Incoming Transfer Students

At Johns Hopkins, there are many offices dedicated to helping transfer students succeed. Our academic advising offices understand that transfer students may have questions and concerns and aim to make their transition to Hopkins an easy one. We carefully consider each transfer applicant’s history of college courses and are pleased to provide a preliminary credit assessment.

Preliminary Transfer Credit Assessment

As a transfer applicant, you will receive a preliminary transfer credit assessment from JHU Admissions. The preliminary assessment is not an official or final evaluation and is subject to change. The role of the preliminary assessment is only to provide assistance in making your enrollment decision. If you decide to accept admission to JHU, an official credit evaluation will be completed.

Completing Your Transfer Credit Evaluation

Once you decide to accept admission to JHU, you will have an official transcript evaluation.

To finalize your transfer credit evaluation:

  1. Send an official transcript with your final grades directly from your previous institution(s) to the JHU Admissions Office as directed by Admissions.
  1. Follow the instructions on the Transfer Blackboard page to upload your documents. You will have access Blackboard approximately 2 days after you have deposited and activated your JHED ID. There are 3 documents you will need to upload, two of which are needed for each course you would like evaluated, and they need to be named in a very specific way:
    • You will need an unofficial copy of your transcript. Label the transcript as: your last name, your first name, host institution, course prefix and number, course name.
      • For example: Smith, Jen, Ohio State, ENGL 102, Composition II
    • You will need to gather syllabi for each course. Label the syllabi as: your last name, your first name, host institution, syllabus for course prefix and number.
      • For example: Smith, Jill, Ohio State, Syllabus for ENGL 102
    • You will need a topical breakdown for all math and chemistry courses. Label the topical breakdown as: your last name, your first your first name, host institution, TB for course prefix and number.
      • For example: Smith, Jill, Ohio State, TB for ENGL 102

3. Wait for your evaluation and consultation.

University Graduation Requirements

For transfer students, at least 60 credits must be earned at Johns Hopkins University. These credits must include:

Writing Intensive Designation

You may receive up to 6 credits writing intensive designation for courses that have already transferred. You’ll find more details on the guidelines for writing intensive credit, how to request this designation and the link to the request form here: Transfer Courses FAQs


  • To receive credits for AP/IB/GCE, you must submit official score reports to JHU.
  • JHU does accept some AP exam credits, but not all. The best resource for a new student to review on this policy is in the University Catalogue. The External Credit Policies page of the catalogue addresses AP credits. There is a lot of pertinent information on this page so please read it in its entirety to be sure you understand if and how your AP credits can be utilized toward your undergraduate degree.
  • If you enter the university with AP/IB/GCE credits for a specific course and then take an equivalent course offered by the university, your AP/IB/GCE credits are disallowed.