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Transfer Credit Policies

Transfer Credit Policies

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Overview •  Deadline •  Criteria for Assessment • International/Abroad Institutions • Ways Transfer Credit Policies • Writing and Rhetoric Requirement Transfer Credit Policies


Undergraduates who have completed (or plan to complete) course work at a non-Stanford, regionally accredited college or university may request an evaluation for transfer credit. External coursework may be considered for transfer credit if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The course work is completed at a regionally accredited institution.

  • The course work is substantially similar to Stanford courses.

  • The final grade posted for each potential transfer course is a 'C-' grade (or better).

  • The course work does not duplicate, overlap, or regress previous work.

  • The university or college offering the courses allows these courses to be used for credit towards its own undergraduate degree.

  • The course work did not count towards secondary school diploma and/or graduation requirements.

  • No more than 45 (90 for transfer students) quarter units of credit for work done elsewhere may be counted toward a bachelor's degree at Stanford.

Transfer work can be used to satisfy a department major or minor requirement. The transfer work must first be officially accepted into the University through the Office of the University Registrar. After the transfer credit has been approved and posted by the Office of the University Registrar, the departments determine if the approved transfer work can be used to satisfy a department major or minor requirement. Students should contact their departments directly for additional details regarding departmental transfer credit policies.

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All requests for transfer credit and official transcripts should be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the quarter a student is conferring their undergraduate degree.

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Criteria for Assessment

The following criteria are used for awarding transfer credit:

  • Courses must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or at an officially recognized institution in a foreign country. See the International/Abroad Institutions section below regarding for additional information.

  • Courses must be substantially equivalent to Stanford courses.

  • Courses cannot duplicate, overlap, or regress previous work.

  • Courses cannot have been used to satisfy secondary/high school diploma and/or graduation requirements.

  • Courses must have been completed with a grade of 'C-' (or better). P/Pass grades are accepted only if it can be confirmed via the official transcript key or institution's website that the minimum required grade to earn a 'P' (Pass) grade is a 'C-'.

  • In order for approved transfer credit to be awarded, students must submit an official transcript that clearly indicates all of the following information for each course:

    • Course codes or numbers

    • Course titles or descriptions

    • Final grades earned

    • Course credits earned

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International/Abroad Institutions

Students requesting transfer credit pre-approval or evaluation of course work completed at an international institution prior to enrolling at Stanfordshould refer to the International Course Work section.

Students requesting transfer credit pre-approval or evaluation of course work completed at an international institution after enrolling at Stanford should refer to the Bing Overseas Study Program Transfer Credit Request Page.

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Ways Transfer Credit Policies

Pre-approval is required for requests to fulfill a Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing (Ways) requirement with a transfer course, and must be submitted by the specified quarterly deadline.

Courses that have not been pre-approved prior to enrollment at the non-Stanford institution, and online courses, do not fulfill the Ways requirement. Transfer admit students are not eligible to fulfill their Ways requirement with transfer courses. See the Ways of Thinking/Ways of Doing web site for additional information regarding Ways Transfer Credit policies. Also see the Registrar's Transfer Credit Procedures page for more information on Ways transfer requests.

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Writing and Rhetoric Requirement Transfer Credit Policies

Students requesting the use of transfer credit to satisfy the Writing 1 (WR-1) and/ or Writing 2 (WR-2) requirement should refer to this document prior to submitting a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request eForm to confirm if their course will meet the outlined requirements. The transfer evaluator in conjuction with the PWR office will make the final determination. Please note: Transfer student admits are not required to submit the eForm for any coursework taken prior to their matriculation, it will be reviewed at the time of the prelimiary evaluation.

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