Transfer Resources

Frequently asked questions about transferring to a four-year university

1.  What is the Direct Transfer Agreement?

For those that qualify, the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) gives students priority admission into most Washington universities. Students must have the Associate in Arts - DTA degree, be a Washington state resident and meet the minimum GPA for their chosen university.  Specific associate degrees, such as the Associate in Business, also fall under the DTA.  For more information about the DTA, attend a General Transfer Session or drop-in on Transfer Tuesday. 

The Associate of Science (AS track 1 and 2) degrees are not covered under the DTA but still provide priority admission into most Washington universities and Junior status.

2.  How do I send my official transcript to a university? 

Request a copy of your official transcript from Edmonds CC by filling in person, online, or by mail. There is a $7.75 charge per transcript requested online, and $15 charge for those requested in person or by mail. Find out more about transcript forms and instructions.

When requesting your transcripts please include the university's address where you would like the transcripts sent, or you may choose to pick up your transcript and send it to your chosen university. If you pick up your transcripts, you will need present photo identification. Please note: Official transcripts must remain sealed in the envelope. Once opened, universities will no long accept them as official.

3.  Should I choose a major before transferring? 

Yes! When applying to a four-year university, students often have to apply to both the university and to their major. Many majors have prerequisite courses and other admissions requirements that you can fulfill within your associate degree here at Edmonds CC.

If you are undecided about your major, you may want to visit the Counseling Center in Mountlake Terrace Hall, room 145 or by calling 425.640.1358.

Once you have decided on a major you should work with an advisor in the Advising Center and plan for prerequisite courses.  For an appointment with an advisor, call 425.640.1458.

4.  What is the difference between the Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree?

The AA degree is designed for students pursuing majors in the liberal arts such as Psychology, English, Political Science, History, Education, etc. There are separate AA degrees for Biology and Business. The AA degree includes a balance of general education courses in English, math, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and electives. Most universities, except the University of Washington, will accept the AA degree as a whole and consider all general education classes fulfilled. Students must still meet university admission and major admission requirements.

The AS degree (tracks 1 and 2) is designed for students pursuing majors in the sciences such as Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, etc. The majority of requirements under this degree are science and math courses. The degree requires only 15 credits of humanities and social sciences courses and students may have to fulfill more general education courses at their transfer institution, depending on the major.