Transfer Credits

When/how are transfer credits assigned?
How many and what do transfer credits look like?
Requesting more transfer credits if you have less than 10.

When/how are transfer credits assigned?

Transfer credits are assessed upon admission and are typically outlined in an offer letter.  Normally, applicants will be eligible to receive transfer credit for each successfully completed degree level course.  Transfer credits and the application of credits to your University of Guelph degree will vary depending on the degree program and specialization you have been admitted into.

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How many and what do transfer credits look like?

Typically, a maximum of 10.0 credits (2 years) can be transferred from a previously completed degree program.  The credits you have can be viewed on WebAdvisor on the Unofficial Transcript.  Transfer credits are assigned credit standing with CRD showing instead of a specific grade so that is how you can identify transfer credits. 

Transfer credits will fall into one of three categories:
Exact Equivalent:
If a course that you took at your previous institution covered the same material as a course at the University of Guelph, then the transfer credit will appear with a specific UofG course code and a name that can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.  For example: If NUTR*1010 Introduction to Nutrition appears on your letter of Admission, then NUTR*1010   CRD will show on your unofficial transcript in webadvisor. The course will count towards your degree program, and prerequisite requirements as well as in your total credit count.

Same Topic Generic:
Transfer credits for which the University of Guelph has a comparable subject area, but not an exact course equivalent will appear with a code for the general topic and a generic course number.  For example, FRHD*9110 is a generic transfer credit for an unspecified course in Family Relations and Human Development.  The subject area is Family Relations and Human Development, the first digit, '9' means the credit is generic, the second digit indicates the year level at which the course was taken (1-first year, 2-second year etc.) and the remaining two digits indicate that it is a transfer credit. These generic credits will not be recognized as prerequisites but they will count in your total credit count.  Generic credits are listed under the electives section of your unofficial transcript on webadvisor.

Generic:
Transfer credits for which the University of Guelph does not offer courses in that specific subject area, show as FREE*9110 Free Elective. These generic credits will not be recognized as prerequisites but they will count in your total credit count and are listed under the electives section of your unofficial transcript on webadvisor.

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Requesting more transfer credits if you have less than 10.

If you have been assigned a Same Topic Generic or Generic credit for a previous course that you believe has an exact Guelph equivalent, you can request that your course be re-evaluated.  Give a detailed course description from your previous course to your program counsellor (bascprog@uoguelph.ca) and let them know which specific Guelph credit (course code and name) you believe you have completed.  Your program counsellor will ask faculty in the department offering the course to evaluate the equivalency.
If the course is deemed equivalent by the department, then your program counsellor can request a course substitution show on your transcript. Please note that the department may not grant your request if it is determined that the content is not sufficiently equivalent.

Here is information on Advanced Standing Admission.

Here is a list of Course Equivalencies by University.

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