Transfer Credit: Internal U of T Transfer

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science and you have previously taken courses or completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, you may be eligible for transfer credits. Select the option below that applies to you for more information about transfer credit. 

If you have questions about any of these transfer credit processes or need help with your transfer credit assessment, contact the Office of the Faculty Registrar.

 

I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree 

Courses taken at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty  

If you took courses in one of the following three divisions, you may be eligible for retained credit for these courses:

  • University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) 
  • University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (Daniels Faculty)

If you completed courses in a U of T division other than UTM, UTSC, or the Daniels Faculty, see the section on courses taken at other U of T undergraduate divisions below. If you completed courses at a Canadian college or a Canadian or international university, please review the transfer credit information for these institutions. The information below applies only to courses and marks from your academic record at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty. 

Transfer credit information for courses at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty, all of your courses and marks from your previous division will be retained and applied toward your academic record in the Faculty of Arts & Science. The marks you received in these retained courses will contribute to cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculations for your second degree.

No. You do not have to apply or pay for a retained credit assessment for any courses on your UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty academic record.

No. Retained credits awarded for your courses at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty cannot be refused.

All courses and marks from UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty will be retained and applied toward your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record by late July, as long as you have met your admission conditions.

If you are taking any courses as a UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty student during the Summer session prior to when you will be starting your studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science, courses completed during the first term of the Summer will be retained by mid-August, and courses completed during the second term of the Summer will be retained by early October, after your final marks from your Summer courses are available on your academic record. Please note that if you enrol in any Summer courses as a UTM, UTSC, or Daniels Faculty student during the Summer session, your eligibility to meet your admission conditions will be reviewed again once these courses are completed.  

You can use your retained credits from UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty in a number of ways:

Degree credits: All Arts & Science students have to complete 20.0 credits to obtain their degree, and up to 10.0 transfer and/or retained credits can count toward those 20.0 credits. The remaining 10.0 credits have to be Arts & Science courses.

Breadth requirement: Most UTM, UTSC and Daniels Faculty retained credits count toward breadth requirement categories. All Arts & Science students have to complete the breadth requirement before graduation. 

Grade point average (GPA) calculations: The final marks that you received in all of your UTM, UTSC or Daniels courses will be incorporated into the cumulative GPA calculations for your Faculty of Arts & Science degree.

Program requirements and course prerequisites: In some cases, UTM, UTSC and Daniels Faculty retained 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 or course if you have any questions.

If you are unsure about how your retained credits can be applied toward your degree and program requirements, contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

As a Faculty of Arts & Science student, you are only eligible to complete programs offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science.

If you completed 3.5 credits or fewer at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty, you can enrol in programs at the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements to ensure you’re ready to enrol in programs.

If you completed 4.0 credits or more at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty, 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’re eligible for admission to the program. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements and review the Program Toolkit for deadlines and program application instructions.

Even if you completed 4.0 or more credits at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty, you do not have to enrol in any programs until the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science. You can also contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

Course enrolment for the Fall/Winter session starts in July. Arts & Science students use ACORN to enrol in courses. Read through the course planning and course enrolment pages to learn more about course enrolment. You will also need to check the Arts & Science Calendar and Timetable before you can start enrolling in courses. 

Course enrolment days are determined by year level/number of credits completed (including retained credits). Your year level will be determined at the time of admission based on the number of credits you completed at UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty.

Priority enrolment: Some courses are noted as having priority enrolment for specific groups of students on the Timetable. As a transfer student, you have priority enrolment in certain 100-level courses.

  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Arts, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Humanities, Year 1 Social Sciences and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course.
  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Science, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Science and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course. 

It’s possible that your courses from UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty may not have been retained and applied toward your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record by the time course enrolment begins. Even if your courses have not yet been retained, you can and should enrol in courses when your enrolment start date and time arrive since many courses fill up quickly.

