Transfer Students

Application Process

For students who have completed some post-secondary studies and are interested in transferring to the University of Toronto's Faculty of Arts & Science, view the application steps for transfer students.

General Admission Requirements

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

  • Results from your previous post-secondary studies
  • Your most recent annual average 
  • Academic performance in matriculation/high school, where applicable  

Admission decisions are normally based on final post-secondary transcripts for the current academic year. However, students may be eligible for a provisional offer of admission based on strong and consistent academic record(s) during the current academic year.

If your first language is not English, you may need to take an English Language Test to provide proof of English Language Proficiency.  

Successful applicants will be admitted to a general Upper Year Studies in Honours Bachelor of Arts (H.B.A.) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (H.B.Sc). Once admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science, enrolment in a program of study will depend on whether they meet the program requirements through a transfer credit assessment.

Applying to Computer Science: 

  • Due to the program’s limited capacity, Computer Science will not be considering applicants seeking to transfer from other post-secondary institutions, U of T faculties, or U of T campuses other than the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George Campus. 

  • 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 registered in the Faculty of Arts & Science who were admitted to another admission category have the option of pursuing a program of study in Computer Science should they meet the program requirements. This is very competitive. 

Applying to Rotman Commerce: 

  • Due to the program’s limited capacity, Rotman Commerce will not be considering applicants seeking to transfer from other post-secondary institutions, U of T faculties or U of T campuses other than the Faculty of Arts & Science on the St. George Campus. 

  • 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, take the required courses at U of T, then attempt an internal transfer to Rotman Commerce. This is very competitive. 

Select from the list below to see the specific admissions requirements and process that applies to you.

  • Competitive applicants to the Faculty of Arts & Science usually have a solid 'B' average.
  • Program prerequisites must be met at either the senior high school or university level.
  • Transfer credits are assessed after admission has been decided. Admitted students can apply for a transfer credit assessment prior to accepting their offer of admission. Credits are considered for degree courses taken at recognized degree-granting institutions.
  • If you have already completed an undergraduate degree at another post-secondary institution, you will be considered for a second degree.
  • 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.
  • Competitive applicants to the Faculty of Arts & Science usually have a solid 'B' average.
  • 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. 
  • If you have completed a two-year academic diploma, you may be eligible for a maximum of 3.0 breadth transfer credits towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc).
  • If you have completed a three-year academic diploma, you may be eligible for a maximum of 5.0 breadth transfer credits towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc). These credits will be unspecified.

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

  • Admission consideration is based on your CGPA and most recent annual GPA. Competitive applicants usually have a ‘B’ average.
  • 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 are currently pursuing a degree at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM), the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), or the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design (Daniels) all of your courses and grades from your studies at your previous division will be retained toward your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record. This means you do not have to apply for transfer credit assessment.
  • Your retained credits will be used towards your Faculty of Arts & Science degree requirements but may not necessarily count towards your program of study requirements; this is at the discretion of the academic department or unit. 
  • Final marks for any failed courses will also be incorporated in your Faculty of Arts & Science academic record.
  • If you have more than 12 academic CEGEP level courses you are automatically considered a transfer student and are eligible for transfer credits.
  • Competitive applicants to the Faculty of Arts & Science usually have a minimum R-score of 27.
  • If you have completed a two year DEC, you may receive up to 5.0 transfer credits towards an Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) or an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc).
  • The Côte de Rendement (R score) will be used for admission and scholarship consideration. 
  • 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.
  • Year 2 and 3 CEGEP students are not eligible for direct admission into Computer Science or Rotman Commerce programs. For details, see the Applying to Computer Science or the Applying to Rotman Commerce section above.

 

Transfer Credit

The Faculty of Arts & Science will generally accept academic credits from other recognized post-secondary institutions where course content is equivalent to a course at the Faculty of Arts & Science. The transfer credit assessment is mandatory for all students transferring from outside the University of Toronto. The assessment application is to be completed after they have received their offer of admission. Learn about the Transfer Credit process and how your credits will be assessed by the Faculty of Arts & Science.

University transfer applicants who are currently enrolled or have not completed a degree are eligible to receive transfer credit for all eligible post-secondary courses completed. All transfer students, regardless of how many transfer credits are awarded, must meet the Faculty of Arts & Science residency requirement which stipulates that the student must complete at least 10.0 full credits (FCE) at the Faculty of Arts & Science in order to graduate.

FAQs

Your transfer credits will determine whether you are eligible to enrol in a program of study or if you are missing required courses for this program. If this is the case, you will remain as a HBA or HBSc student during your first year at the Faculty of Arts & Science while you complete the courses required for your program of study. Once these courses are completed, you can enrol in your intended program of study.

Use the Academic Calendar to compare your previous post-secondary courses with Faculty of Arts & Science courses to determine whether you have course equivalents for your program of interest.

If you have completed college or university studies, AP, IB, GCE, CAPE, or French Baccalaureate 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 about 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.

To assess your eligibility for transfer credits we are looking for course syllabi and descriptions, and a final official transcript. We need as much information about your courses as possible to determine whether the Faculty of Arts & Science offers a course equivalent to what you have already studied.

While we determine your transfer credit eligibility, you can check which of your courses might be eligible for transfer through the Transfer Explorer. This is a planning tool showing credits previously transferred to the Faculty of Arts & Science from other post-secondary institutions. When using the tool, ensure that the transfer credit assessment is for the Faculty of Arts & Science at the St. George campus and that you’ve taken the course within the past five years.

Remember, Transfer Explorer is intended for reference only for Canadian institutions and your transfer credit assessment results may differ from what you see on Transfer Explorer.

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 up to ten 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.