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The Excess Credit Hours Counter will be available to students in myUCF to aid in tracking progress towards the Excess Hours baseline hours limit. This counter will change as new information is received, for example, final transcripts or additional UCF credit. If you are a new student this term, this information may be preliminary. However, we think it can be helpful to you as you begin mapping out your college career.

Accelerated or test credit (AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, high school dual enrollment credit, etc.) is exempt from being included in your excess credit counter. This is why you may see a difference between the hours you have already earned toward your degree and the total credits reflected in your excess credit counter.

For Example: If you are coming to UCF from high school and you have 6 hours of AP credit and 6 hours of dual enrollment credit, you have twelve hours of credit earned toward your baccalaureate degree; however, none of the credits will be counted toward your excess credit hour total.

College credit earned before transferring to UCF will be reviewed to determine which of the transfer credits that you have earned will apply to the degree program that you have selected. This is the only credit that will initially count towards excess hours.

Example 1

A transfer student has 6 hours of AP credit and has completed two terms (twelve hours each term) at a college or university, for a total of 30 term hours of credit. The UCF review determined that all of the credit is transferable to the University and that all of the credit is applicable to the degree program selected.

Type of Credit Hours Attempted Hours Earned Excess Credit Counter
AP 6 6 0
1st Term 12 12 12
2nd Term 12 12 12
Total Credits Transferred 30 30 24*

* In example 1, the Excess Credit Hour counter is 24 because the six hours of accelerated credit is excluded by law. The remaining transfer credits are countable.

Example 2

Same scenario as Example 1. A transfer student has 6 hours of AP credit and 24 hours of college credit, however, in this example not all of the college credit is applicable to the degree program selected.

The UCF review determined that all of the credit is transferable to the University. The review revealed that the student took three history classes for total of 9 term hours of credit in history. Based on the selected major, however, only six hours of history is applicable to the degree program. Therefore, one of the history classes (3 credit hours) is considered elective and not directly applicable to the degree.

Type of Credit Hours Attempted Hours Earned Excess Credit Counter
AP 6 6 0
1st Term 12 9 9
2nd Term 12 12 12
Total Credits Transferred to UCF 30 27 21*

* In example 2, the Excess Credit Hour counter is 21 because the six hours of accelerated credit is excluded by law and the three hour history course is not degree applicable. The remaining transfer credits count.

Example 3

Same scenario as used in Example 2, except after starting at UCF, the student decides to change their major from the one originally selected. When you elect to change your major, your initial transfer credit review is repeated for your new major. It is possible that your new major selection will change which courses are degree applicable. Important Note: Once the original Excess Hours review has been completed, the courses that are determined to be degree applicable will always be included in the Excess Hour Counter even if you change to a major in which they are no longer degree applicable.

Type of Credit Hours Attempted Hours Earned Excess Credit Counter
Starting UCF degree totals 30 27 21
1st Term 15 15 15
2nd Term 15 15 15
Major change during 2nd term 3 3
Degree Totals 60 60 54*

* In the new major, the three hour history course is now degree applicable and added to the Excess Credit Hour Counter. The six hours of AP credit is still excluded.

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