For detailed information on how incoming freshmen can obtain
academic credit through Advanced Placement tests or transfer
credit, please refer to your class year's
Planning Your First Semester booklet.
If you are an incoming freshman who has completed (or is
currently enrolled in) courses at other colleges, you may be
able to transfer those credits to Rensselaer. The Registrar and
the appropriate campus academic department will have to
evaluate the course descriptions of the courses you took, as
well as an official transcript from the other college, to
determine your transfer eligibility and Rensselaer course
Rensselaer will not award transfer credit for any college
courses you took in high school if those courses were used to
satisfy a high school graduation requirement. In addition, if
you take an equivalent course here at Rensselaer, you will
forfeit your transfer credit (you can't receive credit
Please refer to the Office of the Registrar's
procedures for freshman transfer credits [PDF 30KB] for
more complete information.
Advanced Placement (AP) tests
If you are an incoming freshman and took any Advanced
Placement (AP) courses in high school, request that the
Educational Testing Service (ETS) send your AP scores to
Rensselaer's Registrar's Office; the Registrar will in turn
evaluate your scores and provide you with the results. Note
that although you may receive credit for your AP courses, you
will not receive a grade for them, and the credits are not
included in any grade point average (GPA) calculations.
Upperclassmen who wish to transfer coursework from other
institutions should be sure that the course(s) will transfer
before enrolling at the other institution. Since some courses
are not equivalent to Rensselaer courses, transfer of credit is
not guaranteed unless prior approval is obtained.
Undergraduates must earn equivalent A, B, or C grades at the
other school to transfer credits. Graduate students must earn
equivalent A or B grades.
Note that grades for transferred courses do not appear on
the Rensselaer transcript, nor are they included in your
Rensselaer QPA. They are, however, included in your Earned
Under Rensselaer’s Repeated Courses Policy, courses taken at
another college are not eligible to replace the Rensselaer
grade in calculating the QPA.
How to transfer credits
- Go to the online Transfer
Course Guide and see if the course at the other school
has been evaluated for transfer. If it has been evaluated,
fill in on the front of the
Transfer Credit Approval Form the Visited College Course
Number, Title, and Credit Hours. Check the box in the As Per
Transfer Course Guide column. You do NOT need to get
Departmental Approval in the column labeled Dept. Approval.
Proceed to Number 3 below.
- If the course you wish to take has not been evaluated as
per the online Transfer Course Guide, get a course
description. These are usually available on the other
school’s web site. Attach a copy of the Course Description to
Transfer Credit Approval Form, and have it evaluated by
Transfer Credit Evaluator in the corresponding Rensselaer
department. For example, if you want to transfer a Math
course, you will need the approval of the Rensselaer Math
- Have your advisor approve transfer of the course by
Transfer Credit Approval Form, .
- If the transfer course is part of your last 30 credits,
obtain the approval of the Advising and Learning Assistance
- Submit the completed form to the Registrar's Office.
- Once you have completed the course, have the other
college send an Official Transcript directly to the
Rensselaer Registrar's Office, Academy Hall 2000 level, 110
8th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590.
STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS
Rensselaer students planning to study abroad must use
special Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Forms. These
forms are available online at: STUDY ABROAD TRANSFER CREDIT