Transfer Students

Core Subject Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum level of preparation in the following subject areas.

Applicants with 40 or more transferable college credits:

 

If completed in high
school

If completed in college
Mathematics 3 years including completion of
Intermediate Algebra
Completion of Intermediate Algebra with minimum GPA of 2.0.

Foreign
Language

2 years of the same
language
10 credits of same language or
completion of 102 level.

 

Applicants with less than 40 transferable college credits:

Subject

If completed in high school

If completed in college

English 4 years Example: 3 years in high school + 5 credits English composition with minimum GPA of 2.0. *
Mathematics 3 years including completion of Intermediate Algebra Completion of Intermediate Algebra with minimum GPA of 2.0.
Social Science 3 years 15 credits
Foreign Language 2 years of the same language 10 credits of same language or
completion of 102 level.
Science

2 years lab science. One year must be algebra-based chemistry or physics.

10 credits lab science. At least 5 of the 10 credits must be an algebra-based chemistry or physics course.
Art 0.5 years 2 credits

*Students with less than 40 credits need to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Students with 135 or more credits must meet program prerequisites in addition to core requirements.  

Please note: An academic associate degree does not automatically satisfy the core subject requirements.


How to Complete the Core Subject Requirements

 

English

Through high school course work...

Four (4) Years of study are required, at least three of which must be in college-preparatory composition or literature.

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by courses in drama as literature, public speaking, debate, journalistic writing, business English, or English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Courses that are generally not acceptable include those identified as remedial or applied (e.g. acting, basic English skills, developmental reading, library, newspaper staff, remedial English, review English, vocabulary, yearbook/annual).

Through college course work...

Five (5) credits with gpa of 2.0 or higher equals 1 year in high school. College course work must be at the 100 level or higher. For the composition/literature component, generally any course with an English or Writing prefix is acceptable.

  • One of the four years may be satisfied by a college course in speech, drama as literature, journalistic writing, business English, ESL, or engineering/technical writing.
  • Courses such as developmental or speed reading, vocabulary, or remedial English are not acceptable 

*All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English proficiency; This includes international students and students who completed both primary and secondary education outside the U.S.


Mathematics

Through high school course work...

Three (3) Years of study are required, at least at the level of algebra, geometry, and second-year algebra.

  • An algebra course completed in the last year of junior high school may partially satisfy the requirement if the second-year algebra is completed in secondary school.
  • Arithmetic, pre-algebra, business math, and statistics will not count toward the requirement.

Through college course work...

If your high school preparation in mathematics was insufficient, you must complete one of the courses listed below:

  • A course in intermediate algebra - At UW Extension, as well as at many community colleges in Washington, MATH 098 is the necessary course. The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better, even though it does not transfer to the UW as college credit and the grade earned in the course is not used in computing the transfer GPA.
  • MATH 104 (Trigonometry) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • MATH 107 (Mathematics: A Practical Art) or its equivalent - The course must be completed with a grade of 'C' (2.0) or better.
  • Mathematics courses with intermediate algebra as a prerequisite (except statistics courses) - This includes any higher-level math courses such as elementary functions, calculus, and beyond.

Social Science

Three (3) years in high school or 15 credits of college work or a combination of the two are required.

Through high school course work...

Three (3) Years of study are required in history or in any of the social sciences

  • Classes, such as anthropology, contemporary world problems, economics, geography, government, political science, psychology, and sociology, are acceptable.
  • Credit for religion courses, consumer economics, student government, or community service will not count towards the requirement.

Through college course work...

Fifteen (15) credits. Courses in the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology) will count toward the requirement.


Foreign Language

Through high school course work...

Two (2) Years of study are required. The two years must be completed in the same language.

  • The foreign language requirement will be considered satisfied for applicants who complete their education through the seventh grade in school(s) a) where English was not the language of instruction and b) in countries other than Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, and the U.S.
  • International applicants who entered the U.S. education system prior to the 8th grade must satisfy the foreign language requirement.

Any natural language that has been formally studied may be used to satisfy this requirement, including American Sign Language (ASL, the language of the deaf community), and languages no longer spoken, such as Latin and ancient Greek. However, neither computer 'languages' nor forms of deaf signing aside from ASL are acceptable.

A foreign language course taken in the eighth grade may satisfy one year of the requirement if the second-year course is completed in high school.

Through college course work...

Ten (10) college credits of a single language or through 102 level with a passing grade. For purposes of admission, each quarter of language in college is considered equivalent to one year in high school. Applicants who have never studied a foreign language will need to complete ten quarter credits of a single foreign language. However, an applicant who studied French for one year in high school needs to complete only the second quarter (e.g. FREN 102) or the second semester of a first-year language sequence. Of course, you may prefer to begin with 101 to refresh your memory.


Science

Two (2) years in high school or 10 credits college work or a combination of the two is required.

Through high school course work...

Two (2) Years of lab science are required. One of the two years must be in an algebra-based chemistry or physics course. The other year may be in any lab science, such as biology.

Through college course work...

Ten (10) credits of lab science are required. A minimum of one college level lab course in an algebra-based chemistry or physics course is required.


Art

Through high school course work...

Half-year (0.5) or one trimester of study is required in the fine, visual, or performing arts, to be chosen from art appreciation, band, ceramics, choir, dance, dramatic performance and production, drawing, fiber arts, graphic arts, metal design, music appreciation, music theory, orchestra, painting, photography, print making, or sculpture.

Courses generally not acceptable include architecture, color guard, creative writing, drafting, drill team, fashion design, foreign languages, interior design, sewing, speech, web design or graphics, woodworking, and yearbook.

Through college course work...

Two (2) credits. Courses chosen from any of the following subjects will satisfy the requirement:

  • Art, art history, cinema/film making, dance, music, or photography
  • Any course in drama except drama as literature courses.  Courses in architecture are generally not acceptable, except for those in architectural history.

 

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