Newly Admitted Faculty of Arts & Science Students

Your transfer credit assessment will depend on your previous institution and your applicant type. Please select your applicant type below to see more information about the transfer credit process.

If you have questions, contact the Office of the Faculty Registrar with your U of T Applicant Number or Student Number.

If you have received 0.5 credit but were excluded from the comparable 1.0 credit course, please complete the PDF iconAdvanced Standing Transfer Credit Forfeit Form.

Fall 2021 admitted high school students concurrently enrolled in university/college: If you have completed or are currently enrolled in university/college degree level course(s) during high school, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit(s). The transfer credit assessment application will be available in February 2021. For information on how to apply for transfer credits, please contact ask.artsci@utoronto.ca. Please include your first name, last name, and your U of T applicant number.

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from one of the secondary school curricula listed below, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for courses taken through your secondary school. You do not have to apply for transfer credit. After your official final results have been received by U of T, your secondary school courses will be assessed for transfer credit and you will be awarded any transfer credits for which you are eligible.

 

Program Requirements

Secondary school transfer credits count towards the total number of credits required for your degree and appear on your academic record. However, the grade you received in the course is not shown on your academic record and is not used in the calculation of your Grade Point Average (GPA). In some cases the transfer credit may be used toward program requirements. Visit the links below and check with the academic unit to find out if your transfer credits can be used towards your program requirements. 

 

Breadth Requirements

Transfer credits awarded for secondary school studies are all unspecified, but they may be used to fulfill your Breadth Requirements. If your transfer credit is assigned a Breadth Category, the Breadth Category will appear on your academic record. For example, if you received transfer credit for AP Environmental Science, your academic record will show ENV1**H "(BR=4)". This means that you received 0.5 credit at the 100-level for this course, and this transfer credit will contribute toward Breadth Requirement Category 4: Living Things and Their Environment. 

 

Equivalent Courses

In some cases, the unspecified transfer credit is considered as equivalent to a specific Faculty of Arts & Science course. In this case, the transfer credit will have a note indicating the specific course code. For example, if you received transfer credit for IB Higher Level Geography, your academic record will show JEG1**H  “100 (BR=5)” and GGR1**H “107 (BR=3)”. These transfer credits are considered as equivalent of JEG100H1 and GGR107H1. In addition, these transfer credits will contribute towards Breadth Requirement Category 5: Physical and Mathematical Universes and Breadth Requirement Category 3: Society and Its Institutions.

Even if your transfer credit is considered as equivalent to a specific course, you can still take that course during your undergraduate degree. If you received JEG1**H and GGR1**H in transfer for IB Higher Level Geography, you could still take JEG100H1 and GGR107H1.

 

Transfer Credits as Prerequisites

Many upper-year Arts & Science courses have prerequisites. Your transfer credits may be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. However, you should consider how long ago you took the course in secondary school and how well you did in the course. You may wish to take the prerequisite course at Arts & Science to ensure that you are comfortable with the content required for upper-year courses. In this case, you can keep your transfer credit and take a similar course at Arts & Science.

 

Forfeiting Secondary School Transfer Credits

In some cases, you may not wish to keep the transfer credits you received from your secondary school studies.

There is no limit on the number of transfer credits that can be forfeited. You can choose to forfeit some or all of your transfer credits. However, if you wish to forfeit credits for a secondary school course, you have to forfeit all of the credits for that course. You cannot forfeit partial credits for one particular course.

If you forfeit a transfer credit, it will be removed from your academic record and will not count towards your Breadth Requirements or Program Requirements.

Forfeiting transfer credits can impact your tuition fees if you decide to enrol in a deregulated fees program. If you receive 4.0 or more transfer credits from secondary school courses, your first-year tuition fees will be retroactively assessed after you enrol in a deregulated fees program and you will see an increase in your fees. If you forfeit some transfer credits or you receive 3.5 or fewer transfer credits, you will not be retroactively charged deregulated program fees.

If you began your studies in the Faculty of Arts & Science in September 2020, the timeframe during which you can request to forfeit your secondary school transfer credits is April 12 - May 28, 2021. Your College Registrar’s Office can help you understand the impact of keeping or forfeiting your secondary school transfer credits. If you wish to forfeit one or more of your secondary school transfer credits, please check back here in April for the forfeit form.

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from the CEGEP system, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for courses in which your final grade is 65% or higher.

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

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.

 

Maximum Transfer Credit for CEGEP Students

There is a limit on how many credits you can receive:

DEC Maximum Number of Credits Transferred
Not completed

2.0 credits

All 100-level credits as long as at least 12.0 academic courses have been completed

Completed (2-year DEC)

5.0 credits

All 100-level credits

Completed (3-year DEC)

5.0 credits

All 100-level credits

 

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.

