Transfer Credit

The Basics

RIT awards transfer credit for courses completed at other regionally accredited colleges and universities only. Transfer credit at the undergraduate level will only be granted for course work completed with a grade of "C" or above. There is no limit on the number of credit hours that can be awarded, however, a recipient of a two-year associate degree cannot receive more than 60 credits for that degree. Regardless of the total amount of transfer credit awarded, a minimum of 30 quarter credit hours needs to be completed at RIT in the college granting the degree for Associate and Baccalaureate degree candidates.

A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned, including transfer credit, according to the scale below.

Year Level1-4 Year Programs5 Year Programs
10 - 260 - 26
227 - 5527 - 55
356 - 8456 - 75
485 and above76 - 95
5 96 and above

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who makes the admission decision?
    Admission decisions on undergraduate applicants are made by the Admissions staff in consultation with the college concerned.
  2. Who evaluates my transfer credit?
    Transfer credit is evaluated by the academic school or department in question and the College of Liberal Arts. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended must be sent to the RIT Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  3. My previous university gave Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades. Will RIT accept courses with these grades?
    If the other university's academic policy specifies that Pass or Credit is equivalent to the letter grade of C or above, we will review the course for possible transfer credit.
  4. I received a C- in some courses at my other school. Will I be able to transfer these courses?
    C- grades may be considered for undergraduate transfer credit.
  5. Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT transcript?
    No. We do not record GPA information from other universities.
  6. At my previous university, I received credit for a course through "Credit by Examination". Can I get transfer credit for this course at RIT?
    It depends. Your performance on standardized exams, such as AP, CLEP, etc. will be re-evaluated by RIT. Often these exams will generate a similar credit award to what your previous university awarded. Courses that appear as Credit by Exam on your transcript that are for non-standardized exams (e.g., exams created by your university) are not eligible for credit.

    The reason for this is that every school has different academic standards. We have no way of knowing what material your former school used to award credit.
  7. My previous university was on a semester calendar and RIT is on a quarter calendar. How are semester hours converted to quarter hours when awarding transfer credit?
    The conversion of semester to quarter hours is based on a two to three ratio. Students enrolled at a semester calendar school attend two 15 week semesters during a typical 30 week academic calendar.

    During that same 30 weeks at a quarter calendar school, students attend the same number of weeks over three 10 week quarters. Therefore, to convert semester credit hours to quarter credit hours, multiply semester hours by 1.5 (ie., 15/10 = 3/2 = 1.5). The following chart shows the maximum number of credits which may be awarded for work completed at schools on a semester calendar. Individual awards are determined by evaluating course content, level of the material and whether or not the course applies to your program.

    Semester Hoursx1.5 = Quarter Hours
    1 1.5
    2 3.0
    3 4.5
    4 6.0
    5 7.5
  8. I took a four credit course at my previous university, but the equivalent RIT course is also four credits. Do I "lose" those other two credits?
    We make every effort to apply that credit differential to other required courses. For example, two four-credit courses at your previous university may give you credit for three four-credit courses at RIT.

Regional Accrediting Agencies

There are various accrediting agencies and associations that deal with vocational, technical and professional schools. RIT, however, only awards credit from schools that are regionally accredited. The list of regional accrediting agencies appears below.

Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

Western Association of Schools and Colleges
California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau