Transfer Student QuestionsThis page can help answer questions you may have while getting started at Northwestern as a transfer student. Your best source for information regarding your particular credits and questions will be your assigned Weinberg Adviser.
How do I make sense of my credit evaluation?
This form from the Registrar’s Office is a preliminary evaluation of your coursework at your prior institution. It lists the credits Northwestern has accepted toward your degree here and explains the initial determination of your transfer credits. Transferred credits may show up as a specific course (Econ 260, for instance), or as an unspecified course at a particular level within a department (Phil 3XX, for example). No matter how many credits you ultimately transfer, you will be required to take at least 23 courses at Northwestern.
Why does my credit evaluation list “Gen_Cred”?
In most cases, you have received general credit because your prior institution operated on the semester system; we grant general credit to allow for the difference between semesters and the quarter system we use at Northwestern.
How will my AP/IB credit count?
Be sure to have your AP scores reported to the Registrar’s Office! You can consult our AP/IB credit tables to see how particular scores will be recognized. Consult your College Adviser for information about how your AP/IB scores may be counted toward your Undergraduate Registration Requirement (see below).
Can I take a course at Northwestern for which I’ve already been given transfer credit?
If you have received transfer credit for a specific course (Chem 103, for example), then you may not subsequently retake that course for credit. If you think there has been an error in how the credit has been evaluated, you should consult with your Weinberg Adviser as soon as possible.
What should I do if I think a course has been transferred incorrectly?
It is important to remember that the credit evaluation is an initial examination of your prior coursework. Oftentimes, a course will be transferred at a different level than a student thinks appropriate (as a 100-level course instead of a 200-level, for example), or a course will be counted in a different department than a student believes correct. In some cases, corrections are not necessary; in others, these changes can easily be made. When you meet with a College Adviser you will be able to determine if changes are needed and how to get those changes made.
What is my Undergraduate Registration Requirement?
The Undergraduate Registration Requirement (URR) specifies how many quarters must be spent at Northwestern and how many units of credit must be earned through Northwestern courses in order to receive a Northwestern degree. All transfer students must spend at least 6 quarters at Northwestern and earn at least 23 units of credit in Northwestern courses. See the Registrar’s website for details on what counts as a Northwestern quarter or unit of credit.
How do I know if a transferred course will count toward Weinberg requirements?
The Registrar’s Office will make an initial determination of which courses will satisfy distribution requirements. If you think that courses should count differently or if some potential distros were overlooked, discuss this with your College Adviser. You may also have satisfied some or all of your >Foreign Language Requirement through prior coursework or AP scores. Again, consult your College Adviser and your credit evaluation. This transfer credit worksheet (doc) can help you sort through your degree requirements.
Will I be able to count any of my transferred courses toward a major or minor?
The answer is likely to be yes, but you will have to get such substitutions approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) for your intended major or minor. Be sure to bring course descriptions and syllabi to the DUS when you declare the major or minor so that you can discuss the courses. You should also discuss with the DUS any questions you may have regarding initial course placement in the major or minor, when necessary. All transfer students must take at least 4 300-level courses in their major at Northwestern. (If your major requires fewer than four 300-level courses, then all required 300-level courses must be completed at Northwestern.)
Can I pursue a pre-med course of study as a transfer student?
Yes, although transferring can impact how you complete the pre-medical course of study. There are multiple strategies for fulfilling pre-med requirements, and you may want to consider spreading out the coursework as much as possible. Transferring may also impact your choice of major, which can in turn affect your ability to complete the pre-med course. Your best bet will be to discuss your plans right away with your College Adviser.