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How to Transfer Undergraduate Courses to UD

To transfer a course to UD, it must:

Be taken for a letter grade and earn the equivalent of a UD “C” (2.0) or better Note: If your school adopted a special COVID-19 pandemic grading policy during Spring 2020 (or potentially subsequent terms), such as the option to earn a “P” or “CR” for courses usually taken for a letter grade, they may be eligible for transfer to UD. The non-letter grade must be equivalent to a C- (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or better at the sending institution in order to transfer. This policy must be clearly stated in the transcript legend, on the institution’s website, or in a letter that accompanies the student’s official transcript. If the “P” or “CR” represents a course that may have earned a grade below a C-, it will not transfer.
Be college-level UD does not transfer remedial courses nor most basic/introductory computer classes.
Cover material & subjects that align with UD’s academic curriculum UD does not transfer courses in English language instruction, religious study, nor with political content mandated by an international government.
Be taken at an institution which issues college-level degrees U.S. institutions should be regionally accredited.

U.S. College level coursework completed at degree-granting colleges/universities with other accreditation may be eligible for transfer credit. Contact transfercredit@udel.edu for additional information.

International institutions should be approved by their country’s Ministry of Education to issue college-level degrees.
Note: UD uses its own transfer & conversion policies Even if another school recommends different conversions, UD’s policies prevail.


Step 1 – All students read & do this

Step 2 – If your course isn’t in UD’s Matrix, send it to a department

Step 3A – If you TOOK the course before matriculating to UD (incoming transfer students & college courses taken while a high school student)

Step 3B – Or if you ARE TAKING the course while currently enrolled in a UD undergraduate degree program




Step 1 – All students:

Check UD's Transfer Credit Matrix. The Matrix shows courses that have been recently reviewed for another student, and how they transfer as of today.

Note that Matrix equivalencies may change at any time, as curricula can change at UD and other schools. Use the Matrix as a guide, not a guarantee.
If your school or course are not in the Matrix, no need to worry! UD just needs to review them to confirm if credits will transfer. See instructions to the right. New school: email the name/address/website to transfercredit@udel.edu. We’ll research if the school meets UD’s requirements, then email you to confirm. After you hear back, go to Step 2.

New course: Follow Step 2 to have your course evaluated by a UD department.
If all of your courses are in the Matrix. Skip Step 2 and go to Step 3A or 3B.


Step 2 – If your course isn’t in UD’s Matrix, send it to a department:

For English composition courses Follow these instructions. If you took the course while a high school student, also read this policy from the English dept.
For all other academic courses Find an official syllabus (preferred) or course description as a web link, PDF, or scanned copy.

Choose the best academic department to match your course. Note for incoming new students: If the transfer course is already on your record as “166T Transfer Elective,” send your course to the department noted (i.e. a course in Astronomy that initially transferred as PHYS166T should be reviewed by the Physics department, because Physics teaches Astronomy courses at UD).

Some departments ask that you submit your courses via a web form (for these, you’ll see the link on the department list).

But for most departments, download this email template (version for newly incoming students, current matriculated students, or students with military credit). Copy/paste the template into an email, add your information, attach the syllabus (or course description, or course/occupation exhibits), and send it to the department.
What happens next Most departments respond to course requests within 1-2 weeks. But some take longer, due to high demand. If you haven’t heard back within 2 weeks, email the department contact a friendly reminder. It is your responsibility to follow-up with the department for course approval.

The department will review your course and determine the best UD equivalent, then email you and transfercredit@udel.edu.

Save a copy of these emails for future reference.

For new students, if the course is already on your academic record (166T transfer elective), we’ll update the equivalency in the next 2-3 weeks. If the course isn’t yet on your record, go to Step 3A.

For current students, once your courses have been evaluated, go to Step 3B.


Step 3A – If you TOOK the course before matriculating to UD (transfer students & college courses taken as a high school student)

Course at a U.S. institution Ask the school to send an official transcript directly to UD Admissions. After arriving at UD, transcripts take roughly 5-7 business days to route to the transfer credit team.

Electronic transcripts: must be password protected & sent directly to admissions@udel.edu.

Paper transcripts: ask the school to send directly to: UD Office of Admissions, Univ. Visitors Center, 210 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A.

If the school sends a paper transcript directly to you, do NOT open it. Send the transcript in the original, sealed school envelope to the UD Admissions address above.
Course at an international institution Follow the steps outlined on IERF’s website to order a Standard Application Detail Report. IERF is UD’s partner for credential evaluations.

Due to high volume, the Registrar’s Office cannot confirm when your transcript arrives to our office, nor when your credits have posted. Please check with UD Admissions to confirm the current turn-around timeline.
To see your credits Login to your My Blue Hen Home student portal. Closer to registration, your credits will also be visible in UD’s Student Information System (UDSIS).
FAQ Is there a fee to transfer courses you’ve taken before coming to UD? No. There is only a fee to transfer courses taken after you’ve matriculated to UD.

