Preparing to transfer to a 4-year college or university can be very exciting and challenging. The more you take charge of your education, the more positive your experience will be. North offers transfer advising, events, publications and other resources to assist you with the transfer process. These pages provide information and resources to help you navigate the steps leading to a successful transfer.

As part of the transfer process, most students choose to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate in Business or Associate of Science degree. Since you will need to fulfill associate degree requirements as well as major prerequisites and 4-year university or college requirements, planning early and doing your research is important! If you start early and work with an academic advisor to create an educational plan, the process can be much clearer and your path easier to navigate.

The College Transfer Pathways Handbook, available in Advising, is a great resource to help guide you through the transfer process. 

Transfer Degrees at North

Read about each transfer degree and its requirements:
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree 
Associate in Business (AB) Degree
Associate of Science General (AS-Gen) Degree 
Associate of Science Option #1 (AS-1) Degree 
Associate of Science Option #2 (AS –2) Degree 

Direct Transfer Agreement

The AA, AB and General AS degrees are Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degrees. This means that most Washington state 4-year colleges agree to accept all 90 credits from your degree for transfer, and you may be able to transfer with junior status, depending on whether you have also met prerequisites for your major. Some colleges and universities will also consider most or all of your general education requirements to be met if you complete a DTA degree.

The DTA does not guarantee you admission to a university but, in some cases, may give you priority over other transfer students without a degree, provided all college/university admission requirements are met. Some colleges and universities have special scholarships reserved for transfer students with a DTA degree and minimum GPA. It is best to meet with a North advisor to determine which degree works best for your educational goals and what is required for each participating institution.

List of One Year Transfer Courses – Washington 45 

A student who completes courses selected from within the general education categories   listed below at a public community, technical, four-year college or university in Washington State will be able to transfer and apply a maximum of 45 quarter credits toward general education requirement(s) at any other public and most private higher education institutions in the state.[1]

For transfer purposes, a student must have a minimum grade of C or better (2.0 or above) in each course completed from this list. 

Students who transfer Washington 45 courses must still meet a receiving institution’s admission requirements and eventually satisfy all their general education requirements and their degree requirements in major, minor and professional programs.

The list of courses in Washington 45 does not replace the Direct Transfer Agreement, Associate of Science Tracks I and II or any Major Related Program agreement, nor will it guarantee admission to a four-year institution.

List of One Year Transfer Courses – Washington 45

Transfer Events

Transfer events are created to give students easy access to university representatives and specific transfer information. Regularly check the Advising calendar for information about these transfer events arranged every quarter. Also, for current stories on all College activities, including Advising, visit NSC News at:

These events include:

  • • Transfer Fairs:  College and university representatives from Washington and out-of-state 4-year universities and colleges are present to answer student questions regarding admissions and programs offered and provide general campus information.
  • • Information Sessions: Program and admissions advisors from 4-year colleges and universities hold group information sessions to answer questions and to present information about majors, admissions and requirements.
  • • Information Tables: Individual college and university representatives are available to answer transfer questions at tables set up on the NSC campus.
  • • Individual Advising Appointments: Students can schedule individual advising appointments with a university admissions advisor to discuss program requirements and to review student transcripts.
  • • Transfer Workshops:  NSC advisors, counselors and faculty provide sessions on topics such writing a personal statement, choosing a major, associate degrees and the transfer process.

Additionally, colleges and universities host transfer information sessions on their own campuses. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions to get a feel for the campus, the faculty and the student body.