The Transfer Process: Two Easy Steps

If you have any questions about any part of this process, our academic advisors are happy to assist you. Call (314) 935-6700 or e-mail our academic advisors. For undergraduate student inquiries, please contact Elisa Wang and for graduate student inquiries, please contact Elizabeth Fogt.

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with an advisor.

Call (314) 935-6700 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor. Bring a printout of your academic record for a quick and free evaluation of the college credits you have already earned. If possible, please e-mail or fax a copy of your academic record to an advisor in advance of your meeting.

In this appointment, students also are encouraged to discuss their academic goals with the advisor.

Step 2: Complete an application for admission.

Browse our program and complete an online application for the undergraduate program or certificate program.

Transferring College Credits

University College has a generous transfer credit policy for course work completed at other accredited institutions.

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Maximum of 66 units from a junior or community college may be transferred.
  • Maximum of 84 units overall may be transferred to the bachelor's degree.
  • Courses numbered 100 or higher may be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Transfer credit is awarded toward all categories of course work in University College—General Education, Major, Advanced, and Elective. See notes below and speak with an advisor for restrictions.
  • Courses with grades of C- or higher are eligible for transfer credit. Courses equivalent to Principles of Writing I require a grade of B or higher in order to be eligible for transfer credit. See below for details about Basic Writing Requirements.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for internships, independent study, courses associated with vocational and technical training, or study for trade certification.
  • A maximum of 30 units in transfer credit for online courses may be awarded for University College-approved course work from other appropriately accredited institutions. The combined total number of units accepted in transfer credit for online courses, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate may not exceed 30.
  • Transfer credit for study abroad must be pre-approved by University College and the Office for International Students and Scholars.
  • Graduate students: normally, up to six units of relevant graduate-level study with a grade of B or higher may be transferred to a master’s degree program. Authorized P/F credit from graduate-level course work in the Olin School of Business may apply if the work was completed prior to the student’s admission to a University College program of study and the student received a course grade of Pass or High Pass.

Transfer Credit for General Education Requirements

Transfer credit is awarded toward General Education Requirements at University College, which are separated into Basic Requirements and Distribution Requirements.

Basic Requirements

Basic Requirements

  • Principles of Writing (U11 101)*
  • Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203)*
  • Advanced Writing--One 3-unit advanced writing course (any 300-level or higher course in English composition)*
  • Numerical Applications--One 3-unit course in numerical applications with a minimum grade of C-, which may be applied to the Natural Sciences and Mathematics distribution requirements noted below.**
  • Non-Western Culture--One 3-unit course in non-Western culture, which may be applied to the Social Sciences or Humanities distribution requirements noted below.

*Transfer credit for Principles of Writing (U11 101) may be granted for a grade of B or higher. Students may receive transfer credit for a second-level basic writing course; however that will count as elective credit. Critical and Researched Writing (U11 203) and the advanced writing requirement must be taken at Washington University. A student who transfers English Composition courses from another college or university must consult an academic advisor at University College, who will provide options for completing requirements.

**To meet the Numerical Application requirement you must take one of the following: Econ 231 (Economic Statistics), Math 1011 (Intro to Statistics), Math 123 (Programming in C), Math 141 (Pre-Calculus I), Math 142 (Pre-Calculus II), Math 155 (Calculus I), Math 156 (Calculus II), Math 205 (Applied Statistics Online), Math 210 (The Art of Mathematical Thinking), Math 212 (Sports and Statistics), Math 255 (Calculus III), Math 256 (Calculus IV), any 300 level and higher math classes, PolSci 323 (Introduction to Quantitative Methods) or Psych 300 (Psychological Statistics).

Distribution Requirements

Distribution Requirements

36 units, 9 units in each area noted below. Major courses also may fulfill basic and distribution requirements, however, each distribution area must include course work from at least two disciplines.

  • Humanities: Courses from Art History, Classics, History*, Literature, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.
  • Social Sciences: Courses from: Anthropology, Economics, History*, Political Science, Psychology.
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Courses from Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Physics, and Science.
  • Languages and the Arts: (9 credits) Three courses, of at least 3 units each, in Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Music, Speech, and Studio Art.

*History courses may satisfy either the Humanities or Social Sciences requirements, but not both.

