Transfer Students

Transfer Policies & Resources

General Policies for All Transfer Students

  • 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.)

Transfer Evaluation Process Overview

If you have not applied for admission to UNC Asheville, you may utilize the Transfer Credit Equivalencies tool to determine how courses from other institutions transfer into UNC Asheville. If a course is not listed or you have questions regarding transferring credit, please email

After you have been admitted to UNC Asheville, your transcript(s) will be evaluated within two weeks. You may view your transfer credit evaluation through your UNC Asheville OnePort account (Self-Service Banner > Student & Financial Aid > Student Records > Transfer Articulation).

All transfer credits that do not meet general requirements or major requirements will be treated as elective credits.

You may discuss the results of your transfer evaluation with the transcript evaluator in the Office of the Registrar.

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.

Active Articulation Agreements