Do transfer credits affect your GPA?

Transferring schools is a big decision. One question that most students have is, will transfer credits affect their GPA?

In short, no. Transfer credits will not affect your GPA. Although your grades are considered during admissions decisions, they don’t count for anything else.

As long as you have received a passing grade (usually an A, B, or C) in a class from your previous school, your new school will generally accept the credit as a pass. Colleges and universities have varied rules on grade requirements, which is why the GPA or grade does not carry over any more than a PASS/FAIL.

The good news is that your GPA basically starts fresh in your first semester at your new school.

If you do find yourself in a situation where you are at risk of failing the class, it might be wise to withdraw from that class. Your GPA is calculated based on total credits attempted, and an F can have a larger impact post-transfer. A quick withdrawal also lets you retake the class while the subject matter is still fresh in your memory and before the course material changes. This will (hopefully) help you keep your GPA as high as possible at your new school.

It is important to note that if you are applying for Graduate School, this might play out a little differently. If you attended multiple schools, you need to disclose that information on your grad school application. The school will review your transcripts and GPA’s for all schools that you attended. So, if you had low grades at a previous school, but were able to raise them after you transferred, then you might not have much to worry about.

For more information about the transfer process, we suggest reaching out to your academic advisor. They’ll be able to talk you through the process and help you get prepared to transfer to your new school.