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Transfer Credit Evaluation for Academic Year 2016/17

The Office of the Registrar will be able to assist with prematriculation transfer credit questions. Please contact them at

Make sure you gather the necessary materials to allow for the transfer credit evaluation process:

  • Submit a *final* official transcript to the Registrar’s Office from *all* previous institutions from which you seek to transfer credit.
  • Submit detailed syllabi for each college course taken at your previous institution(s).
      • Click here to see a sample syllabus. Please note: a course description from the institution’s catalog is not the same as a syllabus.
      • IMPORTANT: Although the materials are not required until after mid-June, it may be easier for you to gather and submit these materials before you leave your current institution.
  • Review the regulations for Dartmouth's undergraduate degree including details on academic requirements.
      • Be sure to spend time with the ORC/Catalog (Organization, Regulations, and Courses
  • Changes to AP/IB Credit Policy for Students Entering in the Fall of 2014
      • Beginning in the fall of 2014, Dartmouth will grant credit on entrance for AP and IB examinations, as well as offering exemptions and placement in some subject areas.
      • Credit on entrance appears on the Dartmouth transcript, however it does not count towards the 35 credits required to graduate.
      • This policy will apply to entering first-year students in the Class of 2018 and to Transfer students who enroll in the fall of 2014.
      • For more information about prematriculation credits please visit the Office of the Registrar website.

Please be reminded that not all previously earned college credit will necessarily be applied towards the Dartmouth degree. Evaluation of transfer student transcripts and individual syllabi for each college course previously taken determines total credits awarded and the minimum number of terms of enrollment that will be necessary to complete Dartmouth degree requirements.

Students transferring to Dartmouth after their first or second years at other institutions will be allowed a maximum of 17 credits, and should be aware that depending on the number of credits approved for transfer, they may need to be in residence longer than they might have expected in order to complete their Dartmouth requirements. This may not be able to be determined until after you have arrived on campus in September.

Please be aware that Dartmouth students are defined by their class year. Depending on the number of credits that transfer, the Registrar will designate you as a ’18 (member of the Class of 2018), or a ’17 (member of the Class of 2017). Once this class year designation has been assigned, it will not change.

The D-Plan

All transfer students are assigned an initial Enrollment Pattern ("D-Plan") (see below) and may subsequently change it once their TRANSFER CREDIT EVALUATION is complete, which may be well into the fall term depending on each student’s unique circumstances.

Transfer students must be "in residence" a minimum of six "R-terms" (typically 18 credits), but may need as many as eight or nine "R-terms" (24-27 credits).

Those students entering as sophomores (up to 9 credits), must be in residence the summer after their sophomore year.

  • Students transferring after their second year will be encouraged to be in residence this same summer.

All transfer students are also required to be in residence the fall, winter and spring terms of their senior year.

Many factors influence how students individualize their D-Plans. The D-Plan consists of a combination of terms with the following designations:

  • R-terms: in residence
  • L-terms: leave-terms in which students are not taking courses at Dartmouth
  • O-terms for those terms spent on Dartmouth-sponsored off-campus programs

 Transfer students are encouraged to consult their undergraduate dean or utilize the various resources on Dartmouth's web pages for more information about D-Plans.

Sample D-Plans for Incoming Transfer Students

Sophomore (member of the Class of 2019) initial transfer Enrollment Pattern ("D-Plan") will look like this:

  Fall Winter Spring Summer
'16 - '17 R R R R
'17 - '18 L R R L
'18 - '19 R R R  

Junior (member of the Class of 2018) initial transfer Enrollment Pattern ("D-Plan") will look like this:

  Fall Winter Spring Summer
'16 - '17 R R R L
'17 - '18 R R R  

Last Updated: 5/12/16