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University/College Transfer Students

Transfer students are an important part of Ryerson’s diverse community, as a significant number of our students have completed some post-secondary education. Many of our transfer students are able to apply some or all of their completed studies toward their Ryerson degree.

If you have completed post-secondary studies and you are not applying to one or more of our formal pathways for university/college students, you may still be eligible for admission to a level higher than first semester/year and/or for individual transfer credits. This is determined on a case-by-case basis and will be indicated in an official Offer of Admission.

Generally, an applicant’s complete academic record, including secondary school as well as all post-secondary studies (e.g. college, university, or other post-secondary institutions) will be reviewed and considered as part of the competitive selection process. Ryerson receives more applications than spaces available. The averages/grades required for admission selection to each program is determined on the basis of competition each year. Possession of minimum averages and/or grades does not guarantee admission. 

You are required to declare all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended on your application and Supplementary Form and submit transcripts from each institution (some exceptions apply, see below).

Students admitted to a Ryerson undergraduate degree program must complete at least one half (50%) of the program’s curriculum at Ryerson. No more than a total of 50% of the program’s requirements may consist of advanced standing/credits (transfer credits, challenge credits, credits granted on a Letter of Permission).

Course descriptions/outlines of post-secondary studies are generally not required for admission consideration; if this information is needed, a request will be forwarded to you. Detailed course outlines may be required as part of the transfer credit application process, after admission has been granted.

Unless otherwise stated in an Offer of Admission, the following applies if your complete post-secondary diploma or degree is used to grant you admission to an upper level:

  • Courses will not be recorded as individual transfer credits and may not be used to apply for transfer credit.
  • The original grades will not be recorded as graded courses on your Ryerson academic record.
  • Courses will not be used in the GPA calculation.

Programs may specify non-academic requirements for admission (e.g. portfolio, admission essay, interview, audition, etc.). These programs are referred to as Grades-Plus programs. The specific non-academic requirements for individual Grades-Plus programs, including specific submission dates and procedures, are available by visiting each Program page. Note: for Grades-Plus programs, both academic and non-academic criteria will be used in the admission selection process.

How to Apply for Transfer Credits

You may apply for transfer credits online, using the Self-Service Application, after you have received an Offer of Admission. Apply for transfer credits early so that you can confirm your results ahead of your first term’s course selection period.

Applicants to Engineering programs, please visit the Engineering Transfer Credit page for policies and procedures.

Visit Prospective Transfer Credits for information on transfer credit eligibility and applications, as well as information on determining which transfer credits you may be eligible to receive prior to admission.

If you are transferring from another Ryerson undergraduate or certificate program, you are not required to apply for transfer credits. Ryerson-to-Ryerson Credits details how you can carry-over earned Ryerson courses toward a new program.

Ryerson Students - How to Transfer Programs

If you are intending to transfer within the Arts, Engineering or Science programs (e.g. Criminology to Philosophy, Civil Engineering to Mechanical Engineering, Biology to Medical Physics, etc.) consult your Program Department regarding a program/plan change.

Visit the Applications and Related Forms page and the Submission of Documents page for application and document submission details. Generally, your complete academic record, including secondary school as well as all post-secondary studies (e.g. college, university, or other post-secondary institutions) will be reviewed and considered as part of the competitive selection process. Some programs may specify non-academic requirements for admission (e.g. portfolio, admission essay, interview, audition, etc.). Visit the applicable Program page(s) for requirements, submissions dates and procedures.

If your application to transfer is approved, you will not be required to apply for transfer credits. Ryerson-to-Ryerson Credits details how you can carry-over earned Ryerson courses toward a new program.

Courses completed prior to starting your new program will not be included in the calculation of your cumulative grade point average. For further information, visit Enrolment and Student Records.

Pathways for University/College Transfer Students

The following programs offer formal pathways for university/college transfer students. Secondary school transcripts are not required for admission consideration to these programs. Admission is generally to a level above first year/semester (varies by program). Mature Student Guidelines do not apply. Visit each program page for specific admission requirements and transfer details:


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