Upside Down Degree Program | The Evergreen State College

Upside Down Degree Program

Evergreen negotiates specific vocational and/or technical associate degree agreements with each Washington community and technical college. Find your college in the table on Transfer Degrees and Guides and select “Transfer Degree.” The PDF will list approved degree programs. Some degrees are designated as Upside Down and other degrees are designated as Associate in Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T).

Transfer students with a two-year technical degree complete focused, skills-based work during their freshman and sophomore years. Evergreen freshman and sophomore students take broad, interdisciplinary programs. Therefore, a transfer student who has completed focused, skilled-based work is reversed or “upside down.”

Illustration of an upside down degree

Admission Requirements for Upside Down or AAS-T Degree Holders

  • The approved technical degree is earned at the community or technical college prior to enrolling at Evergreen.
  • The approved technical degree includes a minimum of 25 transferable academic quarter hour credits.
  • You have successfully completed college-level English composition (for example, English 101) with a “C” grade or better.
  • Your cumulative grade point average is 2.5 or better.

All four requirements must be met. The name of the approved Upside Down program and/or the AAS-T designation must be on your final official transcript from the Washington community or technical college.

The Upside Down Program

Generally, technical and AAS-T degrees do not represent a variety of courses in the liberal arts and sciences—e.g., the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. In fact, your initial transfer credit award may not yield 90 quarter hour credits. After you have been admitted to Evergreen, if you want to have your prior college work re-evaluated to maximize your transfer credit award, you will need to:

  1. Work with an Academic Advisor to develop your educational plan prior to enrolling/registering.
  2. The first 32 credits you earn at Evergreen need to be in a broad, integrated studies program. Your Academic Advisor will assist you in selecting a program that will meet this requirement. You will be advised not to register for a program that is similar to your technical degree.
  3. After you have completed the 32 Evergreen credits, submit an written request to Admissions to review your transfer credit again.
  4. Successful completion of the Evergreen credit will ensure that your technical degree or AAS-T will transfer as a block of 90 credits.

Your offer of admission to Evergreen will include this agreement. The agreement is time sensitive and you must accept these conditions within 30 days from the date of the transfer credit award.

Applying for Admission

  1. Complete the online or paper application. The non-refundable application fee is $50 (US). You'll find additional information about the application process on the Apply for Admission page.
  2. Request official transcripts from every college/university you've attended and have them sent to Evergreen.

A Credentials Evaluator in Admissions will review your application and official transcripts. The Evaluator may determine that additional documents—such as an official high school transcript, pre-college test scores (SAT or ACT) or GED test scores—are needed. If these documents are requested, you should read Freshman Admission Requirements.

Please read “Transferring Without a Degree” on the Transfer Credit Policy Web page if your degree is not an approved Upside Down degree or approved AAS-T degree.