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Transferring Course Credit to WVU

The Transfer Equivalency System shows you how credit from other institutions will transfer to WVU. Whether you are thinking about applying, have already been accepted or are a current WVU student thinking about taking summer courses elsewhere, this system will make the transfer process easier for you.

These transfer course equivalencies are non-authoritative. They are for informational purposes only and subject to revision. In all cases, the application of transfer credit toward completion of a bachelor’s degree is determined by the school or college upon enrollment. The student's academic department will determine which credits will be used to meet degree requirements.

Courses accepted by WVU

WVU accepts all “college-level courses” from “accepted accredited institutions.” Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from accredited U.S. institutions. 

Lab course credit that is earned through self-taught, online or correspondence will not transfer as direct equivalent course credit. The credit would transfer as open credit or electives.

Credit hours transfer to WVU based on the number of hours earned at your institution. For example, you earned 3 credit hours in a Computer Science course at your institution and the WVU equivalent course is 4 credit hours: WVU would only transfer in 3 credit hours.

How courses transfer

There are two ways that courses transfer to WVU. The first is as “exact equivalents” to WVU courses. This means that when a course at your institution matches a WVU course, we assign that course a WVU equivalent course number. For example, Sociology 100, Introduction to Sociology, at your institution is the same as Sociology 101, Introduction to Sociology, at WVU. Therefore, we will transfer the course as Sociology 101.

Using transfer credits toward your degree

The second way courses transfer is as “open credit.” When a course at your institution (Sociology 200, Sociology of Plants) does not match any WVU course (we don’t have Sociology of Plants), we will still give you “open credit” in sociology for the course. Your academic adviser at WVU will help you determine how open credit courses count toward your degree.

The decision for how all courses (including open credit courses) are used towards graduation is determined by the academic departments. Once you are admitted, you should contact your academic adviser to discuss your transfer work.

Taking courses elsewhere

Are you a WVU student wanting to take courses at another institution? Visit your academic adviser to get permission. Once you know what courses you want to take, you and your adviser can use the Transfer Equivalency System to determine the transfer course equivalents. For more details, see the Transient Credit Approval Process. NOTE: Department approvals are required on the undergraduate transient application.

Courses taken without an approved transient credit form may not be used for the purpose the student intended for the credit hours.

Using the Transfer Equivalency System

The WVU Transfer Equivalency System is designed to help advisers and students identify WVU course equivalency information for courses from various sending institutions. To use the system:
  1. Select a sending institution from the pull-down menu. The next screen will provide you with the sending institution course name, course number, credit hours and the WVU course equivalents.
  2. Select the courses you have completed or wish to take. This information will then be added to the report.
  3. If applicable, select another institution. You may add equivalency data from several institutions.
  4. Select the Print Report button when your input is complete.
  5. Print the evaluation using the browser Print function from the File menu.

We also have instructions with screenshots.

If the college or university you are attending is not listed in the Transfer Equivalency System, your credits are still transferable as long as they are from an accredited institution.

Once you are admitted, your academic adviser will determine how your courses are applied toward completing your degree.


Call us toll-free at 800-344-WVU1 or email us at

Glossary of Terms

College-Level Courses – Courses that are NOT developmental, remedial or technical in nature. For example, Developmental Math, Remedial English and Word Processing are not college-level courses. Grades and credits are transferable for college-level courses from accredited U.S. institutions.

Accepted Accredited Institutions – WVU recognizes regionally accredited institutions. If you have a question about whether we accept credit from an institution, call us toll-free at 800-344-WVU1 or email us at

West Virginia Board of Trustees Institutions – All public institutions of higher education in West Virginia.

Exact Equivalents – Courses from other institutions that have an exact match at WVU.

Open Credit – Courses from other institutions that don’t have an exact match at WVU.

Transient Credit Application Form – The form used by current WVU students to gain approval from the academic adviser to take courses at another institution and transfer the courses to WVU.

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