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Degree Completion Requirements at UVM

There are limits on the number of credits transferred that may be applied to the degree program and major selected. In general, 30 of the last 45 credits earned for the UVM degree must be taken at the University. Please consult the UVM catalogue for specific college/school policies.

Which of my courses will transfer to the University of Vermont?

Credit will transfer only after you have been admitted as a matriculated degree student. For details on which types of courses/credit are eligible for transfer, visit our transfer credit page

Credit is not granted for:

  • Courses that were taken at colleges and universities that are not regionally accredited (or are candidates for accreditation)
  • Courses in disciplines that are not taught at UVM, such as criminal justice or law
  • Pre-collegiate or remedial courses such as reading improvement, English/math skills courses, or developmental courses
  • Personal development or self-improvement courses, such as career counseling as interpersonal relationship courses
  • Courses that appear on a transcript with no credit or grade assigned
  • Courses that reflect credit given for life/work experience
  • Courses that reflect credit given for co-op or internship credit
  • Courses that are Continuing Education Units (CEU)
  • Duplicate course material for which a student already has credit

Will my grade point average from my previous institution transfer as well as my courses?

Only credit will transfer. Your GPA is calculated using only the grades you have received at UVM.

I don't want credit for courses I completed elsewhere. Must I submit the transcript?

Complete official transcripts of all work taken at other institutions must be submitted as part of the application process, whether or not credit for such work is desired or expected. Students who fail to acknowledge attendance at any college or university in which they have been enrolled will automatically waive the right to have that work considered for transfer credit. They may also be subject to denial of admission, loss of course credit, and/or suspension from the University.

How is credit awarded?

The University of Vermont is on the early autumn semester system. All academic course work accepted for transfer will be converted into semester hours of credit by the Transfer Affairs Office.

I once attended UVM but withdrew for personal reasons. I now wish to return to the University. How do I reapply?

If you were previously admitted and enrolled at the University of Vermont as a degree student, you should contact the Dean's Office of your college/school for information regarding readmission. You should not submit an application to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

What is the criteria for international students?

Consideration will be given for college credit for the following only:

  • German Abitur
  • Italian Matura
  • British A-Levels
  • Quebec Cegep

Credit Conversion

ECTS European Transfer Credit System convert 2:1

How can I find information about credit by examination?

Advanced Placement (AP)

Obtaining Your Scores: If you have taken AP exams within the past five years, you can obtain your scores via mail or phone.

By Mail

Send a check or money order for fifteen dollars to:
Advanced Placement Program-ETS
PO Box 6671
Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

By Phone

Call 1-888-225-5427 or 1-609-771-7300
If paying by credit card, the fee is $15.00. If you wish to be billed, the fee is $25.00. If you wish to obtain scores for AP exams taken more than five years ago, you must order them by mail. You may request your scores be rushed for a $25.00 fee.

To learn more about Advanced Placement exams and to see how AP scores are currently transferring, read our Advanced Placement Course Comparability Guide.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

In order to be eligible for transfer credit you must receive a grade of 5, 6, or 7 on a higher level exam. No credit is awarded for standard level exams. You do not need to complete the full diploma credits in order to transfer.

Obtaining Your Scores

To obtain your IB transcript visit the International Baccalaureate programs transcript request page. About 3-5 days after the official transcript has arrived, you will be able to view your transfer credit by logging into myUVM and clicking on transfer credit located in the "Academic Records" section of the "My Records" channel found on the Registrar tab.

To learn more about how you might apply your IB coursework at UVM, see the UVM Course Equivalency Guide. Credit for other courses completed at the higher level with a score of 5, 6, or 7 will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the corresponding academic department.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Obtaining Your Scores: To obtain your scores for CLEP exams you must request them in writing.

Send the following information :

Full name and date of birth
Social Security Number
Location and date of each exam taken
UVM's name and college code (3920)
If you are requesting scores for CLEP exams taken prior to July 1980 you will need to provide both the month and the year the exam was taken.

To: CLEP-ETS, PO Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600

Enclose a check or money order for $20.00 per transcript requested.

Learn More: To learn more about CLEP exams and to see how CLEP scores are currently transferring, read our CLEP Exam Comparability Guide (PDF). For further information about CLEP, please visit the CollegeBoard website.

If you are a degree student you may attempt (with the approval of your advisor and college) to receive credit for specific courses by taking a special examination. The fee for the examination is $50.00 per credit hour. To read more about the specific conditions under which you may request credit by examination visit the UVM catalogue or the Credit by Examination form (PDF).

What is the Guide to Transfer Equivalency Worksheet?

The transfer credit listed on your worksheet is accepted at the University of Vermont. The Academic Dean of the college in which you become a candidate for a degree determines how the course(s) are applied toward degree requirements.

Here is an example of different ways a science course (either with or without a lab) might be accepted at UVM. Courses that include an 'L'  indicate lab credit; courses without an 'L'  indicate lecture-only credit:

  • PHYS 011 Equivalent to UVM course Physics 011.
  • PHYS 021 Equivalent to UVM course Physics 021.
  • PHYS 0XX Similar to a UVM physics course at the 1-99 level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS 0LX Similar to a UVM Physics lab course at the 1-99 level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS 1XX Similar to a UVM Physics course at the 100-level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS 1LX Similar to a UVM Physics lab course at the 100-level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS 2XX Similar to a UVM Physics course at the 200-level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS 2LX Similar to a UVM Physics lab course at the 200-level, but does not match a specific course.
  • PHYS XXX Similar to a UVM Physics course. Credit is granted, but not at a particular level. Normally, if the course is to be applied as an elective, no further review is necessary. If you plan to fill a specific requirement with this course, you are advised to submit a syllabus or other course materials to Transfer Affairs, 339 Waterman Bldg.
  • PHYS XLX Similar to a UVM Physics lab course. Credit is granted, but not at a particular level. Normally, if the course is to be applied as an elective, no further review is necessary. If you plan to fill a specific requirement with this course, you are advised to submit a syllabus or other course materials to Transfer Affairs, 339 Waterman Bldg.

Only credits transfer; only UVM grades are factored into your UVM GPA.

Please note: Institutions do not automatically send us a transcript each semester.

All course materials submitted for review must be picked up in Transfer Affairs or they will be recycled/shredded.

Reason codes, such as GTL, Grade too Low, appear on your transfer equivalency worksheet online.

For courses assigned 0XX, 1LX, XXX credit, detailed course syllabi may be submitted to Transfer Affairs for further review.