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Transfer FAQ's

Check out our Transfer Frequently Asked Questions below by clicking on each question. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Where can i find out whether a course i have taken will transfer?

Check out our lookup tools!  They are updated every night.  The links for the lookup tools are located at the top right of this page.  Click on the top purple box to look up the individual institution by state.  Click on the bottom white box to look up courses in any of the North Carolina Community Colleges.  If the course your are looking for does not appear, that means that we have not determined an equivalent for that course because no one has transferred it in yet.  Feel free to contact us with any questions about courses that have not yet been evaluated.  Please note that only coursework taken from a regionally accredited institution will transfer.

What grades transfer in and how will my GPA be affected?

You must have a grade of at least C (not a C-), or equivalent, in order for a course to be considered for transfer.  Transfer work is only used to meet program requirements, therefore your GPA will NOT be affected by your transfer courses.

How long will it take for my transfer work to be evaluated?

Your transcripts have to be processed by the Admissions Office and you must be offered a place at WCU before your transcripts are sent to our office.  Once they are in our hands, it takes our staff less than a week to process your coursework so that it will show up in your myWCU account.  If you are transferring courses that have never been transferred before, it will take us a little longer to determine the equivalencies.  We prioritize the records of students who are attending orientation sessions.

will i be notified when my transfer work has been evaluated?

While we do not individually notify students, evaluated coursework is available in your myWCU account after you have been offered a place at WCU, so check it regularly.  You can see how your transfer credits are applied by viewing your Degree Audit Evaluation or your Credits Earned Elsewhere - Accepted section of your Student Records.

How do i access my degree Audit?

You must first be admitted to WCU by the Admissions Office and have completed your admission requirements before you are able to view your transfer credits.  Once you have been admitted (you can check your application status in your myWCU, and you will also receive a letter in the mail with that decision), log in to your myWCU account and click on Personal Services, located in the Quick Links section.

Personal Services

Once you click on Personal Services, you will click on Student, then Student Records and then Degree Audit Evaluation.

Degree Audit Evaluation

Each time you run a degree audit, be sure to click on Generate New Evaluation so your record will be updated.

Degree Evaluation Record

Once you click on Generate New Evaluation, you will need to select your anticipated graduation term and select the bubble next to your major.  You will then click on Generate Request.  You only need to click this button once, but be aware that it generally takes 2-3 minutes to generate the request.

Generate New Evaluation

For more information about your degree audit, please contact the Advising Center or go to advising.wcu.edu.

how do i access my credits earned elsewhere - accepted?

You must first be admitted to WCU by the Admissions Office and have completed your admission requirements before you are able to view your transfer credits.  Once you have been admitted (you can check your application status in your myWCU, and you will also receive a letter in the mail with that decision), log in to your myWCU account and click on Personal Services, located in the Quick Links section.

Personal Services

Once you click on Personal Services, you will click on Student, then Student Records and then Credits Earned Elsewhere - Accepted.

Degree Evaluation Record

Once you click on Credits Earned Elsewhere - Accepted, you will be able to see all of your transfer work that we have received and what WCU equivalent you have been granted.

Transfer Coursework Evaluation

what does it mean if my transfer work is in all caps?

Transfer Coursework Evaluation

If your transfer course appears in all capitals, that means that no one has transferred that course in before, and an equivalency has not yet been determined.  It will take us a bit longer to review your courses and determine equivalencies and we prioritize the records of students who are attending orientation sessions.  Feel free to contact our office if you have questions about courses.

what does a blank or "No Equivalency" mean?

If your transfer course is blank or says 'No Equivalency' instead of a WCU course, this means the course has been evaluated and determined that it will not transfer for credit.

will my developmental or remedial courses transfer?

No, Western does not accept credit for any developmental or remedial coursework.

why am i not getting credit for my technical / vocational coursework?

WCU does not generally transfer courses that are more technical in nature unless we offer programs in those areas.  Courses that are outside of programs we offer are not in line with the mission and purpose of the institution and therefore will not transfer.  You should be able to see whether a course will transfer on our lookup tools (see 1st question).  If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. 

can i get more than elective credit for my art / theater / music / dance / etc. courses?

Courses that require the development of a skill (like learning an instrument or a particular style of dance) are not automatically transferred in with a specific equivalent.  You will need to speak to the department and likely audition or provide a portfolio before being given specific credit for a performance-based course.  You can find contact information for each department by clicking here on the Departments, Schools & Colleges page.

can i appeal my transfer credit?

Yes, you can.  If you believe a course should have transferred in, or should have transferred in as a specific or alternative WCU course, please contact our office to see whether the course has already been reviewed by the department head.  If it hasn't been, you are welcome to appeal, and we can provide you with the appropriate form and instructions.

is my high school transcript sufficient to articulate my early college or ap credits?

We do not articulate any coursework from high school transcripts.  We will need official transcripts from the community college through which the Early College coursework was taken, or the official AP or CLEP transcript from College Board. 

how will my military service be evaluated?

Joint Services Transcripts are evaluated by our Director of Military Student Services.  (Check out military.wcu.edu for more information).  WCU is very student-friendly when evaluating military experience for college credit.  Service members who have served at least 2 continuous years may transfer 7 general elective credits and have their C4 Wellness Liberal Studies requirement waived once the JST and DD-214 have been reviewed.  (See liberalstudies.wcu.edu for the requirements and additional information).  Also, be sure to ask your advisor about the section of USI 130 transition course that is offered exclusively for veterans.

how can i transfer my credits from an institution outside the u.S.?

WCU does not accept credit from any institution that is not regionally accredited.  Institutions from other countries fall into that category; however, we do accept evaluations of transcripts from approved agencies.  Even with an evaluation from an approved agency, we can only transfer in courses as elective credit; however, this can be appealed with translated or English course descriptions from the original institution.

how do i get a liberal studies wavier?

Students who transfer in with an AA or AS degree from an approved institution, or an Associate's of Engineering from a North Carolina Community College, will receive a waiver of their Liberal Studies requirements.  Waivers are not granted for AAS degrees because of their more technical focus.  Please allow at least a week from the time your transfer work appears in your myWCU account for your waiver to be applied.  If you do not see your waiver applied, it may be because your transcript was requested before your degree was conferred.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

how do i get a first year seminar waiver?

Students who transfer in at least 15.1 credit hours (NOT 15.0 or less) will not have to take a First Year Seminar at WCU.  Please allow at least a week from the time your transfer work appears in your myWCU account for your waiver to be applied.

what resources are available to me as a transfer student?

WCU has many resources available to you.  Check out the ones below:

is it more difficult to be a transfer student?

Our transfer students (who make up 30% of our student population—and growing!) often experience a slight dip in GPA during their first semester.  Transitions are challenging, even for the most resilient people.  It is a big change in culture to go from one campus to another, and it takes most people a while to adjust.  So give yourself some time and space—and grace!  Make use of the resources available to you (see above), and don’t be afraid to ask for help.  After that first semester, our transfer students bring their GPAs back up, and have higher GPAs, on average, than students who have only attended WCU. We are glad you’re here, and we are here to support you!

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