Transfer of Credit
At Tufts, the university’s academic departments authorize transfer credit in their particular disciplines. Our Advising Deans will complete a credit evaluation estimate at the time of admission for all transfer students so that transfer of credit may play a role in your decision to enroll at Tufts. Please be aware that only courses earned with a grade of C- or higher are eligible to receive credit from Tufts University.
Enrolling transfer students will be required to submit an official request for credit transfer electronically through the Student Services SIS WebCenter. Tufts faculty from academic departments will formally evaluate each of your transfer credits. Once this process is completed and you have enrolled at Tufts, you will also be required to meet with an Advising Dean during the summer in order to create a fall semester schedule and be cleared for class registration.
For further information on transfer of credits, please consult the Tufts Bulletin.
In Tufts’ course credit system, each semester-long course is equal to 2, 3, 4, or 5 credits (sometimes referred to as semester hour units or SHUs). Undergraduate students need to earn 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree from the School of Arts and Sciences or the School of Engineering. Because of the wide variety of academic schedules and course loads at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad, Tufts does not automatically transfer credit on a course-for-course basis. Students may only transfer up to the equivalent of 60 credits. Typically, courses similar to those offered at Tufts will receive transfer credit, however the actual transfer of credit is determined by Tufts University faculty. If your current institution employs a different credit system, then the number of credits you receive at Tufts may not be equal to the number of credits earned at the other institution.
Descriptions of Tufts courses can be found on the Tufts Bulletin. For more information on the transfer of credits, please visit the Transfer Credit page on the Registrar website.