Office of the Registrar

Transferring Credit

General Transfer Credit Information

Reed policies about transfer credit may be found in the Faculty Code, on page 4 of the November, 2017 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:

"I.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.

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

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 Group A or B 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 A or B requirement.) Appropriate work taken by transfer students at a previous institution may apply toward fulfillment of degree requirements."

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). From the November, 2017 Faculty Code (pages 2 and 3):

"I.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."

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.

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.

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

Transfer Credit Policies:

Chemistry Department
Political Science Department
Sociology Department

New Transfer Student FAQ

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

Contact the Registrar’s Office

Eliot Hall 311
Fax: 503/777-7795


8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

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