To obtain pre-approval for future transfer credit, please do the following:
Please note that the course numbers and titles listed on the transcript must match those submitted on the completed transfer credit request form. If, after submitting the completed transfer credit request form, you take courses that differ in course number and/or title from those originally approved, you must submit another form with approval signatures in order to receive Rice equivalent credit; otherwise, TRAN credit will be awarded.
With a few exceptions (noted below), you do not need to complete an Undergraduate Request for Transfer Credit form to receive TRAN credit, provided your transfer work meets all transfer criteria.
If you are an athlete, you will be required to complete an Undergraduate Request for Transfer Credit form, even if you only intend to receive TRAN credit. The Registrar’s approval signature is required on the form.
After matriculation at Rice, students are limited to 15 semester hours of summer school transfer credit. Please note: Enrollment in summer school at Rice is not considered transfer credit, and it appears on your Rice transcript in the same way as your regular Rice semester enrollment. Summer school courses completed before a student attends Rice will not be counted toward the 15 credit hour limit.
Students with substantial transfer credit should be aware of the general graduation requirements (as documented in the General Announcements). Students must complete at least 60 semester hours at Rice, complete more than half of their upper-level degree work and more than half of their upper-level major work at Rice (students should also check on specific department major requirements).
You will need to use the process described for obtaining pre-approval. How do I get prior approval for Rice equivalent transfer credit? Only the Transfer Credit Advisor in the appropriate academic department can answer questions about specific Rice equivalent credit.
Students seeking transfer credit for courses taken prematriculation and postmatriculation at institutions outside the United States must present a professional course-by-course evaluation of the foreign official transcript. The professional evaluation must verify that the foreign institution is equivalent to a regionally accredited U.S. academic institution and must include an explanation of credits earned (including U.S. semester hour equivalents), grade equivalents, and course levels (lower or upper level). Two reliable services with course-by-course evaluations that include this required information are:
All professional evaluations should be obtained from one of these two recommended credential services and submitted to the Office of the Registrar. Payment for the professional evaluation is the responsibility of the student.
The TRAN level, either lower-level (TRAN 100) or upper-level (TRAN 300), is determined by documentation on your external transcript. If the course in question is an upper-level course at the external institution, generally upper-level TRAN is awarded at Rice.
The same process used to obtain prior approval can be used to convert TRAN to a specific Rice equivalent course. First, obtain course descriptions or syllabi for the courses you took at the other school.
If courses transferred to Rice as TRAN credit are subsequently granted Rice equivalent course credit by the Office of the Registrar and the academic department, the original TRAN credit is reduced by the number of credit hours allowed for the Rice equivalent course. The Rice equivalent transfer credit is then listed on the student's transcript and satisfies the same university and major requirements as Rice enrollment.
Restrictions will vary from major to major. Be sure to check with your major department for specific information.
In some situations, a department may grant departmentally approved transfer credit using the department prefix (e.g., HIST 3XX, FREN 4XX). Departments use these designations when the transfer credit does not have a direct Rice equivalent. To receive this kind of credit, you must obtain approval as you would for Rice equivalent credit. How do I get prior approval for Rice equivalent transfer credit?
Once a student has matriculated at Rice, many departments do not allow Rice equivalent transfer credit from community colleges. The Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Physics, and Political Science departments will not grant Rice equivalent credit to coursework completed at community colleges or 2-year institutions.
Any transfer coursework completed on a quarter system basis will be converted to semester hours for Rice transfer credit. Multiply quarter hours by 2/3 to calculate semester hours. For instance, if you take a 4 quarter hour course at UCLA, you will only receive 2.67 semester hours at Rice.
No, your transfer credit grades are not entered on your Rice record and do not effect your Rice GPA.
No, only courses taken on a letter-grade basis are considered for transfer credit.
Yes, as long as the course is properly approved for Rice equivalent credit and provided that the Rice equivalent course meets distribution requirements during the semester you took the transfer course. You can verify Distribution Credit information by viewing the Rice equivalent course description in the Course Schedule for the appropriate semester or by checking the Distribution Credit List for the appropriate semester.
The official transcript from the external institution should be mailed to: Rice University, Office of the Registrar, MS-57, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005.
You should allow a minimum of four weeks (study abroad students should allow six weeks) for transfer credit to post to your record. We will notify you at your Rice e-mail address when the transfer credit updates are complete.
First, you must be approved to “complete degree requirements elsewhere” by the Office of the Dean of Undergraduates. You must additionally contact your appointed major advisor and the Associate Registrar for Student Records in the Office of the Registrar to discuss your outstanding graduation and major requirements. Each course you plan to transfer must be pre-approved, and the Office of the Registrar must receive an official transcript at least three weeks before your intended graduation date.
Departments may consider counting courses taken by a student while an undergraduate at Rice as credit toward a master's degree. The student must submit a Request to Apply Undergraduate Coursework to Graduate Program form, and the following guidelines must be followed:
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