Becoming a York U Transfer Student

Posted by Lauren Dick on November 1, 2018

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York University educates more than 50,000 students each year across 200+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs. If you are thinking of making a change in your education path, we are excited to welcome you into the York U community of diverse, inclusive and caring students, faculty and staff.

This blog post will provide an overview of transfer students’ admission requirements, eligibility, the transfer process and any final steps before it’s time to enrol. Learn about the benefits of being a York U transfer student in the #YUBlog’s posts “Six Reasons Why You Should Transfer to York” and “York U Transfer Student Resources” that will help you successfully transition into becoming a York Lion!

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Degree or Program Requirements

There are hundreds of different degree programs and certificates at York U and each one has specific admission requirements. Be sure to look carefully at your desired program or certificate on York U’s Programs of Study page to ensure that you qualify!

Determine Your Eligibility

Once you have determined your program’s requirements, take a look at your own academic portfolio (previous transcripts, credits earned, grade point average [GPA] etc.) to determine your eligibility. You can contact York U’s Office of Admissions located at the Bennett Centre for Student Services to arrange to meet in person, over the phone or through on an online appointment to confirm your eligibility.

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If you are visiting the Office of Admissions in person, check their hours of operation.

The Transfer Process

One of the most important parts of officially transferring to York U is assessing your transfer credits. This three-step process involves a credit assessment, course assessment and transfer credit statement.

Note: Keep in mind that your transfer credit assessment only occurs once you have been admitted to York U.

1. Credit Assessment

The number of transfer credits you receive for your previous educational experience is influenced by several factors, including:

Your credit assessment will be completed once you are admitted to York U.

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Check out the #YUBlog’s post, “Know Where to Go on Keele Campus,” to find the Bennett Centre for Student Services, where York U’s Office of Admissions is located.

2. Course Assessment

After you accept your Offer of Admission, your previous studies are thoroughly reviewed to determine whether there is content overlap with current York U courses. This process can only be completed if you submit your course outlines. Course outlines reveal what you learned, any assignments you would have completed and at what pace. An example of an acceptable course outline can be found on the Transfer Students website.

For additional information, especially if your course outlines seem lacking compared to the example provided by the University, students may also send the following information to aid the course assessment option (for Canadian institutions only):

  • an undergraduate calendar/catalogue from the university or college you attended;
  • a photocopy of the relevant calendar/catalogue pages (it must be clear that the photocopy is from the calendar/catalogue; therefore, include a copy of the cover);
  • actual printed pages from your former school’s website; and/or
  • a faxed copy of any of the above.

If significant content overlap is found, you will be granted a course credit exclusion and/or course waiver.

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Be sure to submit as many details about your previous courses as you can so that you qualify for transfer credits!

3. Transfer Credit Statement

Once a full assessment has been completed, you will be able to print your Transfer Credit Statement (available on MyFile) in time for enrolment.

Success Tip: If your program or program-specific course listings have changed or been updated since your initial course assessment (i.e. you transferred into York U in Winter 2018, but the courses in your program were updated in Fall 2018), you may request a credit re-evaluation. Please note that you have one academic term from your admission, or re-admission to York U in the case of returning students, to submit supporting documentation to request a Reassessment of Transfer Credits.

Your Final Steps

After assessing your potential transfer credits, there are only a few steps left!

  1. Visit Transfer Connect: an online resource for York U transfer applicants that offers peer-to-peer support with the transfer process.
  2. Accept your offer of admission, complete YU START and book an academic advising to help you with the enrolment process. Learn more about YU START and academic advising in #YUBlog’s posts, “Prepare for Your First Year with YU START” and “Academic Advising at York U.”
  3. Submit your official transcripts once all of your course grades are visible on your transcript. If you are graduating from your previous institution, please submit your transcript after your convocation ceremony.
  4. Check your Application Status to see if your transfer credit assessment is complete. Please note that it may take six to eight weeks to process your application.

York U offers a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere for students. We have 300+ student clubs and organizations, all passionate about helping you make friends, find a home-away-from-home, explore new interests or connect with peers in your program. Combine this with 5,000 courses spread across 11 Faculties and you’ll be able to easily explore your academic and personal interests.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.

Lauren Dick
Lauren Dick

Lauren Dick graduated in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Professional Writing and a Professional Certificate in Marketing. She loves to curl up with a good story and a warm cup of tea (only English Breakfast, mind you), and she hopes her blog posts will continue to encourage current and incoming students to learn more about York U and its community.

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