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How to Transfer Credits at RIT

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In this article, I discuss how students can transfer credits at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and my experience transferring credits. I also note how it affected my enrollment date, graduation time, and double-major in Computing Security (CSEC) and Computer Science (CS).

Transfer credits do not affect students’ GPA at RIT. However, RIT does put an ‘all things considered’ GPA on transcripts; this GPA includes transfer credits.

High school: AP and IB credits

Literature, Culture, and Media (AP Literature)ENGL 2103A
US Themes (AP US History)HIST 1023A


This applies to all academic terms (i.e., summer, winter, fall, and spring).

You must score a C or higher in the external course to transfer it to RIT.

Summer without co-op

In general, community college classes are much cheaper than private universities, that is, if they are at your local community college.

RIT did not approve many classes at my local community college, so I took courses at private universities and non-local community colleges. Although this was expensive, it was not as expensive as RIT’s tuition and fees, which I would have paid for two extra semesters if I choose to take those classes at RIT.

I started taking transfer credits at universities the summer before my freshman year. I knew taking multiple courses during a co-op would be difficult, and that double-majoring in CSEC/CS requires a co-op every summer.

Computational Problem Solving I (not a transfer credit)CPET 1213A
Principles of MacroeconomicsECON 2013A
Foundations of SociologySOCI 1023A
First Year WritingUWRT 1503A

First Class Academy

I also enrolled in RIT’s First Class Academy (FCA), which is a summer class, not a transfer credit. My FCA course was Computational Problem Solving I (three credits), and prepared me for RIT’s CSEC introductory programming sequence.

If you want to gain programming experience, this class is a much better introduction than RIT’s Code Zero series. It delves into many of the topics students struggle with freshman year, while Code Zero introduces data types and loops.

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Winter break

General Organic Biochemistry ICHMG 1114A

Summer with co-op

Taking summer classes during co-ops is difficult, so it is unadvised. In fact, RIT only allows students to take one class at RIT during co-ops. However, you can get around this restriction if you take the courses at another university and transfer them to RIT.

When I finished my freshman year, I had nineteen transfer credits. I needed fourteen more transfer credits to complete my general education requirements for CSEC and CS. Since I would be on co-op every summer (including this one), I knew fourteen credits was not doable in one summer. Instead, I enrolled in three summer courses. These three courses cover eleven of the fourteen credits I need. In other words, I only need three more transfer credits.

Here was my course load during the summer break:

As a result, taking eleven credits this summer is worth the extra work.

Update: I still have more transfer classes I need to take. I am unsure where or when I will be taking them yet. I may update this post once I complete all my transfer credits.


Overall, transfer credits are a great way to start off students’ college careers, decrease graduation times, and decrease stress levels during their time at RIT.

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Written by Olivia Gallucci

Olivia is an honors student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She writes about security, open source software, and professional development.