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from an accredited college in Canada, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for your college courses. 

 

Ontario Colleges

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

You are not required to submit course outlines to the Faculty of Arts & Science.

Courses completed at an Ontario college will be considered for breadth transfer credits only. This means that any transfer credits awarded will not count towards your program of study, but they will count towards your Breadth Requirements.

  • If you have completed a Certificate program, you are not eligible for transfer credit for courses that contributed to the Certificate
  • If you have completed an Ontario College Diploma (or equivalent of two years of study), you may be eligible for a maximum of 3.0 breadth transfer credits
  • If you have completed an Ontario College Advanced Diploma (or equivalent of three years of study), you may be eligible for a maximum of 5.0 breadth transfer credits

 

Colleges in Other Canadian Provinces

Courses completed at colleges in other provinces will be considered for transfer credits based on the practices observed by the universities in that province.

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Transfer Credit application
  • Pay the transfer credit assessment fee
  • Email all course outlines/web links to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca. For all other inquiries, email ask.artsci@utoronto.ca
    • Subject line: Course outlines for newly admitted student
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number
    • List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format, or include links to online course outlines
    • For each course, include the following information:
      • Number of hours
      • Length of the course
      • Grading scheme
      • Number of essays, tests, and exams
      • Reading list 

Your transfer credit assessment cannot be finalized until you have submitted all of the required documentation listed above. 
 

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science and have previously completed courses at an accredited university, you may be eligible for transfer credit for these courses. 

 

I am Currently Pursuing an Undergraduate Degree

University of Toronto: UTM, UTSC or Daniels

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (Daniels Faculty), all of your courses and grades will be incorporated into your academic record in the Faculty of Arts & Science. You do not have to apply or pay for a transfer credit assessment.

 

University of Toronto: all other 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. 

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

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

Canadian Universities

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from another Canadian university, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for university courses in which your final grade is 60% or higher (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%). 

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Transfer Credit application
  • Pay the transfer credit assessment fee
  • Email all course outlines/web links to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca. For all other inquiries, email ask.artsci@utoronto.ca
    • Subject line: Course outlines for newly admitted student
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number
    • List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format, or include links to online course outlines
    • For each course, include the following information:
      • Number of hours
      • Length of the course
      • Grading scheme
      • Number of essays, tests, and exams
      • Reading list 

Your transfer credit assessment cannot be finalized until you have submitted all of the required documentation listed above. 

Check Transfer Explorer to see what 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.

 

International Universities

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from an international university, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for university courses in which your final grade is 60% or higher (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%).

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Transfer Credit application
  • Pay the transfer credit assessment fee
  • Email all course outlines/web links to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca. For all other inquiries, email ask.artsci@utoronto.ca
    • Subject line: Course outlines for newly admitted student
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number
    • List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format, or include links to online course outlines
    • For each course, include the following information:
      • Number of hours
      • Length of the course
      • Grading scheme
      • Number of essays, tests, and exams
      • Reading list

Your transfer credit assessment cannot be finalized until you have submitted all of the required documentation listed above. 

 

I have Completed an Undergraduate Degree

Faculty of Arts & Science

If you have completed an undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts & Science and you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science to pursue a second undergraduate degree, you will receive 5.0 transfer credits (4.0 credits at the 100-level and 1.0 credits at the 200-level) based on your first degree. You do not need to apply and pay for a transfer credit assessment. 

Other U of T Divisions and Canadian and International Universities

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 (other than in the Faculty of Arts & Science) or another university, you may be eligible to transfer a maximum of 5.0 transfer credits (4.0 credits at the 100-level and 1.0 credits at the 200-level) for previously completed courses in which your final grade is 60% or higher (provided that the passing mark in these courses is 50%). The rest of your courses will be added as “extra” and can be used to meet breadth requirements and/or prerequisites.

In order to be assessed for transfer credit, you must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the Transfer Credit application
  • Pay the transfer credit assessment fee
  • Email all course outlines/web links to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca. For all other inquiries, email ask.artsci@utoronto.ca.
    • Subject line: Course outlines for newly admitted student
    • Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number
    • List all courses separated by subject areas and attach course outlines in PDF format, or include links to online course outlines
    • For each course, include the following information:
      • Number of hours
      • Length of the course
      • Grading scheme
      • Number of essays, tests, and exams
      • Reading list 

Your transfer credit assessment cannot be finalized until you have submitted all of the required documentation listed above.