If your UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty courses have not yet been retained and applied toward your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record, and you are getting ready to enrol in courses, you are strongly encouraged to put together a self-assessment to help guide your initial course choices. You can make changes to your course enrolment later if you need to. In order to complete a self-assessment:  

  • 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. If you see a course you completed listed as an exclusion of an Arts & Science course, this may be an indication that the courses are equivalent, but you will need to contact the academic unit to confirm whether this is the case.
  • Decide which Faculty of Arts & Science programs interest you. Look at the program enrolment requirements in both 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 your UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty retained credits will contribute to a program as a required course, you should enrol in the course that is required by the program. You can drop the course later and replace it with something else if your UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty retained credits do contribute to the program. Some courses fill up quickly, so it’s better to secure your space in a course you may need.

You might be expecting that some of your retained credits 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 on the basis of your UTM, UTSC or Daniels Faculty courses.

 

Courses taken at other U of T undergraduate divisions

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from an undergraduate division at U of T other than UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty, you may be eligible for transfer credit for courses in which your final mark is 50% or higher. In addition, any Faculty of Arts & Science courses that you completed in your previous division will be retained with their associated marks and applied toward your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record.

Transfer credit information for courses at a division other than UTM, UTSC or the Daniels Faculty

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.

Apply for transfer credit by completing the following steps:

You are normally not required to submit detailed course outlines or syllabi. If course outlines or syllabi are required in order for your transfer credit assessment to be finalized, you will be notified in your transfer credit assessment letter.

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 in your JOIN U of T portal. If you are eligible and do not apply for a transfer credit assessment, or you do not provide all the required documents to finalize your 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.

Once you have applied for a transfer credit assessment, paid the transfer credit assessment fee and submitted all 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.

If you are taking any courses during the Summer session prior to when you will be starting your studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science, all of your Summer courses will only be assessed after your final marks from your Summer courses are available on your academic record and you have met your admission conditions. Your admission conditions will automatically apply to any Summer courses taken prior to registering in a program. 

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, including any eligible Summer courses taken prior to starting your studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science, 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. 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.

Some of your courses may still be under review, or you may be asked to submit course outlines. If you are asked on your provisional or final assessment letter to send a course outline for one or more courses, email the course outline to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca as soon as possible. If a course is still under review, you will receive a revised letter when the assessment has been finalized.

You can use your transfer credits in a number of ways:

Degree credits: All Arts & Science students have to complete 20.0 credits to obtain their degree, and up to 10.0 transfer credits can count toward those 20.0 credits. The remaining 10.0 credits have to be Arts & Science courses.

Breadth requirement: All Arts & Science students have to complete the breadth requirement before graduation. The majority of transfer credits count toward breadth requirement categories. 

Program requirements and course prerequisites: In some cases, 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 or course if you have any questions. 

Your transfer credits do not have any marks associated with them. Your mark is only used to determine whether you are eligible for transfer credit. Your transfer credits therefore do not contribute to your grade point average (GPA) calculations.

If you are unsure about how your transfer credits can be used to meet your degree and program requirements, contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

As a Faculty of Arts & Science student, you are only eligible to complete programs offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

If you received 4.0 or more transfer credits, you may be eligible to enrol in programs 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’re eligible for admission to the program. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements and review the Program Toolkit for deadlines and program application instructions.

Even if you receive 4.0 or more transfer credits, you do not have to enrol in any programs until the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science. You can also contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

Course enrolment for the Fall/Winter session starts in July. Arts & Science students use ACORN to enrol in courses. Read through the course planning and course enrolment pages to learn more about course enrolment. You will also need to check the Arts & Science Calendar and Timetable before you can start enrolling in courses.

Be sure to review your transfer credit assessment for information about exclusions. You cannot enrol in courses listed as exclusions in your assessment. If a required course is an exclusion of a transfer credit you received, contact the academic unit that offers the program with this course requirement to get advice about planning your courses. If you received a half (0.5) credit with an exclusion to a full (1.0) credit, you can request to have the half credit marked “extra” so that you can take the full credit and count it toward your degree requirements. For more information, see understanding your transfer credit assessment.

Course enrolment days are determined by year level/number of credits completed (including transfer credits). Your year level will be determined at the time of admission based on the number of credits you completed at another division. If you don’t have your transfer credit assessment before course enrolment, no need to worry — you will still get to start enrolling in courses on the same day as students at the same year level.

Priority enrolment: Some courses are noted as having priority enrolment for specific groups of students on the Timetable. As a transfer student, you have priority enrolment in certain 100-level courses.

