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 or 828.350.4500.

Credit Equivalencies

To find out how credits from other schools can transfer to UNC Asheville use our Transfer Equivalencies Tool.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit

AP ExamGradeCredit HoursCourse Waiver(s)
Studio Art, 2-D Design34ART 174
Studio Art, 2-D Design4, 54ART 122
Studio Art, 3-D Design34ART 174
Studio Art, 3-D Design4, 54ART 133
Studio Art, Drawing34ART 174
Studio Art, Drawing4, 54ART 144
Art History34ART 174
Art History4, 54ART 202
Biology33BIOL 125
Biology4, 54BIOL 125, 126
Chemistry31CHEM 111
Chemistry4, 54CHEM 111, 132
Computer Science A3, 4, 53CSCI 201
Computer Science Principles33CSCI 107
Computer Science Principles4, 53CSCI 185
Economics – Macro3, 4, 53ECON 101
Economics – Micro3, 4, 53ECON 102
English – Lang & Comp34LANG 174
English – Lang & Comp4, 54LANG 120 (A)
English – Lit & Comp34LANG 174
English – Lit & Comp4, 54LANG 120 (A)
Environmental Science3, 4, 53ENVR 130
Chinese34ASIA 102
Chinese4, 54ASIA 201
French3, 4, 54FREN 230 (B)
German34GERM 210
German4, 58GERM 210, 220
Latin34CLAS 101
Latin4, 54CLAS 102
Spanish – Language34SPAN 210
Spanish – Language4, 58SPAN 210, 220 (B)
Spanish – Literature34SPAN 210
Spanish – Literature4, 58SPAN 210, 220 (B)
Government and Politics – Comparative3, 4, 54POLS 174
Government and Politics – U.S.3, 4, 54POLS 174
History – European3, 4, 54HIST 151, 152 (C)
History – U.S.3, 4, 54HIST 101, 102
History – World3, 4, 54HIST 151, 152 (C)
Human Geography3, 4, 53EDUC 130
Math – Calculus AB3, 4, 54MATH 191
Math – Calculus BC34MATH 191
Math – Calculus BC4, 58MATH 191, 192
Math – Statistics3, 4, 54STAT 185
Music Theory33MUSC 173
Music Theory4, 54MUSC 130, 131
Physics – 13, 4, 54PHYS 131
Physics – 23, 4, 54PHYS 231
Physics – B34PHYS 131
Physics – B4, 58PHYS 131, 231
Physics – C (Mechanics)3, 4, 54PHYS 221
Physics – C (Electricity and Magnetism)34PHYS 231
Physics – C (Electricity and Magnetism)4, 58PHYS 221, 222
Psychology3, 4, 54PSYC 100


A. A maximum of 4 hours credit will be awarded for the AP English exams. 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 and 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 ExamGradeCredit HoursCourse Waiver(s)
Biology6, 74BIOL 125 and 126
CHEM 132
CHEM 233
Computing Studies5, 6, 73CSCI 107
Economics5, 6, 73ECON 101
English6, 74LANG 120
French A/B4
5, 6, 7
FREN 110
FREN 120
Geography5, 6, 73EDUC 130
5, 6, 7
GERM 110
GERM 120
History Americas5, 6, 74 HIST 101, 102
History Europe5, 6, 74HIST 151, 152
Latin4, 5
6, 7
CLAS 101
CLAS 101, 102
Math5, 6, 74MATH 191
Music5, 6, 73Individually evaluated
Philosophy5, 6, 74PHIL 100
6, 7
PHYS 131 and 231
PHYS 221 and 222
Psychology4, 5, 6, 74PSYC 100
Social Anthropology5, 6, 74ANTH 100
Spanish A/B4
5, 6, 7
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 ExaminationsUNC Equivalency (with required score)
Note: Equivalencies are subject to change without notice.
Accounting, FinancialACCT 125
American GovernmentIndividually evaluated by department
American LiteratureLIT 324
Analyzing & Interpreting LiteratureLIT 240
BiologyBIOL 125
Business Law, IntroductoryMGMT Elective
CalculusMATH 191
ChemistryCHEM Elective
Composition, CollegeLANG 120
Composition Modular, CollegeLANG 120
Educational Psychology, Intro toPSYC 319
English LiteratureLIT 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 1877HIST 101
History of the U.S. II: 1865 to PresentHIST 102
Human Growth and DevelopmentPSYC 214
Information Systems and Computer ApplicationsMGMT Elective
Macroeconomics, Principles ofECON 101
Management, Principles ofMGMT Elective
Marketing, Principles ofMGMT 250
Microeconomics, Principles ofECON 102
Natural SciencesGeneral Elective
PrecalculusMATH 167
Psychology, IntroductoryPSYC 100
Social Sciences and HistoryGeneral Elective
Sociology, IntroductorySOC 100
Spanish Language (Levels 1 & 2)Second Language Requirement
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648HUM 124 or HIST Elective
Western Civilization II: 1648 to PresentHUM 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 outlines 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 coursework but not the grades. You have no grade-point average (GPA) when you begin your studies at the university. Only the coursework 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.