Transfer Credits to WSU

You can get credit for university-level courses or exams you have already completed. The exact way your prior credits will transfer to WSU depends on the type of institution, program or exam you used.

Here’s a quick breakdown for how transfer credits generally work:

  • WSU will determine what credits transfer and whether they meet degree requirements.
  • WSU accepts D grades for transfer. WSU will review credits from courses and programs and look for equivalencies to course goals, content and level of instruction.
  • Not everything that transfers counts towards graduation requirements. Degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education, prerequisites, major/minor courses and electives.

Types of Credits

Winona State University determines what credits transfer from international universities and whether they meet degree requirements.

To receive credits for work completed, an official course-by-course evaluation must be submitted to International Student and Scholar Services, and the evaluation must be completed by a NACES certified company.

WSU strongly recommends that you ask for a Course by Course evaluation through IERF, ECE or WES.

The earlier you do this in your admission and enrollment process, the earlier we will be able to advise you on your courses for future terms. We are not able to provide you information on how many credits will be accepted until the credit evaluation report is received.

You may be required to provide either a syllabus or course description in English in order for your coursework to be evaluated by WSU.

Learn more about applying to WSU as an international student.

WSU will give undergraduate course credit for scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement exams.

There is an exception for the English Language and Composition Exam.

You will need to score a 4 or 5 to receive three college credits toward WSU's freshman English requirement (ENG 111). Then you only have to take a one-credit English 112 class to complete this skills requirement for graduation.

If you score a 3 on the English Lang/Comp or Lit/Comp AP test, you will receive three general elective credits.

You may receive 3 or more course credits for scores of 4 or higher on individual Higher Level IB exams.

If you earn an IB diploma, you will be granted 6 undergraduate course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Higher Level IB exam.

You will receive 2 undergraduate course credits for scores of 4 or higher on each Standard Level IB exam.

Results from A Level exams are considered for advanced credit.