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Transfer Center for Policy & Resources Transfer Credit Process

Washington State University awards transfer credit for college-level academic credit earned at institutions that are regionally accredited. The maximum allowable credit toward a four-year degree is 90 semester (135 quarter) hours of credit, of which no more than 73 semester credits is lower division hours of credit.For transfer credit earned from institutions on the quarter system the conversion to WSU semester credits is to multiply quarter credit hours by .67 to determine semester credits (ex. 5 quarter credits converts to 3.35 semester credits).

Responsibility of Receiving Institution
The policies governing transfer credit are set forth in Academic Regulations 6 and 9 in the WSU Catalog. The website for transfer credit equivalencies notes that “Final authority concerning all transfer course equivalencies rests with the Office of Admissions, in consultation with individual academic units.”

  • Please connect with your WSU campus Admissions office for guidance on sending transcripts to WSU.

Course Evaluation Process

The order by which courses are evaluated include the following:

  • University Common Requirements (UCORE)
  • Departmental equivalencies or major course equivalencies
  • Departmental electives and general electives
  • Non-transferable courses

The Office of Admissions evaluates official transcripts and uses the Transfer Credit Report to list transfer courses and grades, WSU equivalencies, total transferable credits, and transfer GPA. Please note transfer GPAs are used for admissions purposes and are not averaged into a WSU GPA.

WSU Academic Departments have the authority to evaluate transfer coursework for any department course equivalent or major requirement within the academic unit.


Please email for any questions related to transfer credit evaluation and processing.