Office of the Registrar

Transferring Credit

General Transfer Credit Information
Transfer Credit for First-Year Students
Transfer Credit for Matriculated Reed Students
Official Transfer Credit Policies
Further Information

General Transfer Credit Information

Reed generally transfers coursework that is compatible with the Reed curriculum, is not experiential or vocational in nature, and does not duplicate work that a student has done or might to at Reed.

Examples of work that will not transfer to Reed include:

  • English grammar and composition courses
  • Pre-calculus mathematics
  • Speech and Communication classes
  • Internships
  • Music lessons/performance classes.

A Reed unit is equivalent to four semester credits or six quarter credits.  Courses will transfer as a fractional value, for example a three semester credit class will transfer to Reed as 0.75 unit, a four quarter credit class will transfer to Reed as 0.67, unit. Local public institutions, such as Portland State University and Portland Community College, operate on the quarter calendar.

Transfer Credit for First-Year Students

For students admitted to Reed as first-year (as opposed to transfer), credit may be granted for college courses taken prior to Reed as long as the coursework was not used for high school graduation or taken at the high school (or in programs designed specifically for high school students). 

Please note that Reed must receive scores for AP Exams directly from College Board, and transcripts for International Baccaulaureate credit must be sent directly from IB North America.

Transfer Credit for Matriculated Reed Students

For matriculated students to transfer credit from other schools, the first step is to complete a Request for Transfer Credit Form. This form is available in Eliot 311 at the Office of the Registrar, or can be downloaded and printed from the link below. This form will require that you obtain the signature of the chairperson (or designee) of the closest comparable department at Reed.  For example, if you intend to transfer History coursework you will need to consult the chair of the History Department. It is strongly recommended that you complete this form prior to undertaking the coursework, if you know the school you plan to attend and the classes in which you intend to enroll.

Please keep in mind that one Reed unit is equivalent to four semester hours or six quarter hours. A minimum grade of C- must be earned for a course to transfer (this minimum does not apply to Reed's domestic or international off-campus programs). Pass/fail courses will be treated using Reed policies: there must be a demonstrable minimum grade of C-, such coursework cannot be used for requirements, the student must be a junior or senior, and the course must be outside the student's major department.

Transfer Credit Policies:

Chemistry Department
Political Science Department
Sociology Department

Here is a list of Department chairs, here is a list of Division chairs, and a list of established interdisciplinary committees can be found here.

Some departments have a member of the department other than the chair who is responsible for evaluation and approval of transfer credit.  Here is a current list of those departments and the faculty members with whom to speak about transfer credit:

Department Faculty Member Comments
Art (History) Kris Cohen
Art (Studio) Gerri Ondrizek
Astronomy Alison Crocker Also Astrophysics
Biology Keith Karoly
CHEM 101/102 (Intro) Danielle Cass (or Kelly Chacón, Julie Fry)
CHEM 201/202 (O-Chem) Alan Shusterman Also Rebecca LaLonde
Chemistry (Other) Alan Shusterman
Geology Alan Shusterman
Physics Lucas Illing
Political Science Peter Steinberger

Download the Request for Transfer Credit Form (PDF)
Download the Report on Online Learning (PDF)

New Transfer Student FAQ

Official Transfer Credit Policies

Reed policies about transfer credit may be found in the Faculty Code, on page 4 of the December, 2019 edition. Copies of this document may be viewed in the Office of the Registrar and the Library, or may be downloaded as a PDF file. From the Faculty Code:

"1.B.4. Evaluation of Transfer Credit

Work completed at other regionally accredited colleges or universities in courses that are not vocational, technical, or experiential in nature shall be allowed credit by the Registrar with reference to general standards established by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Generally, credit will not be granted in excess of the credit granted for similar courses at Reed. Transfer credit will not be allowed for the work below the level of C-, nor for courses that are not consistent with the Reed curriculum. Work that substantially duplicates courses taken at Reed cannot be given credit."

All transfer students are to be held to the General College Requirements, except that those admitted with six or more units will not have to meet the Freshman Humanities requirement unless their transcript reveals a serious deficiency in this area. (Humanities 211/212, 220 or 231/232 and an additional unit from Groups 1 or 2 may be substituted in the case of sophomore or junior transfers. If so used, Hum 211/212, 220 or 231/232 may not also be applied toward either the Group 1 or 2 requirement.) Appropriate work taken by transfer students at a previous institution may apply toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

First-Year Students:

From the December, 2019 Faculty Code (page 3):

"1.A.5  Transfer Credit for First Year Students

The Registrar shall be empowered to give tentative transfer credit for courses taken at an accredited college prior to entrance to Reed

(a) if these courses were not used for high school graduate credit; and

(b) if the courses are normal college work and not courses especially designed for high school students."

No more than fifteen units of all work accepted for transfer credit may be used toward the degree.

Further Information

For more information, please contact:
Ben Bradley
(503) 777-7295

Updated December 11, 2019