Transfer Credit Information
Roger Williams University welcomes applications from students who wish to transfer to RWU.
The Office of the University Registrar evaluates and records the amount of transfer credit an undergraduate can apply toward graduation requirements. Roger Williams University awards credit based on course work completed at U.S. colleges or universities accredited by a regional accrediting association; or course work completed at international colleges or universities of recognized standing.
The University does not factor transfer credit into the RWU cumulative grade point average (GPA).
** The information on this webpage pertains to full-time, day-student enrollment. If you are interested in part-time enrollment, please visit the site of our University's School of Continuing Studies or call (401) 254-3530. **
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EligibilityClick to Open
RWU awards transfer credit only from regionally accredited colleges and universities and recognized international institutions. Most accredited institutions note their accrediting agency on their transcripts and include it in their official catalog.
Transfer credit at the undergraduate level may be granted on a course by course basis for course work completed with a grade of C or above.
Courses that are not accepted for general transfer credit include:
- Courses from a non-accredited school, or one whose accreditation is not recognized.
- Remedial/developmental /pre-college level courses.
- Continuing Education and/or professional development units/courses.
In addition, individual academic units reserve the right to limit or restrict transfer credit beyond the University's general policy based on professional accreditation and other considerations.
There is no minimum credit requirement to be considered a transfer applicant, if you have completed at least one course from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating from high school.
For inquiries contact the Office of Admissions at (401) 254-3500.
Transfer Credit LimitationsClick to Open
A maximum of 60 credits may be applied to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited two-year college and a maximum of 75 credits may be applied from a regionally accredited four-year college. The overall number of courses needed for a degree may exceed 120 credits. A student may transfer a maximum of three credits toward an undergraduate certificate comprised of fifteen or fewer credits and a maximum of six credits toward a certificate of sixteen credits or more.
We will accept all credits of an associate degree provided that courses carry a grade of ‘C’ or higher, and meet all other conditions of evaluation, however, the number of courses which apply to a particular program will ultimately determine the number of credits and courses needed to be taken at RWU.
We reserve the right to require students to repeat transferred courses if it is deemed necessary for success in requisite courses.
Students who have attended regionally accredited institutions can expect to receive credit for successfully completed courses (bearing a grade of ‘C’ or higher) that are comparable in depth and content to those offered at Roger Williams University. Credit for courses successfully completed with a grade of “P” will be transferred only if the issuing institution transcript key states that the grade of P was the equivalent of the grade of C or higher or the originating institution must change the student’s P grade to a C or better on their transcript. The associate registrar, in consultation with the deans (where necessary), evaluates courses, and a copy of the evaluation is mailed as soon as possible after admission to the University is granted.
Students transferring from an accredited two-year college must complete at least 45 of their final 60 credits at Roger Williams University. Those transferring from a four-year institution must complete at least their final 45 credits at Roger Williams University.
Transfer students with a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited liberal arts or comprehensive college or university must complete at least 30 credits and all major course requirements for the second degree at Roger Williams University.
Transfer Credit Evaluation ProcessClick to Open
Transfer students are required to provide official transcripts from every college or university attended. Transcripts should be mailed directly from the registrar of the college and university attended to the Office of Transfer Admission at Roger Williams University. Transfer applicants are sometimes required to submit course syllabi for courses they have taken at another college or university. The syllabi are used to evaluate the course more closely for possible transfer credit.
Once a student has enrolled at a college or university (after graduating from high school), he or she is classified as a transfer applicant. Being a transfer applicant simply indicates that you are not enrolling at Roger Williams University as your first college or university.
The University does not factor transfer credit into the RWU cumulative grade point average (GPA).
Roger Williams University will make every attempt to provide students with their transfer credit evaluations within 3 weeks of mailing the admission offer. One copy of the Transfer Evaluation is sent to the student; a second copy is sent to the Dean’s office. When possible, students may be provided with a pre-evaluation of their transfer credits. Pre-evaluations are intended to provide the student with a summary of how they can anticipate their credits will transfer to Roger Williams University.
