1) Why does the CWU College of Business have a special section dedicated to Transfer Students?
Over 60% of students who graduate in the College of Business program have taken course work from a transfer institution. Because of this very large volume and diverse academic background of transfer students, it is extremely important for transfer students to fully understand how prior courses articulate to satisfy admission and graduation requirements at CWU and within a College of Business degree program.
2) Which College of Business location should I choose?
Those students admitted to Central with a DTA (Direct Transfer Associate) may choose any of our campus locations in Ellensburg, Des Moines, and/or Lynnwood. Those students transferring in without a DTA will most likely need to come to the Ellensburg campus since it offers the complete 4-year university experience. Neither the CWU-Des Moines nor CWU-Lynnwood campuses offer 100-200 level courses though both are co-located on community college campuses of Highline and Edmonds, respectively, where students can obtain 100-200 level courses. While every location offers Accounting and Business Administration degrees, not every location has identical program offerings. For instance, the Finance Specialization is offered only at the Ellensburg campus. For program location details link here.
3) I have been accepted by CWU. When should I apply to the College of Business?
You should apply to the College of Business after all of your transcripts from other institutions have been evaluated. Official evaluation of transcripts is conducted after you have been admitted into the university by the Office of Admission and after you pay the confirmation fee. Students transferring in with a DTA will most likely apply one quarter before their DTA posts to ensure complete recognition of their Associates Degree as well as meeting the specific pre-admission courses required by the College of Business.
4) How can I apply to my College of Business Major?
Applications for a College of Business major are ONLY accepted at the mandatory College of Business New Student Orientations. Program advising sheets may be found HERE. New students must plan to attend one of these sessions in Ellensburg or at CWU-Des Moines or CWU-Lynnwood. Formal admission into the major is required before students can register into most of the required upper division courses. Students who are not formally admitted at time of registration, will be blocked from taking most business or accounting classes. During the mandatory orientation sessions, you will learn more about our programs, admission and graduation requirements, and the many opportunities and resources available to help with your academic and career objectives.
5) How long does it take for an official credit evaluation?
Once your transcripts reach the CWU Office of Admissions, processing time can vary from a few days for in-state community college transcripts, to two-weeks for 4-year or out-of-state college transcripts. Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives, with those endorsed by the Washington Society of CPAs preferred.
6) How do I know when my transcripts have been evaluated and if they transfer as equivalencies to meet my business degree program?
You can view your Transfer Credit Report using the CWU Wildcat Connection and your student SAFARI account. In SAFARI-Student Center under academics in the drop down "other academic" box you will find a transfer credit report. On the transfer credit report, verify the accuracy of the course articulations. Anything ending in LD (lower division) or UD (upper division) is not transferring into CWU as direct equivalencies. Be aware that universities and community colleges can have different rules about courses. For example, in the instance of course repeats, many community colleges will use the best grade. At CWU, the last time the course was taken is the grade used.
7) What if a CB required course does not transfer as a direct equivalency as indicated on my Transfer Credit Report?
Meet with a CB professional advisor to discuss the course petition process using the Permit to Substitute form. These types of petitions will require a copy of the course description from the transfer school and if requested, a copy of the course syllabus (especially for 300- or 400-level courses). The petition form should be submitted with the Application for Major. The College of Business will NOT approve course substitutions until all transcripts are evaluated and processed by a CWU Credentials Evaluator and are reflected on your Transfer Credit Report.
8) What if my community college does not offer the exact same math courses expected by CWU's College of Business?
In order to have a seamless transition from Washington community colleges to Washington four-year institutions, an agreement known as the Business Direct Transfer Associates agreement was made. This agreement is found at HERE. This agreement acknowledges the importance of a high standard of numeric literacy in today's business world. The CWU College of Business expects those courses agreed to, including finite, business calculus, and statistics. If your community college does not offer these specific courses or you did not take them, the transfer is not so seamless. In general, however, if students do not have the agreed upon math courses, we will typically accept three "substantial" math subjects that approximate the level and complexity of these courses. For instance, a pre-calculus course, business calculus course, and a statistics course meet our expectations. Exact course-to-course articulations for Washington state institutions are located at the CWU Registrar's page. From this link, besides statistics, we will accept courses that articulate as equivalencies to CWU MATH 130, 154, 170, 172, 173.
9) What if I tested into a high level math and only have two of the three substantial math courses needed for admission into a business major?
If students do not have the agreed upon math courses, we will typically accept three "substantial" math subjects that approximate the level and complexity of these courses.
10) What if I took Introduction to Law instead of Business Law?
You will need to have a Business Law course in order to be admitted to the CWU College of Business.
11) Once I am admitted into Central and into my College of Business major, will I simply have to take required courses in the major to graduate?
NO. As you will find out at our mandatory orientation session, there are many graduation requirements not only within your major but that all students at CWU regardless of major must satisfy. CB students will have a minimum of four GPA thresholds that must be satisfied to graduate. Students with a high number of transfer credits must also satisfy residency requirements, which consist of a minimum of 45 CWU credits to obtain a degree from CWU. One requirement that typically impacts transfer students is the 180 units needed to obtain a bachelor's degree at Central. In fact, most students with a Direct Transfer Associates degree will often complete their entire accounting or business administration major and still need additional classes to satisfy this requirement. Please see the following example student scenario.
Example of a Business Administration Degree Seeking Transfer Student
Number of transfer credits from community college including completing the 35 credits of CB pre-admission. (40 if transferring in 3 accounting courses from the community college).
CB required core classes: FIN 370, SCM 310, MIS386, MKT362, MGT382, ADMG 385, MGT 489
UNITS STILL REQUIRED to meet the 180 total credits
12) How often are classes offered and how fast can I reasonably expect to graduate?
Business Administration core courses are offered at least once a quarter at each location. Be aware that elective courses may be offered only once a year. Accounting core required courses may be offered only a few times a year. At the orientation session, we acquaint you with our Tentative Annual Schedule and how to put together a graduation plan. As to how quickly you can graduate, it really is a case-by-case basis. There can be add-ons, for example, based on student interest. Students pursuing the CPA often take more courses for the 225 credit requirement. Many of our students are trying for an optimal combination of specializations, certificates and minors for advancement in their career. However, for those students who arrived with a DTA, take 15 credits a quarter, and who have thoroughly planned out their schedule, then 6 quarters would be a reasonable expectation for a degree.
13) I am an international student. What should I be aware of?
Students wishing to have credits from non-United States institutions considered for transfer into the College of Business for any major or minor must have their transcripts evaluated through outside credential evaluators who are members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), such as the Foundation for International Services (FIS), the World Education Services (WES), or Educational Perspectives, with those endorsed by the Washington Society of CPAs preferred.
International students whose native language is not English must meet one of the following English proficiency requirements:
• A score of 71 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL or 525 or above on the paper-based TOEFL OR
• A score of 6.0 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. OR
• A 3.0 (B grade) or above in each of two college-level English composition courses from an accredited United States college or university. Contact the CWU Office of Admissions to find out what courses are acceptable.
International Students often have special advising requirements. Roz Moes serves international students on the Ellensburg campus and Kathy Gallentine serves the international students on the Westside.
This site is for information only and does not serve as official CB policy. This page was last updated in November 2012.