Do transfer students have to attend orientation?
Yes! All transfer students are required to complete both FIUs Virtual Orientation and an in person Transfer Orientation. You will not be eligible to enroll in courses until both orientations are completed.
Virtual Orientation (fully online) covers important information about your transition to FIU, including key resources you may need during your first term. To access the Virtual Orientation, log into your myFIU account, and scroll down to the “Orientation” tile of your Student Center. Complete the Virtual Orientation by following the activity guide within the “Orientation” tile.
Transfer Orientation (in person) focuses on transfer credits, financial aid, advising, and registration. You will be eligible to attend this orientation once you complete Virtual Orientation.
For more information or questions about Virtual or Transfer Orientation, visit Orientation and Family Programs.
Are family members/friends allowed to attend the academic advising session with me during orientation?
No. Guests are welcomed to attend orientation, however, only students and academic advisors are present in the academic advising session.
After I pay my enrollment deposit, how do I know what classes to take?
Once you pay your $200 enrollment deposit, you will need to complete FIUs Virtual Orientation. As soon as you complete Virtual Orientation, you will be ready to register and attend the in-person Transfer Orientation. Here, you will learn more about how transfer credits are evaluated and applied to your degree program, meet with an academic advisor, and register for classes on site.
Can I have my transfer courses evaluated by my academic advisor?
Yes. Your academic advisor can facilitate the evaluation of upper-division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level) since these are evaluated by faculty members in the academic unit. Your advisor can also work with Transfer & Transition Services staff to facilitate the evaluation of transfer courses that may satisfy FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC).
I see abbreviations in the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) and Panther Degree Audit (PDA). What do these mean?
TED is a searchable transfer equivalency database that includes transfer rules from institutions in the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. TED shows direct equivalencies to FIU courses, as well as equivalencies to pseudo or “fake” UCC courses that may still be used to satisfy FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC) or other requirements. For example, let’s suppose you transfer an art course that FIU does not teach. In this case, you may be awarded ART UCC1, which will satisfy the UCC Arts section. Other abbreviations we use in the UCC include:
ENC: English Composition
NPM: Non-Pure/Mathematics (computer programming/logic)
SOC: Social Science
GLS: General Life Science/Natural Science
BSC: Biological Science/Natural Science
GPS: General Physical Science/Natural Science
CHM: Chemistry/Natural Science
GRW: Gordon Rule Writing
FFL: Foreign Language
TRF: Transfer Course
UCC1: University Core Curriculum Category 1
UCC2: University Core Curriculum Category 2
Some of the courses I completed at my transfer institution are not in your Transfer Equivalency Database (TED). Will these courses be evaluated?
Yes. As soon as you are admitted to FIU and pay the $200 enrollment deposit, Transfer & Transition Services (TTS) begins evaluating transfer courses that do not have existing transfer rules and that may satisfy FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC). We use the most updated transcript we have on record to do this work. Therefore, it is critical that you send your most recent official transcript to FIU.
When you sign up to attend Transfer Orientation, TTS reviews any pending courses using updated transcripts. If at the point of orientation, you still do not see these courses evaluated, meet with your academic advisor or a Transfer & Transition Services staff member. You will likely need to submit a course equivalency request. For more details, refer to our Transfer Course Equivalency Process.
If you transfer upper-division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level) in the major, those courses are evaluated in the academic unit, and your academic advisor is the primary point of contact.
What is TED (Transfer Equivalency Database)?
TED is FIUs Transfer Equivalency Database, which includes transfer rules from institutions in the U.S., as well as Puerto Rico and Guam. TED is a fantastic resource exactly because it shows which courses have already been evaluated for transfer.
Where do I go if I have a question about my transfer credits, specifically, my transfer credit evaluation?
You can meet with your academic advisor or a staff member in Transfer & Transition Services.
How will my transfer courses be applied to an FIU degree?
Transfer & Transition Services evaluates courses that satisfy FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC) and apply those courses accordingly. Transfer courses that are upper-division (3000-4000/junior-senior level) and may meet major/program requirements are evaluated by the academic unit and applied accordingly.
How do I know what transfer credits FIU will accept?
FIU accepts transfer courses from accredited institutions (see accreditation FAQ below for details), including institutions that participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). A grade of ‘D’ will be accepted for transfer, although it may not satisfy specific requirements.
What is the lowest acceptable grade I can transfer to FIU?
A course with a grade of “D” will transfer to FIU. It is important to note, however, that a grade of “C” or better is required in some FIU University Core Curriculum (UCC) courses, and may be required in courses in the major, including prerequisites. Therefore, even though a course may be accepted and transferred with a grade of “C-,” a student will need to repeat that course to earn the required passing grade.
How many transfer credits does FIU accept?
A maximum of 60 lower-division credits and 30 upper-division credits can be counted toward the bachelor’s degree. These credits must be from institutions that are nationally accredited (see accreditation FAQ below for details), including those that participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).
Will FIU accept my military credits?
If I have university-level transfer courses from an institution outside the U.S., will FIU award credit?
I attend college outside the U.S. How can I get my transfer credits evaluated?
I was told that FIU accepts transfer credits from colleges/universities that are accredited? What does that mean?
Accreditation is a designation given to colleges/universities that have voluntarily engaged in meeting minimum standards as part of a self-regulation process.
FIU accepts transfer credit from institutions whose institutional accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education.
In Florida, some accredited institutions participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS),which guarantees the transfer of credit. FIU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
If you are unsure about your transfer institution’s accreditation, check your institution’s website, catalog, or ask a staff member in your institution’s admissions or registrar’s office.
I'm transferring from an institution that is in the quarter system. How will my credits transfer to FIUs semester system?
