Transfer Student FAQs

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  1. How will my application to the UO be considered?
  2. What if I have an AAOT degree?
  3. Does the UO require an essay, a personal statement, or letters of recommendation?
  4. Is an interview or campus visit necessary?
  5. Will college credits from other institutions be accepted at the UO?
  6. Is there a limit to the number of credits the UO will accept from another institution?
  7. Will I lose credits if I transfer from a semester system to a quarter system?
  8. Will my transfer work meet any of the UO requirements?
  9. What are general-education requirements?
  10. When will I receive an official evaluation of my transfer credits?
  11. Will having an associate of arts (AA) degree improve my chances of being admitted as a transfer student?
  12. How will the UO calculate my GPA from another institution?
  13. Will the UO grant transfer credits for a course with a grade of D?
  14. Will courses taken with a grade option of P/N (pass/no pass) or S/U (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) transfer, and can they be used to fulfill requirements?
  15. What if I do not meet the minimum transfer requirements?
  16. Can I defer admission?
  17. How do I apply for on-campus housing?
  18. How do I find out more about off-campus housing?
  19. Do I need to prove proficiency in a second-language to be admitted?
  20. What courses fulfill the math and English transfer admission requirements?
  21. Can AP test scores be used to fulfill the math and English transfer admission requirements?
  22. If I "placed out of" or was not required to take a writing or math course at my previous college(s), must I still meet these admission requirements for the UO?

  1. How will my application to the UO be considered?

    If you have completed 35 or fewer transferable quarter credits (23 semester credits), your admission will be based on both your high school and your college work. You must meet admission requirements for both freshmen and transfer students. If you have completed 36 or more quarter credits (24 of which must be graded), your admission will be based only on your college-level course work.

    If you meet minimum admission requirements, we will then consider additional factors such as whether you hold an AAOT degree or an ASOT in business degree from an Oregon communitry college (or an associate's degree from select Washington community colleges, which of your completed courses fulfill university graduation requirements, your GPA, and your grade trend throughout your academic history. Academic potential and special talents are also considered.

  2. What if I have an AAOT degree?

    The University of Oregon recognizes an associate of arts Oregon transfer (AAOT) degree or an associate of science Oregon transfer (ASOT) degree in business to fulfill the lower-division education requirements. If you transfer to the UO with an AAOT degree or an ASOT degree in business, you will have satisfied the writing and group portions of the university's general-education requirements.

    The UO recognizes these degrees from all accredited Oregon community colleges. The University of Oregon accepts approved associate degrees from certain Washington community colleges to meet the university's lower division group requirements.
  3. Does the UO require an essay, a personal statement, or letters of recommendation?

    These are not required for transfer students. However, such material is sometimes useful when there are unusual circumstances regarding your academic record or if the material contains pertinent information not included on standard transcripts.

    If your high school or college performance was affected by special circumstances such as a documented disability, serious illness, or other extenuating circumstances, please submit a personal statement describing these circumstances. Include dates when applicable. Also include two letters of recommendation from teachers or other academic sources who can comment on your academic performance. It is to your advantage to advise us of any special circumstances early in the admission process, especially if you do not meet one or more admission requirements.

  4. Is an interview or campus visit necessary?

    Although not necessary, we always encourage you to visit campus—it's the best way to determine if the UO is the best fit for you. Group-style information sessions, which focus on many common questions and issues, are held directly after campus tours. We recommend allotting at least a half-day for the visit, especially if you’d also like to meet advisers or faculty members in specific departments. The tours are delivered by current students and end at the location of the information sessions. A campus visit can help you get a feel for the atmosphere and energy on our campus. Portland-based information sessions are also available at the White Stag Block. More information on visiting the Eugene campus or Portland center is available on the campus visits webpage.

    We don’t conduct formal interviews in the Office of Admissions, but you are welcome to make an appointment with an admissions counselor for specific questions or issues that you prefer to address one-on-one. Admissions counselors take pre-arranged appointments, as well as drop-ins.

  5. Will college credits from other institutions be accepted at the UO?

    The UO accepts college-level academic course work only from regionally accredited two- or four-year colleges or universities. We will evaluate credits from colleges outside the United States on an individual basis. We accept credit for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and some kinds of credit by examination if those examinations are administered by another college. To grant transfer credit, we require official transcripts. Explore the transfer credit webpage for more information.

  6. Is there a limit to the number of credits the UO will accept from another institution?

    There is no maximum number of credits that can be transferred from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

    Up to 124 credits from an accredited community or junior college may be applied to a bachelor's degree. Credits earned at a community or junior college are transferred as lower-division credits and cannot be used to satisfy the UO upper-division graduation requirements. If you have more than 124 credits, we will accept all of your course work but not the credits. Up to 12 credits of vocational, technical, physical education, and music performance courses may be transferred, and up to 48 credits will be accepted for professional courses such as veterinary medicine or nursing.

  7. Will I lose credits if I transfer from a semester system to a quarter system?

    No. We grant 1.5 quarter credits for each semester credit. (Multiply the number of semester credits by 1.5 for the number of quarter credits.) Students transferring from a school on the semester system will not lose credits; the credits will just be expressed in a different way. One semester course is generally equivalent to one quarter course. Occasionally, two semester courses, taken in sequence may be equal to three quarter courses.

