The Office of the Registrar manages test and transfer credit and works with academic departments on campus to determine how coursework from post-secondary institutions may be applied at RIT.
The Office of the Registrar manages test and transfer credit and works with academic departments on campus to determine how coursework from post-secondary institutions can be applied at RIT.
In order to have test or transfer credit evaluated by RIT, a student must submit an official transcript of the work completed directly from the school/organization to RIT. Prior to completing test or transfer coursework, a student may review the Transfer and Test Equivalency sections* (found below) to understand better how credit may transfer.
Current RIT students interested in completing coursework outside of RIT should refer to the Transfer Equivalency section to determine which courses have already been evaluated and how they may transfer to RIT. If a course is not included in the list, a student must submit the Transfer Articulation Request form prior to completing the course. If there are questions regarding transfer credit for current RIT students, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prospective RIT students and applicants should contact an admissions counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to request an evaluation of any courses not included in the Transfer Equivalency section of this website or with any other questions regarding applying to RIT. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be reached by phone at 585-475-6631 or by email at email@example.com.
*Equivalencies are subject to changed based on internal and external curricular updates.
All AP, CLEP, Cambridge A-Levels, and IB test results should be sent directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Students must submit official transcripts or score reports directly from the testing organization to the RIT Admissions Office. When taking any of these exams, be sure to mark RIT as a receiving school. If you have not done that, please contact the organization to request that scores be sent to RIT. Please note, high school transcripts cannot be used to pull the scores and award credit, and the test taker is the only person who can request that scores be sent to a college or university.
The links below provide the test credit equivalencies for Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Cambridge A-Levels, and International Baccalaureate (IB). Please refer to chart headings for RIT specific requirements
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 program specific information about the equivalency.
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 a direct course equivalency. These courses are listed as TXFR 100 – Potential Free/Open/Program Elective Credit, and TXFR 101 – Potential General Education Elective credit. If there are questions regarding whether credit will be accepted by a particular degree program, please contact your academic advisor.
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 several weeks for a course to be reviewed and an equivalency to be determined.
While RIT will accept credit from a variety of sources, if credit is being completed at an external school or organization that is not regionally or nationally accredited it is important to check prior to completing any coursework to determine if credit can be accepted.
Credits from a foreign post-secondary institution that is recognized by the local Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution may be accepted for transfer credit evaluation.
For prospective students, prior to their first semester at RIT, all transcripts should be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by mail to 60 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester NY 14623, or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For current RIT students, transcripts should be sent to the Office of the Registrar by mail to 27 Lomb Memorial Drive Rochester NY 14623 or electronically to email@example.com.
RIT accepts transcripts received by mail or electronically as long as they are sent directly from the external school or organization. RIT will not accept transcripts forwarded from students, or unofficial transcripts.
RIT’s undergraduate graduation requirements states that a minimum of 25% of the total semester credit hours required for the degree shall consist of successfully completed RIT courses. RIT’s graduate graduation requirements states that a minimum of 67% of the total semester credit hours required for the degree shall consist of successfully completed RIT courses.
No. If a course was completed at RIT the RIT grade will remain a part of the student’s record and will be calculated into the GPA. If a transfer course is completed to fulfill a requirement after an unsuccessful attempt at RIT, the transfer course can be used to complete the requirement, but the RIT grade will remain on the student’s record and in the GPA calculation.
If a student receives transfer credit and then completes the same course at RIT at a later date, the transfer credit will be automatically excluded from the student’s record and the RIT completion of the course will be counted.
If the externals school's academic policy specifies that Pass or Credit is equivalent to the letter grade of C or above (grades of C- or below will not be awarded transfer credit), we will review the course for possible transfer credit.
Performances on standardized exams, such as AP, CLEP, etc. will be re-evaluated by RIT. Courses that appear as Credit by Exam on transcripts that are for non-standardized exams (e.g., exams created by the university) are not eligible for credit.