Undergraduate Transfer Credit

All domestic transfer credit must have been taken at a regionally-accredited institution. International transfer credits must have been taken at an institution recognized by the country's Ministry of Education.

Transfer credit is not awarded for the Joint Services Transcript to undergraduate students admitted to the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Elliott School of International Affairs, or the Milken Institute School of Public Health. Students admitted to other schools should contact their admissions office to inquire about JST credit.

The transfer policies below are in effect for incoming freshmen and current students in:
  • Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (including Corcoran School of the Arts and Design and School of Media and Public Affairs) 
  • Elliott School of International Affairs
  • School of Business
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science 
  • Milken Institute School of Public Health 

School-specific transfer of credit for transfer applicants can be found in the University Bulletin under Assignment of Credit for Transfer Students


Pre-Matriculation Credits

Incoming freshmen seeking to transfer collegiate credits completed while enrolled in high school must have an official transcript sent to:

Office of the Registrar
44983 Knoll Square
Suite 390
Ashburn, VA 20147
[email protected]

External undergraduate transfer students will receive a Transfer Credit Worksheet as part of the admissions process. See the university bulletin section on Assignment of Transfer Credit of Transfer Students for more information. 

Credits for AP, IB, and A-Level results are awarded by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. They can be contacted at (202) 994-6040 or [email protected].

Current Students 

Current Students Living in the US

Undergraduate students who live in the United States and who wish to take courses at home during the summer must receive prior approval in order to transfer the credits. The appropriate GW academic department must specify a GW equivalent course and your Advising Office and/or Dean's Office must approve the taking of the course for the transfer of academic credit. Your School must then submit an approved Transfer Credit Approval form to the Office of the Registrar; the forms are not accepted from students.

In order for school approval to be granted for courses taken elsewhere, students must satisfy the residency requirements of the University and their home school as outlined in the University Bulletin. Students should speak with their academic advisor if they need clarification on these residency requirements.

Courses must be taken for a letter grade, and transfer credit is awarded for final grades of C- or above. The grade earned does not appear on your transcript and is not included in the calculation of your GPA, only the credit hours transfer to your GW academic record.

Credit hours taken at institutions following a quarter or trimester calendar will be converted to semester credit hours (i.e., 3 quarter hours = 2 semester hours). Students are responsible for knowing whether their school follows a quarter/trimester or semester calendar.

You may not be awarded transfer credit for a GW course previously completed with a passing grade (except for designated courses with specific departmental approval).

No more than 9 credit hours or 3 courses may be transferred after enrollment at GW.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that an official transcript is sent from the outside institution to the Office of the Registrar following the successful completion of the course:

Office of the Registrar
44983 Knoll Square
Suite 390
Ashburn, VA 20147
[email protected]

Up to 30 credit hours may be transferred through GW-approved study abroad at non-GW institutions. All credit hours earned through study abroad are processed by the Office for Study Abroad.

Current Students Living Abroad

Undergraduate students who live outside the United States and who wish to take courses in their home country during the summer must register their interest with, and follow the requirements of, the Office for Study Abroad. The appropriate GW academic department or office must approve the transfer credit. Please note: Processes may be different depending upon the nationality of the student. Contact the Office for Study Abroad for additional information.