How Your Credits Transfer

We understand the importance of getting all the facts before making a decision on where to obtain your degree. The steps below outline how credits transfer to PSU and general graduation requirements.

Understand PSU's Basic Transfer Rules

Our Basic Transfer Rules provide you with an overview of how credits transfer to PSU. PSU accepts college-level credit earned in academic degree programs at colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations as recommended in Transfer Credit Practices of Designated Educational Institutions. Learn more. 

Determine How Your Credits Will Transfer

If you are transferring college-level credits from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, PSU will accept your credits. Your transcripts will be evaluated when you apply for admission. If admitted, you will receive a transfer evaluation that shows how your credits transfer to PSU and how they fit into your graduation requirements. Prior to applying for admission, there are tools available to help you determine how your credits will transfer.

  • Transferology Course ArticulationLook up how your college credits transfer to PSU (for Oregon and Washington colleges, community colleges, and universities only).
  • Academic Advising: Advisors can help you develop a course plan prior to transfer (and help you choose a major) and discuss information about degree and major requirements.
  • School of Business: See how your credits transfer, how to visit campus and more.
  • Engineering/Computer Science: Local community college transfer guides.


Transferology (formerly provides transfer course equivalency information and degree progress reports. The PSU Transferology System is a web-based advising system intended to assist prospective transfer students in reviewing course transferability to Portland State University. Information obtained through this system is unofficial. An official Transfer Evaluation Report is provided upon admission to Portland State University. For Oregon and Washington colleges, community colleges, and universities only.

Before logging in to Transferology, review the Basic Transfer Rules for an overview of how credits transfer. 

Understanding Transferology

  • Portland State University accepts credits from accredited institutions even though matches may not be displayed in Transferology. These courses will be evaluated upon formal admission to Portland State. Such courses, when entered into your student account in Transferology, will show up on the “Maybe” tab under Matches and may show up as a course from an "unknown institution" on Programs (degree audit reports).
  • Many transfer courses are assigned an equivalency of 'LD' (lower division) or 'UD' (upper division) instead of a course number. The 'LD/UD' designated courses will apply to total degree hours.
  • This system provides the most current information available regarding course transferability and changes to Portland State University curriculum and degree requirements.
  • Degree requirements and course articulation may change prior to student's admittance to PSU.
  • Advisers can access Transferology Lab and view Equivalency Tables for most, but not every, local transfer partner, as well as AP, IB and CLEP exams. Portland State University accepts credits from accredited institutions even though Transfer Tables may not be displayed. Some Transfer Tables are more complete than others. Portland State may accept credits for a course even though it is not listed in a Transfer Table. If a course is not listed in a transfer table, it may show up as an "unknown" course on the Program (degree audit report). This type, of course, will be evaluated upon formal admission to Portland State.

Log in to Transferology

Understand PSU's Graduation Requirements

To graduate from PSU students must complete at least 180 quarter credits with a minimum of 72 upper-division credits (300 and 400-level). Writing 121 (or equivalent) is required at time of admission to PSU.

Degree Requirements + General Education Requirements + Academic Major Requirements = 180 credits (with 72 of those credits at upper division level).


Additional Resources

Transferring from an Oregon Community College:

Transferring from out-of-state: