Transfer Credit

Domestic Transfer Credit for Students who began at NU as First-Year Students

Students who wish to take courses at other universities after matriculation must get approval from the relevant department and their advisor to transfer the credit back to NU.  The form to request approval can be found at www.registrar.northwestern.edu/graduation/non_nu_transfer_credit.html. The number of courses you may take at another institution is governed by the Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR). For students who matriculated at NU as first-years, at least 32 credits must be taken at Northwestern. That means a total of 10 credits may come from any combination of AP/IB, study abroad, and domestic transfer credit (note: the limit for the number of AP/IB credits is 10). In addition, students must be registered at NU for at least 9 quarters. For important additional details of the URR, see the URR section of this guide.

The following rules apply to transferring credit:

  • A grade of C or better must be earned for a transfer credit to be accepted at Northwestern, and it must be a course of a type taught here. Classes with a P grade cannot be transferred.
  • Transfer credits carry no letter grades; and are not figured into your GPA.
  • Transfer credits may be eligible to count as distribution courses; however they must be evaluated by a faculty member in the relevant department and approved by your advisor in order to apply. Additionally, regardless of the number of domestic transfer, AP/IB, or study abroad credits that are eligible to count as distribution courses, at least one course in each distribution area must be taken at Northwestern.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted to apply for those major requirements that must be taken in the major department (e.g. theatre classes can’t count toward the theatre major, RTVF classes can’t count toward required RTVF courses for the major). Courses in the major department may be accepted as elective credit.

The form to request approval for transfer credit for courses taken at a domestic university is online. Access instructions and login to complete the form at www.registrar.northwestern.edu/graduation/non_nu_transfer_credit.html.

Domestic Transfer Credit for Students who Transferred to NU from Another University or College

When a student transfers to Northwestern, the University Registrar evaluates all credit taken at any previous institution(s) and posts the appropriate transfer credits to the NU transcript. Transfer credits carry no letter grades, and do not figure into a student’s GPA at NU.

The maximum number of credits a transfer student may transfer from another institution is 22. 23 of the 45 required credits for the SoC degree must be taken at Northwestern; this holds true even if the student has additional AP or transfer credit. The Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR) states that transfer students must be registered at Northwestern for at least 6 quarters; for important details on this policy, see the URR section of this guide.

  • A grade of C or better must be earned for a transfer credit to be accepted at Northwestern, and it must be a course of a type taught here. Classes with a P grade cannot be transferred.
  • Transfer credits may be eligible to count as distribution courses; however they must be evaluated by a faculty member in the relevant department and approved by your advisor in order to apply. Additionally, regardless of the number of transfer and/or AP/IB credits accepted to Northwestern, at least one course in each distribution area must be taken at Northwestern.
  • Transfer credits are not permitted to apply for those major requirements that must be taken in the major department (e.g. theatre classes can’t count toward a theatre major, RTVF classes can’t count toward required RTVF courses for an RTF major). Courses in the discipline of the major department may be accepted as elective credit.