What should you do if you’re currently taking a course that you’d like to transfer? Once you’ve completed the course, and grades have posted, follow the steps at the top of this table to request an updated official transcript. We will post the credits to your student record (usually within 2-4 weeks).

If UNIV166DE is in your transferred courses – what does this mean? This is General Elective credit. It could mean that a course aligns with UD’s curriculum, but the material is significantly different from what is taught in one academic department. UNIV166DE is also used for First Year Seminars, Study Skills courses, etc. In either case, UNIV166DE courses have already been evaluated. No need to send a syllabus to a UD department. Talk with your advisor about how these would count towards your degree.

If transferred courses have the number 166T – what does this mean? These courses have not yet been reviewed by a UD academic department. Follow the instructions in Step 2 to have the course

What documents should you take with you to New Student Orientation (NSO)? It’s a good idea to take an unofficial copy of college transcripts and AP/IB/other test scores. If your credits haven’t yet posted to your student record, your advisor can review the unofficial copies to help you enroll in courses that best fit your academic plan.

Whom should you contact for questions or guidance? Incoming transfer students would contact UD’s Assoc. Registrar for Transfer Services. Incoming first year students and ELI-AT students would reach out to UD’s ACCESS Center before New Student Orientation, or to their academic advisor (or College) after NSO.


Step 3B – If you TAKE the course while currently enrolled in a UD undergraduate degree program

If you’re graduating this term Make sure to complete the steps below at least 6 weeks before your expected graduation.
If you take courses on a non-UD study abroad program Ask your non-UD program what school will issue your official transcript. Check this list to see if UD has reviewed the school recently, whether credits will transfer, and the minimum grade required.

If the school is on the list, continue with the process below.

If the school is not on the list submit an online Transfer Institution (TIPA) form. Within 5-10 business days, our team will review the school and email you to confirm whether it meets UD’s transfer credit requirements. Once you hear back, continue with the process below.
Touch base with your Advisor to see How your transfer courses may count toward your degree, and whether your transfer plans may conflict with UD’s Residency Requirement.

If you are studying away from UD for a full semester or year, they’ll review how to complete a Leave of Absence request.
If you have UD institutional financial aid If you’ll be away from UD for a full semester or year, you are not eligible for institutional aid during your leave. Students can apply for Federal Aid through a consortium agreement (PDF).

When you return, to regain eligibility for institutional scholarships & grants, you must transfer back at least 12 UD credits per semester. Before your leave, make an appointment with Student Financial Services to discuss your plans and how a Leave of Absence may impact your UD financial aid package. (sfs-advisor@udel.edu or 302-831-2126)
Submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) form We strongly recommend that you submit the form before taking the course.

If all of the courses you plan to take are in the Matrix today, submit an electronic TCE webform. This form requires CAS authentication. If you are a recently deferred student, not yet currently matriculated to UD, follow the paper process below.

If only some (or none) of your courses are currently in the Matrix, submit a paper TCE form – see instructions below.

Paper process instructions: Print the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) PDF. Complete/sign it and create an electronic version (either scan/save a PDF or take a clear JPG on your phone). For any course(s) not in the Matrix, save a PDF of the approval email(s) you received from Step 2. Create an email and attach both the TCE form & dept. approvals. Send the email to your Asst. Dean's Office.

Your Asst. Dean will review the form, route it to our office if they approve, or return to it to you if they have questions/concerns.
After completing the course Ask the school to send an official transcript directly to UD’s Registrar’s Office. After arriving at UD, transcripts take roughly 5-7 business days to route to the transfer credit team.

Electronic transcripts: must be password protected & sent directly to transfercredit@udel.edu.

Paper transcripts: ask the school to send directly to: Office of the Registrar – Transfer Credit, Univ. Visitors Center, 210 South College Ave., Newark, DE 19716 U.S.A.

If the school sends a paper transcript directly to you, do NOT open it. Send the transcript in the original, sealed school envelope to the address above.

Due to high volume, the Registrar’s Office cannot confirm when your transcript arrives to our office. Please check UDSIS per the timeline noted below.
After your transcript arrives to the Registrar’s Office Credits post within 2-4 weeks after we’ve received both your official transcript & an approved TCE form from your Asst. Dean.

A Transfer Credit Fee will appear on your UD student account roughly 1-2 weeks after your credits have posted to your UD academic record. The fee is currently $75 per institution per term (2 or more schools, or 2 or more terms = multiple fees).
To see your credits Check UDSIS >> Grades & Transcripts tile >> Transfer Credit report.

Due to high volume, the Registrar’s Office cannot confirm when your credits post. Please check UDSIS per the timeline outlined above.