Credits from a quarter system will be divided by 1.5. Therefore, if you completed a course at your previous institution that was 3 quarter credits, FIU will award 2 credits. For FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC), Transfer & Transition Services can waive the 1 pending credit to meet a requirement, however, because waivers do not award credit, you may need to complete additional credits at FIU to meet your 120 credits (or more) to graduate.
FIU semesters (or terms) include Fall and Spring, each over a 15-week period (plus a final exam week). There is also a summer term consisting of three sessions: Summer A (6 weeks), Summer B (6 weeks), and Summer C (12 weeks running from the beginning of Summer A through the end of Summer B). Additional sessions, which have a variety of start and end dates within the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms, are offered for continuing students. Consult the Academic Calendar for registration and enrollment dates and deadlines.
If I transfer to FIU with my Associate in Arts (AA) degree, will FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) be satisfied?
Yes. An AA degree from a Florida public institution automatically satisfies the FIU’s University Core Curriculum.
Does FIU accept AA degrees from colleges outside of Florida?
No. However, if the AA is from an accredited institution, FIU accepts up to 60 lower-division transfer credits once we have evaluated those courses. The primary difference between the FL AA and others is this: Students who earn the AA from a public college or university in Florida are guaranteed the full 60 lower-division credits and automatic completion of FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC) requirements, while all others require Transfer & Transition Services to evaluate their transfer courses one by one. Because most AA degrees (General Education requirements) are similar, students generally receive 60 lower-division credits even when the AA is outside Florida. What tends to happen more often is that students may still be missing 1-2 courses from FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC) due to differences in requirements.
Can I take classes at MDC or BC?
If you wish to complete courses at another Florida public college/university, you must complete the Florida Shines Transient Student Admission Application. This process includes a review of the course by your academic advisor. If you wish to complete courses at a Florida private college/university or a college/university outside Florida, meet with your academic advisor to secure a memo or email approval of course transferability.
If you happened to perform poorly in a course at MDC or BC (or other Florida public college) during your last term, you may return to the state college to repeat that course while also attending FIU. If you are receiving financial aid, make sure to discuss your Transient Student status to determine any impact on your aid, as well as the process to secure aid at the visiting institution. Once you complete the course, submit a final transcript to FIU so that we can include the course on your academic record.
What services are available to transfer students?
Will my transfer GPA be used at FIU?
Does FIU accept transfer credits from Saylor Academy?
Does FIU accept transfer credits from StraighterLine?
I am considering taking courses through ACE-evaluated providers such as Study.com or Sophia Learning. Will these courses transfer to FIU?
What credits does FIU award for passing scores in AP, IB, CLEP?
Where should I send my official scores for AP, IB, CLEP?
Most official scores are sent electronically. If this is not possible, please send official scores to:
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003
What is the Civic Literacy requirement?
Who needs to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
How long do I have to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does the Civic Literacy requirement apply to transfer students?
If I earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public college/university prior to the 2018-19 academic year, and am enrolled in a bachelor's program at FIU beginning Fall 2018 or after, does the Civic Literacy requirement apply to me?
Can transfer courses be used to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Beginning academic year 2021-22 and thereafter, students transferring from out-of-state or private institutions with approved equivalents to POS 2041 or AMH 2020 (reviewed by Transfer and Transition Services) may use these courses to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Transfer courses must include the competencies outlined in Board Regulation 8.006
Does FIU offer the approved courses to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
What if POS 2041 or AMH 2020 are not required in my major?
All students, regardless of their major, must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Both POS 2041 and AMH 2020 satisfy FIU’s University Core Curriculum (UCC) Social Science Group 1. If you are transferring to FIU and still need to satisfy Social Science Group 1, one option is to complete one of the approved courses. If, however, your major requires a different course as part of Social Science Group 1, then you can consider demonstrating competency through one of the approved accelerated mechanisms.
What are the approved accelerated mechanisms to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does FIU offer the AP exam to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Does FIU offer the CLEP exam and Florida Civic Literacy Test (FCLT) to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
If I received credit for POS 2041 and/or AMH 2020 through A/AS Level, IB, or other credit-by-exams, do these satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?
Who provides academic advising?
What is included in my Student Dashboard?
- Advisor contact information & appointment scheduling
- Advisor Notes: Notes from every advising session
- Alerts: Notifications if you are not making progress toward your degree
- Messages: Send and respond to messages with your assigned advisor
- Resources: MyMajorMatch (Career Assessment) and Panther Degree Audit (PDA) [/su_spoiler]
What is my advisor's role?
- Meeting with students at least once per term to discuss progress, opportunities, and setbacks.
- Understanding and communicating degree requirements and university policies and procedures.
- Encouraging and guiding students as they define and develop realistic academic and career goals.
- Providing students with information about and strategies for utilizing services on campus.
- Monitoring and documenting students’ progress toward meeting goals and completing degrees.
Other Transfer Questions
I was dismissed from my previous college or university, can I apply and transfer my credits to FIU?
If you were dismissed for behavioral issues or academic misconduct, visit Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution to learn more about what you are required to report on your FIU admissions application and review process.
I may need to transfer out of FIU for personal reasons. I plan to apply to another institution and want to transfer my FIU credits. How do I do that?
How do I send my official college transcript to FIU?
Miami Dade College: https://www.mdc.edu/transcripts/official.aspx
Broward College: https://www.broward.edu/registrar/ (See Broward College Transcript Request)
Palm Beach State College: https://www.palmbeachstate.edu/admissions/submit-transcripts.aspx
If an FIU staff member asked that you submit a hard copy version of your transcript, it means that we are missing important information not available in the electronic version. If this is the case, you can request the hard copy version be sent to the address below. You can also drop off the official hard copy version in its original sealed envelope to FIU OneStop or Transfer and Transition Services.
Florida International University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003