Should I run a Transfer Equivalency Report?
As a transfer student who has already earned college credit, we encourage you to review your Transfer Equivalency Report (TER) before registering for classes or contacting an advisor in your intended major. The TER provides information about the number of credits that have been accepted in transfer and details the courses that transfer to Western as well as their Western course equivalent.
We recommend you familiarize yourself with your TER now, prior to course registration. Doing so will assist you in developing your academic plan and preparing for registration and prevent you from unnecessarily repeating a course at Western. If you have or will complete courses between the time you apply for admission and the time you register, you should run an updated TER before your registration appointment in case additional courses have been added to your TER. Please carefully review the additional details about transcript processing for the quarter you will begin at Western below.
Should I run a Degree Evaluation for GUR Completion?
Transferring without a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree
If you are planning to transfer without earning a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree, you will usually have additional General University Requirements (GUR) to complete at Western. Therefore, you are encouraged to run a Degree Evaluation for GUR to determine which GUR you have left to complete. If you are close to earning your degree, we encourage you to seek advising in the event it is advantageous for you to complete your DTA degree rather than Western GUR. This is possible, but there are restrictions. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Office of Admissions (before enrolling) or the Academic Advising Center at 360-650-3850; Old Main 387 (after classes have begun).
Transferring with an Associate in Science – Transfer (AS-T) degree
If you are earning your Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T) degree, you will have additional General University Requirements (GUR) to complete at Western. Students who are completing an AS-T degree are encouraged to review our transfer credit policies as multiple options for completing GUR are available.
Transferring with a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Associate Degree
If you are earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Arts and Sciences degree from a Washington state community college that meets the Intercollege Relations Commission guidelines for the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA), you will have fulfilled Western's General University Requirements (GUR), provided you completed English Composition with a grade of C- or better, or earned an Advanced Placement (AP) score of 4 or higher on either English Language & Composition or English Literature & Composition exams. Since the DTA fulfills Western GUR, you will not need to run a Degree Evaluation for GUR.
Fairhaven College's interdisciplinary Core Curriculum replaces Western's GUR. Fairhaven students who are transferring college credit should contact a Fairhaven advisor to determine if some of the Core Curriculum can be waived.
Western will soon be introducing a new web-based academic planning and degree evaluation tool called Degree Works. Degree Works will help students track degree progress, prepare for future courses, and plan their path to graduation. More information about Degree Works can be found on the Registrar's Office website. At this time, students who have already earned college credit are encouraged to run a Degree Evaluation for GUR Completion.
Students entering fall quarter
Your TER and Degree Evaluation are based on the course work that is on file by June 1 and do not necessarily reflect the total number of credits we will accept in transfer once your final transcript is received. If you are taking college courses winter quarter/spring semester, we recommend that you submit an updated official transcript to the Office of Admissions by June 1. Your TER will otherwise include only the coursework submitted at time of application. Since spring term grades will generally not be processed in time to be included in your TER and Degree Evaluation, you should plan to bring unofficial copies of all college transcripts with you to Transitions and whenever you meet with departmental advisors.
Students entering winter or spring quarter
Your TER and Degree Evaluation are based on the course work that is on file at the time you confirmed your enrollment. To ensure consideration of your complete academic history, you should plan to bring unofficial copies of all transcripts with you to orientation and whenever you meet with departmental advisors.
How to generate a TER or Degree Evaluation
You can generate your TER or Degree Evaluation reports at any time on your own by completing the following steps:
Log into myWestern. If you can't remember your login information you can access your username or password online.
Select the "Web4U" icon (in the header section, above the tabs)
Click on "Student"
Click on "Student Records"
Select "Transfer Equivalency Report" or "Degree Evaluation"
These reports will be updated, if needed, once final transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions. Transcript deadlines can be found in your admit packet. By following the above steps, you can run your report at any time in the future to determine if additional transcripts have been received and processed and see how previous coursework applies to Western degree requirements.
We strongly recommend that you contact your academic department prior to course registration because you may need special permission to register for your intended courses. You will need to provide a copy of your TER, current transcripts, and any in-progress courses for departmental advising. To schedule an advising appointment with your department, locate them on our Departmental Directory, or call (360) 650-3000 and ask for the appropriate department.
If you haven't done so already, we encourage you to review the New Student Services/Family Outreach Advising & Orientation website. Here you will find information about orientation and advising programs for new students, critical registration information, and additional resources to assist you in making a successful transition to Western.
Fall students: Registration for new transfer students occurs on campus during Transitions. For students who do not attend Transitions, registration begins early September and continues until the day before classes begin.
Winter & Spring students: New transfer students register for courses during Phase I registration. Your online registration time is based on the number of college credits completed at the time of admission and occurs at the same time as continuing Western students.
Summer students: New transfer students will register for both Summer and Fall quarters during the Phase I registration session for each term. Your online registration time is based on the number of college credits completed at the time of admission and occurs at the same time as continuing Western students. Please note: as a new summer student, you must attend summer quarter classes in order to attend WWU in the fall.
If you have any questions about your TER or Degree Evaluation, feel free to contact the Office of Admissions.