If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from the CEGEP system, you may be eligible to receive a maximum of 5.0 transfer credits for CEGEP credits that you completed with a final grade of 65% or higher.
The maximum number of transfer credits you are eligible for is based on how many CEGEP academic credits you completed.
Maximum Transfer Credit for CEGEP Students
|CEGEP Credits Completed||Maximum Number of Transfer Credits Awarded|
|Fewer than 14 academic credits||No credit|
|Between 14 and 21 academic credits||Up to 3.0 credits at the 100-level|
|More than 21 academic credits||Up to 5.0 credits at the 100-level|
Note: 109 courses are not considered for academic credits.
You can check Transfer Explorer to see what CEGEP courses have been previously assessed for transfer credit by the Faculty of Arts & Science. Note that Transfer Explorer is intended for reference only, and your transfer credit assessment results may differ from what you see on Transfer Explorer.
Transfer Credit Information for CEGEP Students
If you have questions about any of the transfer credit processes or need help with your transfer credit assessment, contact the Office of the Faculty Registrar.
You apply for transfer credit after being admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science. Check your offer of admission in your JOIN U of T portal for more information about applying for transfer credit. Make sure to submit your application before the deadline specified.
Yes. Applying for a transfer credit assessment is mandatory if you are eligible to receive transfer credits. To check eligibility, please review your offer of admission. If you are eligible for transfer credit and do not apply for a transfer credit assessment, you will be unable to register in the Faculty of Arts & Science after your first Fall/Winter session.
No. Transfer credits awarded from previous post-secondary studies cannot be refused. Applying for and accepting your transfer credits is mandatory if you are eligible.
Detailed course outlines or syllabi are not generally required for CEGEP applicants. If outlines or syllabi are required, you will be notified in your transfer credit assessment letter.
Once you have applied for a transfer credit assessment, paid the transfer credit assessment fee and submitted any required documents, your assessment may take up to six weeks. The transfer credit assessment process can only begin after you have submitted the transfer credit application and paid the assessment fee. Make sure to apply for a transfer credit assessment and submit any required documents as early as you can.
While you’re waiting for your assessment, you can check Transfer Explorer to see what CEGEP courses have been previously assessed for transfer credit by the Faculty of Arts & Science. Note that Transfer Explorer is intended for reference only, and your transfer credit assessment results may differ from what you see on Transfer Explorer.
Your transfer credit assessment will be emailed to the email address you provided on your application to the Faculty of Arts & Science.
If you have cleared your admission conditions, you will receive a final transfer credit assessment letter. If you have not yet cleared your admission conditions, you will receive a provisional transfer credit assessment letter. A provisional letter means that U of T has not received your official final CEGEP transcript(s) yet. If you have indicated your Québec Code permanent on your Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) application, your final transcript will be automatically sent to U of T, and you do not need to forward hard copies of your CEGEP transcript. For more information, visit the OUAC transcript website. Both types of letters will give you information about your next steps and/or any transfer credits that have been assessed. Learn more about how to interpret your transfer credit assessment.
Your provisional or final letter might indicate that some of your courses are still under review, or you may be asked to submit official course outlines. If you are asked to send a course outline for one or more courses, email the course outline to email@example.com as soon as possible. Follow this format in your email:
- Email subject line: Course outlines for newly admitted student
- Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number in the email
- List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format, or include links to online course outlines
- Course outlines should include the following information:
- Number of hours
- Length of the course
- Grading scheme
- Number of essays, tests and exams
- Reading list
If a course is still under review, you will receive a revised letter when the assessment has been finalized.
You can use your CEGEP transfer credits in a number of ways:
Degree credits: All Arts & Science students have to complete 20.0 credits to obtain their degree, and CEGEP transfer credits count toward those 20.0 credits. CEGEP transfer credits are 100-level credits. Keep in mind that you need to complete a minimum of 13.0 credits at the 200-level or higher to meet your degree requirements. While you can take as many 100-level courses as you want, not all of them will help you progress toward completing your degree.
Breadth requirement: Most CEGEP transfer credits count towards breadth requirement (BR) categories. All Arts & Science students have to complete the breadth requirement before graduation.
Program requirements and course prerequisites: In some cases, CEGEP transfer credits can be used to satisfy enrolment or completion requirements for specific programs, or to meet prerequisite requirements for courses. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program requirements and course prerequisite information, and contact the academic unit that offers the program/course if you have any questions.
Your CEGEP transfer credits do not have any grades/marks associated with them. Your grade from CEGEP is used only to determine whether you are eligible for transfer credit. Your transfer credits therefore do not contribute toward your grade point average (GPA) calculations.
If you are unsure about how your transfer credits can be applied toward your degree and program requirements,please check the Understanding Your Transfer Credits page or contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.
If you are not sure what program(s) you want to study, or you don’t meet the enrolment requirements yet? Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements and review the Program Toolkit for deadlines and program application instructions. You can contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.
If you are only eligible for a maximum of 3.0 transfer credits, you can enrol in a program at the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science.
If you received 5.0 transfer credits from your CEGEP studies, you may be eligible to enrol in a program right away. Some programs are open for enrolment between March and mid-September, while others may only be open for enrolment in March and April. Some programs require an application, so you have to wait to find out if you are eligible for admission to the program. Even if you receive 5.0 transfer credits, you do not have to enrol in any programs until the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science.
Your transfer credit assessment provides helpful guidance on what courses you should take in your first year in Arts & Science. It’s possible that you may not have a final transfer credit assessment by the time course enrolment begins. Even if you do not have a final transfer credit assessment, you can and should enrol in courses when your enrolment start date and time arrive. Many courses fill up quickly, so you should not wait for your transfer credit assessment to enrol.
If you have not yet received a transfer credit assessment and are getting ready to enrol, you can put together an informal assessment yourself to help guide your initial course choices. You can make changes to your course enrolment later if you need to.
- Check Transfer Explorer to see what CEGEP courses have been previously assessed for transfer credit by the Faculty of Arts & Science. While your transfer credit assessment results may differ from what you see on Transfer Explorer, the information there is generally a good indicator of what kind of transfer credits you will receive.
- Review the Arts & Science Academic Calendar to find courses that might be equivalent to previous courses you’ve completed. Look for similar key words and concepts in the descriptions, as well as whether the course is an “H” (half-year) or “Y” (full-year) course.
- Decide which Faculty of Arts & Science programs interest you. Look at the program admission/enrolment requirements in the Academic Calendar and the Program Toolkit. The courses listed in those requirements are the ones you should prioritize for enrolment.
If you are unsure about whether you are going to receive credit for a required program course, you should enrol in that course. You can drop the course later and replace it with something else if you end up receiving transfer credit for it. Some courses fill up quickly, so it’s better to secure your space in a course you may need if you’re not sure whether you’ll be receiving transfer credit for it.
You might be expecting to receive transfer credits that will help you meet the prerequisite for a course. ACORN will allow you to enrol in a course even if the prerequisite is not officially on your academic record, but the academic unit that offers the course is allowed to remove you from the course. Contact the academic unit to ask for permission to remain enrolled.