Transferring Credits


EWU is one of the best transfer schools in the country. Each year, nearly 1,200 students transfer to Eastern.

Transfer Credit Evaluation


In higher education, courses don’t have consistent titles. The same course might have dozens of names, while many different courses can have the same title. So, when students transfer to EWU with credits from other colleges, we need to evaluate the transfer credits.

Remember: Your transfer credit evaluation is a very complex process, especially if you have transfer credits from several schools. We take time to make sure we perform your evaluation right.

Your college transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. If an equivalent course exists, your transcript evaluation will determine whether it counts as an elective, as a prerequisite for your major, or as a General Education Core Requirement.

When your credit evaluation is complete, you’ll receive an email with instructions telling you how you can access the evaluation. It typically takes 4-6 weeks to evaluate your credits.

You can get an idea of how your credits might transfer by reviewing the Transferology site.

Transferology

Priority Consideration


Before your first advising appointment, EWU will evaluate your transcripts and determine which of your credits will transfer. You will receive priority consideration for credit evaluation once you have:

  1. Confirmed your admission
  2. Sent official transcripts
  3. Scheduled an advising appointment

Type of Transfer Credits


EWU accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities. If you completed transferable credits at another university, you may transfer up to 90 lower-division quarter credits toward your EWU bachelor’s degree.

In special situations you may transfer an additional 45 upper division quarter credits for a total of 135 quarter credits.

A Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA), Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT), Associate of Science Transfer (AS-T) degree and the Washington 45 are restricted to the limits outlined above.

You may earn up to 45 quarter credits for military educational experiences.

For example, if you took military classes while in the Air Force, you would provide your CCAF transcript to earn transfer credit for your transferable coursework. If you were in the Army, you would provide your DD214 or SMART transcript.

Classes you took at colleges or universities while in the military would be classified as “credits from two-year and four-year colleges and universities” as outlined above.

If you’re on active duty or are a military veteran, or if you have a family member who is on active duty or a military veteran, be sure to explore the Veterans Resource Center. It’s the largest VRC in the Pacific Northwest. We can help you plan your transition to EWU.

If you’re an adult student who has acquired substantial specialized training outside the classroom, you may earn up to 45 quarter credits for your experience. You can only earn these credits as part of a Bachelor of Arts degree in interdisciplinary studies. Visit the Interdisciplinary Studies website, call 509.359.2402 or email ITDS2@ewu.edu for more information.

You can transfer credits to EWU from a university or college outside the United States. To learn more, contact a credential evaluator at 509.359.2397 or visit the the international student website.

Transfer Credits for Coursework Completed outside the United States

Your transcripts from universities and colleges outside the United States must be reviewed by an evaluation service. You are responsible for making sure all required documents are sent to the evaluation service.

Evaluation Service

DO NOT send transcripts for coursework completed outside the United States to Eastern Washington University for evaluation. EWU cannot review your international transcripts for transfer credit.

Choosing an Evaluation Service for International Credit Evaluation

EWU accepts evaluations from any credential evaluation service that is a member of NACES, the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. You can select an evaluation services from a list of NACES members.

Submitting transcripts, applications and funds to a paid evaluation service is the responsibility of the student. Send official course descriptions in English with your evaluation.

Do not send transcripts to EWU for transfer credit evaluation. Documents sent to EWU will not be returned.

Follow the instructions of the credential evaluation service. Send required documents directly to the evaluation service. Request that your evaluation results be sent directly to EWU.

You can transfer some Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Running Start or College in the High School credits to EWU.

You may be able to transfer as many as 90 lower-division quarter credits and up to 45 upper-division quarter credits.

You might have more transfer credits than you think.

General Rule for Transfer Credits

EWU accepts transfer credit for all work completed at regionally accredited institutions of higher education.

  • Most community and junior colleges (excluding technical programs)
  • Most public and private universities and colleges
  • Some for-profit schools

If your credits come from a nationally accredited institution, however, your credits likely will not transfer.

  • Most technical institutes
  • Most vocational programs
  • Some for-profit schools

EWU follows the transfer credit practices outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers.

College Credit Earned in High School


You’ll receive college credit for Advanced Placement (AP) examinations given by the College Board after we receive your official scores. The AP chart (PDF) shows current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded at EWU.

You’ll receive credit for Higher Level International Baccalaureate (IB) exam results of “5” or better after we receive your official scores. Acceptability of credits toward major requirements or GECRs is determined by individual departments. The IB chart (PDF) shows current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded at EWU.

You can receive credit for CLEP tests after we receive your official scores. Acceptability of credits toward major requirements or general education requirements is determined by individual departments. The CLEP chart (PDF) shows current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded at EWU.

Earned Running Start credits in the state of Washington are treated like any other transfer credits. Running Start credits earned at EWU are automatically accepted.

Students with fewer than 40 transferable credits, including credits earned through college in the high school programs, must meet freshman admission criteria.

College in the high school courses will be accepted as transfer credit if they are from a regionally accredited college or university and are consistent with our general transfer credit policy.

College in the high school credits earned from EWU are automatically accepted.

Credits earned as part of dual enrollment programs are treated like any other transfer credits. They will be accepted as transfer credit if they are from a regionally accredited college or university and are consistent with our general transfer credit policy.

You can transfer some Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Running Start or College in the High School credits to EWU.

Transferology


Eastern Washington University uses Transferology to help you discover how your credits transfer to EWU. For example, will your writing class from your community college transfer as English 101 or English 201? Transferology can probably tell you.

