Transfer Advising Q&A

What if a class is full? 
Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  If you wish to enroll in a class that is filled, please place yourself on a waitlist, available through the Cascade registration system.  We find that between the addition of new sections and the enrollment of waitlisted students in existing classes, we are able to help students adjust their schedules so as to meet most of their preferences.

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Do I need to register for Writing and Rhetoric or Scholarly and Creative Inquiry seminars? 
All Puget Sound students must satisfy core requirements, which include two seminars, taken in the first and second terms in residence.  If you have not met these requirements at a previous institution, please choose one of these seminars when you registrar.  You will be expected to enroll for one, but not more than one, seminar in each of your first two terms.  Consult with your academic advisor or an advisor in Academic Advising on which seminars are available to you.  Since these seminars are specific to Puget Sound, it is not uncommon for a transfer student to be required to complete them here.

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Why do my transfer units look the way they do? 
When coursework from another institution is evaluated that credit is converted into units.  If your work is from a quarter calendar system, your quarter credits are divided by 6 to convert them to our units.  If your work is from a semester calendar system, your semester credits are divided by 4 to convert them to our units.  (Each of our units is equivalent to 6 quarter credits or 4 semester credits.)

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How many credits can I transfer? 
Regardless of whether the credit is from a two-year or four-year school, you may only transfer in 16 units (96 quarter credits or 64 semester credits).  We do not have a Direct Transfer Agreement for Associate’s degrees.  Each transcript will be evaluated on a course by course basis with a maximum amount of 16 units allowed.  We do evaluate and accept Running Start credit, with that maximum amount at 8 units.  Our Admission Evaluator in the Registrar’s Office can talk with you about any questions concerning your transfer credit.

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How many units are required for graduation? 
We require 32 units for graduation, to include your major requirements and university core requirements.  Sixteen of the 32 units must be Puget Sound credit and the last 8 units must be done at Puget Sound.

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Do I have an advisor? 
Transfer students who matriculate in a fall term are assigned to faculty advisors according to the student’s major.  Spring term transfer students are assigned to academic advising who will then assist the student in finding an advisor in their major.

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Will my transfer units apply to my major? 
The Admission Evaluator will indicate which classes apply to major and to core requirements.  The evaluator may also solicit the department for advice in applying transfer classes to the major.

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When do I need to declare a major and can I change it? 
You are not required to declare a major immediately. If you have not done so by the second term of your sophomore year the Office of Academic Advising will contact you to help you with the process.  You can change your major at any time. When you do, please be prepared to select an advisor in that department.  Our Cascade system is your tool in this process. The declare a major/select an advisor page will answer your technical questions about the declaration process. If you have any questions about declaring you major please contact your advisor or the Office of Academic Advising.

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