Transfer Students

I have some form of degree or credits from another accredited establishment

Two Year Degrees

Students who have completed the articulated two-year transfer degrees* will meet the WOU General Education requirements as a block. Do you have an AA degree that doesn’t meet your General Education requirements? Request a review by using our petition form

*AAOT, ASOT, California Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum, California State University Transfer Degree, Hawaii Articulated Associate of Arts degree or Washington Direct Transfer Degree

Oregon Transfer Module

Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) will meet all WOU General Education requirements with the exception of Integrating Knowledge (2 courses, 6-8 credits).

Core Transfer Map

In 2017 the State Legislature passed House Bill 2998, a bill designed to streamline transfer between Oregon’s community colleges and public four-year universities. The legislation directed the HECC to bring together community colleges and universities to establish statewide “foundational curricula,” now called the Oregon Transfer Compass, of at least 30 credits that can be transferred to every institution in Oregon.  The course distribution requirements of the Oregon Transfer Compass can be found here

The fulfillment of WOU General Education requirements by the Oregon Transfer Compass is identified in the table below:

Oregon Transfer Compass Curriculum WOU General Education Requirement
WR 121 Foundations: WR 121
Arts & Letters Exploring Knowledge: Literary and Aesthetic Perspectives
Social Sciences Exploring Knowledge: Social, Historic, and Civic Perspectives
Natural Sciences Exploring Knowledge: Scientific Perspectives
Mathematics Foundations: Mathematics

*Also meets the cultural literacy requirement

Interstate Passport

Western Oregon University is an Interstate Passport network member. Upon completion of university identified passport requirements, the university records completion of the Passport on the student record. The Interstate Passport enables successful transfer of a block of lower-level general education learning to other institutions participating in the Interstate Passport Network. Learn more at

First Year Seminars and credits completed

Students transferring to WOU with 30 or more credits of coursework completed in a college or university course are assumed to have met the spirit and purpose of the First Year Seminars, so the FYS courses will be waived (Accelerated Placement credits do not count toward this 30 credits). This is in alignment with the Oregon Core Transfer Map and institutional policies at other Oregon public universities with similar seminars.

Individual Course Transfer

We recognize two possible means by which a student brings individual transfer courses to their WOU General Education portfolio:


WOU course articulation No WOU course articulation

For courses that already articulate to an existing WOU course that meets a WOU General Education requirement the course will articulate as meeting that requirement.

Want to know how a transfer course might articulate? Check the transfer articulation database!

Courses that do not articulate to an existing WOU course, following initial review by the Admissions office.

Lower division courses that are not specifically vocational will be reviewed by, the General Education Committee. Courses that are determined to meet a WOU General Education requirement will be articulated with an attribute to meet that requirement.

Students with courses that do not meet review criteria may self-advocate to the General Education director for review of courses to meet General Education requirements.

General Education petition process



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