The College Transfer program offers courses in a wide range of academic fields common to undergraduate study in colleges
and universities. These courses meet requirements for associates’ degrees and will transfer to four-year institutions
within guidelines established by those schools. The courses and programs offered are designed to enable the student to
make a successful transition to a baccalaureate institution.
Students who plan to transfer to a specific college or university should work with a transfer advisor, and also request
information from the four-year institution(s) they want to attend. These procedures are even more important for students
who wish to transfer but don’t intend to earn the A.A. degree. Most four-year schools have special requirements for
transfer of courses without the A.A. degree.
(Note: The A.A. Degree Requirements
are listed in detail below on this page.)
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a
specific field of study should work closely with their advisor to plan their Associate of Arts
(A.A.) degree. In addition to the Associate of Arts degree, special courses of study
have been designed for the following areas of emphasis at the Seattle Colleges:
The Associate of Arts in Business Degree is designed to satisfy lower division
general education and business requirements at Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) is also intended to be a transfer degree.
However, there are certain major areas of study in which the student may not be able
to take all the courses necessary to transfer with junior standing. Please contact an advisor for more information
on this degree program. For specific courses leading to a pre-major in a number of science fields, refer to the
College Transfer section for each college.
Degree requirements include satisfactory completion of at least 90 approved credits with a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above) must be earned at the Seattle College granting the degree.
The Associate of Science Transfer degree is intended for students who wish to
transfer as juniors to four-year institutions in the state of Washington.
Degree requirements include satisfactory completion of at least 90 approved credits with a 2.0
cumulative GPA. At least 15 credits in college-level courses (100 or above)
must be earned at the Seattle College granting the degree.
Two differing focus of study options are offered:
Students should contact an advisor for specific program requirements.
Transfer services and information are available at all three Seattle Colleges through the campus
During their first few quarters of study at Seattle Colleges, students are encouraged to explore
the various options for majors at the four-year institutions and to become knowledgeable
about admissions and graduation requirements for any majors they are considering.
Representatives from local four-year institutions meet with Seattle Colleges
students on an individual basis at all three campuses to provide information regarding admissions
deadlines and transfer requirements. Group information sessions are also scheduled on each
campus, providing students an opportunity to meet with faculty and college admissions
representatives from different majors.
Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to become knowledgeable about the admissions and graduation requirements
of the four-year institution that he or she plans to attend.
Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college
or university are advised to give careful consideration
to the following information:
College Transfer A.A. Degree Requirements
The Seattle Colleges A.A. degree is designed to fulfill a set
of desired learning outcomes for the general education of a college undergraduate in the
United States in the 21st century.
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.