Many students at Clark College are planning to transfer to a university to complete additional education. Students have multiple options for transferring. Often, students will choose to complete a transfer degree at Clark. Some students may choose to complete some classes at Clark without actually attaining a transfer degree. Others may be completing prerequisite courses at Clark for entrance into a particular program at another school. Students in the state of Washington have certain rights and responsibilities that are outlined in the Transfer Rights and Responsibilities Policy
set forth by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The Direct Transfer Agreement
Students who earn Clark College’s Associate in Arts, or Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree will normally be able to transfer to most Washington colleges and universities with junior standing, having met most or all lower division general education requirements. More information regarding the guidelines for the DTA can be found in the Direct Transfer Agreement.
As students prepare to transfer to another school, they must consider timelines and coordinating their time at Clark with when they plan to transfer. The Transfer Timeline provides information about what should be happening at different points in your academic career.
Ensuring Course Transferability
Students should make sure that they are taking courses that will transfer to the institution that they will attend after leaving Clark College. Advisors can assist student in choosing courses that will transfer to other schools, although it is always the receiving institution that ultimately determines transfer equivalencies. Therefore, students are encouraged to connect with transfer school advisors in addition to Clark College advisors. Many universities, particularly those in this geographic area, will provide transfer equivalency guides to lead students in the right direction in terms of taking classes that are transferable. Please visit our Equivalency Guide page for more information.
University Advising at Clark College
University advisors often come to Clark College to meet with prospective students and provide information. There is a Washington State University Vancouver representative housed in the Advising Office that students can make appointments with. Contact WSU Vancouver to schedule an appointment with the Transfer Coordinator. Also, visit the Event Calendar page for information about our College Transfer Fairs or upcoming visits by individual university advisors like Portland State University and Concordia University).