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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.350.4500.
To find out how credits from other schools can transfer to UNC Asheville use our Transfer Equivalencies Tool.
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
|AP Exam||Grade||Credit Hours||Course Waiver(s)|
|Studio Art, 2-D Design||3||4||ART 174|
|Studio Art, 2-D Design||4, 5||4||ART 122|
|Studio Art, 3-D Design||3||4||ART 174|
|Studio Art, 3-D Design||4, 5||4||ART 133|
|Studio Art, Drawing||3||4||ART 174|
|Studio Art, Drawing||4, 5||4||ART 144|
|Art History||3||4||ART 174|
|Art History||4, 5||4||ART 202|
|Biology||4, 5||4||BIOL 125, 126|
|Chemistry||4, 5||4||CHEM 111, 132|
|Computer Science A||3, 4, 5||3||CSCI 201|
|Computer Science Principles||3||3||CSCI 107|
|Computer Science Principles||4, 5||3||CSCI 185|
|Economics – Macro||3, 4, 5||3||ECON 101|
|Economics – Micro||3, 4, 5||3||ECON 102|
|English – Lang & Comp||3||4||LANG 174|
|English – Lang & Comp||4, 5||4||LANG 120 (A)|
|English – Lit & Comp||3||4||LANG 174|
|English – Lit & Comp||4, 5||4||LANG 120 (A)|
|Environmental Science||3, 4, 5||3||ENVR 130|
|Chinese||4, 5||4||ASIA 201|
|French||3, 4, 5||4||FREN 230 (B)|
|German||4, 5||8||GERM 210, 220|
|Latin||4, 5||4||CLAS 102|
|Spanish – Language||3||4||SPAN 210|
|Spanish – Language||4, 5||8||SPAN 210, 220 (B)|
|Spanish – Literature||3||4||SPAN 210|
|Spanish – Literature||4, 5||8||SPAN 210, 220 (B)|
|Government and Politics – Comparative||3, 4, 5||4||POLS 174|
|Government and Politics – U.S.||3, 4, 5||4||POLS 174|
|History – European||3, 4, 5||4||HIST 151, 152 (C)|
|History – U.S.||3, 4, 5||4||HIST 101, 102|
|History – World||3, 4, 5||4||HIST 151, 152 (C)|
|Human Geography||3, 4, 5||3||EDUC 130|
|Math – Calculus AB||3, 4, 5||4||MATH 191|
|Math – Calculus BC||3||4||MATH 191|
|Math – Calculus BC||4, 5||8||MATH 191, 192|
|Math – Statistics||3, 4, 5||4||STAT 185|
|Music Theory||3||3||MUSC 173|
|Music Theory||4, 5||4||MUSC 130, 131|
|Physics – 1||3, 4, 5||4||PHYS 131|
|Physics – 2||3, 4, 5||4||PHYS 231|
|Physics – B||3||4||PHYS 131|
|Physics – B||4, 5||8||PHYS 131, 231|
|Physics – C (Mechanics)||3, 4, 5||4||PHYS 221|
|Physics – C (Electricity and Magnetism)||3||4||PHYS 231|
|Physics – C (Electricity and Magnetism)||4, 5||8||PHYS 221, 222|
|Psychology||3, 4, 5||4||PSYC 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 Exam||Grade||Credit Hours||Course Waiver(s)|
|Biology||6, 7||4||BIOL 125 and 126|
|Computing Studies||5, 6, 7||3||CSCI 107|
|Economics||5, 6, 7||3||ECON 101|
|English||6, 7||4||LANG 120|
5, 6, 7
|Geography||5, 6, 7||3||EDUC 130|
5, 6, 7
|History Americas||5, 6, 7||4||HIST 101, 102|
|History Europe||5, 6, 7||4||HIST 151, 152|
CLAS 101, 102
|Math||5, 6, 7||4||MATH 191|
|Music||5, 6, 7||3||Individually evaluated|
|Philosophy||5, 6, 7||4||PHIL 100|
|PHYS 131 and 231|
PHYS 221 and 222
|Psychology||4, 5, 6, 7||4||PSYC 100|
|Social Anthropology||5, 6, 7||4||ANTH 100|
5, 6, 7
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|
|Business Law, Introductory||MGMT 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|
|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|
- 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
- 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.