Office of Articulation and Transfer Policy

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A transfer student for the purposes of admission is defined as a student who has:

  • graduated from high school and is currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year institution with course work transferable to Eastern; or

  • transferable college-level credit earned after high school graduation.

All transfer applicants are required to submit:

  • a completed application for admission;

  • official high school transcripts or official GED test scores (if transferring with less than 40 quarter credits);

  • official transcripts from every two-year or four-year institution attended;

  • official SAT or ACT scores (if transferring with less than 40 quarter credits);

  • a non-refundable $50 application fee.

At the time of application to Eastern, transfer applicants are evaluated for admission in one of two ways:

  1. transfer applicants with less than 40 quarter hours of transferable college credit at the time of entry must:
    • satisfy the aforementioned freshmen admission criteria and have a cumulative GPA ≥2.0 in all transferable college-level courses.

  2. transfer applicants with 40 or more quarter hours of transferable college credit at the time of entry must:
    • show a minimum cumulative GPA >2.5 in all transferable college-level course work; or

    • show a minimum cumulative GPA >2.0 in all transferable college-level course work and completion of college-level English and intermediate algebra.

Note: Acceptance into many majors requires a gpa >2.0, prerequisite courses, service experiences and/or a separate application. Contact the appropriate department for details.

Transfer Agreements

Eastern participates in direct transfer agreements with community colleges in the state of Washington, Oregon, and select colleges in other states. Graduates of these colleges who complete a direct-transfer associate degree are admitted to Eastern with junior standing and have satisfied the lower division general education core requirements.

Intercollegiate (ICAO Policy)

Students transferring to Eastern Washington University from a Washington public baccalaureate institution who have official documentation certifying completion of all the lower division general education requirements from the sending institution have satisfied Eastern’s general education core requirements and university competencies and proficiencies. These are described in the sections titled, Core Requirements and University Competencies and Proficiencies and are shown in the shaded portion of the diagram The Undergraduate Degree.

Transfer Credit and Evaluation of Other Forms of College Credit

Transfer credit is generally awarded for courses completed at regionally accredited two-year or four-year institutions. When determining transferable credit, Eastern adheres to the standards and practices of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Questions about the transferability of credits completed at institutions that are not regionally accredited should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

Eastern Washington University will accept in transfer toward a bachelor’s degree no more than 90 lower-division credits. After a student has been admitted to a university major, additional lower-division credit may be allowed when:

  1. the additional credit will advance the student toward degree completion and
  2. the smallest unit responsible for the student’s degree approves a petition filed by the student to allow more than 90 lower-division credits.

No more than 135 credits (lower- or upper-division) may be accepted in transfer for a bachelor’s degree. Transfer credit shall be accepted for upper- division credit only when earned at an accredited four-year, degree-granting institution as upper-division credit.

Advanced Placement: Credit for minimum scores on Advanced Placement examinations given by the College Board is awarded upon receipt of official score reports. Official scores should be submitted to the Office of Admissions. See the Sources of Credit list immediately following this section of the catalog for current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded.

College in the High School Credits: Applicants with credits earned through College in the High School programs must meet freshmen admission criteria. College in the High School courses will be accepted as transferable college credit if they are from a regionally accredited college or university and are consistent with Eastern’s general transfer credit policy.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): Eastern Washington University will award credit for CLEP tests. Acceptability of credits toward major requirements or general education core requirements is determined by the appropriate department. See the Sources of Credit list that immediately follows this section of the catalog for current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded.

Experiential Credit: For information on evaluation of experience for credit, see the information under Interdisciplinary Studies in the alphabetical academic program listings in the center of the catalog or contact Interdisciplinary Studies, 361 Senior Hall, EWU, Cheney, WA 99004-2442; phone 509.359.2402.

Foreign Educational Credentials: Students interested in information about credit awarded for selected foreign educational credentials should contact the Office of Admissions.

International Transfer Students: International students interested in transferring credits from a foreign country should submit an evaluated transcript from an evaluation agency and provide individual course descriptions in English of all courses student plans to transfer to EWU. Click a list of accredited agencies.

International Baccalaureate: Eastern Washington University will award credit for Higher Level International Baccalaureate exam results of 5 or better. Acceptability of credits toward major requirements or General Education Core Requirements (GECRs) is determined by the appropriate department. See the Sources of Credit list that immediately follows this section of the catalog for current score requirements and corresponding credits awarded.

Military Credits: Eastern Washington University will award credit for military training applicable to the student’s intended certificate or degree requirements. Documentation of successfully completed military training or program as part of his or her military service, such as the Joint Services Transcript or the Community College of the Air Force transcript, should be submitted to the Office of Admissions for credential evaluation. Determination of course applicability will be supported through the use of the American Council on Education military guide (Education, 2015).
Other: Any student pursing a bachelor of arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Prior Learning Option) will not be awarded more than 90 quarter hours in credit from a combination of military experience and prior learning block credit. See the information on Interdisciplinary Studies.

Veterans: College credit may be awarded for military service time. Veterans are encouraged to submit a photocopy or true copy of military separation, DD-214, or an equivalent document for credit evaluation.

Institutions and Degrees that Fulfill the Direct Transfer Agreement Guidelines

College Degree
Bellevue College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Big Bend Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Cascadia Community College Associate of Integrated Studies
Centralia Community College Associate in Arts, Associate in Liberal Arts
Clark College Associate in Arts
Columbia Basin College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Edmonds Community College Associate of Arts
Everett Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Grays Harbor College Associate in Arts
Green River Community College Associate in Arts
Highline Community College Associate of Arts/Option A
Lower Columbia College Associate in Arts
North Idaho College Associate of Arts, Associate of Science
North Seattle Community College Associate of Arts, Associate of Science
Northwest Indian College Associate of Arts and Sciences/Option I
Olympic College Associate in Arts, Associate of Science
Oregon Community Colleges Associate in Arts Oregon Transfer or AAOT
Peninsula College Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts–Honors
Pierce Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Seattle Central Community College Associate of Arts, Associate of Science
Shoreline Community College Associate in Arts
Skagit Valley Community College Associate in Arts/University and College Transfer
South Puget Sound Community College Associate of Arts
South Seattle Community College Associate of Arts, Associate of Science
Spokane Community College Associate in Arts
Spokane Falls Community College Associate of Arts
Tacoma Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences/Option A
Walla Walla Community College Associate in Arts
Wenatchee Valley College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Whatcom Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences
Yakima Valley Community College Associate in Arts and Sciences