Below you'll find an overview of what to expect from the transfer credit process. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Admission for the campus you are interested in attending. Our advisors are available to you throughout the transfer process to ensure a smooth transition to Pace.
Which of my courses will transfer?
Try our new Transfer Credit Evaluator! If you do not see your course(s) listed in the Transfer Credit Evaluator, our faculty will evaluate it based on the process described below.
Pace University's criteria for transferrable credits are as follows:
- Courses completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of "C" or higher are eligible for transfer credit if they satisfy course work requirements for your major and degree at Pace.
- A maximum of 68 credits may be transferred from accredited two-year institutions toward a baccalaureate degree program. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate 120 credit degree program from accredited four-year institutions. A maximum of 96 credits may be transferred to a baccalaureate 128 credit degree program from accredited four-year institutions.
- At least 50% of the credits required to complete a major at Pace must be earned at Pace. Credits that exceed Pace University residency requirements for your declared major will not be transferred.
- Courses that were taken pass/fail are not transferrable.
- Students who have not yet declared a major will have their credits applied toward the University core curriculum requirements. Credits toward free electives and major course requirements will not be applied until a major is declared.
Sources of Transfer Credit:
- Institutions accredited by a regional affiliate of the Commission on Higher Education (e.g., The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools)
- Institutions that have entered into transfer credit articulation agreements with Pace University
- Other institutions, with the approval of the appropriate chairpersons and dean
- Results of acceptable performance on standardized proficiency examinations
Where a standardized proficiency examination is not available, a Pace departmental Challenge Proficiency Examination (PDF) may be administered. The cost of each examination is one credit of tuition for each course challenged.
How does the Course Evaluation Process work?
The chairperson of each academic department will review your transcripts and evaluate which courses meet the above requirements for credit. This evaluation process typically takes 2-3 weeks. Occasionally, course descriptions and course syllabi are required. If so, this will be noted on the Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) that you receive from the Office of Admission. You should provide these documents as soon as possible to expedite the course evaluation process. If additional courses are completed after admission, these will also be considered for credit upon submission of an updated transcript. Should additional credit be awarded, you will receive an updated TCE.
View an example of what our Preliminary Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) (PDF) looks like. An official record of your transfer credits will be available for review in your MyPace Portal shortly after the start of the semester.
How should I prepare for orientation and course registration?
All admitted transfer students are required to attend Orientation and should have a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) on or before their selected orientation date. In some cases, students may need to attend Orientation prior to receiving their Transfer Credit Evaluation Worksheet. This may be the case if Pace has not yet received the final grades for courses you are completing, or have just recently completed, or if the Office of Undergraduate Admission has asked you to submit additional information in order to fully evaluate the transfer of credit to Pace. If this is the case, we ask that you bring with you to orientation unofficial copies of your college transcripts and course descriptions for any credits still pending.
Some students may be required to take Math and/or English placement testing per the evaluation of transferrable credits. The Office of Undergraduate Admission will notify you of any placement exams you are required to take. If you are a transfer student that has been admitted to Pace, please visit the Accepted Student section of our website for more detailed information about Orientation and placement testing.