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Transfer Credit Self-Evaluation


Transfer students typically have a lot of questions about what credits transfer to Texas State and how credits will transfer toward their degree plan.  This page is designed to assist you through the steps of the transfer process. 

Please keep in mind Texas State's Transfer Admissions Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.25 GPA in all transferable courses
  • Minimum of 30 transferable credit hours from an accredited institution
  • Eligibility to return to all previous colleges and universities (free of suspension, dismissal or enforced withdraw)

The Core Curriculum

If you're currently attending another college and looking to transfer to Texas State, your top priority should be taking core classes since you'll need to complete your core courses regardless of your major. Keep in mind that you do not need to be core complete to transfer to Texas State.  Click the PDF document below to view Texas State's Core Curriculum:

Texas State Core Curriculum - 2015 : Texas State Core Curriculum 2015 (PDF, 656 KB)

See the image below to learn how to

read the core curriculum sheet: 


Note:  Sometimes, the TCCN equivalent is not the same as the equivalent course number listed at your college.  You can use the Transfer Course Equivalency System database mentioned below to double check each equivalency.

Additional Classes Taken

You may want to take more classes than just core before transferring. If you plan to do this, you'll first need to find your degree program using the Undergraduate Catalog. Also, look at the catalog to see if your program requires a specific core class, especially in math and science: 

Undergraduate Catalog

Your degree program will likely show your classes listed according to each academic year or semester of a typical four-year college career. In the catalog, the courses are listed in Texas State codes and numbers.  To find which courses are offered at your current college and their equivalencies, use our Transfer Course Equivalency System.

Transfer Course Equivalency System

Use the program to search for course numbers from your current college or search by Texas State course number. You should be able to find equivalencies for all of the transferable or remedial classes you have previously taken at any Texas college. Now you know how all of your credits transfer!

Transfer Process

Once you are ready to transfer, and meet admission requirements, you should follow the transfer admissions process.

After you have submitted your application, you will receive a letter with your decision in 4 to 5 weeks. If you are admitted, an official evaluation of all your coursework and your overall transfer GPA will also be available for review online. Your evaluation will show how each individual course transferred. Here is a brief explanation of abbreviations you may see:

• ELNA – Elective Not Advanced (transferable lower-level course with no equivalent offered at Texas State, counts toward GPA calculation)
• ELADV – Elective Advanced (transferable upper-level course with no equivalent offered at Texas State, counts toward GPA calculation)
• ACT – Physical Fitness and Wellness (One-credit KINE at most junior colleges)
• Non-Transferable – No credit for admission purposes
• VOCED – Vocational Education - No credit for admission purposes


-Texas State will transfer as many of your courses/hours that are considered transferable; however, only 66 lower-level hours will be applied toward your degree plan. Additional upper-level hours from a four-year university may also be applied.  You will need to take a minimum number of credit hours at Texas State in order to graduate with a Texas State degree.

-Repeat Policy - You may repeat a course one time to replace the first grade earned in that class, regardless of what that grade is.  Make sure that the repeat course you take is exactly the same as the initial course, or equivalent to the initial course if the repeat is taken at a different college than the first attempt.  Use our Transfer Course Equivalency System to confirm equivalencies.

-Grades of "D" and "F" are transferable.  If the course is considered a transferable course, then the grade you earned in it is transferable.  A minimum grade of "D" is required in Core Curriculum courses to satisfy Core requirements.

-At least 25% of upper-division courses must be completed in-residence at Texas State.