Transfer Course Evaluation Process

Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation

Newly admitted students with transfer courses from domestic institutions can obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation starting usually 2-3 weeks after the receipt of their admission letter. The timeline for newly admitted students with international transfer courses to obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation can depend on the institution previously attended. It may take several weeks after the receipt of their admission letter before any courses are available for viewing.

The preliminary transfer credit evaluation can be reviewed via the student's UMD unofficial transcript. An initial review of transfer credit will occur automatically upon admission to the University.


Acceptability of Transfer Courses by UMD

Generally, college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will transfer, provided the course is similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at UMD and a grade of "C-" or higher is earned. Grades of "D-" or higher are accepted for courses completed at Maryland public institutions. A course that is considered accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:

  • direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course (whether within or outside of the major),
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

It is important to note that the evaluation of transfer courses is an ongoing process that typically continues through the first semester at the University. However, this may extend past the first semester depending on when the final transcript and the course syllabus are received and processed. Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability next to the course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript. Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “No Credit” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded.

Transfer courses that still need to be evaluated for acceptability may have one of the following notations:

  • A footnote of “NS” will appear next to a course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript indicating a detailed syllabus is required for the evaluation to be completed.
  • A footnote of “PE” will appear next to a course indicating the course is currently being evaluated by the appropriate department.

These notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course.

It is important for newly admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates.

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) oversees course subject matter to determine the acceptability and the awarding of transfer credit for the University; and, consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. This review is based on comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland.

Students will need to work with an academic advisor in their advising college in determining the applicability of the transfer courses toward their degree requirements. This is typically completed during orientation, but may require a follow-up advising appointment.

Submitting an Evaluation Request - Domestic

Submitting an Evaluation Request - International

Students are responsible for submitting all official final transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to enrolling at the University. Transfer courses will post to a students' UMD record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credit was earned.

Once a student has been admitted to UMD, the transcripts should be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
Records and Registration Services
University of Maryland
7999 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742

Transcripts for students not yet admitted to UMD, should be sent to:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Maryland
7999 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742