- My previous university gave Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades. Will RIT accept courses with these grades?
- Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT transcript?
- At my previous university, I received credit for a course through Credit by Examination. Can I get transfer credit for this course at RIT?
- I have completed my associate's degree, will my credits transfer?
- My GPA increased to a 3.3 after the spring semester (for fall entry-deadline 4/1) can I now be considered for the trustee scholarship?
- Is housing guaranteed for transfer students?
- How long will it take to hear of my admission decision?
- Do I need to submit a portfolio with my application?
- Can I apply as an undecided student?
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.
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. 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.
My GPA increased to a 3.3 after the spring semester (for fall entry-deadline 4/1) can I now be considered for the trustee scholarship?
The evaluation for scholarships is based on coursework completed before the scholarship deadline.
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 Operations Office does an excellent job assisting student with housing accommodations on and off 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.
Do I need to submit a portfolio with my application?
A portfolio is required for majors in the in RIT’s School of Art, School of Design, and the BFA programs in the School of Film and Animation. Guidelines can be found at:
If you are looking to transfer photography credits from another school, submission of a portfolio is required. A portfolio is not required if you do not wish to transfer photography credits.
Can I apply as an undecided student?
The University Studies program (Undeclared) is a one-year program designed to allow students to complete required courses in liberal arts, mathematics, and science, while pursuing career exploration.
If you have over a year (30 semester hours) of coursework completed you need to select a major on your application for admission. Therefore students coming in with a year or more of coursework have exhausted their course options for this program.
If you are having difficulty selecting a major because you are interested in more than one area, you may want to look at our School of Individualized Study which allows you to personalize a degree program.
There are various agencies and associations that deal with vocational, technical and professional schools. However, RIT only awards credit from schools that are regionally accredited. The list of regional accrediting agencies appears below.
Middle States 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 Commission of Colleges and Universities
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Southern Association on 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 Mariana, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau