The most frequent question that transfer students have is, "How will my courses transfer to WOU?" Once admitted to WOU, your credits are officially articulated and you'll receive a transfer articulation report. In general, courses taken at a regionally accredited institution that are college-level (i.e., not developmental) will transfer. Limitations do apply. If WOU offers a similar course at the same level, the course will usually transfer as a direct equivalency. If WOU does not offer a similar course, or offers it at a different level, the course may transfer as either an elective credit from a specific department (LD for lower division; UD for upper division) or as a general elective credit.
If you can’t wait until you are officially admitted to determine how your credits will transfer in, there is an unofficial tool you can use to check on how the credits will likely transfer. The Transfer Articulation website lists WOU course equivalencies from hundreds of other institutions. This extensive list of courses is an unofficial guide for you as a student to determine transfer equivalency. This list is comprised of courses which have been transferred to WOU in the past, though it does not mean it will transfer exactly as listed, it is a rough guide which you can use as a tool.
Advisors are more than happy to look at your unofficial transcripts from other institutions; however their evaluation will also only be unofficial. They will use the Transfer Articulation guidelines to give you an estimate on how your credits will transfer. If you have credits which may or may not fit into a particular major, it is always best to discuss those courses with the department in which you intend to major.
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