Types of Transfer CreditsClick to Open
Transfer Credit for Transfer Students
Student transferring into RWU who earned college credit while enrolled at another institution. Soon after the student receives their offer from the Admissions office, the Registrar’s Office completes a course-by-course evaluation of transfer credit for transferring students.
** Official transcripts must be submitted from institution to the Registrar’s Office at RWU in a sealed envelope. It is important that the student provide RWU with updated Official Transcripts as IP grades are posted so that the Registrar’s Office can accurately complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation process so the student receives accurate transfer credit. **
Credit for College Coursework
Incoming Freshman matriculated students who earned college credit while enrolled in high school may have that credit transferred into Roger Williams University if the following conditions are satisfied:
- The course was completed at or under the auspices of a regionally accredited postsecondary institution.
- The content and vigor of the course is similar to a course offered at Roger Williams University.
- The grade earned is C or better.
** It is the student’s responsibility to provide RWU with an Official Transcript from the institution where the course work was completed. Official transcripts must be submitted from institution to the Registrar’s Office at RWU in a sealed envelope. It is important that the student provide RWU with updated Official Transcripts as IP grades are posted so that the Registrar’s Office can accurately complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation process so the student receives accurate transfer credit. **
Transfer of Credit After Matriculation
Matriculated students who plan to take courses at other regionally accredited institutions and transfer credit to Roger Williams University must obtain prior approval from the dean of their college or school by completing a Transfer Course Pre-Approval form available at the Office of the Registrar or on-line
The student must complete the Transfer Pre-Approval form and provide a catalog copy of the course description(s) at the time the request is made and returned it to the appropriate Dean’s Office to be processed. Once the course work has been completed and a grade given, it is the student’s responsibility to provide RWU with an Official Transcript from the institution where the course work was completed. Official transcripts must be submitted from institution to the Registrar’s Office at RWU in a sealed envelope.
Credit for courses successfully completed with a grade of C or higher are posted to the student’s record. Grades earned for course work completed at another university are not recorded and are not calculated into the GPA.
Transfer Credit Pre-Approval Forms (After Matriculation)
- Community College of Rhode Island and Bristol Community College Day Program Transfer Course Pre-Approval Form 14
- Day Program Transfer Course Pre-Approval Form 14
Sending Official TranscriptsClick to Open
Request that an official transcript be sent to the Registrar’s Office directly from your other institution once course work is completed. Electronic transcripts should be sent to Registrar@rwu.edu. Official, sealed transcripts should be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Applicants and New Incoming Students:
Request that an official transcript be sent to the Admissions Office directly from the other institution when course work is completed. Electronic transcripts should be sent to email@example.com or by selecting Roger Williams University from the institution picklist on the electronic request form. Official, sealed transcripts should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Roger Williams University
One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809-2921
Class StandingClick to Open
Your class standing, also referred to as "academic level" is determined by the number of credits you have completed:
Completed semester credits
Freshman - Less than 27 credits
Sophomore - 27 - 56 credits
Junior- - 57 – 86 credits
Senior - 87 or more credits
Graduates - 87 or more credits
* Does not include classes currently enrolled in.
* Once Transfer credits have been applied to your record, your class standing will adjust accordingly.
Course Equivalency GuidesClick to Open
The evaluation of courses on this site is a guide, and transferability of any given course is not guaranteed until evaluated upon application. Specific course equivalencies require review based upon the unique characteristics of each college and university and may differ from one institution to another.
FAQsClick to Open
RWU indicates that it only considers awarding credit from “regionally accredited” U.S. colleges and universities. What does this mean?
RWU only awards credit from schools that are regionally accredited. Many of these universities also have obtained professional accreditation in individual disciplines. The list of regional agencies appears below.
What is a Regional Accrediting Agencies?
Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
California, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands
What do you mean by “An Official Transcript?
