Students declared as degree/certificate seeking may request to have transfer credits evaluated by submitting a “Petition for Transfer Credit Evaluation” form to Admissions and Records. Students must submit official transcripts or training records and then allow up to 4-6 weeks for the evaluation to be completed. When completed, students will be able to view their transfer credit in myWNC and can run a degree audit report to determine how transfer credits apply toward their intended degree or certificate program. An email will be sent to each student when the transfer evaluation is completed.
In general, only credits applicable to the student’s specified degree or certificate program will be transferred to the student’s WNC record.
Admissions and Records will accept only official transcripts from other colleges, universities, high schools, and educational testing sources; unofficial copies will not be accepted. A transcript must be sent directly to Admissions and Records by mail or electronically from the applicable institution to be considered official; faxed copies will not be accepted. A transcript that is hand carried in a sealed envelope to Admissions and Records that was mailed to the student directly from the applicable institution may be accepted as official provided the envelope has not been opened.
Regional Accreditation and Acceptance of Transfer Credits
Credits earned in institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a Regional Accrediting Organization are normally transferable, provided the courses are comparable to those offered by WNC and are applicable towards degree requirements. Regional Accrediting Organizations include:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
- Northwest Accreditation Commission (NAC)
Credits earned from schools that are not regionally accredited will be considered nontraditional education.
Only transfer credits that apply toward a requirement (including required electives) will be applied toward a degree or certificate. WNC can accept transfer credit as follows:
- A maximum of 45 semester credits or 75 percent of the total credits required for a degree, whichever is greater, may be accepted from regionally accredited colleges or universities toward an associate degree.
- A maximum of 90 semester credits or 75 percent of the total credits required for a degree, whichever is greater, may be accepted from regionally accredited colleges or universities toward a bachelor’s degree.
- A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be accepted from approved credit by examination programs.
- A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit may be accepted from non-traditional programs.
- A maximum of 45 credits or 75 percent of the total credits for a degree, whichever is greater, from other sources as listed above may be applied toward an associate degree. A maximum of 90 credits or 75 percent of the total credits for a degree, whichever is greater, from other sources as listed above may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
- A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit from other sources as listed above may be applied toward a certificate.
- Grades are not transferable but may be utilized when determining eligibility for financial assistance and/or admission to special academic programs and to determine the minimum GPA required for graduation.
- A quarter unit is worth 2/3 of a semester unit.
Evaluation of Transfer Requirements
Courses from NSHE institutions will be accepted for equivalent courses per common course numbering. NSHE courses with no equivalents and courses from other institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the course title, designator, credits, course numbering system used by the institution and course description if available. Upper division courses are generally not acceptable for general education requirements, but may apply towards emphasis requirements on a case by case basis. Graduate level courses are not accepted to fulfill degree and/or certificate requirements. WNC Faculty are consulted for input when needed to determine if a transfer course is equivalent to a WNC course and/or should fulfill a program requirement.
Quarter credits are worth 2/3 of a semester credit. If a student lacks fractional credits in any area(s) of general education requirements, the student may satisfy the requirement(s) by completing other listed general education courses provided the student completes at least the minimum total requirements listed in the general education section for any degree or certificate. While an area or areas may be a fraction of a credit less than required, the total general education credits may not be reduced. While a specific program requirement can be satisfied with a fraction of a credit less than required, the total program requirements can not be reduced. Students who lack fractional credits in any area(s) of general educational or program requirements should see a counselor.
Credit may be awarded from some recognized colleges and universities outside of the country. Students must have a course by course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation service. An official copy of the transcript and English translation might also be required depending on the transcript evaluation service used. Credit for English/communications requirements is accepted only from institutions located in the following countries: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand. Contact Admissions and Records for further information.
Transfer Credit Appeals Process
If a student disagrees with a transfer credit evaluation the student is encouraged to obtain and submit further written information about the course(s) in question such as a course outline or syllabus, and/or a course description if it was not originally available. If a student questions an evaluation from a nontraditional source the student is encouraged to obtain further written information about the training including number of hours of the training, information about the training source, accreditation, etc. Admissions and Records will reconsider amending the original evaluation if such information is provided.
If such information is not available, and/or if the student disagrees with the second evaluation, he/she may file a Transfer Credit Evaluation Appeal. The Registrar will first view the appeal. If the reason a course was not transferred in as requested is a result of a course not meeting policies such as fulfilling the minimum number of credits required for a requirement, the course was developmental, the course was not completed at a regionally accredited institution, etc. the Registrar will make a final decision about course transferability.
If the reason is not based on such a policy then the appeal and all related information will be forwarded to the applicable department faculty and/or Division Director. The decision of the faculty/Division Director will be final. If a request is denied, the student will be given a reason for the denial via email.
Students may request a review of a transfer credit evaluation by the NSHE Articulation Coordinating Committee if not satisfied with the final decision from WNC by submitting a Nevada System of Higher Education Transfer Credit Request for Review.