Applying with Advanced Credits

Step 1: Apply to the University

The Faculty of Arts & Science website provides a useful orientation for transfer students, here. The most important first step in applying to U of T is understanding which application, on the OUAC, is right for you.

1.1 Domestic applicants from other degree-granting institutions: Submit an OUAC105D application.

1.2 International applicants from other degree-granting institutions>: Submit an OUAC105F application.

If you are submitting either OUAC105 application, follow the How to apply? instructions on the OUAC website. Credits are considered for degree courses taken at recognized degree-granting institutions.

1.3 Applicants currently in Ontario Secondary Schools, who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations: Submit an OUAC101 application.

1.4 Applicants currently in high schools outside of Ontario, or those who have previously completed high school, who have taken AP, IB, GCE, French Baccalaureate, Cambridge Pre-University Diploma, or CAPE examinations: Submit an OUAC105D application (if within Canada), an OUAC105F application (if outside of Canada).

You must arrange to have your official scores submitted to Enrolment Services, and in turn, you may qualify for advanced credits at U of T. The minimum grades required to earn these types of credits are available here.

Applicants coming to U of T directly from high school, who have taken AP, IB, GCE, French Bacc., Cambridge Pre-Univ., or CAPE examinations, do not have to apply separately for a transfer credit assessment.

Step 2: Apply for a Transfer Credit Assessment (Faculty of Arts & Science)

Should you be offered admission to U of T, along with your offer letter, you may be instructed to apply for transfer credits through the Faculty of Arts & Science Transfer Credit Section website.

2.1. It is compulsory that you initiate a transfer credit assessment if you have earned credits at another recognized degree-granting institution. The Transfer Credit Application website is your contact point to do this.

2.2. Before starting your online application, be prepared with all of the institution and course information that you will be asked for as the website gives you a 2-hour window to complete the application. Click “Enter Data” on the Transfer Credit Application website, and read the information that will be required for the application before you begin.

2.3. Pay the $30 fee. For visa students, the transfer credit assessment fee is incorporated into tuition and other fees to be paid later.

2.4. Forward outstanding documents to the Transfer Credit Section Office, in the Faculty of Arts & Science (FAS).

Step 3: Wait for the results of your assessment

There are several factors that determine how long your assessment may take. The FAS typically processes domestic assessments within 3-4 weeks, and foreign assessments in 10 weeks. This webpage, within the FAS website, describes how they conduct the transfer credit assessment.

Step 4: Interpret your Transfer Credit Assessment letter

The FAS assesses your incoming course content and scores to determine if they qualify as transfer credits at U of T. For each credit, this includes an assessment of:

  • the discipline (i.e., area of study, as indicated by 3-letter course designator);
  • the level of study (e.g., 100-, 200-, 300- or 400-level);
  • the course equivalencies (i.e., which specific FAS course is sufficiently comparable);
    where no sufficient equivalence exists, an unspecified credit may be awarded
  • the credit weight (e.g., full, half);
  • the exclusions to your transfer credit (i.e., courses you cannot enrol in because the content is deemed too similar); and
  • the breadth requirement designation.

If you have at least 4.0 credits recognized on your transfer credit assessment, you may also be invited into the program(s) of study (e.g., specialist, majors, minors) that you requested in your application to U of T.

This PDF document, available within the FAS website, provides a guide to interpreting a transfer credit assessment.