits is accomplished by dividing the number of quarter units by 1.5. 5 quarter credits are equal to 3.3 semester credits.

Will one 3 credit course(semester) translate into 5 quarter credits. Would I have to take two 3 credit courses which would give me 6.6 quarter credits? I can't be the only one confused by this!

02-16-2012, 03:24 AM
Think about it. If 5 quarter credits are worth 3.3 semester credits, how the heck could 3 semester credits be worth 5 quarter credits? Your math is crazy.

If to convert quarter credits to semester credits you divide the number of quarter credits by 1.5, to turn semester credits into quarter credits you would multiply the number of semester credits by 1.5. Therefore, a 3 semester credit course would be worth 4.5 quarter credits. Two 3 semester credit courses would be worth 6 semester credits, which would be the equivalent of 9 quarter credits. In short, for every 3 quarter credits, you're earning 2 semester credits and vice versa.

Last edited by Frostnip; 02-16-2012 at 04:02 AM..

02-16-2012, 09:25 AM
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A lot of it will also be determined by what the coursework is that is transfering as it compares to the corresponding coursework

I took some college classes in HS that I transferred in to my university which used a quarter system - some of them transferred credit to credit - basically you took class X which looks like our class Y - both were 3 credit classes so that is what I ended up with ...... my community college class X replaced my university class Y on my plan

I took two semesters (6 credits) worth of english/writing/humanities with the community college - when discussing the transfer of those credits we found that the coursework coincided with 3 distinct classes - so in that case I was able to use those 2 classes to replace 3 other 3 credit classes ........ so 6 became 9 on the transfer

Best bet is to work it out with the advisors and negotiate a little bit with them ... course descriptions are going to be very helpful

02-16-2012, 11:12 AM
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I'm not sure why you are trying to work this out - it's going to be the decision of your new college as to what classes they will accept. Just e-mail the registrar.
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