Transfer Students

If you have completed courses at another accredited university or Canadian college, you can apply to the Faculty of Arts & Science as a transfer student.

This page outlines the admission requirements and application process for transfer students. If you have already completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto or another post-secondary institution, visit our page for second-degree applicants. If you wish to take courses to qualify for a graduate program or other professional programs, you may want to consider applying as a non-degree applicant

Admission Requirements

Admission consideration for transfer students will be based on a combination of:

  • Academic record from your post-secondary studies
  • Your cumulative grade point average (CGPA) 
  • Your most recent annual grade point average  
  • Results in prerequisite courses
  • English proficiency, if required
  • Academic performance in matriculation/high school, where applicable

Admission decisions are typically based on your CGPA, including final results for the current academic year, including second term.  

In some cases, conditional admission may be granted prior to the completion of the academic year based on a strong and consistent academic record, including strong results in prerequisite courses. If you are currently enrolled in first year, you may be considered for conditional admission based on strong results from high school and results from first term.

Select from the list below to see the specific admissions requirements that apply to you:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 or a solid ‘B’ average is required; some admission categories may be more competitive.
  • Program prerequisites such as Calculus (if applicable) must be met at either the senior high school or university level. 
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.3 or a solid ‘B+’ average is required; some admission categories may be more competitive.
  • Program prerequisites must be met at the senior high school level or two full college-level semesters of an academic subject may be considered to satisfy a prerequisite.  

You are considered an internal transfer student if you previously registered at the University of Toronto in a degree, diploma, certificate or pre-university program, or as either a non-degree or visiting student. 

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.7 or a solid ‘B’ average; some admission categories may be more competitive.
  • Students transferring from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering are encouraged to contact the Office of the Faculty Registrar for more information on transferring to the Faculty of Arts & Science.
  • Program prerequisites must be met at either the senior high school or university level. Applicants to limited enrolment programs must present the required first-year university courses. 

If you have more than 14 academic CEGEP level courses, you are automatically considered a transfer student and are eligible for transfer credits. CEGEP students who complete fewer than 14 academic courses are not eligible for transfer credit and therefore are not considered transfer applicants. 

  • A minimum R-score of 26; some admission categories may be more competitive. 
  • To satisfy the English requirement, you must present two semesters of English/Anglais.
  • To satisfy a program prerequisite of Calculus, you must present Calculus 1. 

Application Process

If you are transferring from another accredited university, Canadian college or CEGEP, review the application steps for transfer students and important deadlines.

Please note that admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science does not automatically enrol you in a program of study. Successful transfer students are admitted into upper-year general studies in an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) based on the admission category selected on the application. Visit our Transfer Credit pages for information on how and when you can enrol in a program of study. 

Applying to Computer Science or Rotman Commerce

Transfer students are not eligible to apply directly into the Computer Science admission category and, in most circumstances, are not eligible to apply directly into the Rotman Commerce admission category. 

Students have the option to transfer into one of the other four admission categories (Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences or Physical & Mathematical Sciences) in the Faculty of Arts & Science. Students may then attempt to enrol in Rotman Commerce programs, or in a Computer Science major or minor program, in subsequent years. Transfer students are not eligible to enrol in the Computer Science specialist program. 

Admission to Rotman Commerce and Computer Science programs is highly competitive and not guaranteed. Transfer students should have a plan for their degree that does not depend on admission to Computer Science or Rotman Commerce.

In some instances, transfer students may submit a Special Consideration Form, available in the JOIN U of T applicant portal, to be considered for admission into Rotman Commerce. Applicants should use the form to demonstrate why an exception to the rule should be made for them. 

CEGEP Students: If you are currently in your second year or have completed three or more semesters of a CEGEP program, and have a strong academic record, you may be eligible for a provisional offer of admission to Rotman Commerce.

More information about pursuing these programs of study can be found on the Computer Science and Rotman Commerce websites.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be granted when a course from another accredited post-secondary institution is equivalent to a course in the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

Transfer credits are assessed after you receive an offer of admission by completing the Transfer Credit Application. Applying for a transfer credit assessment is mandatory once you have received an offer of admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science. You can apply for a transfer credit assessment prior to accepting your offer of admission.

Faculty of Arts & Science Residency Requirement 

All Arts & Science students are required to complete 20.0 full course credits (FCE) to obtain their degree and up to 10.0 transfer credits can count toward those 20.0 FCEs. The Faculty of Arts & Science Residency Requirement stipulates that the remaining 10.0 full credits have to be completed at the Faculty of Arts & Science. 

Visit the links below to find transfer credit information for students transferring from: 

Transfer Credit for High School Courses

If you are admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science from a number of specific secondary school education systems, you may be eligible to receive transfer credits for courses and exams taken through your secondary school as long as you meet the minimum required score. More information can be found on our Transfer Credit: Secondary School page.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have completed college or university studies, AP, CAPE, GCE, French Baccalaureate or IB examinations, you may be eligible for transfer credit(s) at the University of Toronto. Transfer credits are assessed after admission. You can find out more about expected Faculty of Arts & Science transfer credit equivalencies on our website.

You should submit your transcripts and any other required documents as early as possible. All required documents will be listed in your JOIN U of T portal. The deadline for submitting transcripts and English language test scores (if required) is February 1. Transcripts should be submitted electronically. You need to ask your institution to submit your updated electronic official final transcript(s) directly to transfer.artsci@utoronto.ca. Include your first and last name and your U of T student/applicant number when requesting your transcript(s). Visit the Future Students site for instructions on how to submit your documents electronically.

Students transferring from another U of T campus or faculty do not need to submit a transcript of their U of T studies.

The time it takes to assess transfer credits varies depending on a number of factors, such as whether or not the documentation in your file is complete, where your studies were completed and the time period during which your transfer credit request is received. A Canadian university assessment takes approximately four weeks and an international assessment can take up to 10 weeks.

Mid-May to mid-August is our peak assessment period, so we recommend starting your Transfer Credit Application as soon as you receive your offer of admission.