Transfer Orientation

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 Admissions section at the bottom of your Student Center. Click on the Virtual Orientation link.

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/Advising & Registration Days, visit Orientation and Parent 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. It is here where you will receive an updated Panther Degree Audit (PDA) showing how your transfer credits were used to meet FIU requirements. With this information, you will be prepared to meet with your academic advisor and register for the classes you need.

Transfer Credits

Can I have my transfer courses evaluated by my academic advisor?

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Yes. Your academic advisor can facilitate the evaluation of upper-division courses (3000-4000/junior-senior level) since these are evaluated by faculty in the academic unit. Your advisor can also work with Transfer & Transition Services staff to facilitate the evaluation of transfer courses that may meet FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC).

I see abbreviations in the Transfer Equivalency Database (TED) and Panther Degree Audit (PDA). What do these mean?

Transfer courses are usually equated directly to FIU courses because they are equivalent. In other cases, transfer courses are not a direct equivalent to an FIU course, but they can still meet FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) or other requirements. UCC abbreviations include:

TRF: Transfer Course
ELE: Elective
ENC: English Composition
HUM: Humanities
MAC: Mathematics
MGF: Mathematics
STA: Statistics 
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
ART: Arts
GRW: Gordon Rule Writing
FFL: Foreign Language
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 transfer rules and that may satisfy FIUs 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 FIUs 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 regionally accredited institutions or institutions that are nationally accredited and that also 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 regionally accredited or nationally accredited and also participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).

Will FIU accept my military credits?

Yes. Credit earned for military experience/education is evaluated based on credit recommendations by the American Council on Education (ACE).

If I have university-level transfer courses from an institution outside the U.S., will FIU award credit?

Yes. As long as the required evaluation of foreign credentials/transcripts that is completed for the admissions process indicates that the transfer institution is comparable to a regionally accredited institution in the U.S., and if the courses meet FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) and/or requirements in the major.

I attend college outside the U.S. How can I get my transfer credits evaluated?

Much like domestic institutions, FIU has transfer rules for courses from institutions outside the U.S. If you need courses evaluated, please refer to our Transfer Equivalency Process.

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.

There are 7 regional accrediting agencies. FIU accepts transfer courses from institutions that are regionally accredited or those that are nationally accredited by the United States Department of Education that also participate in Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). 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 FIUs 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 or more credits 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 semester consisting of three sessions: Summer A (six weeks), Summer B (six weeks), and Summer C (twelve weeks running from the beginning of Summer A through end of Summer B). A Winter-Mini term is offered in December-January.

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 FIUs University Core Curriculum.

Does FIU accept AA degrees from colleges outside of Florida?

No. However, if the AA is from a regionally-accredited college or university, 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 FIUs 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 FIUs University Core Curriculum (UCC) due to differences in requirements.

Can I take classes at MDC or BC?

When FIU is your “home” institution and you wish to complete a course at MDC, BC, or any other college/university, you are considered a Transient Student. Before you decide to enroll in a course at another institution, you must meet with your academic advisor who will review the course(s) you wish to complete at the other institution and determine if it is transferable to your major. You do not want to go through the process and complete a course only to learn that your major will not accept it.

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?

All student services at FIU are inclusive, and therefore, can be used by transfer students. This includes, but is not limited to, tutoring, career development, personal counseling, disability resources, and health awareness. TTS Resources includes direct links to some of our most popular programs and services.

Test Credits/Credit-by-Exam

What credits does FIU award for passing scores in AP, IB, CLEP?

Visit our Credit-by-Exam page to review our equivalency tables.

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
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 659003
Miami, FL 33265-9003

Civic Literacy

What is the Civic Literacy requirement?

The Civic Literacy requirement is a new (FL) legislative mandate requiring undergraduate degree-seeking students, initially entering a Florida public college or university in the 2018-19 academic year and thereafter, to demonstrate civic literacy prior to graduation. The mandate is in response to concerns that knowledge in the basic principles of American democracy continues to decline.

Who needs to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

The Civic Literacy requirement applies to all undergraduate degree-seeking students initially entering a Florida public college or university in the 2018-19 academic year and thereafter. This requirement is based on the student’s catalog year.

How long do I have to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

Students must satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement prior to graduation. We strongly encourage students who have not satisfied this requirement after transferring to FIU to do so during their 1st or 2nd term.

Does the Civic Literacy requirement apply to transfer students?

The Civic Literacy requirement applies to transfer students who are initially entering a Florida public college or university starting in the 2018-19 academic year.  All degree-seeking students who transfer to FIU from an institution outside a Florida public college or university starting in the 2018-19 academic year, and who have not satisfied this requirement, must do so prior to graduation.

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?

No. Students who earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida public college or university prior to the 2018-19 academic year are not required to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement because they are not initially entering a Florida public college/university in the 2018-19 academic year.

Can transfer courses be used to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

The only transfer courses that can be used to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement are those from a Florida public college or university. While courses from other institutions outside the Florida public college or university systems may be equated to the approved courses POS 2041 or AMH 2020, and therefore satisfy FIUs University Core Curriculum or other major requirements, they will not be used to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Students can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement through one of the approved exams.

Does FIU offer the approved courses to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

Yes. FIU offers the two approved courses, POS 2041 and AMH 2020. Should you be attending an institution that does not offer these courses, you may complete the approved exams in AP and CLEP. In addition to the assessment options, students in Florida have the option to take POS 2041 and AMH 2020 at another Florida public college or university outside their home institution through the Transient Student Admission Application on Florida Shines. We encourage students to work with their home institutions and academic advisors for additional information about the transient student process.

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 FIUs 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 exams. 

What are the approved exams to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

Students can satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement through one of the following exams:

  • AP Government and Politics: United States (min score of 3)
  • AP United States History (min score of 4)
  • CLEP  American Government (min score of 50)
  • (4) FCLT (min score of 60). The FCLT is based on civics questions included in the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test.  

Does FIU offer the AP exam to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

No. AP exams are only available to high school students. If you are in high school, please ask your teacher or guidance counselor about AP options. 

Does FIU offer the CLEP exam and Florida Civic Literacy Test (FCLT) to satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement?

Yes. FIU offers the CLEP exam, and will be offering the FCLT in Fall Term 2018. Please visit FIU Testing Center for information about registration, fees, and to access study material.

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?

No. Although AICE, IB, and other credit-by-exams may award credit for POS 2041 and/or AMH 2020, the content in these exams does not align with the competencies identified in the Florida mandate, and therefore, do not satisfy the Civic Literacy requirement. Students can demonstrate civic literacy through one of the approved exams.

Academic Advising

Who provides academic advising?

All transfer students have an assigned academic advisor in their chosen major. You can find your advisor’s contact information and advising schedule on your Student Dashboard. Go to myFIU, followed by My_eAdvisor.

What is included in my Student Dashboard?

Your Student Dashboard includes My_eAdvisor, a set of resources and tools to help keep you on track to earning your degree.

  • 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
  • MyMajor: Major Maps with a term-by-term road map to graduation
  • Resources: MyMajorMatch (Career) Assessment and Panther Degree Audit (PDA)

What is my advisor's role?

Academic Advisors guide students from orientation through graduation. They are your advocates, allies, and great resources! Some of their responsibilities include:

  • 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.