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Transfer FAQ

Transferring into the school that will become your alma mater is exciting — and also a bit confusing. Don't think you're the only one with questions about the process and experience of transferring. Please peruse the list of frequently asked questions below, and if you don't find the question or answer you're looking for, contact us directly and we'll give you the help you need.

Future Students

How can I be certain that I will be accepted to the university when I am ready to transfer?

Students with at least 24 transferable semester credits and an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 can transfer to UNLV. Transfer course work must have been completed at regionally accredited colleges or universities.  Students must also be in good standing and eligible to return to the university or college last attended (i.e., an applicant cannot be on academic or behavioral suspension).

Please note that all students that have earned an Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, or Associate of Science from an NSHE college are automatically admitted by UNLV and are given credit for meeting all of the general education core curriculum requirements.

If I have an Associate of Applied Science from an NSHE college, can I transfer to UNLV?

Students pursuing the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) must qualify for admission to UNLV on the basis of their transferable course work. Thus, a minimum of 24 transferable semester credits and a GPA of 2.50 is required.

Where should I mail my transcript?

Send official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended to:

UNLV Office Admissions
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451021
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021

Will the grades I transfer to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, count in my UNLV GPA?

Grades for the courses you transfer to UNLV will be used only to determine your transfer GPA for the purpose of admission. The UNLV GPA does not include grades from other institutions.

Do I need to meet the minimum grade point average required for the major at the university?

In addition to the university-required admission GPA of 2.5, particular majors may require a higher GPA. Each major may set an entrance GPA requirement suitable for the field. The GPA requirement for each major is available in the admission application. Please note that if an applicant meets the university GPA admission requirement, but not the GPA for his or her intended major, the applicant is still admissible to UNLV.

How do the courses that I have taken apply to the major and the degree that I am interested in at the university?

Even though there are some similarities within the required general education core requirements, every major at the university will have its own degree-specific requirements. It is very important that students refer to the UNLV Undergraduate Catalog, which outlines the course of study for each undergraduate degree.

Do you accept credits from universities outside of the U.S.?

Generally, UNLV will accept credits from international postsecondary institutions recognized by a country’s Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution.

What types of courses are transferable to the university?

UNLV will consider only baccalaureate-level courses for transfer. UNLV will not grant credit for remedial, vocational, or religion courses from private institutions. If students are planning on pursuing a bachelor's degree, they will want to be sure to contact the Transfer Center at the college or university they are attending and enroll in courses that are designed to meet bachelor's degree requirements. Courses that do not count toward the bachelor’s degree at NSHE universities will be labeled in the Nevada transfer institution college catalog with a "B," "C," or "D" suffix added to the end of the course number or will be below 100, indicating remediation. For questions about transferability of course work, please contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

How can I find out how a course will transfer?

Use the Transfer Course Equivalency Tables to find out about the transferability of specific courses from other institutions. If the specific course you are looking for is not listed, please contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor for assistance.

How many nontraditional credits can be applied towards a degree at UNLV?

Advanced Placement, CLEP, or military service credits, are examples of nontraditional credit. The maximum number of credits that may be applied toward a UNLV degree from these programs is 60. An official copy of appropriate grades/scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the school, testing, or reporting agency.

My school is on the quarter system. How will my quarter credits convert to semester credits?

The conversion of credits from the quarter to the semester system is 2/3. To convert your credits, take the total number of transferable units times by two and divide by three. This will give you the number of credits you have earned on the semester system.

I was awarded academic renewal/ academic forgiveness at my previous institution. How will UNLV view that in regards to my admission?

UNLV does not recognize academic renewal or forgiveness policies from other institutions. All grades displayed on the student record will be used in the calculation of the transfer GPA.

If I repeat a course at my school, will UNLV count both attempts in the calculation of my GPA?

If a student repeats a course, both grades will not be calculated. Only the second attempt will be used in the calculation of the transfer GPA. If a course is repeated three times, an average of the last two grades will be used to calculate the admissions GPA. Students must repeat the course at the original institutions where they earned the credits in order for the grade to be replaced.

Am I eligible for financial aid and scholarships at the university when I transfer?

Students who plan to transfer to UNLV in the next semester and have applied for admission are eligible to apply for financial aid and scholarships at UNLV..

Current Students

What is the appeal process for reconsideration of a course that is not transferable at the time of admission?

Students who have earned 15 or more credits from UNLV may petition for reconsideration of acceptance of transfer credit. The petition must be submitted with the recommendation of your advisor, department chair, and dean directly to the Faculty Senate Office for consideration by the Admissions Committee, with copies of course description and transcripts. In addition, recommendation from the UNLV department offering the compatible course is required. Obtain the Petition Form online for further instruction.

Can I take classes somewhere else over the summer, and how do I make sure they will transfer back to UNLV?

Please discuss this first with your academic advisor. Then check the Transfer Course Equivalency Tables for the course transfer information. If the school is not listed, or the specific courses you are looking for are not listed, please contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor for assistance.

I am returning to school after a break in attendance of a few years. Will the credits I had previously earned still count towards my degree? Do credits expire?

From an admissions stand point, credits do not expire. However, within particular majors, there are courses that need to have been completed within a certain time frame to be applicable to degree major requirements. Your academic advisor can assist you with circumstances specific to your situation.