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Transfer Advisor

General Information

Provides students with the main website(s) containing general credit transfer information.

Check out the following resource to learn more about credit transfer at the University of Guelph: 

Required Grades and/or GPA, Level(s) of Completed Previous Education, and Program Prerequisites (Admission)

Provides students with the minimum grades and/or GPA, level(s) of completed previous postsecondary, and program prerequisites required for admission.

Review the admission requirements for all programs at the University of Guelph:

Required Grade and/or GPA (Transfer Credit Eligibility)

Provides students with the minimum grade and/or GPA required for transfer credit eligibility.

The minimum grade required to transfer a course to the University of Guelph varies by program. For most programs, the minimum grade considered for courses completed at colleges is 70%, while the minimum grade considered for courses completed at universities is a passing grade.

Course Equivalencies, Pathways and Articulation Agreements

Provides students with available course equivalency, pathway, and articulation agreement materials for planning purposes.

View the University of Guelph’s pathway and articulation agreement opportunities:

College/University Pathways 

Articulation Agreements 

Types of Credit Awarded

Provides students with the types of credit awarded and a brief definition of each (advanced standing, block, exemptions, equivalencies, specified, unspecified, generic, etc.).

The University of Guelph awards advanced standing in recognition of previous learning and may grant either specified or unspecified credit. Exemptions may also be considered, where applicable.

  • Specified Credit: equates a course taken at a previous institution to be equivalent to a specific course at the University of Guelph.
  • Unspecified Credit: recognizes the academic discipline and year level of a course taken at a previous institution and grants credit without equating it to a specific University of Guelph course. 
  • Exemption: does not grant credit but recognizes the course by exempting it as a required course for degree completion or prerequisite purposes.

Residency Requirements

Provides students with the amount of study they must complete in order to be awarded the credential in which they are enrolled.

The amount of transfer credit you receive is limited by the University of Guelph's residency policy. The policy states that a minimum of 5.0 credits (approximately one academic year of full time studies), including 60% of the 3000 and 4000 level courses required for graduation, must be completed at the University.

Currency/Timing of Previous Postsecondary Education

Provides students with an indicator of the currency required to utilize their previously completed postsecondary education for transfer credit.

The University of Guelph will consider all courses a student has completed for transfer credit. Those completed more than 10 years previously will typically be considered for unspecified transfer credit. The appropriate Faculty will determine if specified transfer credit is granted for courses not recently completed; considerations are dependent on the course and program in which you are enrolled.

PLAR Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a PLAR assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your PLAR assessment at the University of Guelph:

Course Challenge

  • Students wishing to challenge a course(s) should contact Enrolment Services to obtain an application form. A request must include a clear statement as to the course(s) the student wishes to challenge, an explanation of how the knowledge necessary for the course was gained, and any relevant supporting documentation to validate the claim.
  • Requests will be forwarded to the appropriate department(s) for evaluation. Upon receipt of the response from all the departments concerned, Enrolment Services will inform the student which, if any, courses have been approved for challenge.
  • If a challenge has been granted, the department will determine the nature of the assessment and the deadline by which time the work must be complete. It is the student's responsibility to contact the department with respect to the details of the assessment within 3 weeks of being informed by Enrolment Services of being granted the privilege.
  • The challenge process could include one or more assessment methods, including standardized tests, written and/or oral examinations, performance evaluations, interviews, and portfolio assessments. These assessments require that the individual demonstrate, to a qualified faculty member that pre-determined knowledge and skills have been acquired.
  • Upon completion of the assigned task(s), the department will inform the Office of Registrarial Services as to the student's success or failure of the challenge.

PLAR Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a PLAR assessment (challenge exam, course challenge, portfolio, etc.).

A PLAR assessment at the University of Guelph costs $50.00 per application, irrespective of the number of courses specified in the application, + 50% of the applicable tuition fee regardless of whether or not the challenge is successful.

Appearance of Awarded Transfer Credit(s) on Transcript

Provides students with the code(s) used to record transfer credits on their transcript and an indication of whether these credits will be included in GPA calculation.

Transfer credits will be recorded on your University of Guelph transcript as "CRD" and will not be included in GPA calculation.

Students have access to the list of courses for which they are receiving credit and the credit value associated with each through WebAdvisor, the tool used to register for coursework, access grades, etc. The total credits awarded and the institution at which they were earned will be listed at the top of an official University of Guelph transcript.

Key Point(s) of Contact (Transfer Advisor and/or Service Area)

Provides students with a contact to discuss common credit transfer inquiries (Transfer Advisor, service area, etc.).

Contact a University of Guelph Transfer Advisor to discuss your credit transfer inquiries:

Official Credit Transfer Policies (Academic Regulations/Directives Documents, Calendars and Handbooks)

Provides students with a reference to official credit transfer policies outlined in academic regulations/directives documents, calendars, and handbooks.

Familiarize yourself with the University of Guelph’s official credit transfer policies:

Transfer Credit Procedures/Steps

Provides students with the procedures/steps they must follow in order to receive a transfer credit assessment.

Follow these steps in order to receive your transfer credit assessment at the University of Guelph:

  • Upon receipt of an application, an acknowledgment e-mail will be sent. This e-mail will contain login information to access WebAdvisor where applicants can track their admission status and see if documents have arrived.
  • Applicants should ensure that official transcripts for all previous and current institutions are forwarded to the following address by the document deadlines associated with each start entry point – December 1 (Winter); April 1 (Summer); and June 1 (Fall):
  • University of Guelph
  • Admission Services
  • UC L-3
  • Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
  • Applicants will typically be informed of the amount of advanced standing credit granted when they receive their offer of admission. Acceptance by the student of the offer of admission shall imply the student's agreement to the advanced standing credit granted. This information is also listed on your WebAdvisor account. If your offer of admission is a conditional offer based on mid-term grades, your transfer credit assessment may be incomplete.

Transfer Credit Costs

Provides students with the cost of completing a transfer credit assessment (advanced standing, exemption, etc.).

A transfer credit assessment at the University of Guelph is included in the supplemental/document evaluation fee paid via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

Transfer Credit Required Documentation

Provides students with a listing of the documentation they must submit to have their previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit.

The documentation required to have your previously completed postsecondary education assessed for transfer credit at the University of Guelph includes: 

  • Application for admission
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Course outline(s) may be required

Transfer Credit Application Form(s)

Provides students with a copy of the transfer credit application form or link to the online submission tool (where applicable).

An application form is not required at the University of Guelph. Applicants who have previously attended a postsecondary institution are automatically assessed for transfer credit.

Deadline(s) for Application

Provides students with the deadline by which they must apply for transfer credit.

Transfer credit is automatically assessed at the University of Guelph for successful applicants. Students must disclose all previous postsecondary education upon submitting their admissions application. All required supporting documentation (transcripts) should be submitted in accordance with the deadlines associated with your program and semester of admission.

Timing of Transfer Credit Decisions

Provides students with an expectation regarding the time it takes to process a transfer credit decision.

Transfer credit decisions at the University of Guelph are generally provided with your offer of admission.

Review/Appeal Procedures

Provides students with the process for appealing a transfer credit decision.

A transfer credit decision can be reviewed/appealed at the University of Guelph by contacting the Admission Counsellor referenced in your offer letter. endeavours to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding credit transfer; however, changes and updates to transfer opportunities happen on an ongoing basis. Students MUST check with the institution directly before applying to any program.