  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Arts, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Humanities, Year 1 Social Sciences and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course.
  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Science, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Science and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course. 

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 are strongly encouraged to put together a self-assessment to help guide your initial course choices. Once your transfer credit is finalized, you may need to change your course enrolment to avoid taking courses for which you received transfer credit. In order to complete a self-assessment:  

  • Check Transfer Explorer to see if any courses you have taken 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.
    • If you see a course that looks similar to a course you’ve already taken or is listed as an equivalent on Transfer Explorer, review the course description for exclusions. Exclusions are courses that have similar content, so students are not allowed to enrol for degree credit in both. For example, if you think you might get credit for STA220H1, you would not be allowed to enrol for degree credit in any of the courses listed as exclusions in the STA220H1 course description. If you think a required course might be an exclusion of one of your transfer credits, contact the academic unit that offers the program the course is required for to get advice about planning your courses.
  • Decide which Faculty of Arts & Science programs interest you. Look at the program 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 while you are waiting for your transfer credit assessment.


I have completed an undergraduate degree 

Faculty of Arts & Science

If you have completed an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science and are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science to pursue a second undergraduate degree, you will receive 5.0 unspecified transfer credits (4.0 credits at the 100-level and 1.0 credit at the 200-level) based on your first degree. All Faculty of Arts & Science courses completed during your first degree may be eligible to count towards prerequisites and program requirements for your second degree, with the approval of the relevant academic unit. Any Faculty of Arts & Science courses that you completed as a non-degree student after you completed your first degree will be retained and applied toward your second degree. The marks that you received in these retained courses will contribute toward cumulative grade point calculations in your second degree. You do not need to apply or pay for a transfer credit assessment. 

Transfer credit information if your first degree was from the Faculty of Arts & Science

The Office of the Faculty Registrar will add the transfer credits to your academic record when you are invited to enrol in courses for the session to which you have been admitted.

No. Transfer credit awarded from previous post-secondary studies cannot be refused. 

You can use your transfer credits from your first degree in a number of ways:

Degree credits: All Arts & Science students have to complete 20.0 credits to obtain their degree, and your transfer credits count toward those 20.0 credits. Since you will be receiving 4.0 unspecified transfer credits at the 100-level, keep in mind that you will 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: If you completed the breadth requirement as part of your first Faculty of Arts & Science degree, this requirement will be waived for your second degree. If you completed the distribution requirement as part of your first degree, your courses will be assessed to see whether they meet the breadth requirement. More information about the breadth requirement can be found in the Academic Calendar.

Grade point average (GPA) calculations: Your 5.0 transfer credits from your first degree do not have any marks associated with them and will not contribute to your GPA. Any Faculty of Arts & Science courses that you completed as a non-degree student after you completed your first degree will be retained and applied toward your second degree, and the marks that you received in these retained courses will contribute to cumulative GPA calculations for your second degree.

Program requirements and course prerequisites: Any course from your first degree can be used to fulfill program requirements for your second degree, although the specific courses will not be awarded as transfer credit. You may also meet the prerequisite requirement for a course on the basis of courses completed in your first degree. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program requirements and course prerequisite information, and contact the academic unit that offers the program or course if you have any questions.

If you are unsure about how your transfer credits or courses from your first degree can be applied toward your degree and program requirements, contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

Since you will receive at least 5.0 transfer credits, 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’re eligible for admission to the program. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements and review the Program Toolkit for deadlines and program application instructions.

Even though you will 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. You can also contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

Course enrolment for the Fall/Winter session starts in July. Arts & Science students use ACORN to enrol in courses. Read through the course planning and course enrolment pages to learn more about course enrolment. You will also need to check the Arts & Science Calendar and Timetable before you can start enrolling in courses.

University of Toronto divisions other than the Faculty of Arts & Science 

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science to pursue a second undergraduate degree after having completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in a division other than the Faculty of Arts & Science, you may be eligible to receive a maximum of 5.0 transfer credits (4.0 credits at the 100-level and 1.0 credit at the 200-level) for previously completed courses in which your final grade was 50% or higher. 

Transfer credit information if your first degree was from U of T but not the Faculty of Arts & Science

In order to be assessed for transfer credit:

You are normally not required to submit detailed course outlines or syllabi. If course outlines or syllabi are required in order for your transfer credit assessment to be finalized, you will be notified in your transfer credit assessment letter.

