U.S. Institution Transfer Credit FAQ's

 

What college can I attend?

Courses must be taught by a regionally accredited, or similarly qualified, institution of higher education.    Most public (state) colleges and universities have the appropriate accreditation.

Students who have earned 16 units or more may only transfer credit from a 4-year college or university.    If you cannot enroll in a 4-year college/university, or the course you need is not offered at a 4-year college/university, please contact Kathleen Campbell, Transfer Evaluator to discuss your situation.   Email kcampbell@pugetsound.edu, call 253.879.2653 or visit Jones Hall, Room 13.

Community college credit is transferable only for students with less than 16 units.

 

Can I transfer core classes from another college?

Yes. Only the Connections Core must be completed at UPS.   All others are transferable, though there are strict policies governing what courses qualify from other institutions.  It is rare for the Scholarly & Creative Inquiry I and II Core Requirements (SSI1 and SSI2) to be approved from other colleges.  

For all core classes transferred from other colleges, the course must be equivalent to a class approved for core at Puget Sound.  Use this link to view the list of Puget Sound core classes: http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/core-curriculum/

Only courses taught in traditional classroom settings qualify.  Distance learning or hybrid methods of teaching are not permitted.

For the Natural Scientific Approaches Core, the course must be equivalent to one of the courses approved for the core requirement at Puget Sound and include a laboratory component.

 

Can I complete the Foreign Language Requirement at another college?

Yes.  Only courses taught in traditional classroom settings qualify.  Distance learning or hybrid methods of teaching are not permitted.

The foreign language course must be equivalent to the 101-102 college level.  At semester-based colleges, you will need the first two semesters of the foreign language or the first semester of intermediate.   At a quarter-based college, you will need the first 3 quarters of the foreign language, or the first quarter of intermediate.

Foreign languages not taught at Puget Sound are also eligible, as well as American Sign Language.  Your specific courses must be approved on the Transfer Evaluation Request form by the university Transfer Evaluator.

 

Can I transfer distance learning (e.g. online) courses?

Yes. Up to 4 units of distance learning is allowed in the Puget Sound degree. Distance learning is normally transferred as elective credit.  

The university core, upper-division, and foreign language proficiency requirements must be completed in a traditional classroom setting.   

Most majors and minors require traditional classroom teaching formats also, but there are a few exceptions. You must submit the syllabus to evaluate a distance learning course for major or minor credit. The syllabus may also be required to evaluate a distance learning course for elective credit.

 

Can I repeat a course taken at the University of Puget Sound, and transfer that from another college?

Yes, but the proposed transfer course must be approved by the department which taught the course at Puget Sound.  The Transfer Evaluator will check with the department on your behalf when you submit the Transfer Evaluation Request form.  Please check the repeat policy in the Academic Handbook.

 

Will transfer courses and grades be listed on my Puget Sound transcript?

No. Only Puget Sound courses and grades are recorded on the University of Puget Sound transcript. When applying to graduate schools or completing job applications, you will need to have all colleges you have attended issue a transcript.

Your transfer grades will be included in the major or minor GPA, if applicable, on the Advisement Report. Transfer grades will also be included in the cumulative GPA on the Advisement Report.

 

I’m a senior.  Can I transfer courses taken during or prior to my senior year?

Students are required to complete the last 8 units in residence.   If you take courses in the summer prior to your senior year, plan on taking at least 8 units at Puget Sound after completing the summer classes.

 

How long does it take to get my course evaluated?

It depends on when you submit your Transfer Evaluation Request form.    In April and May, many students are submitting requests, and it may take a week or more to have your request completed.    Please allow at least 1 week to hear back from the Evaluator.   

 

When can I submit my request for transfer credit?

Submit your request as soon as you know what courses are being offered at the college you plan to attend.    Do not submit a request unless you know the requested course is scheduled for the term you plan to attend.  The schedule must be published on the college’s website before the Evaluator can make a final transfer determination.  In many cases, the Evaluator can advise you on your transfer credit options prior to reviewing the published class schedule.  

 

I forgot to get my course approved prior to enrolling.  Is it too late to have it transfer to my degree at Puget Sound?

Courses can be approved after the course begins, or after the course is completed.  However, it is best to know prior to enrolling whether and how your course will apply to your degree requirements.    

 

Please refer to the Academic Handbook for other transfer credit policies