Transfer Planning

UNC Asheville welcomes transfer students from other institutions. Please see our transfer requirements and credit equivalencies below. Feel free to contact the Office of the Registrar with any questions at registrar@unca.edu or 828.350.4500.

Credit Equivalencies

North Carolina Community College Transfers

View the list of transfer credits here.

North Carolina 4-Year Transfers

The North Carolina 4-Year Transfers tool reflects previously approved course equivalents at UNC Asheville. If you do not see a specific institution or course listed, please contact the Transfer Evaluator in the Registrar’s office to determine possible equivalencies.

Out-of-State

Out-of-state transfer students can use this tool to see the approved course equivalents at UNC Asheville.


Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

AP Exam Grade Credit Hours Course Waiver(s)
Art – Art History 5 4 ARTH 201 or 202
Art – Studio Art, Drawing 5 4 ART 144
Biology 4, 5 4 BIOL 125 and 126
Chemistry 4, 5 4 CHEM 111 and 132
Computer Science A 3, 4, 5 3 CSCI 201
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 3 CSCI 107
Economics – Macro 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 101
Economics – Micro 3, 4, 5 3 ECON 102
English – Lang & Comp 4, 5 4 LANG 120 (A)
English – Lit & Comp 4, 5 4 LANG 120 (A)
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 3 ENVR 130
French – Language 3, 4, 5 4 FREN 230 (B)
French – Literature 3, 4, 5 4 FREN 230 (B)
German 3, 4, 5 4
8
GERM 210
GERM 210, 220
Government and Politics – Comparative 3, 4, 5 3 Individually evaluated
Government and Politics – U.S. 3, 4, 5 3 Individually evaluated
History – European 3, 4, 5 4 HIST 151, 152 (C)
History – U.S. 4, 5 4 HIST 101, 102
History – World 3, 4, 5 4 HIST 151, 152 (C)
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 3 EDUC 130
Latin 3
4, 5
4
4
CLAS 101
CLAS 102
Math – Calculus AB 3, 4, 5 4 MATH 191
Math – Calculus BC 3
4, 5
4
8
MATH 191
MATH 191, 192
Math – Statistics 3, 4, 5 4 STAT 185
Music Theory 3 3 Individually evaluated
Physics 1 or 2 3 4 PHYS Elective and fulfillment of Lab Science requirement
Physics 1 4, 5 4 PHYS 131
Physics 2 4, 5 4 PHYS 231
Physics – B 3
4, 5
4
8
PHYS Elective and fulfillment of Lab Science requirement
PHYS 131, 231
Physics – C (Mechanics) 3, 4, 5 4 PHYS 221
Physics – C (Electricity and Magnetism) 3
4, 5
4
8
PHYS 231
PHYS 221, 222
Psychology 3, 4, 5 4 PSYC 100
Spanish – Language 3
4, 5
4
8
SPAN 210
SPAN 210, 220 (B)
Spanish – Literature 3
4, 5
4
8
SPAN 210
SPAN 210, 220 (B)

Notes

A. To receive credit for LANG 120, students must satisfy at least one of the following criteria:

  • Students with a score of 5 on one or both of the exams will receive 4 hours of credit for LANG 120.
  • Students with a score of 4 on both the Lang and Comp exam and the Lit & Comp exam will receive 4 hours of credit for LANG 120.

B. Students who score 5 on either exam should contact the department chair for placement.
C. Students will not receive credit for both European and World History AP tests.

IB Examinations with UNC Asheville Equivalencies

UNC Asheville academic credit and course waivers will be granted to enrolled students who have obtained the required scores on the Higher-Level IB exams listed below. No academic credit will be awarded for Subsidiary-Level IB exams, and only those Higher-Level IB exams listed below are eligible for academic credit and/or course waiver. Official IB transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with department chairs. IB credit accepted at other post-secondary institutions is not automatically transferred to UNC Asheville but is reviewed in accordance with the schedule that follows.

IB Exam Grade Credit Hours Course Waiver(s)
Biology 6, 7 4 BIOL 125 and 126
Chemistry 5
6,7
3
4
CHEM 132
CHEM 323
Computing Studies 5, 6, 7 3 CSCI 107
Economics 5, 6, 7 3 ECON 101
English 6, 7 4 LANG 120
French A/B 4
5, 6, 7
4
4
FREN 110
FREN 120
Geography 5, 6, 7 3 EDUC 130
German 4
5, 6, 7
4
4
GERM 110
GERM 120
History Americas 5, 6, 7 4  HIST 101, 102
History Europe 5, 6, 7 4 HIST 151, 152
Latin 4, 5
6, 7
4
8
CLAS 101
CLAS 101, 102
Math 5, 6, 7 4 MATH 191
Music 5, 6, 7 3 Individually evaluated
Philosophy 5, 6, 7 4 PHIL 100
Physics 5
6, 7
8
8
PHYS 131 and 231
PHYS 221 and 222
Psychology 4, 5, 6, 7 4 PSYC 100
Social Anthropology 5, 6, 7 4 ANTH 100
Spanish A/B 4
5, 6, 7
4
4
SPAN 110
SPAN 130

British A Level Exams

The awarding of transfer credit for coursework or exams from overseas universities and schools, such as British A Level Exams, is determined by the appropriate department chair.


