Transfer to CCRI, RIC, or URI?
• You may start
your college education at a community college because it makes sense
financially, because you are just thinking of taking a few courses
to help you on the job or to advance your skills, or because you
are planning to complete an associate's degree before going on for
a bachelor's degree.
• You may have changed your major or changed your mind as to which
RI college is best for you.
• You may have a bachelor's degree and desire either additional
training in technology or study in academic or career-related courses.
• As a student at an out-of-state college or
university, you may want to complete a requirement for graduation
over the summer while you are here in RI. Or you may decide to
finish your degree back home.
There are many reasons why someone will transfer from one college
or university to another. Even if you are unsure that you will be transferring
at all, it is a good idea to THINK TRANSFER EARLY so that when you choose
courses, you pick those that meet the requirements and will transfer
into the program of your choice.
Student Exchange Program
Do you know about
Student Exchange Program? As a full-time CCRI, RIC or URI
student, you can take up to seven credit hours per semester of
your full-time schedule at one of the other public colleges or
university at no additional expense. This program is based on a
policy of the Board of Governors called Student Exchange: RI Public
Institutions. You can try out being a student at CCRI, RIC or URI,
take a course that you need, and meet degree requirements at the
college or university where you are enrolled for a degree. Contact
the Enrollment Services or Admissions Office at the college where
you are a full-time student to get the appropriate forms and directions
for completing the process.
For more information, use the contacts listed below:
URI -- Enrollment Services Registration
Lower College Rd.
401-874-9500 Fax: 401-874-2910
RIC -- Records
Mt. Pleasant Ave.
401-456-8213; Fax: 401-456-8108
CCRI -- Enrollment
of Admissions and Records
Directions & Forms:
CLICK HERE for a planning sheet
that will help you organize your plans for transferring.
Common Concerns about Transfer
Not sure about transferring?
Here are some common concerns expressed by students . . .
"I'm just taking some courses to see if I like going
to college. I'm not sure if I am going for an associate's degree."
It is very important for you to meet with an advisor to choose
your courses. The advisor will give you suggestions on courses that
will let you experience college coursework and that can be used for
an associate's degree if you choose this goal.
sure if I will go for a bachelor's degree."
If you think that your eventual goal will include a baccalaureate
degree, it is a good idea to be thinking of developing a transfer plan.
Whenever you meet with an advisor, be sure to ask how the courses you
are taking will help you to reach your eventual goal.
can I think about transfer if I don't know what I want as a major?"
When you have an advising appointment, tell the advisor
which subject areas you want to study and what career areas may interest
you. The advisor will then make suggestions based on what you say.
The advisor may also suggest that you visit the career services office
to use some of their resources to help you think about careers.
If you are unsure
what your major will be, it would be wise to take writing and math
courses, which will prepare you to meet the requirements of a four-year
college. Also take as many courses as you can that will meet the
general education requirements at the college to which you will be
transferring. For more information on general education requirements,
see the general education section of
the Transfer Guide for Students.
sure where I'm going to transfer."
Although it is helpful to know this information because
it can help in making decisions, you don't have to know which college
or university you will be attending next or even your eventual major.
If you're unsure, it would be wise to take general education, writing,
and math courses.
afford to keep on going to school."
Can you afford not to get as much education as possible?
Contact the financial aid office at your institution to find out about
loans, grants, and scholarships. Financial aid awards can transfer
with you to RI's four-year colleges and universities; ask at your financial
aid office if you qualify.
"I've tried Big Name U in As-Far-Away-As-Possible and
now I want to know what the options are in Rhode Island."
You may have begun your higher education at an out-of-state college
or university and decided to go to another college, perhaps one that
is closer to home. Consider your Rhode Island options.
As a Rhode Island resident, you will find the tuition at the public
institutions is probably more affordable.
know where to go for information."
Start by talking with an academic advisor or counselor.
The advisor can give you suggestions about which courses meet CCRI
or other two-year college requirements and help you to transfer as
many courses as possible. Also, use the Transfer
Guide for Students to be sure the courses you select transfer.
The Transfer Guide
for Students is divided into three parts. The first section tells
you about general education requirements at CCRI, RIC, and URI and
the transfer courses that will meet these requirements. The second section lists every
course that transfers and the course equivalents. The third section has
the program transfer plans, which indicate a path to baccalaureate
degree completion from an associate's degree at CCRI. The Transfer
Guide is available in your bookstore for a nominal purchase price,
in advisors' offices, in the college or university library, in your
public library or online at www.ribghe.org/transferguide.htm.
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 that you
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 institution.
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 school?
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
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 credit evaluation.
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 September 9, 2004