Q. Do I need an associate's degree before I transfer?
A. Although an associate's degree will place you in a more favorable
light, an associate's degree is not required for transfer if the following
criteria have been met:
1. Your high school transcript includes passing grades in college
preparatory level courses in:
- Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
- 4 units of English
- 2 laboratory sciences (usually Biology and Chemistry)
- 2 years of a foreign language
2. You have earned 24-30 transferable credits at CCRI and your
grade point average (GPA) is 2.4 or higher.
Q. What grade do I have to earn in a course for it to transfer? Will
a "D" transfer?
A. Grades of "C" or higher are required for transfer. However, some
schools may accept "C-" or "D" as elective credit only. If you are transferring
among CCRI, RIC, and URI, a "D" can transfer for elective credit but specified
prerequisite courses may require a "C" or better.
Q. What GPA do I need to transfer?
A. Generally, a 2.5 grade point average is required for transfer.
However, some programs are competitive, and a much higher GPA may be required
for these programs.
If you are transferring among CCRI, RIC and URI, a 2.4 GPA is required
for admission to the college or university. The GPA required to be admitted
into a specific degree program may be higher. Click here to read about specific
Q. Will my GPA transfer?
A. No. The GPA reflects a student's performance at a particular
institution. Therefore, when you transfer, you will begin another GPA which
will reflect your academic performance at your new school.
Q. How will I know how many credits transferred and how the credits fit
into a major?
A. When you apply for admission, you send your transcript to the
college where you plan on transferring. When you finish the courses you
are currently taking, you will send a final transcript to the admissions
office of the transfer college. A transfer officer will evaluate your transcript
and provide you with a written document that specifies the number of credits
that transfer. You should be able to see how the transfer credits apply
to the transfer program. It is important for you to look over this document
and resolve any questions you may have with a transfer admissions officer
before you register for courses at your new college.
Q. If I am enrolled at one institution, can I take courses at another
institution and transfer the credits back?
A. You may take courses at one institution while attending another
institution provided the following has been met:
*you meet with your advisor to confirm that your combined course load
at both institutions is not unreasonable.
*you get permission from the institution where you are matriculating
to be certain the course(s) you are taking at the second institution will
transfer back to your degree program. Check with institutions to be certain
are not exceeding transferable credits allowed.
Q. When do I need to apply?
A. Colleges have various deadline dates, and you need to check with
each college for its specific dates. Publications such as the College
Handbook list each college's deadline dates. Please note that colleges
adhere strictly to the deadlines, so don't delay in applying. Also, you
can apply to most colleges online. Pay particular attention to application
deadlines that may qualify you for scholarships.
Click here for a link to application
deadlines at URI, RIC, or CCRI.
Q. What is the maximum number of credits I can transfer?
A. The maximum number of credits you can transfer differs with each
college. However, many colleges will accept up to sixty credits, while other
colleges (such as RIC) will accept up to 90 credits. Please note that although
credits may transfer, you need to understand clearly how they transfer.
Ideally, transfer credits will fulfill program requirements at the receiving
You should be able to transfer most or all of the courses taken at CCRI
in the associate's degrees designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree
if you plan carefully and if your grades are good.
Q. Are certain courses required in order to transfer?
A. If you wish to transfer before earning an associate's
degree, certain courses may be required for transfer (if you did not complete
the following in high school):
Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry
Two Lab Science Courses
Four Years of English
Two Years of the Same Foreign Language
Before you transfer, you may want to take courses that improve your chances
of being accepted into a specific program at the four-year college. Since
each college or university has its own requirements, students should contact
the institution to which they are planning to transfer early in their academic
career to discuss courses.
Q. If courses do not transfer, what happens to them?
A. Courses you have earned will always remain part of your permanent
record. Remember, courses that don't transfer into one college may transfer
into another. Consult the Transfer Guide for Students to see if your
courses will transfer. You may attend different colleges throughout the
course of your career, and you may be able to transfer them at another institution
at a later time.
Q. What are elective credits?
A. Most colleges require that students take courses from areas of
their personal interest as part of the graduation requirements. These are
called "elective courses." The number and kinds of courses that are acceptable
is limited and vary with each school and program within each school.
Q. How are credits for prior learning evaluated and applied at the four-year
A. Credits for prior learning earned at one college are reassessed
by the four-year school unless these credits are included in an articulation
agreement. Therefore, save any documentation you have gathered in your portfolio
so that you can resubmit it to the new school. AP and CLEP credits, however,
transfer quite well.
Look in the Transfer Guide for Students under Prior Learning
if you are transferring from and to CCRI, RIC, or URI.
Q. Can I earn more credits at CCRI after I receive an associate's degree?
A. A student can earn as many credits as he or she wishes at CCRI.
However, for transfer purposes, each college has a policy on the maximum
number of credits that will be accepted in transfer. Students should check
the policy at the receiving institution.
Q. Will I still be eligible to receive financial aid to complete my
baccalaureate degree if I transfer after earning an associate's degree or
if I transfer from another college?
A. Yes. If you are eligible at your current college, you will probably
be eligible if you transfer. If you are eligible for financial aid at CCRI,
and you complete an associate's degree, you will probably be able to get
financial aid at RIC and URI to finish your baccalaureate degree. However,
financial aid determination is a complex process. Check with the Financial
Aid Office to determine your eligibility, and remember to apply every year.
Q. Is there someone who can help me apply for admission?
A. Students should either contact the college or university to which
they are planning to transfer or attend a transfer program or fair (held
at community colleges and at baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities).
At CCRI, several transfer admissions representatives are on campus to facilitate
transfer. Additionally, for students attending CCRI, counselors are available
to assist you. Please note that more can be accomplished at your meeting
with an advisor if you have done a preliminary screening of the application
process at each school to which you wish to transfer. In this way, all of
your questions can be answered without any need to return several times
to complete the application process.
Q. Do I have to take the SAT exams if I am transferring?
A. SATs typically predict a high school student's success in college.
Most colleges waive the SAT requirement if you have earned 24 or more credits.
Q. What can I do if a course that I think should have transferred didn't?
A. Call the Transfer Admissions Officer at the college to which
you wish to transfer and ask for clarification regarding the reason the
course didn't transfer. Please note that courses with grades below C
often do not transfer.
Students transferring among CCRI, RIC, and URI should consult the Transfer Guide for Students. If a course
is listed in the guide as transferring as free elective credit or as a course
equivalency, credit will be given.
Sometimes a course that is not included in the Transfer Guide for Students will transfer
if the student can demonstrate that the same information or skills was gained.
Hold on to syllabi's and other course materials until you have received a
Q. Can credits be too old for transfer?
A. Many colleges have a limit of seven to ten years, after which
students will need to petition academic departments for consideration.
However, if you are transferring among CCRI, RIC, and URI, consult the
Transfer Guide for Students on admissions
procedures and regulations for the particular college or university.
Last updated March 31, 2004