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Evaluation of Course Credit

College transcripts are evaluated after you are admitted to the university.

Credit evaluations are typically completed within two weeks of your date of admission.* You may access you transfer credit evaluation in MyUTK under Academic Resources.

Be sure to bring your credit evaluation with you to your first academic advising appointment. Your evaluation will help you and your advisor create your academic plan in advance of registering for classes.

*During peak times, credit evaluations may take longer than two weeks to process.

Credits That Transfer

Transfer credit of similar content may be accepted from any two- or four-year accredited institutions—normally institutions with regional accreditation status in the United States. Students from non-United States colleges or universities should contact the Registrar’s Office for transfer eligibility.    

Transfer credit will be granted only for college level non-remedial courses in which a grade of D- or better was earned. Many UT programs require a grade of C or higher in courses in the major.

Credits that are not acceptable for transfer include courses that are remedial, occupational, technical, or non-credit, as well as career course work used for an applied science degree from career or technical programs.

Students bear the ultimate responsibility for educational planning, selecting courses, meeting program requirements, and adhering to policies and procedures. The university’s transfer credit policies are available from the Registrar’s Office.

Determining Your Transfer GPA

Grades earned at other colleges and universities are used only for admission, course placement, and other academic decisions.

All courses attempted and grades earned, including repeated course work, in college level and non-remedial courses are considered in holistic review. The last attempt for a repeated course will be the one accepted for transfer credit and recorded on the permanent record.

Transfer grade averages are calculated by UT and may differ from averages calculated by other institutions.

The official grade point average for any UT student does not include transfer grades. Prior to graduation, transfer students must have completed their last 30 credit hours at UT Knoxville and their last 60 credit hours at a four-year college or university.

LD and UD Courses

Courses that transfer without an exact UT course equivalent may also transfer with the designated LD or UD.

  • LD = Lower Division (100–200 level) course credit
  • UD = Upper Division (300–400 level) course credit

Academic departments determine how undesignated credits (LD or UD) are used toward graduation requirements through the petitioning process.

Students should contact their college’s academic advising center or their major advisor for information on how to petition courses. Please note that a petition does not guarantee that the course will be approved.