As a transfer student, your General Education requirements depend on the coursework and degrees you have completed before enrolling at UNLV. You should confer with the Registrar's Office and your college advising center to determine which General Education transfer credits and course substitutions are applicable to you.

The following guidelines provide an overview of which General Education courses you may receive transfer credit for.

All Transfer Students and Students with Prior Degrees

If you have already successfully completed a satisfactory three semester-credit U.S. Constitutions course from a regionally accredited institution, you must successfully complete a satisfactory Nevada Constitutions course. For Constitutions courses offered prior to 2000, please refer to the appropriate catalog course descriptions to determine which ones satisfied the Constitutions requirement.

Lower-division general education courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution that may possibly count towards UNLV general education requirements will be evaluated for transfer credit no matter in what year the courses were completed.

Upper-division courses and/or courses designed for the major may not be applicable for transfer if they are over 10 years old, depending on the field of study as determined by the UNLV College, School or Department offering coursework in that field.

If your incoming transfer credits do not match the UNLV semester credits required, UNLV will evaluate whether your transfer courses match the equivalent UNLV General Education course and compare the transfer credits earned to the number of credits required by UNLV. Then, the following determinations will be made:

  • If 66% or more of required credits for a particular UNLV requirement have been earned in the transfer course, then the requirement has been met.
  • If less than 66% of required credits have been earned in the transfer course, then the student must successfully complete additional course(s) to make up the credit shortage within that general education requirement. Students must still satisfy the minimum general education credits in every category to graduate.

Transfer Students Without a Previously Awarded Degree

You may be granted 1) an exemption for the first-year seminar if you have satisfactorily completed (passing grades) 30 or more semester credit-hours; or 2) an exemption for both the first-year and second-year seminar if you have satisfactorily completed (passing grades) 60 or more semester credit-hours.

Transfer Students Awarded an Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, or Associate of Science Degree from any Nevada System of Higher Education Community College

You are exempt from all lower-division UNLV general education requirements. You must still complete the UNLV milestone and culminating experience requirements in your baccalaureate major. You may transfer milestone experience credits if you have satisfactorily completed a class at another NSHE institution that has a common course number with a Milestone class designated as part of a milestone experience in your UNLV major.

Transfer Students Awarded a Bachelor's Degree from any Nevada System of Higher Education Institution

You are exempt from all UNLV general education requirements, except for major course requirements for your 2nd major that are also designated as part of milestone and culminating experiences.

Transfer Students Awarded a Bachelor's Degree from any Regionally Accredited Institution Outside of Nevada

Provided your previously completed general education curriculum consisted of a minimum of 30 semester-credit hours of for-credit, non-developmental courses, you are exempt from nearly all UNLV general education requirements. You must still fulfill the U.S and Nevada Constitutions requirements (if not previously completed) and major course requirements for your 2nd major that are also designated as part of milestone and culminating experiences.