Eval Process Newly Admitted Domestic

Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation

Newly admitted students with transfer courses from domestic institutions can obtain access to their preliminary transfer credit evaluation starting usually 2-3 weeks after the receipt of their admission letter.

The preliminary transfer credit evaluation can be reviewed via the student's UMD unofficial transcript via Testudo. An initial review of transfer credit will occur automatically upon admission to the University.

Acceptability of Transfer Courses by UMD

Generally, college-level courses completed at regionally-accredited institutions will transfer, provided the course is similar in level, scope, content and expected learning outcomes to courses offered at UMD and a grade of "C-" or higher is earned. Grades of "D-" or higher are accepted for courses completed at Maryland public institutions. A course that is considered accepted for transfer to the University of Maryland will receive one of the following types of evaluations:

  • direct equivalency to a University of Maryland course (whether within or outside of the major),
  • no direct equivalency, but satisfies general education requirement, or
  • no direct equivalency, but is accepted as a general elective.

It is important to note that the evaluation of transfer courses is an ongoing process that typically continues through the first semester at the University. However, this may extend past the first semester depending on when the final official transcript and the course syllabus are received and processed.

It is important for newly admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript for updates.

Transfer Course Notations

Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability (a direct UMD equivalent course, general education code, and/or general elective code) next to the course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript. Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “No Credit” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded.

Transfer courses that still need to be evaluated for acceptability may have one of the following notations:

  • A footnote of “NS” will appear next to a course on the student’s UMD unofficial transcript indicating a detailed syllabus is required for the evaluation to be completed.
  • A footnote of “PE” will appear next to a course indicating the course is currently being evaluated by the appropriate department. This notation could change to NS.

These notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course. You can click on any footnote on your unofficial transcript for additional information.

Please note a transfer course without any notations has not been evaluated for acceptability by UMD and must be evaluated prior to the course being applicable toward degree requirements.

Acceptability vs. Applicability of Transfer Courses

Transfer Credit Services (TCS) oversees course subject matter to determine the acceptability and the awarding of transfer credit for the University; and, consults with the academic departments for course clarifications and guidance. It is the academic department (administering the course content) that completes the evaluation of the transfer courses for direct equivalencies to specific UMD courses. This review is based on comparison of the transfer course to courses offered for degree programs at the University of Maryland.

A transfer course must be acceptable by UMD before it can be applicable toward degree requirements (general education, specific major requirements, and total credits needed to graduate). A not acceptable transfer course is not applicable to degree requirements.

It is important to note a course may not be applied toward a student’s general education requirements if the course has not been approved for general education during the acceptability evaluation process. How a course applies (applicability of a course) to a student’s degree requirements is determined by a student’s advising college. Students need to work with an academic advisor in their advising college in determining the applicability of the transfer courses toward their degree requirements. This is typically completed during orientation, but may require a follow-up advising appointment.

Transfer Course Evaluation Request

Students are responsible for submitting all final official transcripts detailing their entire academic record prior to enrolling at the University. Transfer courses will post to a students' UMD record only from official transcripts received from the institution at which the credit was earned.

Submitting an Evaluation Request - Domestic Transfer Course

Once a student has been admitted to UMD, the transcripts should be sent to:

University of Maryland
Office of the Registrar
1113 Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building
College Park, MD 20742

Transcripts for students not yet admitted to UMD, should be sent to:
University of Maryland
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Building
College Park, MD 20742

Questions regarding the posting of these courses should be directed to Records and Registration Services at registrar-help@umd.edu.