Transfer Credit Policy
Evergreen has developed a generous policy of accepting credit from other regionally accredited institutions.
The maximum credit transfer is 135 quarter credits. Up to 90 credits may be lower-division work (usually 100 or 200 level), and 15 of your transfer credits may be vocational-technical, or personal development work. All transfer credit must be college level. Graduate-level course work does not count towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.
- Freshmen have 0 to 44 transfer credits
- Sophomores have 45 to 89 credit
- Juniors have 90 to 134 credit
- Seniors have 135 or more credits
Evergreen requires 180 credits for a bachelor degree.
We use quarter hours, so we’ll convert semester hours into quarter hours. For example, if you have earned 24 semester hour credits: multiply 24 by a factor of 1.5 and it will equal 36 quarter credits.
Transfer Credit References
- Transfer Guides for Washington Community and Technical Colleges includes a PDF for each college. The guides list courses that will transfer to Evergreen.
- The Washington 45 (PDF) is a helpful list of courses that will transfer to all Washington public colleges and universities on a course-by-course basis if your grade is a “C” (2.0) or higher.
- Transfer Rights and Responsibilities (PDF) as a guideline for transfer students and for colleges and universities.
Official transfer credit evaluations are done after you have been admitted to the college and have paid the non-refundable $50 (US) advance tuition deposit. The advance tuition deposit is part of your first quarter's tuition. You can request an estimate of your transfer credits by contacting an admissions counselor, or you can use the transfer guide to an estimate on your own.
If you transfer 90 quarter credits, this will constitute half of the total number of credits you will need to obtain a bachelor degree at Evergreen. When a final official transcript shows either an Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement degree or a Direct Transfer Agreement-Major Related Program degree (described below), 90 quarter credits for lower-division work is automatically awarded.
Transferring an Associate Degree
You can transfer an associate degree from a regionally accredited community or technical college.
Associate degrees can qualify for a variety of transfer options. Most associate degrees are designed to transfer smoothly so that you can earn a bachelor degree at a four-year college, like Evergreen. Depending on the type of associate degree you earn, your transfer process may vary.
The transfer options for associate degrees are:
- A block of 90 transferable, lower-division credits.
- On a course-by-course review of your credit that can yield up to 90 transferable, lower-division credit. You may wish to do your own, unofficial course-by-course review of your credit by finding the transfer guide for your college.
- An associate degree that can be considered as an Upside Down Transfer Option.
These are the transfer processes for degrees that are typically earned at regionally accredited Washington community and technical college:
Associate of Arts-Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)
This degree will generally yield a total of 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and grant you junior class standing.
Associate of Science-Transfer “Tracks I and II” (AS-T)
This degree will generally yield a total of 90 transferable, lower-division credits through a course-by-course review, and grant you junior class standing.
Direct Transfer Agreement-Major Related Programs (DTA/MRP)
These specialized associate degrees are called “Direct Transfer Agreement-Major Related Programs.” The Associate in Biology DTA/MRP, or Associate in Business DTA/MRP, or the Associate in Pre-Nursing DTA/MRP, as examples of specialized degrees.
This degree will yield a block of 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and grant you junior class standing.
Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)
This degree may qualify for Evergreen's Upside Down Transfer Option. You must successfully complete 32 credits at Evergreen, and then your AAS-T will be reviewed again. In the second review, this degree can yield 90 transferable, lower-division credits.
Associate of Applied Science and other technical degrees (AAS, ATA, AAT)
Associate of Applied Science (AAS), or Associate of Technical Arts (ATA), or Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) may qualify for Evergreen's Upside Down Transfer Option. You must successfully complete 32 credits at Evergreen, and then your AAS or ATA or AAT will be reviewed again. In the second review, this degree can yield 90 transferable, lower-division credits.
Please read the section called “Upside Down Transfer Option—Eligibility” to find out what you need to complete before you transfer to Evergreen.
Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer (AAOT)
The Associate of Arts-Oregon Transfer degree earned at a regionally accredited Oregon community college will yield 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and junior class standing.
Associate Degree-IGETC or CSU-Breadth
The IGETC or CSU-Breadth degree earned at a regionally accredited California community or city college, will yield a block of 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and junior class standing.
The MNTrans degree earned at a regionally accredited Minnesota community college will yield a block of 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and junior class standing.
Associate of Arts or Associate of Science
The Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree with completion of college composition with a grade of “C” or better from a regionally accredited Iowa community college will yield a block of 90 transferable, lower-division credits, and junior class standing.
All other associate degrees from regionally accredited colleges for states not listed will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. This may result in up to 90 transferable, lower-division credits. Please read the “How We Evaluate Credit” section below for more information.
How We Evaluate Credit
Bachelor Degree Earned at Another College or University
If you have already earned a bachelor degree at another regionally accredited college or university, you will transfer 135 quarter hour credits. This is the maximum transfer credit award.
If you have not earned a transfer or bachelor degree, your official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit on a course-by-course basis. Transferable courses must meet the following criteria:
- Freshman level or above (course numbers are usually 100-499)
- Grade of A, B, C, Pass, Satisfactory, Credit, 2.0 or better
- Academic in nature (physical education, military science and courses that are religious in nature are not transferable)
College credit earned through Running Start or a college in the high school program may also transfer to Evergreen. Request official transcripts from the college that issued the credit and have those documents sent to Evergreen.
Vocational-technical/personal development (VTPD) classes are not academic courses. VTPD classes are generally found in the following categories:
- Occupation related (for example, automotive technology, customer service, welding)
- Skill building (for example, reading, remedial courses)
- Personal development (for example, assertiveness training, personal finance)
A maximum of 15 quarter hour credits of VTPD course work may be transferred. If the VTPD course work was completed at a community or technical college, it must be within the 90 credit maximum allowed for lower division credit. Use the transfer guide listed for your Washington community or technical college to estimate your transfer credit.
Transferring from a Nonaccredited College or University
Assessment of course work completed at a nonaccredited college or university can be done if you have not reached the 90 credit maximum of lower-division credit and/or the 135 overall maximum transfer credit award. However, Evergreen will only grant a maximum of 45 transfer credit through this assessment.
Evaluation of course work completed at a nonaccredited college or university is always conducted after you have been formally admitted and have completed 92 Evergreen credits. Forty-five of your last 90 credits must be earned at Evergreen.
Submit a written request to the credentials evaluator in the Office of Admissions to have your course work from the nonaccredited institution reviewed. Request your official transcripts from the nonaccredited institution to be sent to Admissions. The transfer credit will be awarded following the criteria described in “Transferring without a Degree.”
Prior Learning Experience
Assessment of prior experiential learning may increase the number of transfer credits you may be awarded if your have not reached the 90 credit maximum of lower-division credit and/or the 135 overall maximum transfer credit award. Evaluation of prior experiential learning for transfer credit is always conducted after you have been formally admitted to Evergreen and are enrolled.
Credit may be awarded for these programs:
- Certificated Learning (Certificated Learning Application form (PDF))
- Credit by Examination: Advanced Placement, College Level Examination Program and International Baccalaureate
- Experiential Learning
- Military Training and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
Please review Prior Learning Assessment for more information.