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The college considers you a transfer student if you completed classes at another college and then transfer those classes to Bellevue College.

Bellevue College’s Transfer Equivalency Guide can help you determine which classes can transfer. Our Evaluations & Graduation Office determines this using the Credit Review process. Start the credit review process right after you enroll for your first quarter classes.

No, if you do not plan to earn a degree or certificate from BC, you do not need to transfer your credits. You can use your unofficial transcript from your previous school if you need to clear a prerequisite requirement to take a class at BC.

DTA stands for “Direct Transfer Agreement,” which is a term advisors and faculty use to refer to the transfer degrees offered at Bellevue College.

As a transfer student, you can typically earn about half the credits needed to complete a bachelor’s degree – around 90 credits. Each degree program is a little different, but typically, a transfer associate degree is about 90 credits and a bachelor’s degree is about 180 credits based on a quarter system school or 120 credits for a semester school.

While many universities accept transfer students before they complete a transfer degree, there are several benefits to completing your Associate Transfer Degree before transferring.

  • Most four-year universities in the state of Washington agree to accept all 90 credits from your degree for transfer and many universities consider most or all of your general education requirements met if you complete the transfer degree.
  • The university you plan to attend is likely to give you “junior” standing at the time of admission.
  • Taking your lower division classes (100 and 200 level classes) at BC as part of your transfer degree is usually less expensive than at the university.

We highly recommend you meet with a representative of the school you plan to attend. The representative you meet with is an expert on the admission process and requirements needed for your to transfer, and can also help you plan for taking the right classes needed for your future major/degree.

Check out our Calendar of Events to find out when representatives from universities in Washington state and across the U.S. come to BC. Some schools even offer limited one-on-one appointments. If your school isn’t on the list, we suggest contacting their admissions office directly so you can connect with the right people.

The Associate Transfer Degrees offered at Bellevue College are designed to transfer within Washington State. To transfer out of state, research the university requirements and transfer process. If you can’t find this information online, contact the admissions office of the school you plan to attend.

Yes, contact the chair or program manager for your program of interest. They can advise you and give you specific information about the degree and its requirements.

These degree and certificate programs are designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and expertise to enter a particular career with specific jobs or gain additional training for job promotion.

The Associate in Arts (AA) degrees are generally two to three-year programs (90+ credits). Certificate completion times range from one quarter to one year (8-45 credits). In some cases, you can obtain a certificate on the way to completing the degree. Click here for a list professional technical degrees and certificates, program outcomes, and advising contacts.

Congratulations! In order to get the degree you worked so hard on, you must apply for graduation. The deadlines for those applications are quite early, so be sure to plan ahead and apply sooner rather than later. Go to the graduation website for information about the application process and current deadlines.

Unfortunately, we do not maintain a central database for syllabi. However, many of our division offices can access past syllabi for their classes, and a couple maintains a database for this. Contact the department for the course you need the syllabus for (i.e. English department) to see if they can assist you with this request.

Last Updated November 1, 2023