Taking Classes at Other Institutions

Learn more about taking courses at other institutions during the academic year or during the summer.  If you plan to earn credits at institutions through study abroad opportunities, please visit the Center for Global Learning to learn more.

ARCHE Cross-Registration

Cross-registration at ARCHE (Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education) member institutions allows students to take courses not available at Agnes Scott. In addition, students from other member institutions may enroll in courses at Agnes Scott.

Grades for courses taken through cross-registration are not factored into a student’s GPA, but grades of A, B, C, or D are accepted for credit hours. Only one general education requirement may be fulfilled by courses taken through cross-registration. The intellectual breadth general education requirements cannot be completed through cross-registration.

  • Maximum of 2 courses per term, total of 18 semester credits complete through ARCHE cross registration over student’s academic career at Agnes Scott
  • Must be in good standing
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Agnes Scott
  • May not be in their final semester before graduation

Students enrolled in cross-registration courses are subject to the regulations of the institution where the course is taken, including deadlines for application, registration and withdrawing from a course.

Watch this video to learn how to cross register through ARCHE:

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Overview of the Process

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility. See the guidelines listed above or read more details on the Cross Registration page .

Step 2: Enroll in a full course load (16 units) at Agnes Scott.

  • If you are ultimately enrolled in a course through ARCHE cross registration, you will have the opportunity to drop one of your Agnes Scott courses.

Step 3: Use the other institution’s course search website to identify the course you want to take. Be sure to check whether the course has pre-requisites; you will not be approved to take a course where you have not met the prerequisites.

Step 4: Fill out sections 1 and 2 of the ARCHE Cross Registration Application form.

  • Questions about filling out the form? Watch the video below or talk with your SUMMIT advisor.

Step 5: Meet with your SUMMIT Advisor to discuss your ARCHE plans and get their signature on section 3 of the ARCHE Cross Registration Application.

  • If your are planning to use the ARCHE course to satisfy major or minor requirements, you will also need to get the Departmental Approval Form signed by the department’s chair.

Step 6: Turn the form(s) in to the Registrar’s Office (Buttrick 101B) by the deadline.

  • Deadline to Apply for Fall Classes: June 15
  • Deadline to Apply for Spring Classes: November 15

Students find out if they are approved to cross register through ARCHE right before the start of classes. When they are approved, a placeholder class will be added to their schedule in AscAgnes.

For answers to common questions about completing the ARCHE form, watch the below video:

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Helpful Links: Frequently Asked Questions about ARCHE Cross Registration

I am a first year student in my first semester at Agnes Scott College, can I take a course through cross registration.
No, you must complete at least one semester at Agnes Scott before you can cross register for a course through ARCHE.

We offer a course at ASC, but the time fits better if I take the course through cross registration. Is that acceptable?
Cross registration is only for courses not offered at ASC. If a conflict exists between two required courses and you will not be able to resolve the conflict by taking one of the courses in a later semester, permission may be sought to take the course through cross registration. Submit your application along with an explanation of the conflict to the Registrar's office, first floor Buttrick Hall. Final approval of the request rests with the host institution. (An example of a conflict is a student with a double major requiring two different courses offered at the same time.)

Do I have to be full-time at ASC to cross register?
No, but you must be enrolled in at least one course at ASC.

Is financial assistance available to help with transportation for cross-registered courses?
No. Not at this time.

Transient Credit

Transient credit is coursework/credit that a student completes at another higher education institution and may be applied to help complete Agnes Scott degree requirements. Students cannot earn transient credit at other colleges during the fall and spring semesters for courses that are being offered at Agnes Scott that same semester. Grades for transient courses are not factored into a student’s cumulative or major grade point average.

Watch the video below to learn about the process for getting transient credit approved:

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Transient credit can be used to help satisfy the following degree requirements:

  • Credit requirement
  • General education requirements (excluding intellectual breadth requirement - transient credit can NOT satisfy the intellectual breadth requirement)
  • Major requirements - usually no more than two semester courses of transient work may apply to the requirements for a major and only with approval from the  chair of the major department.
  • Minor requirements - usually no more than one

Transient credit is subject to the following limitations:

  • A maximum of 24 semester hours of transient work will be credited toward the 128 semester hours required for the Agnes Scott degree.
  • A maximum of 3 courses (normally the equivalent of 12 semester hours) may be taken each summer.
  • No more than two courses (normally the equivalent of 8 semester hours) can be taken at one time.
  • Transfer students should keep in mind the ASC residency requirement of earning 64 credits at ASC.

Process for Transient Credit Approval

Step 1: Identify the institution where you plan to complete transient coursework. Research that institution’s process for enrolling as a transient student. Be sure to follow the appropriate policies and deadlines in order to get enrolled in classes at the other institution.

Step 2: Complete Agnes Scott’s Transient Credit Approval Form.

Step 3: Get the appropriate signatures.

  • Approval is required from the Department Chair for the department housing the course you are planning to take.
  • Approval is required from your SUMMIT or major advisor as well.
  • If you are a dual degree student and planning to take a course required for the dual-degree as transient coursework, you must also get the approval of your Dual-Degree Advisor.

Step 4: Turn the completed form in to the Office of Academic Advising and Accessible Education in Buttrick G-15.

Once a student completes approved transient coursework, they must submit transcripts from the other institution to Agnes Scott to have the credit added to their Agnes Scott record. Deadlines to submit transcripts for approved transient coursework:

  • For Summer courses: November 1
  • For Fall courses: April 1
  • For Spring courses: August 1