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 in 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 evaluated.

It is important for newly admitted students to continually monitor their unofficial transcript to ensure:

  • ALL transfer courses that have been completed are listed
  • course title for each course listed accurately reflects the course title at the transfer institution
  • grade listed for each course is the grade earned
  • student does not register to take a similar content course at UMD that has not yet been evaluated for acceptability

Transfer Course Notations

Accepted Courses

A course that is deemed acceptable for transfer by UMD will have a notation on the student's unofficial transcript to indicate how the course is accepted. For general education or general elective codes, click here or on the code on the unofficial transcript for additional information.

General elective codes of N1, N2, R1 or R2 are acceptable for transfer, but require further review to determine if the course can be approved as a direct equivalency or general education is needed. General elective codes of L1, L2, G1, G2 or LB are final evaluations and will NOT be reviewed further.

The N1, N2, R1 or R2 notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course.

Some students may have L1 or L2 codes with footnotes NS (needs syllabus) or PE (pending evaluation) instead of the N1, N2, R1 or R2 codes. Please treat L1 w/footnote NS the same as N1, L2 w/footnote of NS the same as N2, L1 w/footnote PE the same as R1, and L2 w/footnote PE the same as R2.

Not Accepted Courses

A course that is deemed NOT acceptable for transfer by UMD will be notated as “No Credit” on next to the course and NO credits will be awarded.

Pending Credit Courses

A course that has NOT yet been evaluated as being Accepted or Not Accepted will be noted as Pending Credit on the student's unofficial transcript. A notation of NE, UR or ST may show on the UMD unofficial transcript. Further evaluation is needed to determine if the course is acceptable for transfer by UMD. Once the further review has been completed, transfer courses will ultimately be deemed:

  • acceptable and will be awarded transfer credit at UMD
  • NOT acceptable and will NOT be awarded transfer credit at UMD

The NE, UR or ST notations can change depending on the status of the course and if the department evaluator requires additional information regarding the course.

Some of you may have transfer courses listed as not accepted with footnotes NS (needs syllabus) or PE (pending evaluation) instead of the codes above. Please treat not accepted w/footnote NS the same as NE, not accepted w/footnote of PE the same as UR, and not accepted w/footnote NS and 44 the same as ST.

Acceptability vs. Applicability of Transfer Courses

A transfer course must be acceptable by UMD before it can be applicable toward satisfying a degree requirement (e.g. general education, specific major requirements, and total credits needed to graduate). A course that is deemed not acceptable for transfer CANNOT be applicable to a degree requirement.

A transfer course may not be applied toward satisfying a student’s general education requirements if the course has not been approved for general education during the evaluation process that determined the acceptability of the course by UMD.

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.

Please note Transfer Credit Services does not provide advising services.

Database of Transfer Course Evaluations

The Database of Transfer Course Evaluations includes courses that have already been evaluated for acceptability for transfer by UMD. Make sure to check the database to see if/how the course you completed is listed.

When searching the database for a transfer course, make sure the course ID and title of the course from the transfer institution matches with what is in the database. Please note the database is constantly being updated and is subject to change.

Please review Transfer Credit Database Help to learn how to read the database. 

Transfer courses that have already been evaluated will have a notation of the acceptability (Accepted, Not Accepted or Pending Credit) in the UMD Evaluation Course ID column for each course. The course evaluations are noted as term-sensitive with start and end terms to indicate during what timeframe the course evaluation is valid.

Some of the courses have footnotes that could impact the evaluation by either restricting or expanding how the course is accepted by UMD or applied to a student's major. Hover over the footnote in the database for additional information about the footnote or refer to the list of footnotes.

Transfer courses that are not acceptable by UMD will say “Not Accepted” next to the course and zero credits will be awarded by UMD for the course.

If a course is NOT listed in the database, the course has not been evaluated for acceptability by UMD. It does not mean the course is not accepted for transfer. Students should request the course be evaluated by following the directions below. If a course has an end date and no other entry with a new start date, students should request the course be re-evaluated by following the directions below.

For an example:

If a student took BIOL230 before Summer II of 2008, the student would receive BSCI230 at UMD. If a student took BIOL230 starting or after Fall 2008, the course has not been evaluated and requires a syllabus for evaluation (NS - Need Syllabus).

Submission of Final Official Transcript to UMD

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.

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.

Transfer Course Evaluation Request

Submitting an Evaluation Request - Domestic Transfer Course