Transfer Credit Policies

Understand your options for transferring credit to Evergreen.

Thank you for your interest in transferring to The Evergreen State College. It is our philosophy that your education is a personal journey, and your educational history should help you reach your end goal. Our transfer credit policy is designed to maximize your credits within state and institutional guidelines. This means student typically receive more transfer credit at Evergreen than at other institutions. If you have any questions along the way, please contact your admissions counselor.

Transfer credit is generally awarded for baccalaureate-oriented courses completed at regionally accredited institutions. The Evergreen State College reserves the right to deny awarding transfer credit. College coursework below 100-level, courses with grades below 2.0 (C), developmental education or remedial courses, PE courses, English as a Second Language, and sectarian religion courses do not transfer – regardless of an institution’s accreditation.

Credits earned from a non-regionally accredited college or university may be reevaluated by written request after the successful completion of 90 quarter credits at Evergreen. The maximum amount of transfer credit that can be granted for this is 45 quarter credits and is subject to our general transfer credit guidelines.

  • Prospective students who earned credit at a Washington State College may use the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide to understand how their credits will transfer to The Evergreen State College.
  • Students who confirm their intent to enroll (by paying or receiving a waiver for their tuition deposit) at Evergreen will receive a transfer credit evaluation. These credits will be posted to the student account, which will allow the student to register for the appropriate level of Evergreen coursework. (the credit posted only affects the packaging of F/A amount, but they are not needed for the registration since that is based on their projected class standing)

Transfer Credit Limits

A maximum of 135 quarter (90 semester) credits can be transferred into Evergreen. No more than 90 quarter (60 semester) credits may be at the lower-division level (100, 200, freshman and sophomore level coursework). The remaining 45 quarter (30 semester) credits must be at the upper-division (300 and 400) level.

Once the 45 upper-division quarter credits maximum is reached, any additional upper-division credits may be transferred as lower-division credit to satisfy the 90 credit lower-division maximum.

Technical, Vocational and Personal Development Credits

Up to 15 technical, vocational and personal development credits may be eligible for transfer as lower-division credits, subject to the overall transfer credit policies.

Transferring Through the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) with Washington Community Colleges

Students who earn a two-year Associate of Arts Direct Transfer Agreement degree (AA-DTA) or two-year Associate of Arts and Sciences Direct Transfer Agreement degree (AAS-DTA) transfer to The Evergreen State College at junior standing with 90 transferable credits.

Students who earn a two-year Associate of Science – Track 1 or Track 2 degree will also transfer in a block of 90 credits.

Transferring with Other Washington Community College Associate Degrees:

  • Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate of Technical Arts (ATA)
  • Associate of Applied Technology (AAT)

The above degrees will transfer through a course-by-course review or may be eligible for the Upside-Down transfer option.

Upside-Down Transfer Option

The Upside-Down transfer option allows a block of 90 quarter credits to be transferred after successful completion of 32 quarter credits at Evergreen.

The following degrees may be eligible for the Upside-Down transfer option:

  • Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T)
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate of Technical Arts (ATA)
  • Associate of Applied Technology (AAT)

To qualify for the Upside-Down transfer option, a student must complete the following prior to starting classes at Evergreen:

  • Earn a 2.5 cumulative college-level GPA
  • Complete English 101 or equivalent earning a “C” grade (2.0) or better
  • Earn a minimum of 20 academic quarter hours of college-level credits with a GPA of 2.0 or higher in each course.  No more than 10 credits earned in the same subject area can count toward the 20 credit minimum and English 101 may count towards this requirement.

Other Transfer Credit Information

  • In calculating cumulative transfer admission GPA, the Office of Admissions uses all college level, nonrepeating) coursework from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended by the student.
  • Semester credits are converted to quarter credits using the following formula:

1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits.

Semester credits are added and multiplied by 1.5 for quarter-credit equivalent.

  • The number of credits earned for an accepted transfer course will be used even if the number of credits for the equivalent Evergreen course differs.
  • Up to 15 technical/vocational credits can be transferred as lower-division credits and count toward a bachelor's degree.

Additional Graduation Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree at The Evergreen State College at least 45 of the last 90 credits earned must be earned at Evergreen.

Credit by Examination

A maximum of 45 credits by examination can be earned toward the 90 quarter credit lower-division maximum.

Evergreen accepts credits earned through the Advanced Placement (AP), Cambridge examinations, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and the International Baccalaureate (IB) on a subject-by-subject basis. An official test score record must be requested in order to be considered for transfer credit.

Credits will not be awarded for duplicate exams or those duplicating coursework completed at any colleges. Credits will be awarded only once per course.

Credit will only be awarded for official exam score reports.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Evergreen grants credit for College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams completed with a score of three (3) or higher. Credit is granted upon receipt of official scores (AP Transcript) from the College Board.

Cambridge Examination

A score of E or better will earn credit. Credits are awarded for any AS OR A-level exam. Nine credits will be awarded for each acceptable exam.

45 credits will be awarded for the Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE).

Credits are reviewed upon receipt of official transcripts from the institution where credit was earned.


A minimum score of 50 is required to be awarded credit.

Credit will not be awarded for the English with Essay exam.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

A score of 4 or better will be awarded credit for any standard-level (SL) or higher-level (HL) IB exam.

5 credits will be awarded to every SL exam.

9 credits will be awarded to every HL exam.

45 credits will be awarded for an IB Diploma.

Credits are reviewed upon receipt of official transcripts from where the credit was earned. All credits will count toward the 90-quarter credit lower-division maximum.

Military Credit

Veteran, Active Duty, and National or Coast Guard students may receive credit for military service as recommended by the American Council of Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and in accordance with University and State policies regarding transfer credits.

Transfer credit is not given for MOS, LDO, NWO, NER, CGR, CGW or MCE designations.

Students will receive an evaluation of military credit by submitting to the Admissions Office:

  • Joint Service Transcript (JST)
  • DD214
  • DD229
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

The JST replaces the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, Army ACE Registry Transcript (AARTS), and the Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript (SMART). Air Force personnel may submit the Community College of the Air Force transcript.

Credit for Certificated Learning

Evergreen awards credit for some learning that earns a certificate acknowledging participation and completion of a workshop, seminar, or training program.

Credits for Certificated Learning will transfer in as technical/vocational credits and are subject to the 15-credit limit.

Complete a Certificated Learning Application form (PDF), for each workshop, seminar or program you would like evaluated for credit.  A syllabus, pamphlet, course outline, or links to information pertaining to the workshop are required for evaluation.