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.
- 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.
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 with final approval from the SAS Transfer Center.
- A grade of C (2.00 at Rutgers) or better is received in the transfer course.
- Grades from institutions other than Rutgers are not posted to the transcript or included in the Rutgers cumulative grade-point average.
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 arts and sciences 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 advisor 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.
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 Advising and Academic Services for a complete evaluation.
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 New Jersey Statewide Transfer Agreement (NJSWTA), 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 review of course syllabi and transcripts by the appropriate SAS academic department.
The School of Arts and Sciences requires that transcripts from Chinese institutions be submitted with a verification report from the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHESICC) https://www.chsi.com.cn/en/ to be considered official. Any transcript that does not include a verification letter from CHESICC will not be evaluated.
CHESICC does not verify summer or winter sessions for English-language based programs in China or Taiwan. The summer programs are often offered by third-party collaboration with a traditional university in China, Taiwan, or Korea serving as the host campus. The School of Arts and Sciences does not accept transfer credits from any of these programs, including those in cooperation with United States schools (ex: Seminole State University in Florida and Fontbonne University in Missouri).
Transfer Policies for the Core Curriculum
All students must complete the Contemporary 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.
If the student is appealing the nature of the evaluation as correctly stated on njtransfer.org.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.