Will My College Credits Transfer?

Q: Will my new college accept my college credits? Will my college credits transfer to my new school?

A: You will need to research the answer to this question. The first thing you should do is talk to your school counselor at your current (or old) school. Your counselor should have a lot of experience with transferring students and should be able to go through your college credits one by one to see which ones will transfer.

Next, contact the Admissions Office at your new college or university. Make an appointment. Your new Admissions Office will ultimately have the final word on which credits transfer and which credits do not transfer.

You might also go online and check out the website hosted by your new school. Many schools have a page dedicated to questions about transferring college credits.

At most institutions, the process of transferring credits is manual, and is controlled by the Admissions Office.

Normally, when students are transferring from one school to another, students are evaluated and may receive all, partial or no transfer credit for completed courses already taken.

This evaluation usually happens before enrollment and will not be official until after you are enrolled and you have received an admissions report or checklist that shows which credits have been accepted.

This process can take some time, so you might not find out which credits did not transfer until AFTER you have enrolled and are taking classes at your new school.

For this reason, it is important to do your homework well BEFORE you transfer and make sure that you are not taking coursework that will not count at your new school.

Even if prior courses are nearly identical in scope and coursework, it does NOT mean that your new school will count those credits toward degree completion. It is entirely up to the discretion of the new school.

Also keep in mind that schools may not accept credits for courses that were taken on a Pass/No Pass basis or for courses where the grade was below a C. Again, it depends entirely on the school you are transferring to, so do your homework ahead of time.

And on a final note, grade point averages will not transfer.

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