Transfer Credit Evaluation Process
Admitted students can obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation starting usually 2 weeks after the receipt of their admission letter. The preliminary evaluation can be reviewed via their UMD unofficial transcript. An initial review of transfer credit will occur automatically upon admission to the University.
Generally, college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will transfer, provided the course is similar in scope, content and level 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 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,
- satisfying a general education requirement, or
- as a general elective.
It is important to note that the evaluation of transfer credit is an ongoing process that may continue through the first semester at the University. Additional information, such as a detailed syllabus may be required to complete course evaluations. A footnote of NS will appear next to a course on the 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. It is important for admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates.
TCS works with academic departments to determine how transfer courses are accepted and awarded credit by UMD. Students will need to work with an academic advisor in their advising college to determine if/how the transfer courses are applied toward degree requirements. This is typically completed during orientation, but may require a follow-up advising appointment.
Students who would like to request an evaluation of a course for transfer to the University will need to provide a detailed syllabus from the semester/term when the course is taken. The transfer course evaluation process can be completed through either of the following methods:
- Directly from the Evaluating Academic Department
Transfer course evaluations may go directly to most academic departments. Evaluation requests are not required to come through TCS first. Please refer to the list of approved departmental evaluators for assistance. In many cases the processing time is faster when a student goes directly to the department to request an evaluation. The procedure and processing times for course evaluations vary between departments. It is important to note any evaluations completed directly through the department must be communicated to TCS (email@example.com) directly by the approved departmental evaluator.
- Facilitated by Transfer Credit Services
Transfer course evaluations requests may be sent to TCS via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. A detailed syllabus is required to be included as part of the request. Once the syllabus is received it will be forwarded to the appropriate department evaluator for review. When the evaluation has been returned to TCS, the student will be notified via email of the evaluation. Please note that some evaluations can take several weeks to be returned to TCS. Students are asked to remain patient while waiting for an evaluation response.
Students are responsible for submitting all official final transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to enrolling at the University. Transfer credit will post to a students' UMD record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credit was earned. The transcripts should be sent to:Office of the Registrar
University of Maryland
1113 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742