Transferring to Riverland
- Riverland Community College will consider acceptance of transfer credits from regionally or nationally accredited institutions. Transfer credit from nationally accredited schools recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) www.chea.org or the U.S. Department of Education www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred will be reviewed for transfer credit acceptance on a case by case basis. Institution accreditation can be viewed by going to: www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation_pg6.html
- To receive a degree from Riverland Community College, a minimum of 20 semester credits of college-level courses must be taken at Riverland. For students transferring from other Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions, this number is reduced to 12 credits.
- A Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) course completed at another Minnesota State Colleges and Universities College will be transferred even if Riverland does not offer similar courses or disciplines.
- Riverland shall accept Minnesota Transfer Curriculum courses, goals and the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the passing grades earned at the sending system college or university. A 2.0 MnTC GPA is required for recognition of a students' completion of the entire Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with or without completing an associate degree.
- All college level courses, in which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D or P/S will be considered for transfer evaluation. No F grade courses will be accepted. Please note that while D grades will transfer, some programs require a grade of C or higher for all courses to fulfill requirements.
- College courses that are not part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, in which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, or P will be considered for transfer if a student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, D's will be considered for transfer on a course by course basis.
- Riverland shall accept in transfer as electives up to 16 semester credits of occupational and/or professional courses which are not comparable or not equivalent to specific courses. College-level courses accepted in transfer by Riverland that are determined to be not comparable or not equivalent to a specific course shall be accepted as electives.
- Transfer credit grades will not be used in computing the student's overall GPA at Riverland. Only earned credits (not grade point credits or grade points) will be recorded on the official Riverland transcript. However, transfer grades will be included to compute their MnTC grade point average to ensure the student has completed the MnTC with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
- Credits achieved through military training will be evaluated for transfer as specified in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students should bring in their DD 214 discharge paper, Certificates of Training and/or military transcripts for evaluation.
- Comparability: Courses approved for transfer must be comparable in nature, content and level and match at least 75 percent of the content and goals of the course for which the student is seeking equivalent credit.
- Credit Life: General education, some general studies and elective credits shall have no transfer time limit. Credits for technical programs have a five-year life span unless otherwise approved by the Academic Dean. Science courses required for Health Science programs have a five-year life span unless otherwise approved by the Academic Dean.
- Equivalency/Conversion: The number of transfer credits granted per course shall not exceed the number granted by the originating institution.
- Repeated Courses: When a student transfers in courses and later successfully repeats a transferred course at Riverland, only credit from Riverland will be granted.
Transfer Resources on the Web
MnTransfer.org is a resource for students, academic advisors, and educators to locate information to guide in transfer planning – including transfer policies and procedures, articulation agreements, student services, and transfer contact information. Most information is specific to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) System.
Transferology is a multi-state web-based database of course equivalency and transfer information that provides program information, course descriptions and equivalencies, and links to schools’ student services websites. It also offers a degree planning option to view how your courses transfer to other participating schools and universities.
Transfer Action Plan
View Board Policy 3.39, Transfer Rights and Responsibilities, to understand students' and institution's rights and responsibilities as they relate to transfer of credit.