CLEP Examinations with UNC Asheville Equivalencies

Passage of CLEP exams is defined as scoring at the 50th percentile or above, which requires a score of 500 or better. A total of 3 semester hours of credit is awarded for each of the exams below with the required score. A combined total of no more than 30 semester hours of credit for CLEP and PEP exams may be accepted by UNC Asheville. 

Note: Current students wishing to take one or more CLEP exams must obtain prior approval from the Office of the Registrar. Students who have earned 90 or more semester hours, or if the hours earned from the CLEP exam(s) will cause the student to exceed 90 hours, must consult with the Office of the Registrar to request special permission.

 

CLEP Examinations UNC Equivalency (with required score)
Note: Equivalencies are subject to change without notice.
Accounting, Financial ACCT 125
American Government Individually evaluated by department
American Literature LIT 324
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature LIT 240
Biology BIOL 125
Business Law, Introductory MGMT Elective
Calculus MATH 191
Chemistry CHEM Elective
Composition, College LANG 120
Composition Modular, College LANG 120
Educational Psychology, Intro to PSYC 319
English Literature LIT Elective
French Language (Levels 1 & 2) Second Language Requirement
German Language (Levels 1 & 2) Second Language Requirement
History of the U.S. I: Early Colonization to 1877 HIST 101
History of the U.S. II: 1865 to Present HIST 102
Human Growth and Development PSYC 214
Information Systems and Computer Applications MGMT Elective
Macroeconomics, Principles of ECON 101
Management, Principles of MGMT Elective
Marketing, Principles of MGMT 250
Microeconomics, Principles of ECON 102
Natural Sciences General Elective
Precalculus MATH 167
Psychology, Introductory PSYC 100
Social Sciences and History General Elective
Sociology, Introductory SOC 100
Spanish Language (Levels 1 & 2) Second Language Requirement
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HUM 124 or HIST Elective
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HUM 214 or HIST Elective

Transfer Policies

  • UNC Asheville accepts transfer credit for undergraduate courses that are completed with a grade of C or better at regionally accredited institutions and that are compatible with UNC Asheville’s programs. Transfer credit earned 10 or more years ago is evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Regionally accredited institutions are those that have been fully accredited by the appropriate regional Association of Colleges and Schools – Middle States, North Central, New England, Northwest, Southern or Western.
  • Only courses similar to those offered at UNC Asheville are accepted. Examples of coursework that is generally not accepted include technical/vocational areas such as dentistry, drafting, electronics, horticulture, interior design, nursing, and recreation.
  • If you took a course on a Pass/Fail or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis, we will award transfer credit only if your transcript specifically states that the passing or satisfactory grade represents a grade of C or better.
  • Transfer credit is not automatically awarded for First Year Seminars, independent study, practicums, internships, field experience or service learning courses. Petitions to receive credit for such courses will be considered if accompanied by syllabi or similar documentation.
  • Transfer credit is not automatically awarded for the Diversity Intensive requirement. A petition to receive credit for this requirement may be submitted to the DI Coordinator and will be considered if accompanied by syllabi and other documentation noted on the petition form.
  • If transfer credit is not awarded for LANG 120, the Academic Writing and Critical Inquiry requirement, but you feel you can demonstrate competent writing skills, a petition to waive the LANG 120 requirement may be submitted to the Director or Associate Director of the Writing Program. The LANG 120 Petition for Waiver Guidelines outline the documentation needed to submit a request.
  • All transfer credits that do not meet general requirements or major requirements will be treated as elective credits.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for life experiences.
  • UNC Asheville transfers the credit hours for previous course work but not the grades. You have no grade-point average (GPA) when you begin your studies at the university. Only the course work you complete at UNC Asheville will be used to compute your GPA.
  • Credit at UNC Asheville is awarded on a semester-hour basis. If you attended a school using the quarter system, every quarter hour of credit is equal to two-thirds of a semester hour. All credit accepted is recorded as semester hours, even though it may have been earned as quarter hours.
    • 5 quarter hours = 3 1/3 semester hours
    • 4 quarter hours = 2 2/3 semester hours
    • 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours
    • 2 quarter hours = 1 1/3 semester hours
    • 1 quarter hour = 2/3 semester hours

University Requirements

  • All students must complete at least 60 semester hours from 4-year institutions.
  • All students must complete 30 semester hours from 300- and 400-level courses
  • All students must complete their final 30 hours in residence at UNC Asheville
  • Students must complete at least 1/2 of their major and/or minor requirements at UNC Asheville
  • Students seeking a second degree must complete at least 2/3 of their major requirements at UNC Asheville.

Two-Year College Transfers

  • Students transferring from a 2-year institution must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at UNC Asheville.
  • Students transferring with credit from more than one institution must complete at least 60 semester hours from 4-year institutions regardless of the amount of credit transferred from the 2-year school(s).

North Carolina Community College Transfers

Please note, the following Liberal Arts Core requirements are not covered by the CAA:

  • Upper level Humanities (HUM 324 and HUM 414)
  • Diversity Intensive requirement
  • 2nd Language requirement (*Frequently students have credit that counts for this.)

CAA Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure

If a student from a North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) college believes UNC Asheville has not honored the terms of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), the student may invoke the CAA Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure.