Course Catalog 2021-2022

Admission Standards and Policies for All Students

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Rochester University participates in the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). In order to fulfill the agreement, students must successfully complete at least 30 credits with at least a 2.0 grade point average in each course and present an official transcript bearing the "MTA Satisfied" designation. These credits can be certified by a Michigan community college or Rochester University, provided the student has completed credit at the institution. The credits should be met according to the following distributions: 

  • 1 course in English Composition
  • A second course in English Composition or 1 course in Communications
  • 1 course in Mathematics from one of three pathways: College Algebra, Statistics, or Quantitative Reasoning
  • 2 courses in Social Sciences (from two disciplines)
  • 2 courses in Humanities and Fine Arts (from two disciplines excluding studio and performance classes)
  • 2 courses in Natural Sciences including one with laboratory experience (from two disciplines)
To graduate from Rochester University, students are required to complete the following general education coursework in addition to the MTA:

Transfer students should verify MTA requirements and course selection with their community college adviser.

The MTA applies only to general education requirements and does not exempt students from meeting requirements of their specific program, major, or other graduation requirements at Rochester University. Students should check the '' section of this catalog to determine if any courses required for their major can be used to satisfy MTA.

Transferees who hold a bachelor’s degree from another regionally accredited institution are exempt from all general education requirements except for the "Calling" requirement and any specific general education courses or pre-requisites required for a major. All students must satisfy the writing proficiency requirement, which is outlined in the 'Course Information' section.


To return to Rochester University after an absence of 12 or more months, students must email the Center for Advising and Vocation Services at a minimum of 45 days prior to the first day of classes of the term in which the student expects to enroll. Once the student emails advising, they will receive a re-enrollment form. When the re-enrollment form is received, the Center for Advising and Vocation Services will process it and contact Student Financial Services, the Office of the Registrar, the Business Office and the Center for Student Life to make them aware of the student’s desire to return to Rochester University. If the student was suspended or dismissed for academic, financial, or social reasons, all departments must approve the student’s re-admission to Rochester University. Students who re-enroll after an absence of 12 or more months may only be readmitted under the latest degree plan offered for the degree and major being pursued.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must provide official transcripts from each previously attended institution by the end of their first semester of enrollment and complete the steps listed under “” ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission during the 2021-2022 academic year. Additionally, ACT or SAT scores are not required of students who have earned 16 or more college credit hours. Transfer students must have earned a minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA in their coursework for unconditional admission to Rochester University.

Prior to admittance, students receive a transfer evaluation based on unofficial and/or official transcripts. Matriculated students have one semester to submit official transcripts. A registration hold is placed on a student’s account if official transcripts have not been received by the end of the first semester. The student will not be permitted to register for future semesters until the transcripts are received. Transfer evaluations for traditional students are final as of the Census date (Census date is the first Friday of each semester); transfer evaluations for students in an accelerated program are final as of the session start date. 

Students whose prior academic experience includes coursework completed outside the United States or Canada must provide a transcript evaluation from a third-party evaluation company. For more information about evaluation of international transcripts, see “” Credit received on a basis other than the semester unit will be converted to semester hours. 

Transfer Practices

Undergraduate transfer students may transfer up to 45 credit hours toward the Associate degree or 90 hours toward the Bachelor degree. For any undergraduate degree, at least 50% of a student’s major and minor must be earned at Rochester University. Graduate students may transfer up to six credit hours toward the Master of Religious Education Degree. Transfer credit is not applied toward the calculation of students’ Rochester University GPA. Rochester University grants credit for courses completed at regionally accredited postsecondary institutions when course grades are C- (1.7 on a four-point scale) or higher. Applicants should note that standards within individual majors may be higher. Composition A and B are exceptions; to transfer either of these classes, a minimum grade of C is required. Students cannot receive transfer credit for developmental or remedial coursework taken at other institutions. 

If a prospective student from a non-regionally accredited institution meets Rochester University admissions requirements, they will be admitted to Rochester University. The student’s credits from prior non-regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted according to the following policy:

Rochester University may transfer credits for which a grade of C- (1.7 on a four-point scale) or higher was earned from partner institutions with articulation or memorandum of understanding agreements, from institutions with candidacy status from a regional accrediting agency, or from other accredited institutions provided that: 1) the institution grants a baccalaureate or associate degree; 2) the institution is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); 3) the courses presented for transfer are shown to have equivalency or are determined to be of traditional academic nature and are acceptable to a Rochester University department; and 4) the courses are taught by faculty with a master’s degree or above.