Frequently Asked Questions

Questions About My Transfer Credits

You can use Degree Audit online to see your transfer courses. Your transfer courses will be marked with “TR” in the right column.

When possible, we give transfer credits the same course number as the equivalent Bellevue College course. However, sometimes we do not offer the exact same course. In this case, we will use a generic number not used for other courses (the 900 series). For example, we do not offer an Introduction to Ethics course. If you took Introduction to Ethics at a different school, it may transfer as PHIL 901.

Bellevue College operates on the quarter system. Many US colleges operate on the semester system. When transfer credits come from a semester school, we multiply the credits by 1.5 to convert them to quarter credits. For example, 3 credits at a semester school equals 4.5 credits at Bellevue College. 4 credits at a semester school equals 6 credits at Bellevue College.

If you transferred from a semester school, you do not have to take an additional 0.5 credits to reach 5 credits for a degree requirement. However, you still need to meet the minimum total credits required for the degree. This usually means you must a take a few extra Electives.

For example, if your degree requires 5 credits of math, 4.5 credits is enough if you transferred from a semester school. Instead, you may need to take an extra Elective class to reach the minimum total credits required for your degree. If your semester course transferred as less than 4.5 credits, please ask a transfer credit evaluator for more information by submitting a ticket here: Need help or have a question?

There are several reasons why some courses may not transfer. Here are some common reasons:

  • We did not receive all your transcripts. Please review the notification email we sent to your BC student email account.
  • In general, we only transfer credit that you actually need for your degree. If you don’t need a course to graduate, we probably will not transfer it. If you change to a different degree, please submit a new transfer credit request for your new degree. We will review your transcripts again.
  • Courses that contain sectarian religious instruction (such as ministry, evangelism, or doctrine), or courses taught from a single religious perspective generally do not transfer.
  • Courses that are below college level do not transfer.
  • Courses with grades below a “D” or 1.0 do not transfer. (Some selective admissions programs may have a higher requirement)
  • Your course is similar but not close enough to be used for a degree requirement. If you are seeking a Professional/Technical degree, certificate, or Bachelor’s degree, you can you can request a course substitution from the Program Chair. If the substitution is approved by both the Program Chair and the Evaluations Office, you can use the alternative course for a degree requirement. See this webpage for more information: Substitution of Degree Requirements Course substitution is not possible for Transfer Degrees.

If these situations do not apply, you can ask a transfer credit evaluator for more information by submitting a ticket here: Need help or have a question?

One-third of the credits used for your degree must be taken at Bellevue College. This means that the maximum number of transfer credits is two-thirds of your degree. For example, the Associate in Arts and Sciences DTA requires 90 total credits. The maximum number of transfer credits for this degree is 60. If you want to complete a certificate that is only 30 credits, then the maximum number of transfer credits is 20.

Degree Audit is only an unofficial advising tool. Sometimes it does not organize your courses the best way. You can ask a transfer credit evaluator for more information by submitting a ticket here: Need help or have a question? 

Transfer credit is determined by each school independently. How a different school transfers your courses has no influence on how Bellevue College will transfer your courses. Different colleges can have different requirements, standards, and agreements that can affect transfer credit.

There are two types of GPA:

  1. Bellevue College cumulative GPA: This includes every course you took at Bellevue College, and only the courses you took at Bellevue College. This does not include transfer credits.
  2. Degree GPA: This is the GPA of every course used for your degree, including transfer credits. This does not include classes you do not need for your degree. This does not appear on your official transcript.

Transfer credits will not affect your Bellevue College cumulative GPA. Grades from transfer courses will not appear on your Bellevue College transcript. However, transfer grades do affect your Degree GPA. To graduate, both GPAs must be 2.0 or above. (Some selective admissions programs may have a higher requirement).

If you took a course with higher level content than your degree requires, you can request a course substitution from the Program Chair. If the substitution is approved by both the Program Chair and the Evaluations Office, you can use the alternative course for a degree requirement.

Course substitutions can only be granted for Professional/Technical degrees, certificates, and Bachelor’s degrees. Course substitution is not possible for Transfer Degrees. See this webpage for more information: Substitution of Degree Requirements

What classes will transfer is determined by the receiving school. For example, if you want to transfer to the University of Washington, you need to ask the University of Washington what courses they will accept. Many colleges publish a transfer equivalency guide on their website. Here is a list of equivalency guides for Washington schools.

Schools and Accreditation

Bellevue College can only accept credit from schools that have regional accreditation. Here is a  list of regional accrediting agencies. Your school must be accredited when you attended and took classes.

You can search for your school’s accreditation online here: Search for Accredited Institutions. Your school must be accredited by a regional accrediting agency when you attended and took classes.

If your school did not have regional accreditation when you took classes, you may still be able to get credit through a process called “Prior Experiential Learning”. Please visit this webpage for more information: Academic Credit for Prior Learning.

Bellevue College accepts credit from other countries. The school must be accredited in its home country. Please visit our webpage about international credit for more information.

Do you have more questions?

You can ask a question online. A Student Central staff member will follow up with you.

Last Updated March 26, 2019