Transfer Students FAQ
Will the GPA from my previous university appear on my RIT transcript?
No. We do not record GPA information from other universities.
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?
A grade of "C" or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded.
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.
How are transfer credits awarded?
For incoming students, a transfer credit evaluation is completed as part of the application process. Credit is granted by your academic department for coursework that is related to your intended program, provided it is taken at a regionally accredited college or university. A grade of “C” or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded.
Current students may take classes elsewhere and transfer the credit to RIT, provided the student has obtained pre-approval from the head of their program (or, for Liberal Arts courses, from Liberal Arts Student Services) and the coursework is taken at a regionally accredited college or university. Pre-approval must be documented in writing. A grade of “C” or better is required for transfer credit to be awarded. When the coursework is complete and graded, it is the student responsibility to request an Official Transcript be sent to the RIT Registrar’s Office at this address:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Office of the Registrar
George Eastman Building
27 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5603
Students must adhere to the RIT Residency Requirement to meet graduation requirements: http://www.rit.edu/programs/gradreq_ugrad.html (no more than 1/3 of the last 30 semester credits towards your degree may be earned through transfer credit)
Can I apply as an undecided student?
If you have over a year (30 semester hours) of coursework completed you need to select a major on your application for admission.
Do I need to submit a portfolio with my application?
A portfolio is required for majors in some departments. Guidelines can be found at:
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.
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.
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 which 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.
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).