Office of Academic Services

Academic Credit

There is an expectation that once students begin their matriculation at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, they will complete the bulk of their work within academic departments on the New Brunswick Campus. There are, however, several other ways that students may earn credit toward the degree requirements. Students may be awarded credits through Advanced Placement examinations, International Baccalaureate, and Rutgers proficiency examinations. Credit may also be earned in transfer. Credits earned through these methods are not computed in the cumulative grade-point average. Academic departments determine if such courses and/or credits are applicable to the major, minor, or the SAS Core Curriculum.

Transfer Credit from Institutions Not a Part of Rutgers University

Limits on Transfer Credits

The following limits are set on the maximum number of degree credits transferable into the School of Arts and Sciences: No more than 60 credits from two-year institutions, no more than 90 credits from four-year institutions, and no more than 12 of the last 42 credits earned for the degree may be transfer credits. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from any combination of two- and four-year institutions.

Once a student has transferred to Rutgers University and if they received the maximum number of credits from a two-year institution, they may not take additional courses at a two-year institution for transfer credit at Rutgers. Students may also not decline previously awarded credit in exchange for additional transfer credit. This applies for students awarded the maximum amount of credits from a four-year institution as well.

General Transfer

Students who were formerly matriculated at accredited institutions outside of Rutgers University may be entitled to transfer some credits earned there subject to the following conditions: All credits are evaluated by the appropriate academic department in consultation with the dean of SAS. No credit is accepted in transfer if the grade earned is below the equivalent of C (2.000) at Rutgers. Grades from institutions other than Rutgers are not posted to the transcript or included in the Rutgers cumulative grade-point average.

Courses that were not offered in traditional classroom format (for example, independent studies, internships, fieldwork, etc.) are typically awarded transfer credit only upon the recommendation of the appropriate academic department. Transfer credit is not awarded for courses passed by examination at other institutions.

Extension, professional, military, technical training, and continuing education courses typically have informal or no prerequisites and are designed to provide discrete, targeted knowledge rather than being a part of a broader liberal arts curriculum. As such, many of these courses are not awarded credit in SAS unless they are clearly equivalent to courses offered by SAS.

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including those taught through Coursera, are not transferable to SAS. In addition, courses without mechanisms to insure academic integrity, such as secure testing practices, may not be awarded transfer credit.

Academic departments often have restrictions on the application of transfer courses toward specific major or minor requirements.

High School Coursework

Under New Jersey state law, certain approved courses in high school may be taken for college credit. Students should consult with an adviser to determine if these courses qualify for credit at SAS, and actually provide an adequate background as a prerequisite to the next level of coursework in SAS. Additional information governing the transfer of college credits earned while still in high school can be found on the SAS Academic Services website.

Please note that for courses taken at New Jersey community colleges while the student is in high school or courses taken at the high school and recorded on a college transcript, njtransfer.org cannot be used to determine course equivalencies. Some courses with Rutgers equivalents in njtransfer.org may transfer as elective credit, or may not transfer at all if taken while the student was in high school. It is important to send all transcripts to the Office of Academic Services for a complete evaluation.

For questions about dual enrollment credits, please contact the SAS First Year advising office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 848-445-8888.

Transfer from New Jersey County or Community Colleges

In the case of students who apply and are admitted directly to SAS after successfully completing an associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) transfer program at any public New Jersey county or community college that conforms with the statewide transfer agreement, credits taken at the community college awarding the degree and required for that degree program are accepted for transfer credit, up to a total of 60 credits. This excludes transfer credits accepted by the community college from other institutions, credits earned by examination, credits in physical education, and courses equivalent to non-credit courses offered by SAS. Credits earned beyond the requirements for the degree program are evaluated for transfer on a course-by-course basis.

Transfer credits from New Jersey county or community colleges for students who did not earn an associate degree conforming with the statewide transfer agreement are considered under the General Transfer policies outlined above.

Credits earned at another college after receiving an associate degree from a New Jersey county or community college are considered under the policy for the general transfer.

Transfer from Colleges or Universities Outside the United States

Students who wish to obtain transfer credit for courses taken at institutions outside the United States may be required to furnish a course-by-course evaluation from an acceptable professional evaluation service or, in some instances, a review of course syllabi and transcripts by the appropriate SAS academic department.

Transfer Policies for the Core Curriculum

All students must complete the 21st Century Challenges learning goals at Rutgers–New Brunswick. No transfer or AP courses can be used to fulfill these learning goals.

Once a student matriculates at SAS, writing courses must be completed at Rutgers–New Brunswick. Transfer credit for 01:355:101 is not awarded except to transfer students. However, the two-part writing sequences from Rutgers–Camden and Rutgers–Newark may still substitute for 01:355:101, provided that both courses are passed before matriculating at SAS.

All students must complete the Revision-Based Writing and Communication Learning Goal [WCr] by taking a class at Rutgers–New Brunswick; transfer and AP courses are not certified to meet this learning goal.

All students will be able to complete the Discipline-Based Writing and Communication Learning Goal [WCd] with either a Rutgers–New Brunswick course or a transfer course equivalent to a Rutgers course that has been certified as meeting the [WCd] goal.

In all other cases, when a course transfers as equivalent to a course that has been certified as meeting a core curriculum goal, SAS will accept that course as fulfilling that core curriculum requirement.

Courses without a Rutgers–New Brunswick equivalent will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. In considering courses for incoming transfer students from the New Jersey community colleges, the general rule is that if the course meets the cognate general education requirement under the statewide transfer agreement, SAS will accept it as meeting the core requirement. As such courses are reviewed, this will be noted in NJ Transfer.

Transfer Evaluation Appeals for Students Transferring from New Jersey Community Colleges

Students who wish to appeal their New Jersey Community College transfer evaluation to the School of Arts and Sciences must do so withing 30 days of receiving their Official Transfer Summary Report.

Students should first refer to njtransfer.org to determine the proper evaluation of any given course offered at a New Jersey Community College. If the transfer evaluation and njtransfer.org are in disagreement the student should notify the SAS Transfer Center via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The email should include the student name, RUID, and the specific information detailing the error. All clerical errors will be corrected promptly and the student will be notified by return email within 30 days.

If the student is appealing the nature of the evaluation as correctly stated on njtransfer.org, they shall submit a completed copy of the Transfer Course Departmental Evaluation with an attached syllabus of the course in question to the undergraduate director of the specific academic department in which transfer credit is sought. If the department agrees that the evaluation for the course needs to be updated they will notify the SAS Transfer Center. Upon such written notification, njtransfer.org will be updated appropriately and the student record will be adjusted accordingly within 30 days of receipt of notification from the academic department.

Transfer Evaluation Appeals for Students Transferring from Schools Other than New Jersey Community Colleges

Students shall submit a completed copy of the Transfer Course Departmental Evaluation with an attached syllabus of the course in question to the undergraduate director of the specific academic department in which transfer credit is sought. If the department agrees that the evaluation for the course needs to be updated they will notify the SAS Transfer Center. Upon such written notification, the student's record will be adjusted accordingly within 30 days of receipt of notification from the academic department.

Credit for Prerequisites

Students are not permitted to take courses for degree credit that are prerequisites to courses in which they have already earned a passing grade (D or better). For example, students may not take or repeat precalculus after having passed Calculus I. Furthermore, students are not permitted to receive degree credit for courses taken below their writing or foreign language placement level.

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