Transfer Students


RCTC serves a large population of transfer students annually. We’re glad you’ve decided that our school could help you be successful in your goals.  Our community is known as a great place to live, work, and go to school. A Rochester Community and Technical College education can change your life.

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Expect successful transfer TO RCTC.

A student who began an academic program at another college or university, but wishes to complete it at RCTC can begin taking classes by submitting the RCTC application form, an official transcript of high school credits, and official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. (RCTC Transfer Standards Policy 3.21)

1.Complete the application for admission.

2. Request official high school transcripts (or copy of GED).
RCTC admission policy requests all applicants submit an official high school transcript or GED certificate.

3. Request official College transcripts. Send official transcripts from all prior colleges directly to RCTC. See RCTC Credit evaluation below.

E-Transcripts: if you have attended or are currently attending one or more MnSCU institutions (not including the University of Minnesota) and have applied to Rochester, your official transcript from a MnSCU institution(s) will be electronically retrieved at no cost.

4. RCTC Credit Evaluation. Upon receiving your official transcript(s), a credit evaluation is conducted. Students are notified via e-mail how to access the Degree Audit Report System (DARS) and view how courses transferred.

We strive to complete evaluations within 2-3 weeks of receipt of the official transcript(s). During peak times of the academic year, the turn-around time could increase to 6 weeks.

5. RCTC Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form. If you are unsure about why judgments were made about specific courses, consult an RCTC academic advisor during orientation. Course equivalency reviews can be requested by completing the Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form.

Final decisions may be appealed to the Academic Standards Committee by completing an Academic Petition Form.

NOTE: Transcripts cannot be evaluated until you have applied to RCTC.

Expect options for Alternative Credit.

  • Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
  • DSST (DSST)
  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • International Credit Evaluations - RCTC requires transcripts outside the U.S. to be evaluated (and translated when necessary) by a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES)
  • Veterans (Related resources)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Transferology - direct access to course equivalency information for alternate credit (Transferology)

Expect options to appeal transfer decisions.

The Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) system is committed to students being aware of their rights and responsibilities about credit transfer. These resources can inform your actions:

  • Transfer Credit Equivalency Request Form. If you believe a course did not transfer to RCTC as the correct equivalency, complete this form to request reconsideration.
  • Academic Petition Form. Final equivalency decisions may be appealed to the Academic Standards Committee by completing an Academic petition.
  • Undergraduate transfer course, Part 7, if a student is not satisfied with the college transfer appeal decision, the student may submit a request to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs for a system level appeal of the College transfer decision.
  • Transfer of credit. Rights and Responsibilities.

Expect successful transfer FROM RCTC.

Counselors will assist you in planning for transfer to another college or university. In preparation for transfer, these steps will help:

  • Have a program or major in mind as soon as possible. Prerequisites for most majors can be completed in the first two years at RCTC. In the Minnesota State College and University System, transfer students can move about with relative ease. There are many Pathways to four year degrees. Select "Academic Programs" and then select "Articulation Agreements with Other Colleges".

1. Discuss your plans with an RCTC counselor as early as you can.

2. Complete transfer applications early. Many colleges and majors require a fall semester application for admission for the following fall semester. Make certain you meet the application deadlines!

3. Be familiar with the pre-major requirements of transfer schools. Colleges may have different preparatory requirements for the same major.

4. If possible visit your intended transfer college to obtain information on transfer, majors, financial aid/scholarships, student activities, and housing.

5. Obtain admissions criteria information for both the college and the major. GPA or other requirements for admission for a specific major may be different than admissions criteria for the college.

6. Make an appointment with the transfer college counselor, academic advisor, or faculty advisor to discuss transfer requirements, internships, and job placement.

7. Optional: Arrange for a tour of their dormitory facilities. The condition and living arrangements of dormitories may be a deciding factor in selecting a transfer college.

8. Arrange a follow-up appointment with an RCTC counselor if you feel the need for further discussion or clarification on transfer and/or program planning.

Expect transfer resources.

  • MnTransfer.org - Your official guide for seamless transfer in MN higher education.
  • Transfer Action Plan- This action plan will help you explore the transfer process. The plan will also help you navigate the resources available to you as you go through transfer.
  • Transferology - Gives transfer students direct access to course acceptability, equivalency and applicability among participating institutions across the United States, enabling students to immediately see how their courses fulfill degree requirements at the desired college or university.
  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) –Discover how courses transfer satisfy general education requirements.
  • Pathways to four year degrees. Select "Academic Programs" and then select "Articulation Agreements with Other Colleges"
  • Transcript requests.    If you are transferring to a MnSCU institutions (not including the University of Minnesota), your official transcript from a MnSCU institution(s) will be electronically retrieved by that institution at no cost.
  • Transfer Rights and Responsibilities- MnSCU policy 3.39

Questions about your transfer credits to RCTC? Email Rochester's DARS and Transfer Student Services Office

Questions about transferring from RCTC? Contact the RCTC Counselors.

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