If you will be attending a college or university in Connecticut and the course can be found on our Transfer Course Equivalencies page, a Prior Course Approval is not necessary. However, if you plan to take courses at another institution outside of Connecticut, you should fill out a Prior Course Approval prior to enrolling in the course. Bachelor of General Studies students should view BGS-specific instructions.
In addition to the transfer credit criteria on the Transferring Credit page, please be advised that:
- Course subjects, numbers, titles, grades and credit values must appear on the source institution’s official transcript, and the course subjects, numbers and titles must be consistent with the regular offerings described in that institution’s undergraduate catalog;
- A Prior Course Approval is required for mathematics courses offered online;
- When 2 courses are reflected in the Transfer Course Equivalencies as equivalent to one UConn course, they must be completed in the same academic term.
As a reminder:
- Online courses in laboratory sciences and foreign languages, including those offered in hybrid format, will not transfer;
- Pass/Fail grades will not be considered for credit.
Please review the Transfer Credit Guidelines for all transfer credit policies.
Prior Course Approval Process
The Prior Course Approval form can be accessed through the Student Administration System and by following this path: Home>Self Service>Student Center>My Academics>Prior Course Approval
What to know about the Prior Course Approval process:
- Inaccurate information provided in a Prior Course Approval form will result in invalidation of said approval
- Course subjects and numbers (e.g. ENG 101) of the institution you wish to attend must agree with those listed in that institution’s undergraduate catalog.
- Courses not equivalent to a specific UConn course but still transferable are given a 5-digit generic designation beginning with the number ‘9’. Example: ENG 101 from University X = ENGL 91600 (English/Lit 1000 level) at UConn.
- Courses shown as transfer credits in another institution’s official transcript are not transferable.
- Students are advised to consult with their academic advisors to determine how transfer credits will meet their degree requirements.
- Prior Course Approval is available twice a year: For courses to be taken in the Summer and Fall terms: from March 15 to June 15. For courses to be taken in the Winter and Spring terms: September 15 to January 15.
- Students can submit a maximum of five (5) prior course approvals for a given academic term.
- Please allow three weeks for processing.
After completing the course(s), an official transcript must be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Transfer credits are posted to academic records three times a year. The table below defines the deadlines to submit your transcripts and when you can expect to see the credits reflected on your academic record. If the transcript arrives after the stated deadline, it will be posted to the student's academic record during the next stated posting period.
|Term of Enrollment||Transcript Deadline (received by)||Posting Period|
|Fall and Winter||January 15||4-6 weeks after January 15|
|Spring||June 15||4-6 weeks after June 15|
|Summer||September 6||4-6 weeks after September 6|
- Eventual use of transfer credit towards your degree requirements will be determined by your School/College.
- Avoid loss of credit due to University credit restrictions, course work taken out of sequence, or courses inadvertently repeated, by consulting with your UConn School/College before enrolling elsewhere.
- ALWAYS run your Advisement Report to make sure the course you are considering taking is appropriate for your program of study. Students can run Degree Progress Reports by accessing their Student Administration account and going to: Home>Self Service>Student Center>My Academics>View My Advisement Report