An official transcript is one that arrives in a sealed envelope from the transfer institution on official transcript paper. If the envelope seal has been broken, this invalidates the transcript. Official transcripts may be mailed or delivered by the student. We do not accept faxed copies of transcripts or transcripts that arrive in opened envelopes
Why do I need to provide RWU with all my Transcripts from other universities/institutions I attended?
It is important for the student to provide RWU, Official Transcripts from all previously attended universities/institutions to the Admissions Office when applying/transferring into RWU; So that all courses taken at other universities/institutions are reviewed for transfer of credit to RWU.
Why do I need to submit a course syllabus?
Transfer applicants are sometimes required to submit a course syllabus for courses they have taken at any college/university. The course syllabus are used to evaluate the course more closely for possible transfer credit.
My transcript is now updated, (my courses in progress now have a grade) where should I submit my updated transcript:
ADMISSIONS OFFICE: Once your acceptance offer has been made and prior to starting classes at RWU. REGISTRAR’S OFFICE: Once you have started classes at RWU, so that we can finalize your Transfer Credit Evaluation and to also make sure that your schedule is accurate. It is the student’s responsibility to provide RWU with updated Official Transcripts as IP grades are posted so that the Registrar’s Office can accurately complete the Transfer Credit Evaluation process and to provide the student with an accurate schedule; (ie. Duplicating courses that have already been taken/transferred).
How will I know how many transfer credits were awarded from my other university?
The Registrar’s Office will give you a copy of the Transfer Credit Evaluation Form or your Pre-Approval Form that lists the courses along with the number of credits you were awarded..
When will I receive my transfer credit evaluation?
When possibly we try to provide you with a copy of the transfer credit evaluation within 3 weeks of receiving your admissions offer.
My previous university gave Pass/Fail grades for courses. Will RWU accept courses with these grades?
No. Credit for courses successfully completed with a grade of “P” will not be transferred..
I received a C- in some courses at my other school. Will I be able to transfer these courses?
No, C- grades may not be considered for undergraduate transfer credit.
Will the GPA from my other university appear on my RWU transcript?
No. We do not record GPA or grade information that you received from another university.
I want a copy of my transcript from the other university I attended. It is located in my student folder. Can you give me a copy? It’s my transcript?
Transcripts from other US and international universities as well as other documents submitted to RWU for admissions or transfer become the sole property of RWU and therefore cannot be returned to the student or other institutions. Our refusal to copy these records for the student or to send them to other universities is based upon the following: The documents that we have received are a reflection of a student’s records while attending the other institution at a particular point in time. The record may have been changed since then and therefore the transcript we have on file may not reflect the most current record.
My previous university had a quarter calendar and RWU has a semester calendar. How do you convert quarter hours to semester hours?
The conversion of quarter to semester hours is based on a two-thirds rule. Students enrolled at a semester calendar school attend two 15 week semesters during a typical 30 week academic calendar. At a quarter calendar school, students attend the same number of weeks over a three 10 week period (quarters), hence 10/15 = 2/3. To convert quarter hours to semester credit hours, multiply quarter hours by 2/3. Using this formula, the following credits expressed in decimal form may be awarded from schools using quarter credit hours. Listed below is a conversion table. RWU also determines hours granted according to course content, level of the material and whether or not the course applies to your program. Students are cautioned that while quarter hour courses may transfer as an equivalent to a RWU course the fractional hours may result in a problem. RWU requires a set minimum number of credits for graduation. A program requiring 120 hours, as an example, demands the full amount be earned. A student earning 119.66 credits will not be eligible for graduation.
When will my Transfer Credits appear on my RWU transcript?
After RWU receives your final transcript from a previously attended university and the evaluation process is completed and determines whether and how much credit to apply to your individual record, that credit will then appear on your transcript. Typically within 3 weeks of classes starting.
Why is my Status still showing “FRESHMAN” STATUS, but I am a Sophomore?
Your Transfer Credits have not yet been posted onto your transcript. Once the transfer credits are posted your status will adjust; Transfer Credits will be posted onto your transcript shortly after classes begin; Students can check their portal to view updates.