Transfer Students

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Rhode Island College welcomes students who wish to transfer from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Whether you're transferring from a community college to complete a bachelor's degree or transferring from a four-year institution and looking for affordable tuition, small class sizes, and a wide selection of academic programs - a better fit awaits you at RIC.

Getting your Transfer Credits Evaluated

Applicants interested in how their credits will transfer to Rhode Island College may view a list of prior approved courses and build a credit evaluation using RIC’s Transfer Evaluation System (TES).


Interested in Transferring to RIC?

We look forward to connecting with you and sharing more information about the admissions process, academic programs, and other opportunities at Rhode Island College. RIC is an exclusive member of the Common Application. All students applying for undergraduate admission must complete the Common Application.

Explore Transfer Students

What sets RIC apart from the rest

Student to faculty ratio allows you to have a meaningful learning experience with faculty who take the time to know you. Average class size of 20 .
"Greater earning power, nearly double of those without a degree." (U.S. Census)
RIC prides itself on being ranked the most affordable four-year college in the Northeast.

Transfer Student Admission Process

Transfer GPA and Earned Credit Requirements

Admission decisions for transfer students are based on the applicant's college-level academic record.

Transfer students must have earned:

  1. Minimum of 24 earned college credits in a diversified program of study.
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 with 24 or more earned college credits.

Credits must be completed by June 1 prior to the fall semester for fall admission or by September 1 prior to the spring semester for spring admission. Students not meeting the above requirements must apply as freshmen; however, any earned college credits will be evaluated for transfer.

The majority of students accepted as transfers have a 2.5 or higher GPA with 24 to 29 earned college credits.

How to Apply

Students interested in transferring to Rhode Island College should submit:

  • A completed Common Application and nonrefundable $50 application fee.
  • Please note: Recommender forms included in the Common Application are not required. Simply request an offline form in this section to skip.
  • Official transcripts from all college(s) attended, whether or not you expect or desire credit for such work.
  • Applications will be reviewed when all transcripts are received.

Evaluation of Credits

Students will receive a preliminary, unofficial evaluation upon acceptance to the college. An official evaluation of transfer credit is completed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for all students once enrolled in the college, and can be viewed on your MyRIC account by selecting “Transfer Credit Report” on the “Academics” menu.

Prior to admission, applicants interested in how their credits will transfer to RIC may view a list of prior approved courses and build a credit evaluation using RIC’s Transfer Evaluation System (TES).

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit from a regionally accredited college or university is typically granted for courses in which you have earned a grade of C or higher, if the coursework is comparable to that which is taught at Rhode Island College. Transfer credit will count toward the academic major, general education component, or as elective credit.

The courses involved must represent a full academic experience, with appropriate required readings, tests, papers, and examinations. Courses taken Pass/Fail may be evaluated for transfer credit provided a student can offer official documentation of a grade of C or higher in the course. Noncredit courses and continuing education units will not transfer. On occasion, students will present course credits for evaluation in areas of study not offered at the college; for instance, engineering. If these courses meet appropriate academic standards, they may be used as elective credit, but not as credit toward the major.

Courses that are 10 years old or more will be awarded elective credit or, if appropriate, general education credit. The chair of the student's major department may evaluate if or how specific major course credit is to be awarded.

The college also accepts proficiency credit awarded through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests and DANTES (armed forces).

JST transcripts are evaluated for prior learning credit. Students submitting military transcripts will receive a separate letter awarding credit based on ACE Credit Recommendations included in the JST.

Students may transfer up to 75 credits. Transferred courses are not included in the calculation of your RIC GPA.

Honors Program Requirements

Transfer students with superior academic records may participate in General Education Honors (depending on the number of General Education courses they have already completed), in the Honors Colloquium, and in Departmental Honors. Transfer applicants must have at least a 3.5 grade point average and 24 credits of diversified liberal arts courses to qualify.