  8. Will my transfer work meet any of the UO requirements?

    There are three kinds of requirements for a degree from the UO: general-education requirements (courses taken by every student regardless of major), major requirements (courses required by individual departments), and electives. Use the transfer academic jumpstart tool to lean more about UO degree requirements.

    An official evaluation of your transfer credits tells you which courses we have accepted and which courses will count toward your general-education requirements. The official evaluation of your transfer credits will be completed once you have applied for admission. For an unofficial evaluation, explore the transfer credit webpage.

  9. What are general-education requirements?

    General-education requirements promote educational breadth; they include courses in expository writing, mathematics or foreign language, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and multicultural studies. To earn a bachelor of arts (BA) or a bachelor of science (BS) degree, you must complete the general-education requirements as described in The University of Oregon Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

  10. When will I receive an official evaluation of my transfer credits?

    Your transfer credits are evaluated by the Office of the Registrar as they arrive, as long as your application for admission is on file.  The Office of the Registrar will e-mail you each time transfer work is evaluated. You can then view your transfer credits and course equivalents using the Duckweb online system by selecting "Admissions Menu" and then "View Transfer Evaluation Report." You can also view how your credits will apply to your degree program by selecting "Admissions Menu" and then "View Degree Audit."

  11. Will having an associate of arts Oregon transfer (AAOT) degree or associate of science Oregon transfer (ASOT) in business degree improve my chances of being admitted as a transfer student?

    Yes. In addition, under the AA-Oregon Transfer Agreement, you will have completed your writing and group requirements before coming to the UO. Ask your college counselor for more information. This agreement does not apply to students holding an AA, AS, or AAS degree earned at a community college. The AAOT or ASOT must be completed before enrolling at the UO.

  12. How will the UO calculate my GPA from another institution?

    To determine your GPA for admission, we will include all attempted credits for which you received an A, B, C, D, or F, even repeated courses. Incompletes and withdrawals are not considered in the transfer GPA.

  13. Will the UO grant transfer credits for a course with a grade of D?

    The UO will accept transferable courses in which you received a grade of D. Please note: courses required for transfer admission and courses used to satisfy general education requirements in writing, mathematics, and a second language require at least a C- grade. Transfer admission courses include one college-level writing course and one college-level mathematics course.
  1. Will courses taken with a grade option of P/N (pass/no pass) or S/U (satisfactory/ unsatisfactory) transfer, and can they be used to fulfill requirements?

    We accept transferable courses graded P or S. However, because the UO requires letter grades (A, B, C, or D) for most of your work, we recommend that you take no more than 12 credits of P or S work at your transfer school. We also recommend that all courses in your intended major and courses in English composition, mathematics, and second languages be taken for a letter grade. If your school offers only P/N or S/U grade options, you should contact the UO Office of Admissions.

  2. What if I do not meet the minimum transfer requirements?

    Along with your application for admission, send a personal statement that explains how and why you do not meet our minimum requirements along with two letters of recommendation from teachers or other academic sources who can comment on your academic performance. This information will be considered with your application.

  3. Can I defer admission?

    The UO admits students for a specific term. You must submit a new application with updated transcripts to reapply. Your application fee is good for one academic year (fall through summer terms).

  4. How do I apply for on-campus housing?

    As soon as you are admitted to the UO (and not before) you'll be able to apply for housing and sign your housing contract online. Space is limited, so apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in Family Housing and University Apartments or want more information, visit University Housing.

  5. How do I find out more about off-campus housing?

    Visit our private off-campus housing website for information about living in private off-campus housing, including resources and roommates. You can also find information about living on campus in university apartments with University Housing.

  6. Do I need to prove proficiency in a second language to be admitted?

    If you graduated from high school in spring 1997 or later, or if you took the GED in June 1997 or later, you must demonstrate second-language proficiency. Explore options for demonstrating second-language proficiency on our website.

  7. What courses fulfill the math and English transfer admission requirements?

    For math, a qualifying course must have intermediate algebra as the prerequisite course. The course cannot be remedial in nature (typically below the 100-level). In Oregon, two approved courses include Math 105 or 111. Intermediate algebra (Math 095) does not qualify to complete the admission requirement.

    For writing, a qualifying course must be in expository writing. At most colleges, the required freshman-level composition course typically meets our admission requirement. In Oregon, the course titled College Composition I (Writing 121) fulfills this admission requirement. The following is the UO course description for College Composition (Writing 121): "Written reasoning as discovery and inquiry. Frequent essays explore relationship of thesis to structure and audience. Strong focus on the process of revising. Regular work on editing."

    To see which courses at your college or university will satisfy these requirements use our transfer equivalencies tool.

  8. Can AP test scores be used to fulfill the math and English transfer admission requirements?

    Yes. An AP score of 3, 4, or 5 on the "English: Language and Composition" test or on any AP calculus test earns UO credit and counts toward the transfer admission requirements. Read more information about Advanced Placement credit.

  9. If I "placed out of" or was not required to take a writing or math course at my previous college(s), must I still meet these admission requirements for the UO?

    Yes. All applicants must complete the math and English admission requirements prior to UO enrollment.