Course Selection & Transfer Credits

During SO you will register for your first semester courses. Prior to registration you will have the opportunity to meet with an academic adviser from your department or school. This person, along with other staff and the SO advisors, will help you to decide what courses to take your first semester.  

In advance of SO please review the course catalog for your major.  You will receive more specific information during your advising session but this will allow you to see which classes are offered ahead of time.

How will I know which courses Rensselaer has accepted from my previous institution?

Prior to SO you should have received your Course Equivalency Worksheet and a Curriculum, Advising and Program Planning (CAPP) report indicating which classes you will receive credit for and which you will need to take to graduate. Time has been set aside during SO for you to ask evaluation-specific questions regarding your credits. Should you have questions prior to SO regarding these documents, you may contact any of the faculty members listed below. 

Lecia O’Dell, (518) 276-8478
Kurt Anderson, (518) 276-6620
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences:
Michael Kalsher, (518) 276-8267
Information Technology and Web Science:
Peter Fox, (518) 276-4862
***to be updated soon
David Spooner, (518) 276-6305

Upon arrival, you will receive an updated copy of your (CAPP) Report which will show previous coursework applied toward your degree here at Rensselaer.

What about AP Credits?

Here are a few notes to keep in mind as you look over your AP scores:

  • During SO, you will be meeting with an academic adviser, and this person, as well as SO Advisors, will be able to help you decide what courses to take, as well as provide factual information.
  • When you arrive for SO, your welcome packet will contain which Rensselaer courses you have received credit for (assuming your scores were sent to RPI).
  • If you have received credit for a course, don’t stress out trying to figure out if you should take the next level course just yet! You will have a chance to discuss this at SO.

To get ready for Calculus I, students may look at the book “Ready… Set… Calculus.” The Math Department has prepared an online version and a sample quiz that you may want to take and review. It is strongly encouraged that you review this information!

Will I be able to get the classes I want?

While you may not get your first-choice classes, you will be able to get a full schedule that will apply towards your graduation requirements.