Major Courses

You may transfer credit to your intended major at University College. Majors in University College vary by area of study and range from 30 to 51 units. At least half of the units in the major must be taken at Washington University.

Advanced Courses

In order to receive the Bachelor of Science degree you must complete a minimum of 30 units of advanced courses (equivalent to 300- and 400-level course numbers at Washington University), and at least 18 units of advanced courses must be taken in the major. Transfer credit may be awarded for additional advanced courses.

Residency Requirement

You must complete the final 36 units of course work toward the Bachelor of Science degree at Washington University. At least half of the units for the major and at least 18 units of advanced courses must be completed at Washington University.

St. Louis Community College

University College will award a maximum of 66 units in transfer credit from St. Louis Community College toward the Bachelor of Science degree. Courses numbered 100 or higher are eligible for transfer credit. Specific SLCC departments, by University College category, are noted below. The description below is not comprehensive, and courses may change. University College considers granting transfer credits for a variety of eligible courses.

Basic Requirements

Writing: 9 credits

  • English 101 (College Comp 1) with a “B” or higher grade.
  • Critical and Researched Writing (U11 English Composition 203) must be taken at Washington University.
  • One three-unit advanced writing course (any 300-level or higher course in English Composition) must be taken at Washington University.

Students may also earn elective credit for a second-level writing course with a "B" or higher grade.

Numerical Applications: 3 credits, may be part of Science/Math Distribution Requirement

  • Courses in pre-calculus, calculus, introductory statistics, and others by approval

Non-Western Culture: 3 credits, may be part of Humanities or Social Science Distribution Requirement
Courses that satisfy the non-Western culture requirement focus on the study of cultures in societies outside of English-speaking North America and Western Europe, including Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East, and encourage students to explore issues of human diversity within such cultures. Courses might include those from the following disciplines, with the approval of an advisor:

  • Anthropology
  • English Literature courses
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Distribution Requirements

Humanities: 9 credits

  • Art History
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy

Social Sciences: 9 credits

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 9 credits

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • College Algebra (does not satisfy numerical applications requirement), plus courses in pre-calculus, calculus, introductory statistics, and others by approval.
  • Physical Sciences

Languages and the Arts: 9 credits

  • Studio art
  • Foreign Language courses
  • Communications courses by approval
  • Music
  • Theater performance courses

St. Charles Community College

University College will award a maximum of 66 units in transfer credit from St. Charles Community College toward the Bachelor of Science degree. Courses numbered 100 or higher are eligible for transfer credit. Specific SCC departments, by University College category, are noted below. The description below is not comprehensive, and courses may change. University College considers granting transfer credits for a variety of eligible courses.

Basic Requirements

Writing: 9 credits

  • English ENG 101 (English Comp 1) with a “B” or higher grade.
  • Critical and Researched Writing (U11 English Composition 203) must be taken at Washington University.
  • One three-unit advanced writing course (any 300-level or higher course in English Composition) must be taken at Washington University.

Students may also earn elective credit for a second-level writing course with a "B" or higher grade.

Numerical Applications: 3 credits, may be part of Science/Math Distribution Requirement

  • Courses in precalculus, calculus, introductory statistics, and others by approval

Non-Western Culture: 3 credits, may be part of Humanities or Social Science Distribution Requirement
Courses that satisfy the non-Western culture requirement focus on the study of cultures in societies outside of English-speaking North America and Western Europe, including Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Europe, Latin America, or the Middle East, and encourage students to explore issues of human diversity within such cultures. Courses might include those from the following disciplines, with the approval of a University College academic advisor:

  • Anthropology
  • Global Culture
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Distribution Requirements

Courses listed below generally fall into the distribution areas noted, subject to general transfer guidelines. Please consult a University College academic advisor for further details.

Humanities: 9 credits

  • Art History
  • Literature
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Philosophy
  • Theater, non-performance courses

Social Sciences: 9 credits

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global Culture
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 9 credits

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • College Algebra (does not satisfy numerical applications requirement), plus courses in precalculus, calculus, introductory statistics, and others by approval
  • Physical Sciences

Languages and the Arts: 9 credits

  • Studio Art
  • Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Speech
  • Theater, performance courses