Intra-University Transfer (IUT)

Effective June 1, 2016

The policy applies to undergraduate students enrolled full time in any of the University’s schools and colleges except the College of General Studies and Metropolitan College.

Intra-University Transfer (IUT) is the process by which full-time undergraduates change their primary academic affiliation from one school or college to another within BU. If students who are enrolled full time in one of the University’s undergraduate schools or colleges have engaged fully in the program of their school/college and have determined that that program is not suitable for them, they may seek an IUT if they meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater on at least 12 credits per semester for at least one semester at Boston University.
  • Satisfactory completion of Gateway Criteria as certified by an advisor in the Receiving School (the BU school or college to which a student desires to transfer). Students considering intra-University transfer must discuss their transfer in person with an advisor in the Receiving School.

Gateway Criteria: Gateway Criteria consist of courses, portfolio, audition, and/or level of academic performance required by the Receiving School. Gateway Criteria are consistent with expectations of students already enrolled in the Receiving School who are in the same cohort as the prospective IUT student. Once students transfer, they must meet the academic standards of the Receiving School in order to continue their enrollment.

Gateway Criteria and the process for transfer are published in Appendix A to this policy. The Undergraduate Council periodically reviews and updates the Gateway Criteria.

Students seeking to transfer to a degree program in Metropolitan College must apply through the Metropolitan College Admissions office. Students seeking to transfer from Metropolitan College to a degree program in another Boston University school or college must apply as a transfer student through Boston University Undergraduate Admissions.

Students in the College of General Studies who meet the CGS program requirements and the continuation requirements continue their studies in another undergraduate school or college (except MET), usually at the end of the sophomore year. For the criteria and procedures for continuation to the junior year, see CGS Academic Progress and Graduation in this Bulletin. Students in CGS cannot apply for an IUT.

Right of Appeal: It is expected that if students satisfy the IUT criteria and meet published deadlines, they will be allowed to change their college of enrollment beginning the next academic term. If, however, a student’s application for IUT is denied, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the dean of the Receiving School. If a student’s application is denied by the dean and the student has met all the Gateway Criteria, the student may appeal to the associate provost for undergraduate affairs, who will make the final determination.

Appendix A: Gateway Criteria and IUT Procedures

Gateway Criteria for students applying for IUT after May 31, 2016

CAS None
COM CO 101 The World of Communication (4 credits) must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0).
ENG Students reviewed on a case-by-case basis; expect successful completion of at least 3 of the following: CAS MA 123, CAS MA 124, CAS MA 225, CAS PY 211, CAS PY 212, ENG EK 127, CAS CH 101, or CAS CH 131.
CFA Students must audition, submit a portfolio, or both.
Questrom QST 131 Business, Society & Ethics (4 credits) and QST FE 101 Introduction to Finance (2 credits) must be completed with a minimum grade of B– (2.7) in each. If a student repeats a gateway course, the average of the two grades for the course must be at least a B– (2.7). Only the first two graded attempts of a gateway course, including any attempt that results in a W, will be considered for the purposes of fulfilling this gateway criterion.
SAR None for most programs. To enter the Dietetics track of the Nutrition program, a minimum grade of C+ (2.3) in each of the following four courses is required:

  • CAS BI 107 Biology I (4 credits)
  • CAS BI 108 Biology II (4 credits)
  • CAS CH 171 Principles of General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • CAS CH 174 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4 credits)
SED ED 100/101 Introduction to Education (6 credits) must be completed with a minimum grade of B– (2.7).
SHA HF 100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry (4 credits) must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0).

Students applying for IUT should be aware of the University Policy on Repeated Courses.


Applications for IUT are accepted beginning after the first semester of enrollment at BU and generally no later than the end of the first semester of junior year.

Applications for IUT are reviewed on a rolling basis, but students are strongly encouraged to apply well before registration for the following semester.

School and College IUT Contacts

School Contact Email
CAS CAS Advising
COM COM Undergraduate Affairs
CFA CFA Enrollment Services
ENG Undergraduate Programs
Questrom Questrom UDC
SAR Academic Service Center
SED Student Services
SHA Meg Andrews

School/College Change Procedures

Part A. IUT Process

  • Well before registration for the following semester, the student completes a request form at the school/college to which s/he wishes to transfer (Receiving School).
  • The student makes an appointment and meets with an advisor at the Receiving School, who reviews the transcript on the Student Link and completes an advising sheet.
  • The Receiving School reviews AP scores and transcripts.
  • The Receiving School admitted student record is updated online.
  • The Receiving School communicates with the student via email and includes a link to Degree Advice on the Student Link, if applicable.

Part B. Reporting

  • Requests for IUTs should be documented in Student Notes using the IUT category.
  • Schools will communicate with each other as students apply for IUT out of one school and into another. The Receiving School will email the Sending School (the current BU school or college of registration for a prospective IUT).

Advising: Prospective Intra-University Transfer students must discuss their transfer in person with an advisor in the Receiving School. The advisor must certify that the student meets the Gateway Criteria. Advisors are encouraged to discuss, to the best of their abilities, students’ likely success in the desired program given their current academic records, as well as the influence of transferring on students’ ability to obtain a degree in the desired program within the traditional four-year undergraduate time frame.