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Undergraduate Transfer Credit


Effective Date May 16, 2018

Florida Tech operates on the semester system. To convert credit hours transferred in from a quarter-system institution into semester credit hours, the number of quarter hours is divided by 1.5.

Undergraduate transfer credit may be awarded for courses taken at a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or with equivalent recognition in the case of a college or university elsewhere. Flight credit is transferable subject to FAA rules for transferability between schools.

Any student who transfers to Florida Tech with an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. automatically meets Florida Tech’s humanities core requirement for two 3-credit humanities core courses. Transfer students should see the School of Arts and Communication for applicable course substitutions in the case of transferring to Florida Tech with less than an associate degree.

Credit at the junior or senior level (3000- and 4000-level courses) may be awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited community college only when there is a formal agreement between the community college and Florida Tech. In the absence of a formal agreement the maximum course level granted toward transfer credit is sophomore- level (2000-level course). Elective credit may be awarded. The student should contact his/her academic department for information regarding the possibility of an appropriate academic department course substitution.

Transfer credit requires a grade of at least C- or equivalent and a determination that the work is equivalent to that given at Florida Tech in course content and hours.

Florida Tech uses ACE recommendations as guidelines when reviewing all United States military and transfer credit. Transferability and applicability will vary based on the student’s major requirements and/or degree program. All transfer courses, including military credit, are required to adhere to the overall academic standards and requirements of the university. 

A course that includes a significant writing or speaking component must be taught entirely in English to be eligible for transfer. Credits can be transferred without being applicable toward the student’s desired degree. Grades and grade points are not transferable. Florida Tech’s forgiveness policy is not applicable toward transfer credits.

Credit will not be given for courses listed on a transcript when credit was received by examinations such as equivalency, advanced standing or other examinations; courses without a grade or carrying grades but not credit hours; courses which are developmental in nature; vocational/technical courses; or for internships, seminars, practicums or experiential learning. In most cases, credit will not be given for courses completed more than 10 years before Florida Tech enrollment. Transfer credit for grades of P or S is subject to approval. Competency or assessment-based courses will be reviewed for possible transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.

Melbourne Campus

All requests for transfer credit, including credit earned by taking AP examinations, subject area CLEP examinations, etc., must be submitted to the registrar. All official transcripts and documents must be submitted before the completion of the first semester of enrollment. Requests for additional transfer credit must be made before the end of the second semester. Requests for advanced standing must be submitted to the appropriate academic unit head no later than 45 days after initial registration.

If the course equivalency is questionable, credit may be granted by equivalency examination.

The official certification of transfer credit is performed by the registrar’s office based on evaluations performed by the academic units responsible for the subject matter areas represented by the transfer courses, except for courses for which there is no corresponding Florida Tech program. In the latter case, the registrar is the sole approving authority. Official transfer credit is reported on the transcript in terms of equivalent Florida Tech course identifications, if any, and otherwise as electives, either with the subject area identified (e.g., physical science elective) or as undesignated transfer credits. The use of any transfer credit, other than credit for a specific Florida Tech course, in meeting degree requirements is subject to the approval of the faculty responsible for the degree program. Transfer students are encouraged to provide the registrar with college catalog(s) and/or course syllabi and names of textbooks used in courses to help assure a thorough transfer credit evaluation.

Certification of transfer credit is based on official transcripts bearing the correct seals and authorized signatures from all former institutions. A transcript is considered official only when each issuing institution sends the transcript directly to the Florida Tech undergraduate admission office or the registrar’s office. The registrar’s office coordinates the process by working with the academic unit overseeing the subject matter to certify how the course may be transferred, and provides notice of the official evaluation.

While Florida Tech makes every effort to complete the official certification of transfer credit before the student’s arrival at Florida Tech, university policy allows one semester in which to complete this process. The academic college reserves the right to review transfer credit evaluations for errors and make corrections within 60 days from the date of transfer credit evaluation notice. Once the evaluation is complete, students may appeal the decision by providing the registrar’s office with a syllabus of the course in question from the term during which the course was taken.

Florida Tech Online

The transfer credit policies outlined above apply equally to online students with the following exceptions and clarifications:

University policy allows two consecutive 8-week terms in which to complete the transfer credit process. The academic college reserves the right to review transfer credit evaluations for errors and make corrections within 60 days from the date of transfer credit evaluation notice.

The official certification of transfer credit for Florida Tech Online students is performed by the Office of Online Learning, based on evaluations performed by the academic units responsible for the subject matter areas represented by the transfer courses, except for courses for which there is no corresponding Florida Tech program. In the latter case, the registrar is the sole approving authority.

A transcript is considered official only when sent directly to Florida Tech Online at Florida Tech from the issuing institution. The online learning office coordinates the process once all completed documentation is received, certifies courses without respect to the major and provides notice of the official evaluation. Florida Tech academic departments overseeing undergraduate online programs reserve the right to determine the transferability of courses taken five years or more before Florida Tech enrollment. The decision is based on comparing the transferring course description in content and credit hours from the term in which the course was taken, to the courses currently taught by Florida Tech. Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, students may appeal the decision by providing OL-tce@fit.edu with a syllabus of the course in question from the term in which the course was taken. Students who wish to appeal a transfer rejected due to the statute of limitations may do so by contacting their Florida Tech academic department’s undergraduate online program coordinator. Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Online students are ineligible to waive program requirements through equivalency examinations.

Courses taken at another university that are equivalent in content and credit hours to MTH 1701 College Algebra will be considered for transfer only if the course was taken within 10 years of enrollment at Florida Tech. Exceptions to this policy will be considered when the student scores 35 or higher on the Mathematics Diagnostic Examination taken during ASC 1006 Mastering eLearning followed by the student submitting an exception to policy request via email to OL-tce@fit.edu.

International University Transfer Credit

Undergraduate transfer credit may be awarded for courses taken at an international college or university that is recognized as being degree-granting by that country’s educational governing authority. The student may be required to contact the country’s educational governing authority to request that official documentation be sent from the educational governing authority directly to the Florida Tech registrar’s office.

A student requesting transfer credit for academic work completed at an international educational institution must request that official transcripts be sent directly to the appropriate admission office from all previous institutions, showing all courses taken, dates and grades. A transcript is considered official only when each issuing institution mails the transcript directly to Florida Tech’s undergraduate admission or registrar’s office. Official course descriptions and/or syllabi are also required. In the case of transcripts and course syllabi that are not in English, official English translations are required. Florida Tech reserves the right to require the student to request an independent evaluation and/or recommendation regarding the international institution, performed by an agency specified by Florida Tech.

While Florida Tech makes every effort to complete the official certification of transfer credit before the student’s arrival at the university, policy allows one semester (two 8-week terms for Florida Tech Online) in which to complete this process. Transfer credit criteria mentioned in the section above apply to transfer credit from international institutions.