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Oregon Transfer Student Tools

“Transfer” refers to the process of leaving one college or university to attend another, whether in Oregon or out-of-state. 

Thousands of students transfer to and between Oregon colleges and universities each year, and the HECC works with all parties to make those transitions go as smoothly as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions (Transfer FAQ)

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Application deadlines and requirements vary from institution to institution. Please consult Oregon publc university transfer links to the right, or explore the admissions page of your intended institution.​ ​​​​​
Typically, institutions require transfer applicants to have completed a minimum number of college credits, earned a minimum GPA in college-level courses, and have completed specific foundational courses. Please consult Oregon publc university transfer links to the right, or explore the admissions page of your intended institution.​ ​​​​ 
The 45-credit Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) provides a subset of general education courses which all “count” as a transferable block toward university requirements. The OTM can improve efficiency in credit transfer between postsecondary institutions through its organized general education and discipline studies framework. It serves as a portable and stackable credential for community college students pursuing an associate’s degree, as well as a reliable early start on a college degree for high school students.
Universities will consider applications from transfer students with or without an Associate’s degree, assuming other transfer admissions requirements have been met. There can be advantages to completing an AAOT or ASOT: courses taken to satisfy the foundational and disciplinary requirements of these programs are expected to transfer as a block between public colleges and universities in Oregon, and your lower division general education requirements will have been satisfied. However, your new institution may have additional degree and/or program requirements.
Yes – visit the links to the right on this page to each Oregon public university website resources on transfer credits. Please note however that transfer credit websites often provide unofficial equivalencies, not transcript evaluations. Always contact your intended university to meet with an advisor prior to or after admission. ​
Generally yes, but the decisions and process may be different from one institution to another. Typically, such questions are resolved either in the Admissions department, or by the academic department making the determination: for example, a Math department may decide how transfer mathematics credit are applied.​

​Quick Transfer Tips

  • Have copies of your transcripts: Each college or university you attend keeps a record of your courses and grades. Your new institution will need to review your official transcripts to determine which courses can be transferred and applied toward your program or degree requirements. ​

  • Speak with advisors: Each of Oregon’s 7 public universities and many of the 17 community colleges have online resources and admissions and transfer advisors who can assist.
  • Choose your courses wisely: work with an academic advisor at your current college and the college or university you wish to enter about choosing courses that will transfer.
  • Research the transfer admissions requirements at the school that interests you, including how many transferable credits are required. Transfer admissions links for Oregon's public universities are provided to the right.
  • If transferring from an Oregon community college to an Oregon public university, consider some of Oregon’s unique transfer tools for streamlining the process, such as Reverse Transfer, the Oregon Transfer Module, or Oregon Transfer Degrees such as the Associated of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree.
  • Ask an admissions officer about degree partnership programs, also referred to as “dual enrollment” or “co-admission,” that allow students to be simultaneously enrolled at both a community college and an Oregon public university.
  • Explore “course articulation” At the time of admission to a new institution, an admissions or academic counselor will examine your academic transcripts to determine how credits will be counted toward a degree or other credential (this process is known as course articulation). Each of Oregon’s 7 public universities has an online application to assist in determining how previous coursework may be applied. Note:  these systems provide information but not definitive decisions regarding credit transfer. Be sure to discuss with the admissions or registrar’s office or an advisor at your intended transfer institution.


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