Transfer Admissions

Transferring Credits to RIT Dubai 
A transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process. Credit is granted by the academic departments for coursework that is related to your intended program, if it is taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Usually a grade of "C" or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded.
There is no limit on the number of credit hours that can be awarded, however, a recipient of a two-year associates's degree from another accredited university cannot receive more than 90 credits for that degree. A minimum of 30 semester 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 according to the scale below. (This does not include course work in progress.)

General Information

  • Differential Admissions
    Students applying to RIT Dubai choose a specific academic program as part of the admission process. This is important because we offer a variety of academic programs, and requirements differ from one program to another.
  • Undecided Students
    It's natural to be uncertain of your future. Like many prospective college students, you may have several different personal interests and career aspirations right now.
  • Applying To More Than One Major
    We also encourage applicants to indicate a second and third program choice when applying for admission. If RIT Dubai is unable to offer you admission to your first choice program, you may be qualified for admission to one of your alternative choices.
Your application for transfer admission will not be complete until all college transcripts have been received. Official transcripts and course description should be emailed to and the official transcript must be sent directly to RIT's office of undergraduate admissions:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Undergraduate Admissions Office
60 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
*** You will be notified with a final transfer evaluation within 4-6 weeks after all documents received.

Application Timeline

Spring - Start Date: January 2015

Early Admissions Deadline - November 27th 
Final Admission Deadline - January 10th 
Transfer Admissions Deadline - February 1st 
International Students Admission Deadline - February 1st 

Fall - Start Date: September 2015

Early Application Deadline – January 15th 
Priority Scholarship Deadline-  April 30th 
Late Admission Deadline -  June 20th 
Final Application Deadline-  September 15th 
Transfer Fall Admissions Deadline - September 6th 
International Fall Admissions Deadline - September 6th

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

I received a C- in some courses at my other school. Will I be able to transfer these courses?

Grades of C- may be considered for undergraduate transfer credit. It will be evaluated by your academic department at the time of application.

Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT Dubai transcript?

No. We do not record GPA information from other universities.

At my previous university, I received credit for a course through Credit by Examination. Can I get transfer credit for this course at RIT Dubai?

It depends. If credit was received through standardized exams, such as AP, CLEP, etc. you will need to send us an official score report and credit 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.

I have completed my associate's degree, will my credits transfer?

While completion of an AS degree does not guarantee full transfer credit, we work hard to maximize credit awarded. Completion of a comparable degree program will often allow for third year standing. Transfer credit is awarded on a course by course basis based on its relevance to the program for which you have applied. A transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process.

Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?

No, it is assigned based on the date of your admission deposit. We recommend applying early and sending in your deposit early to ensure that housing will be available. However our Housing Office does an excellent job assisting student with housing accommodations on campus.

How long will it take to hear of my admission decision?

After we receive your completed application, the process typically takes 4-6 weeks (an admission evaluation is completed as well as a transfer credit evaluation). Due to capacity restraints within some of our programs, some applications will take longer to process. The College of Liberal Arts and the academic department you applied to will review and award transfer credit.