Transfer Credit Information

How Do Courses Transfer to Pacific University? 

Freshmen with Transfer Credit

  • If you are graduating from high school at the same time as receiving an associate's degree, you'll be considered a freshmen. 
  • Freshmen with the following block transfer degrees will have Core requirements met except for the requirements listed below: 
    • Associate in Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) meets majority of Core except: 
      • First Year Seminar (FYS),  Foreign Language, Civic Engagement (CE), and International and Diverse Perspectives (IDP)
    • Washington Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) meets majority of Core except: 
      • First Year Seminar (FYS),  Foreign Language, Civic Engagement (CE), and International and Diverse Perspectives (IDP)
    • Associate in Liberal Arts Hawai'i (LBRT) meets majority of Core except: 
      • First Year Seminar (FYS), Foreign Language, Civic Engagement (CE), and Writing Core Requirement
    • California IGETC or California State University GE (CSU GE) meets majority of Core except:
      • First Year Seminar (FYS), Foreign Language, Civic Engagement (CE), International and Diverse Perspectives (IDP), Writing Core Requirement, Math Core Requirement
  • If you are an incoming freshmen with transfer credit or AP/IB credit, please contact us right away.

Semester vs. Quarter Schools 

Pacific operates on a semester basis. This means that transfer courses accepted from a quarter system school will be calculated at .67 of a semester credit. For example, 15 credits from Portland Community College will be converted to 10.05 semester credits. Don't worry though! It comes out even in the end because of the total credits required to graduate. Pacific University is a semester school that requires 124 credits where many quarter schools will require 180 or more credits. 

quarter system is 10 weeks versus semester system is 15 weeks

Grading and General Equivalencies

  • Pacific accepts graded courses of "C-" or better.
  • Transfer grades are not calculated into the Pacific GPA. You will start fresh!
  • Transfer courses which may be acceptable in some Core requirements but not equivalent to a specific Pacific course are identified by:
    • "2TR" (lower division) in place of an actual course number, e.g. "HIST-2TR"
    • "3TR" (upper division) in place of an actual course number, e.g. "ARTST-3TR"
  • Typically, a course must be 2.68 semester credits (4 quarter credits) or greater to satisfy a Core requirement. 
  • The prefix "GE" stands for General Education and is used when no specific department prefix applies, e.g. "GE-2TR, GE-3TR"
    • These credits can count towards electives but typically not towards any Core or Major requirements. 

Credit Limits and Degree Requirements

There is no limit to the total number of transfer credits Pacific may accept; however degree-seeking students must meet Pacific’s residency requirement, which is as follows:

  • Students must complete at least eight credits from Pacific University in upper division courses in their major and eight credits from Pacific University in upper division courses for any minor. Individual departments may require a greater number of credits be completed at Pacific University. For these requirements, consult the list of requirements for each major or minor.
  • Students must also complete 30 of the last 40 hours counted towards their degree at Pacific University

Staff in the Advising Office are available to help transfer students navigate the transfer process.