Transfer and Test Credit
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 (see RIT Grades policy: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/d050). 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 semester credits for that degree. Regardless of the total amount of transfer credit awarded, 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.
An 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 Level||1-4 Year Programs||5 Year Programs|
|1||0 - 26||0 - 26|
|2||27 - 55||27 - 55|
|3||56 - 84||56 - 75|
|4||85 and above||76 - 95|
|5||96 and above|
RIT Transfer Credit Equivalencies
The following is a collection of external courses that have been reviewed and determined to be equivalent to RIT courses and/or are applicable to general education or elective requirements. Many of the equivalencies are a direct (one-to-one) match, where one external course is equivalent to one RIT course. However, there are some instances where multiple external courses may be listed as equivalent to one or more RIT courses. In these cases all courses must be completed to receive the listed credit.
Be sure to read the “Notes” column for any specific information about individual rules.
Per RIT policy, only grades of C or higher are accepted for transfer credit. No transfer credit will be awarded for grades of C- or lower.
This equivalency list is available to provide information on how transferred courses will be awarded credit at RIT. However, the list does not guarantee the credit will count for a specific RIT program requirement. Before taking a course outside of RIT, it is important for current RIT students to speak to their academic advisor to determine if the transfer courses are appropriate for their plan of study.
TXFR – Potential Elective Credit
Individual degree programs make the decision if elective credit will be awarded when there is not an direct course equivalency. These courses are listed as TXFR 100 – Potential Free Elective Credit, and TXFR 101 – Potential General Education Elective credit. If there are questions regarding if and how this credit will be accepted by a particular degree program, please contact that program.
If you are interested in a transfer course that is not on the equivalency list, please complete the articulation request form. Please note it can take up to three weeks for a course to be reviewed and an equivalency to be determined.
- Who makes the admission decision?
Admission decisions on undergraduate applicants are made by the Admissions staff in consultation with the college concerned.
- 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.
- 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.
- Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT 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?
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.
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
Higher Learning Commission (formerly 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 on Colleges and Universities
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