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Transfer Credit Evaluation

for Academic Year 2017/18

The Office of the Registrar may assist with prematriculation transfer credit questions at

Start by gathering 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.
      • Although the materials are not required until after mid-June, it may be easier for you to gather these materials before you leave your current institution.
  • Review the regulations for Dartmouth's undergraduate degree including details on academic requirements.
      • Review the ORC/Catalog (Organization, Regulations, and Courses)
  • AP/IB Credit Policy for Students
      • Dartmouth grants credit on entrance for AP and IB examinations, as well as offers exemptions and placement in some subject areas.
      • While credit on entrance appears on the Dartmouth transcript, beginning in the fall of 2014 and thereafter it does not count towards the 35 credits required to graduate.
      • For more information about prematriculation credits see

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.

Dartmouth students are defined by their class year. Depending on the number of credits that transfer, the Registrar designates you as a ’20 (member of the Class of 2020), or a ’19 (member of the Class of 2019) upon matriculation. Once this class year designation has been assigned, regardless of the length of time it may take for you to be graduated, it will not change.

The D-Plan

All transfer students are assigned an initial Enrollment Pattern ("D-Plan") 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).

With the exception of international students on an F-1 visa, those transfer students who enter as sophomores (up to 9 credits), are required to be in residence the summer after their sophomore year.

  • Students  who transfer after their second year  are encouraged to be in residence this same summer.

All 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. International students on an F-1 visa should discuss, with the Office of Visa and Immigration Services, the effect of the visa regulations on their D-Plan choices. The D-Plan consists of a combination of terms with the following designations:

  • R-terms: in residence
  • L-terms: leave-term(s) in which a students is not taking courses at Dartmouth
  • O-terms: 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 webpages for more information about D-Plans.

Sample D-Plans for Incoming Transfer Students

Sophomore (member of the Class of 2020) initial transfer Enrollment Pattern ("D-Plan") will look like this:

  Fall Winter Spring Summer
'17 - '18 R R R R
'18 - '19 L R R L
'19 - '20 R R R  

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

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

Last Updated: 5/4/17