Jun 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Converting Credits



General Formula for Converting Credits

As a general rule, quarter credits are converted to semester credits by dividing the number of quarter credits by 1.5. Three academic quarters equal two academic semesters.

Convert quarter credits to semester credits: Divide quarter credits by 1.5.

Examples:
3 quarter credits ÷ 1.5 = 2 semester credits
5 quarter credits ÷ 1.5 = 3.3 semester credits
180 quarter credits are equal to 120 semester credits (180 ÷ 1.5 = 120)

Convert semester credits to quarter credits: Multiply semester credits by 1.5.

Examples:
2 semester credits x 1.5 = 3 quarter credits
3 semester credits x 1.5 = 4.5 quarter credits
60 semester credits equal 90 quarter credits (60 x 1.5 = 90)

Semester System

15 credit hours per semester x 2 semesters per year = 30 credits per year. A two - year program equals approximately 60 credits; a four-year baccalaureate equals approximately 120 credits.

Quarter System

15 credit hours per quarter x 3 quarters per year = 45 credits per year. A two-year program equals approximately 90 credits; a four-year baccalaureate equals approximately 180 credits.

Quarter to Semester Hour Conversion Chart

Quarter Semester  
0.50 0.34  
1.00 0.67  
1.50 1.00  
2.00 1.34  
3.00 2.00  
4.00 2.67  
4.50 3.00  
5.00 3.34  
6.00 4.00  
7.00 4.67  
7.50 5.00  
8.00 5.34  
9.00 6.00  
10.00 6.67  
11.00 7.34  
10.50 7.00  
12.00 8.00  
13.00 8.67  
13.50 9.00  
14.00 9.34  
15.00 10.00  
16.00 10.67  
16.50 11.00  
17.00 11.34  
18.00 12.00  
19.00 12.67  
19.50 13.00  
20.00 13.34  
21.00 14.00  

Clock to Credit Hour Conversion Chart

The clock-to-credit hour conversions for academic purposes is calculated as follows:

  • One semester credit hour is equal to at least 37.5 clock hours of instruction, including a minimum of 30 clock hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction. The remaining 7.5 clock hours may include acceptable and documented student work outside of class and/or instructional hours.
  • One quarter credit hour is equal to at least 25 clock hours of instruction, including a minimum of 20 clock hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction.

International Credit Hours

Students entering Tusculum University with credits from other systems have these credits converted to U.S. credit hours using a formula for the transfer of credit established by the University. The Registrar’s Office will attempt an unofficial evaluation if the transcript provided is in English; however, it is required that all international transfer students transcripts be certified by a NACES accredited evaluation company. (Reference International Student Admission  for additional information.)