Transfer Credit

Undergraduate Students

You may use courses taken at other institutions, semesters abroad, and pre-matriculation credits to complete coursework and requirements. There are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you get credit for these courses on your Tufts transcript.

  • After matriculation into Tufts, only courses taken at an accredited, four-year college or university will be accepted for transfer. Engineering students may transfer courses only from institutions with accredited engineering programs in those disciplines. Courses taken at two-year colleges (community colleges) BEFORE a student matriculates into Tufts are acceptable for transfer.
  • Liberal Arts transfer students are able to transfer in up to 17.0 credits and Engineering transfer students are able to transfer in up to 19.0 credits, including pre-matriculation credits (such as APs, IBs, and SAT subject tests).
  • You may not transfer more than 3.0 credits in one summer session, or more than 5.0 credits from summer schools other than Tufts.

  • No on-line, correspondence, or distance-learning courses will be transferred for Tufts credit. No internships will be transferred for Tufts credit. No performance courses in dance or music will be transferred for Tufts credit.
  • Transfer credit toward the Tufts degree from a study abroad program or foreign university will be accepted only from students in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of the enrollment in the foreign program.
  • Transfer of Credit Representatives determine the acceptability of the course content; the Registrar's office determines the amount of credit the student will receive for the course.
  • You must earn at least three Tufts credits to count a semester away as one of the eight semesters of full-time study needed for graduation.

 

Transferring Credit from AP, IB, Foreign Diploma, and SAT Subject Tests

Liberal Arts students can have a maximum of 5.0 test credits and Engineering students can have a maximum of 8.0 test credits. 

If you wish to receive credit for courses taken at an international institution, you must complete the foreign diploma request form and submit the form along with your original diploma, which will be photocopied at Student Services.

You also have the opportunity to receive Tufts credit for earning certain scores on Advanced Placement tests, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests. You should request your scores be sent via the testing agency or provide a score report to Student Services for processing.  Students should consult the Exam Equivalencies Chart or review the Bulletin for their year of matriculation. 

If a test score conflicts with enrollment, you will forfeit the test score.  If a test score conflicts with another test score, Student Services staff will try to give you the most beneficial scenario for your academic record.
 

Transferring Credit from Other Undergraduate Institutions

Liberal Arts students are may transfer up to 17 credits from other institutions. Engineering students may transfer up to 19 credits from other institutions. Courses completed at community colleges are only eligible for Tufts credit if completed before matriculating as a Tufts student. Once matriculated, courses must be completed at a four-year institution and not in an online format. Engineering students may transfer courses only from institutions with accredited engineering programs in those disciplines.

Determining Course Credits

Transfer of Credit Representatives determine the acceptability of the course content and the Registrar's office determines the amount of credit you will receive.

  • Where semester hours are used, one 3- or 4-semester-hour course equals 1.0 Tufts credit and one 2-semester hour course equals 0.5 Tufts credit. One 1–semester hour course will not transfer into Tufts. Where quarter hours are used, 1.0 Tufts credit equals 5.25 quarter hours.
  • Internships, performance courses in dance or music, courses taken as Pass/Fail internationally, or courses used toward the completion of your high school diploma will not be transferred to Tufts for credit.
  • You need to have a grade of C- or above to receive Tufts credit.

Getting Departmental Approval

You must request departmental approval for courses you wish to take or have already taken at other undergraduate institutions. It is generally best to get approval before you take them. Here’s how:

  1. Log into SIS, navigate to “Classes” and click “Request Transfer of Credit.” If you do not have access to SIS, you may complete the paper request process.
  2. Click “Add a New Transfer of Credit Request” and choose the Transfer of Credit Request link for your academic program (major and degree). If you have more than one major, you can select either.
  3. Search for the institution. You may need to use a combination of abbreviations or search multiple times using variations, but the vast majority of schools and programs are listed.  Click “Select” next to the school or program you wish to attend or are attending. (If you absolutely can’t find a school, click “School not listed” and follow the steps.)
  4. Complete the course information, making that the course title and number matches what appears on the school’s Registrar’s website or is printed on their transcripts. If available, provide a link to the course catalog entry or attach the syllabus.
  5. Select a Tufts department from which to seek approval. Tufts Transfer of Credit Representatives will determine if the course content is acceptable and the Registrar's office will determine the number of credits you will receive.
  6. Enter the term in which you are taking or plan to take the course and any comments relevant to your request.
  7. Read and agree to the terms of the Transfer of Credit policies and procedures before submitting your request.
  8. Click “Create Transfer of Credit Request” to complete the process. An error message will appear if any fields are incomplete.
  9. You will receive an email confirming your request and follow-up emails about the status of your request (such as approval or denial or the need for additional information). If you have any questions about the timeline for approval, check with the department from you have requested the approval from.

Getting the Credit Onto Your Transcript

Once the course has been approved and you’ve completed the course, have a sealed, official transcript sent to Tufts Registrar’s office from the other institution.

  • To send by mail: Office of the Registrar, Attn: Transfer of Credit, Dowling Hall, Tufts University, 419 Boston Ave, Medford, MA 02155.
  • ​To send electronically: We will only accept official transcripts sent electronically via ScripSafe or Parchment.
  • Once Tufts receives the transcript, you will receive an email that the transcript has been received.
  • ​Once your course has been approved and we have the transcript, we can post courses to your Tufts transcript. Requests that are incomplete or otherwise don’t match the transcript can slow down the process.  
  • ​Once the course has been added to your transcript, you will receive another email and your courses will appear on your transcript.

Fulfilling Requirements with Transfer Courses

Once a department approves a course with a Tufts equivalent, the Tufts course for which the course is approved may have attributes associated with it (such as culture, humanities, arts, etc.). If approved as a Tufts course with attributes, those apply as if the course was taken here.

If there is no Tufts equivalent for the course, the course may be approved with a course number 310, 320, or 330. If the course is approved for with one of these course numbers, it may not have attributes.  If you want the course to count for a distribution requirement, you may take the following actions: Liberal Arts students may either resubmit the request with a comment for the department approver to request the course count for a specific distribution requirement (given the approver is in the distribution area); any requests for courses to meet the world civilization or culture requirements must be petitioned.  Engineering students may submit a course substitution petition to their department

Credit From Undergraduate to Graduate Tufts Programs

As an undergraduate, you must formally petition to reserve courses taken during your undergraduate career to be reserved for graduate school credit prior to earning your Tufts undergraduate degree. These courses will not be calculated into your undergraduate GPA or count toward the credits or requirements for you to earn your undergraduate degree. To complete this process, complete and submit the appropriate form (Liberal Arts or Engineering).