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 in your JOIN U of T portal. 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 credit awarded from previous post-secondary studies cannot be refused. Applying for and accepting your transfer credits is mandatory if you are eligible.

Once you have applied for a transfer credit assessment, paid the transfer credit assessment fee and submitted all 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. You should apply for a transfer credit assessment and submit any required documents as early as you can.

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. 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.

Some of your courses may still be under review, or you may be asked to submit course outlines. If you are asked on your provisional or final assessment letter to send a course outline for one or more courses, email the course outline to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca as soon as possible. If a course is still under review, you will receive a revised letter when the assessment has been finalized.

You can use your transfer credits in a number of ways:

Degree credits: All Arts & Science students have to complete 20.0 credits to obtain their degree, and up to 10.0 transfer credits can count toward those 20.0 credits. The remaining 10.0 credits have to be Arts & Science courses.

Breadth requirement: All Arts & Science students have to complete the breadth requirement before graduation. More information about the breadth requirement can be found in the Academic Calendar. The majority of transfer credits count toward breadth requirement categories.

Program requirements and course prerequisites: In some cases, 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 transfer credits do not have any grades/marks associated with them. Your grade is used only to determine whether you are eligible for transfer credit. Your transfer credits therefore do not contribute to your grade point average (GPA) calculations.

If you are unsure about how your transfer credits can be used towards your degree and program requirements, contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

As a Faculty of Arts & Science student, you are only eligible to complete programs offered in the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

If you received 4.0 or more transfer credits, 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’re eligible for admission to the program. Check the Academic Calendar for detailed program enrolment requirements and review the Program Toolkit for deadlines and program application instructions.

Even if you receive 4.0 transfer credits or more, you do not have to enrol in any programs until the end of your first Fall/Winter session in Arts & Science. You can also contact your College Registrar’s Office for advice.

Course enrolment for the Fall/Winter session starts in July. Arts & Science students use ACORN to enrol in courses. Read through the course planning and course enrolment pages to learn more about course enrolment. You will also need to check the Arts & Science Calendar and Timetable before you can start enrolling in courses.

Be sure to review your transfer credit assessment for information about exclusions. You cannot enrol in courses listed as exclusions in your assessment. If a required course is an exclusion of a transfer credit you received, contact the academic unit that offers the program with this course requirement to get advice about planning your courses. If you received a half (0.5) credit with an exclusion to a full (1.0) credit, you can request to have the half credit marked “extra” so that you can take the full credit and count it toward your degree requirements. For more information, see understanding your transfer credit assessment.

Course enrolment dates are determined by year level/number of credits completed (including transfer credits). Your year level will be determined at the time of admission based on the number of semesters you completed in your first degree. If you don’t have your transfer credit assessment before course enrolment, no need to worry — you will still get to start enrolling in courses on the same day as students at the same year level.

Priority enrolment: Some courses are noted as having priority enrolment for specific groups of students on the Timetable. As a transfer student, you have priority enrolment in certain 100-level courses.

  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Arts, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Humanities, Year 1 Social Sciences and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course.
  • If you are admitted to an Honours Bachelor of Science, you will have priority enrolment in the same courses that are noted as having priority enrolment for Year 1 Science and Year 1 Arts & Science students. Check the enrolment controls on the Timetable for each course.

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 are strongly encouraged to put together a self-assessment to help guide your initial course choices. Once your transfer credit is finalized, you may need to change your course enrolment to avoid taking courses for which you received transfer credit. In order to complete a self-assessment:  

  • Check Transfer Explorer to see if any courses you have taken 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.
    • If you see a course that looks similar to a course you’ve already taken or is listed as an equivalent on Transfer Explorer, review the course description for exclusions. Exclusions are courses that have similar content, so students are not allowed to enrol for degree credit in both. For example, if you think you might get credit for STA220H1, you would not be allowed to enrol for degree credit in any of the courses listed as exclusions in the STA220H1 course description. If you think a required course might be an exclusion of one of your transfer credits, contact the academic unit that offers the program with this course requirement to get advice about planning your courses.
  • Decide which Faculty of Arts & Science programs interest you. Look at the program admission/enrolment requirements in both 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 while you are waiting for your transfer credit assessment