Students may apply to count credits from courses taken at other universities or through other recognized tests, such as AP testing. If accepted by GW, these are known as transfer credits.
Calculating Transfer Credit
Please note these general guidelines surrounding the calculation of transfer credit:
- The University Registrar's Office is ultimately responsible for the evaluation and assignment of all transfer credit.
- Some universities are on a different academic calendar, which may affect the transfer of credits.
- Grades of a C- or better must be earned for the credit to transfer.
- Math courses below calculus (i.e., algebra, geometry, pre-calculus) will not transfer.
- The GPA and grades do not transfer; accepted credit will be transferred with a notation of "TR."
- If you took a course elsewhere that does not have a specific GW equivalent, the course will likely be listed as 1099. To see if any of your 1099 courses can be re-named as GW equivalents, please contact your advising POD.
How to Transfer Credit
To transfer in academic credit, request an official copy of your academic transcript(s) (with final grades from the most recent semester) from your previous institution(s) to be sent to GW's Registrar's Office, which will then issue a Transfer Credit Worksheet at the time of admission.
Limits to Transfer Credit
There is no limit on how many transfer credits can be brought in pre-matriculation. However, in order to meet residency requirements, you must earn 60 hours at or through GW.
Once a student has matriculated at GW, no more than nine additional transfer credits will be accepted. Transfer students should always speak with their advising POD prior to taking any courses outside of GW.
Where Credit Can Apply
Transfer credit can apply whenever possible towards a student's major (and minor). However, transfer students must keep in mind that at least 30 credit hours of upper-level coursework, 12 credit hours of course work within the major and at least six credit hours for a minor must be completed at or through GW.
Pre-matriculation transfer credit and AP/IB credit may apply toward G-PAC if the course is equivalent to an approved G-PAC course.
Limits to Transfer Credits
There is no limit on how many transfer credits can be brought in pre-matriculation, however in order to meet residency requirements, you must earn 60 hours at or through GW.