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Specifying a Minimum Grade

In some circumstances, students may have to achieve a minimum grade, or a minimum grade calculated over all transferable courses, to be able to receive transfer credit at a receiving institution. The BC Transfer Guide states:

To be considered a transfer student, you must have completed the minimum number of transferable credits with a minimum GPA of C (or 60% or 2.00 average) or better on all courses, as calculated by the receiving institution.

Additionally, Section 2 of the BCCAT Principles and Guidelines for Transfer states: "The minimum grade for individual course transfer is normally a passing grade, as defined by the institution awarding the original credit. A higher course grade should not be required by the receiving institution unless the same requirement applies to the equivalent internal course."

Requiring a higher grade to receive transfer credit for a course than the grade required to pass the same course at the receiving institution is inconsistent with BCCAT's Principles and Guidelines for Transfer and the principle of fairness, and is not recommended. However, there may be situations where requiring a higher grade to receive transfer credit is appropriate. These include, for example, situations where a higher grade will allow transferring students to receive an exemption from taking another course or to apply credit from the transferred course toward a particular program at the receiving institution. These agreements are recorded in the BC Transfer Guide in this format:



Transfer Credit

Effective Dates

CNC COM 204 (3)


UVIC COM 202 (1.5). Must have a C or better to receive Commerce credit towards a B.Com degree.

Sept/97 to -

CAP PHIL 208 (3)


UNBC PHIL 2XX (3). Exemption from UNBC ENVS 414 with grade of B+ or better.

Sept/01 to -

It is recommended that such requirements be carefully assessed and justified. If, for example, a department has researched the performance of transferring students, and can demonstrate a consistent correlation between grades in transferred courses and student performance in courses at the receiving institution, it may be justified in requiring a higher than minimum grade to receive exemptions or program credit. It is recommended that before making such a decision, the receiving department contact the sending institution and discuss its proposal and its possible impacts.