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Transfer Courses

Credits earned at other regionally accredited American institutions of higher education may be transferred to Western Kentucky University and applied toward a degree. All credit is recorded in semester hours. Plus and minus grades will be recorded as the letter grade only.Students are responsible for sending official transcripts from previous institutions to the Office of Admissions for courseworkto be articulated. Copies will not be accepted.

Before a degree can be awarded at WKU, the following residency requirements must be met:

  1. Twenty-five percent of the coursework must be earned through instruction at WKU.
  2. At least 1/3 of the hours used in the major and minor must be earned through instruction at WKU.

Students must complete at least 16 hours of coursework in residency after the semester in which 90 cumulative hours of coursework were earned.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Transfer Courses

  • What is transfer articulation?

Transfer articulation is a term used to define the process whereby courses taken elsewhere are assigned an equivalency at WKU. Course equivalents can be assigned as a specific catalog number at the university (e.g. Eng 100), as a generic equivalent (ENG B2-L or ACCT EL-L), or as a general elective (TRAN EL-L).

  • What if certain transfer courses are not showing?

This may mean transfer credit has not yet been processed. Contact the Office of Admissions.

  • What if military credit is not showing?

This may mean military credit has not yet been processed. Contact the Office of the Registrar.

  • What if transfer courses are not being assigned to requirements?

This is probably because the WKU equivalencies are not specific enough to apply to major requirements. If the course does not fulfill a major or minor requirement, questions or concerns should be directed to your advisor. The department may need additional information on the course(s) before allowing the course to fulfill requirements. If the course does not fulfill a General Education/ Colonnade requirement, contact the Office of Admissions.

  • Why is my transfer work showing as TRAN CONV with my grades showing as “?”?

The transfer work was recorded before the implementation of our latest student information software. Your transfer work must be entered into the new system. Please contact the Office of the Registrar.

  • What courses from other institutions transfer to WKU?

    Students can visit the following website to view courses from other institutions that transfer to WKU:

Why is my transferred coursework showing under the wrong term on my iCAP audit?

Transferred coursework is displayed under the term it was articulated at WKU, not the term in which the coursework was taken.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14