Transfer Guide

Transfer Guide

You should apply to RIT as a transfer if you have attended any college after graduating from secondary school.

This year, RIT will enroll more than 850 new transfer students, placing our university among the national leaders in transfer student admission.

We’re successful in enrolling transfer students because we understand your needs. We provide special programs and personnel to accommodate you during the admissions process. Our goal is to make your transition to RIT as easy as possible.

 

Transferring Credits to RIT

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 associate's degree from another accredited university cannot receive more than 60 semester 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).

 

Year Level1-4-Year Programs5-Year Programs
1 0-26 0-26
2 27-55 27-55
3 56-84 56-75
4 85-above 76-95
5   96-above


College of Art and Design

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
School of Art
Illustration, Medical Illustration, Studio Arts
School of Design
3D Digital Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, New Media Design
Courses in studio art, art history, and liberal arts. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. Related programs or studio art experience in desired disciplines. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program.
Summer courses can lead to third-year status in most programs.
School of Film and Animation
Film and Animation
Courses in liberal arts, science, design, drawing, and film, video, or animation Transfer as a third-year student is uncommon, as comparable programs are not generally available at other colleges.
Motion Picture Science Courses in calculus or higher mathematics, college chemistry, calculus-based physics, and liberal arts Transfer as a third-year student is uncommon, as comparable programs are not generally available at other colleges.
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
Photographic and Imaging Arts
Advertising Photography Option
Fine Art Photography Option
Photojournalism Option
Visual Media Option
Courses in liberal arts, photography, design, and art history. Portfolio required for photo credit. Applied Photography. Portfolio required for photo credit.
Photographic and Imaging Technologies
Biomedical Photographic
Communications Option
Courses in biology, photography, and liberal arts. Portfolio required for photo credit. No common program available
Imaging and Photographic
Technology Option
Courses in college physics, mathematics, photography, and liberal arts. Portfolio required for photo credit. No common program available

Saunders College of Business

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Accounting Courses in economics, accounting, liberal arts, science, and mathematics AS degree in Accounting or Business Administration
Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, New Media Marketing, Supply Chain Management Courses in economics, liberal arts, science, and mathematics AS degree in Business Administration or Liberal Arts
Management Information Systems Courses in liberal arts, math, science, economics, and computer science AS degree in Data Processing/Management Information Systems or in Business Administration
Hospitality and Tourism Management Courses in business and economics, foreign language, math, science, and liberal arts Dietetics or Nutrition, Food Service Management, Hotel/Resort Management, Restaurant Management, Travel/Tourism Management, Agriculture and Technology, Business, or Liberal Arts

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Computer Science Department
Computer Science
Courses in computer science, calculus, liberal arts, calculus-based physics, chemistry, or biology AS degree in computer science, engineering science, or liberal arts
Computing Security Department
Computing Security
Information Sciences and Technologies Department
Computing and Information Technologies, Human-Centered Computing, Web and Mobile Computing
School of Interactive Games and Media
Game Design and Development, New Media Interactive Development
Courses in programming, computer applications, calculus, lab sciences, liberal arts AS degree in Computer Applications, Computer Science, Information Technology, or Liberal Arts
Software Engineering Department
Software Engineering
Courses in computer science, calculus, liberal arts, calculus-based physics, chemistry, or biology AS degree in Computer Science, Engineering Science, or Liberal Arts

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronic Engineering Pre-engineering courses such as calculus, calculus-based physics, chemistry, and liberal arts. Computer science courses for computer engineering applicants. AS degree in Engineering Science (plus computer science electives for computer engineering applicants)

College of Engineering Technology

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Civil Engineering Technology Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Civil, Construction, Environmental, Architectural, Transportation, or Surveying Technology; Engineering Science
Computer Engineering Technology Courses in computer science, math, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Computer Technology, Electrical or Electronic Technology, or Computer Science
Electrical Engineering Technology Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Electrical Technology, Electronic Technology, Engineering Science
Electrical Mechanical Engineering Technology Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Electrical or Mechanical Technology, Electronic Technology, Engineering Science
Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Math through Calculus I, micro and macro economics, introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and physics Biology, Chemistry, or Environmental Sciences; Business or Public Administration; Liberal Arts with math/science
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Manufacturing, Mechanical, Drafting and Design, Robotics, or Electromechanical Technology; Engineering Science
Mechanical Engineering Technology Courses in mathematics, science, engineering science, and engineering technology Mechanical, Design and Drafting, Air Conditioning, or Electromechanical Technology; Engineering Science
Packaging Science Courses in business, mathematics, science, liberal arts, statistics, or computer science Business Administration, Marketing, Management, Graphic Arts, Engineering Science, Liberal Arts with math/science
School of Media Sciences
Media Arts and Technology
Courses in liberal arts, college math, physics and chemistry, business Transfer from associate degree programs considered on an individual basis

