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Central Classroom Complex
Room 1307

(505) 566-3983

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Mon-Fri 8:00AM-5:00PM


Transfer Terminology

SJC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools. For more information about accreditation visit www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/2959.asp.

AP (Advanced Placement)
The AP program provides high school students the opportunity to take college-level courses during high school and receive college credit. The number of AP credits awarded are determined by the college or school, and vary based on the course and AP score earned by the student.

Articulation Agreement
An agreement between higher education institutions that specifies whether or not a course will transfer from one institution to the other. It determines if the coursework is equivalent in general education requirements, major requirement, or elective credits so that the student is prepared to complete the upper-level coursework necessary to achieve their degree. Articulation agreements are available online and through the SJC Transfer Specialist and Academic Advisors.

Associates Degree
A diploma awarded to a student who has completed all of the two-year degree graduation requirements. Typically an associates degree requires about 64 credits comprised of general education and lower division courses specific to the major or program.

Bachelor Degree (Baccalaureate)
A diploma awarded to a student who has completed all of the four-year degree graduation requirements. Typically a bachelor degree requires about 128 credits comprised of general education, lower division, upper division, major, and elective requirements.

The SJC Academic Catalog provides information about the college, its mission, vision, history, accreditation and affiliation, and campus locations. It assists the student with admission, student services, and specifies academic policies and procedures. Degree and certificate programs are listed, along with sample schedules, course descriptions, and faculty.

Common Core
In accordance with policies established by the New Mexico Higher Education Department, designated general education core courses successfully completed at any regionally accredited public institution of higher education in New Mexico are guaranteed transfer to any New Mexico public institution.

Credit Hours
Credit hours indicate the time spent in the classroom per week. A lecture class that meets for 'one-hour' (50 minutes), three times a week is worth 3 semester credits. Lab or practicum credits may be calculated as two hours attendance per week for one (1) semester credit. Satisfactory completion of the course is credited on the transcript with a grade and number of earned credit hours.

Developmental Courses
Pre-college level courses in math, writing, and reading that help students build the skills and knowledge essential for success in college.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student AID)
A required form that must be completed as the first step in applying for financial aid. A new application must be submitted each year. www.fafsa.ed.gov

GE (General Education)
General Education courses usually include focus on communication, creativity, and critical thinking, and are intended to broaden a student’s intellectual perspective and deepen their appreciation of and connection to the larger social context.

GPA (Grade Point Average)
The average grade earned by a student; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of credit attempted.

Lower Division
Courses numbered 100 and 200 that are typically taught during the freshman and sophomore years.

A major is a specific area of study focusing on one defined discipline which includes a related set of academic courses. Pre-major courses are preparatory courses required as a foundation for upper-division work in a major.

A minor is a secondary educational focus during college; it may be related to the declared major, but not always.

A course or requirement that must be completed or in progress before taking the next one. Pre-requisites are usually not counted unless a minimum grade level is achieved.

Repeat Courses
If a student has received a low grade or chosen to withdraw before grades are posted, they may opt to repeat the course. Upon completion of the repeat a 'Repeated Course Form' must be completed at SJC Enrollment Services. The original grade remains on the transcript, but is marked as a repeat and removed from the GPA calculation. Some 4-year majors have a specific limit on how many times a course can be repeated and some colleges/universities use the second repeated course grade even if the first grade was higher when considering transfer of courses and GPA.

Restricted Major
A major with strict entrance requirements or is in very high demand. Restricted majors usually require an additional application beyond the regular admissions application. Restricted majors may have required pre-major courses, GPA, outside activities and deadlines.

A time period by which a college or university runs its academic calendar, usually 15-17 weeks. Typically schools will offer a fall and spring semester with an optional summer session. SJC runs a 16-week semester system.

A copy of a student's permanent academic record. "Official" copies are required for transcript evaluation and transfer of credits. "Unofficial" copies may be used for advising while the official evaluation is pending.

Transfer Student
A transfer student to a four-year institution typically has 30 transferable credits and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students who transfer with less than 30 credits will be required to submit high school information as part of the admissions process.

Upper Division
Courses numbered 300 and higher, typically taught during junior and senior years. SJC does not offer upper division courses.

For more information, please call The Transfer Center at 505-566-3983. Or send an email to transfer@sanjuancollege.edu.