What You Should Know Before Using Transferology

  • Transferology has info for nearly 100,000 courses from almost 6,500 institutions.
  • Transferology only includes courses that have previously transferred to EWU. Your courses might not be listed because no one has transferred them to EWU before.
  • If you include a course no one has transferred to EWU before, we’ll add it to our list! It can take some time to review all requests, though, and we prioritize the list based on student requests.
  • Not all courses are transferable.
  • EWU only accepts transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

If you’re wondering about a course that might count toward requirements for your major but you can’t find that particular course in Transferology, you can email us as admissions@ewu.edu.

 

Transferology

A Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) and Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


InstitutionDirect Transfer Degree (DTA) Title
Bellevue CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences
Big Bend Community CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences
Cascadia Community CollegeAssociate of Integrated Studies
Centralia Community CollegeAssociate in Arts, Associate in Liberal Arts
Clark CollegeAssociate in Arts
Columbia Basin CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences
Edmonds Community CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences DTA
Everett Community CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences DTA
Flathead Valley Community CollegeAssociate of Arts, Associate of Science
Grays Harbor CollegeAssociate in Arts
Green River Community CollegeAssociate in Arts
Highline Community CollegeAssociate of Arts/Option A
Lower Columbia CollegeAssociate in Arts DTA
North Idaho CollegeAssociate of Arts, Associate of Science
North Seattle Community CollegeAssociate in Arts DTA
Northwest Indian CollegeAssociate of Arts and Sciences DTA
Olympic CollegeAssociate of Arts DTA
Oregon Community CollegesAssociate in Arts (AAOT)
Peninsula CollegeAssociate of Arts, Associate of Arts-Honors
Pierce Community CollegeAssociate of Arts DTA
Seattle Central Community CollegeAssociate of Arts, Associate of Science
Shoreline Community CollegeAssociate in Arts DTA
Skagit Valley Community CollegeAssociate in Arts DTA
South Puget Sound Community CollegeAssociate of Arts
South Seattle Community CollegeAssociate of Arts DTA
Spokane Community CollegeAssociate in Arts
Spokane Falls Community CollegeAssociate of Arts
Tacoma Community CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences/Option A
Walla Walla Community CollegeAssociate in Arts
Wenatchee Valley CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences
Whatcom Community CollegeAssociate in Arts and Sciences
Yakima Valley Community CollegeAssociate of Arts DTA

If you’ve earned an approved degree from a participating community college, take advantage of some serious benefits.

  • Automatic admission. If you earned your AA from a community college in Washington or Oregon or from a select community college in Idaho or Montana, you will be automatically admitted to Eastern.
  • General Education Core Requirements. You already passed Writing 101. We’re not going to make you pass it again. In fact, you’ll be done with most, if not all, of your lower division general education requirements. Transfer students with a DTA typically have to take international studies or cultural and gender diversity courses.
  • Junior standing. You’ll still be a new student, but you’ll start your Eagle career as a junior.

Peace of mind. When you plan ahead, you can prepare for your EWU bachelor’s degree by taking courses that are prerequisites or requirements for your intended major.

Eastern participates in Direct Transfer Agreements (DTA) with all community colleges in Washington and Oregon and with specific community colleges in Idaho and Montana. (In Oregon, the agreement is called an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer, or AAOT.)

What is a DTA?

A direct transfer agreement (DTA) is an agreement between EWU and your community college. If you graduated from a community college that has a DTA with EWU, all 90 of your Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree credits will transfer to EWU.

You’re also given priority consideration in the admissions process.

Associate of Science Transfer (AS-T) Degrees


If you’ve completed an Associate of Science Transfer degree (AS-T) on either Track 1 or Track 2, you will receive junior standing (90 credits) and will be able to transfer any General Education Core Requirement (GECR) courses that were required by your two-year school. In most circumstances, you’ll need to complete additional GECRs at EWU to meet graduation requirements and prerequisites for certain programs.

The Washington 45


  • ENGL 101 or ENGL 102
  • MATH 107, MATH 148 or MATH 151

10 credits must come from two different subject areas or disciplines:

  • PHIL 101
  • MUSC 105
  • DRMA 101
  • ENGL 111
  • HUM 101

For colleges where history fulfills humanities requirements:

  • HIST 116, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 146, HIST 147 or HIST 148

10 credits must come from two different subject areas or disciplines:

  • PSYC 100
  • SOC 101
  • POLS 101 or POLS 202

For colleges where history fulfills social science requirements:

  • HIST 116, HIST 117, HIST 118, HIST 146, HIST 147 or HIST 148

10 credits must come from two different subject areas or disciplines:

  • BIOL 100 or BIOL 160 with lab
  • ASTR 100 or ASTR 101 with lab
  • CHEM 105, CHEM 110 with lab, CHEM 121 with lab, CHEM 161 or CHEM 162
  • ENVS 100 or ENVS 101
  • PHYS 121
  • GEOL 101 with lab

Can be in a different discipline from any category listed above.

You can review the official Washington 45 document from the Intercollege Relations Commission.

Are you attending a Washington public community or technical college but not planning to finish your associate’s degree?

If you complete the first-year courses from the qualifying courses list, you will be able to transfer up to 45 quarter credits toward general education requirements at EWU and any other public university or college (and most private colleges) in the state.

Make sure you have a 2.0 in those courses, and be aware that you still have to meet all of EWU’s admissions requirements to be accepted.

Washington 45

What can I do if a course doesn’t transfer?


Contact EWU Admissions at 509.359.2397 and speak with the credential evaluator who performed your transfer evaluation. For classes outside of EWU’s general requirements, you’ll need to contact the specific department for clarification. Remember, developmental or remedial courses typically will not transfer to EWU.