Will my courses transfer?
This looks like a simple question, but we suspect it's 2 or 3 questions rolled into one. :-) Let's take them one by one.
1. WHEN will I find out how my courses transferred to the UW?
The Office of Admissions completes a course-by-course evaluation of transfer credit after a newly admitted student has informed the UW of his or her intention to enroll, usually by paying a fee, known as the NSEOF. We wait to do this evaluation because it's extremely labor intensive, and we just don't have the staff to complete the evaluation for every applicant, let alone every prospective transfer student.
In the meantime, these resources will help you figure out how courses transfer to the UW:
- Students at Washington community and technical colleges. You have it easy. The Equivalency Guide provides course-by-course evaluation. Get to know it well.
- Students with credit from other kinds of institutions. You have a harder time. There is no equivalency guide for four-year colleges or for two-year institutions outside of Washington. Instead, compare courses taken elsewhere with UW course descriptions in the University Catalog.
2. In GENERAL, will my credits transfer? Remember, we can't answer that in detail until a student has paid the NSEOF. But generally, yes, we consider for transfer all academic courses taken at regionally accredited colleges and universities, as long as such credits have been earned through university-level courses appropriate to the student’s degree program at the UW. And hidden in that last rather bureaucratic phrase, "appropriate to the student's degree program at the UW," we're getting at ...
3. This is more about the qualitative than the quantitative nature of transfer credit. The question might be framed as, "Of all the credits I expect to have, how do I know which ones will be APPLIED toward the major I have been working toward and the degree I plan to earn from the UW?" This question may not be answered fully until a student meets with an academic adviser for the first time during Advising and Orientation. Especially for students at Washington community colleges, however, the Academic Planning Worksheets go a long way toward understanding the relationship between the transfer credit you earn and its application toward a degree at the UW.
In the end, try to be aware of the complexity of the transfer process and ask the precise question you want an answer to. We'll try our best to help!