College of Health Sciences and Technology

Majors and OptionsTransfer Course Recommendations without Associate DegreeAppropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Biomedical Sciences Courses in liberal arts, science, and math AS degree in Biology or Liberal Arts with biology option
Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) Courses in liberal arts, science, and math AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health; Radiologic Technology
Dietetics and Nutrition, Nutritional Sciences Courses in liberal arts, science, and math. Science courses are required for Nutrition Management major. Dietetics or Nutrition, Foodservice Management, or Liberal Arts
Exercise Science Courses in liberal arts, science, and math AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health areas
Physician Assistant (Fall Entry Only) Courses in liberal arts, science, and math AS degree in Liberal Arts with science option; Allied Health areas

College of Liberal Arts

 
Majors and Options Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Advertising and Public Relations Courses in advertising, marketing, communications, liberal arts, and science Advertising, Business/Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or Liberal Arts
Communication Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science
Criminal Justice Courses in criminal justice or related areas, liberal arts, math, and science Criminal Justice, Human Services, or Liberal Arts
Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science
Economics Courses in business, liberal arts, math, science, and computer science AS degree in Business Administration or Liberal Arts
International and Global Studies, Political Science Courses in liberal arts, science, foreign language, and history Liberal Arts with social sciences, science, or languages
Journalism Courses in liberal arts, math, science, and computer science Liberal Arts with emphasis in communication and a technical field such as business, photography, or computer science
Museum Studies Courses in liberal arts, art history, studio arts, photography, business, and chemistry Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, or Business/Marketing
Philosophy Courses in liberal arts, math, science, philosophy, and ethics Liberal Arts
Psychology Courses in liberal arts, sciences, social sciences Liberal Arts with science or social science
Public Policy, Sociology and Anthropology Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math Liberal Arts, Environmental Studies, Economics, Government, Science

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

 
Majors and Options Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
3D Graphics Technology, Accounting Technology, Administrative Support Technology, Applied Computer Technology, Applied Liberal Arts, Applied Mechanical Technology, ASL-English Interpretation, Business, Business Technology, Civil Technology, Computer Aided Drafting Technology, Computer Integrated Machining Technology, Design and Imaging Technology, General Science, Hospitality and Service Management, Laboratory Science Technology, Mobile Application Development, Pre-baccalaureate Studies Transfer requirements vary by program. Transfer requirements vary by program. Please contact NTID Office of Admissions, 585-475-6700, toll free in the U.S. and Canada at 866-644-6843, or by videophone at 585-743-1366.

College of Science

 
Majors and Options Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
Imaging Science
Courses in math, computer science, and liberal arts AS degree in Liberal Arts with math/science option, Computer Science, Engineering Science, Science
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
Biology
Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math AS degree in Biology or Liberal Arts with biology option
Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience Courses in liberal arts, sciences, math, and computing AS degree in Biotechnology or Liberal Arts with biology
Environmental Science Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math AS degree in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Liberal Arts with science option
School of Mathematical Sciences
Applied Mathematics, Applied Statistics, Computational Mathematics
Courses in liberal arts, physics, math, and chemistry AS degree in Liberal Arts with math/science option
School of Chemistry and Materials Science
Biochemistry, Chemistry
Courses in liberal arts, chemistry, math, and physics AS degree in Liberal Arts with chemistry option; Chemical Technology, Laboratory Technology
School of Physics and Astronomy
Physics
Courses in calculus or higher mathematics, college chemistry, calculus-based physics, and liberal arts No common program available.

School of Individualized Study

 
Majors and Options Transfer Course Recommendations without Associate Degree Appropriate Associate Degree Programs for Transfer
Applied Arts and Sciences   The applied arts and sciences program is particularly appropriate for individuals who have prior college-level learning, are interested in changing majors, have unique ideas about how they want to design their academic areas of study, or want to prepare themselves for a career that requires skills and expertise from several disciplines.