Transfer Credit Guidelines

Use these guidelines when considering what courses to take outside of Wellesley College.

Courses for Which Credit Cannot Be Transferred

  • Mathematics subjects prior to calculus (pre-calculus, college algebra, trigonometry)
  • Business (management, finance)—except for one accounting course
  • Communications, including speech
  • Computer science courses that cover microcomputer applications or non-programming topics
  • Criminal justice (to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis)
  • Journalism
  • Freshman seminars (syllabus required for evaluation)
  • Physical education or dance, lab-only, and nonacademic studio art
  • Distance or online learning
  • Individual study or self-paced courses
  • Internships, practica, workshops, how-to courses, or experiential learning
  • Courses which are not classified as liberal arts and sciences, and are not offered at Wellesley
  • Courses graded pass/fail, unless you submit a letter from the professor who taught the course, stating that you would have earned a grade of C or higher.
  • Courses with a grade of C- or below, except for students who participated in a 12-College Exchange program or attended Spelman, Mills, or MIT as an exchange or cross-registered student. 

Other Reasons Course Credit May Not Be Transferred

  • Two semesters of foreign language courses at either the introductory or intermediate levels must be completed with a grade of C or higher to receive credit for either course (except for courses in Greek, Latin, Russian, and languages not taught at Wellesley College). 
  • The Economics Department does not accept any transfer credit from community colleges; department chair approval is needed for community college courses in biology and chemistry.
  • An updated official transcript—listing all your completed work—must be received by the Wellesley College Registrar’s Office.

Additional Considerations

  • One (1) unit of Wellesley College work typically equals 4 semester-hours or 6 quarter-hours.  That means that if you attended an institution where you took 5 courses each semester worth 3 credits each, each course could transfer as .8 or .75 units of Wellesley College work, depending on the total number of credit hours needed for the degree. 
  • Students may transfer in a maximum of 16 units, only 4 units of which may be earned in summer sessions.
  • Distribution requirements (except for writing) must be fulfilled by taking or transferring in one (1) whole unit of coursework.

If you have questions about earning transfer credit for any course, feel free to contact your Class Dean or the Registrar’s Office. 


Readmission to Wellesley
Applicants who have been previously matriculated as degree candidates at Wellesley must apply for readmission through the Office of Advising and Academic Support Services, rather than through the Admission Office. Please call Dean John O'Keefe at 781.283.2325 or email for more information.


Davis &
Transfer Day

Friday, November 21, 2014
9 am - 2 pm