Transferring credits

Most transfers from two-year colleges enter as juniors and are able to complete their degree within two years. Trinity’s credit transfer process offers quick turnaround for transcript evaluations, as well as academic and career advising.

Trinity has a very liberal credit transfer policy. If a course is similar to one taught here it will most likely transfer as general education credit, or credit within your declared major. This will vary dependent upon the requirements of your major.

  • Transfer students are welcome to transfer a maximum of 90 semester (135 quarter) credits toward a B.A. or B.S. degree, or 30 semester (45 quarter) credits toward an ABS degree.
  • Credits from accredited institutions may be accepted for transfer to either meet the general studies requirements or substitute for Trinity courses.
  • A grade of “C-” or higher is necessary for required courses, except for English Composition which requires a minimum grade of “C.”
  • A grade of “D” may be accepted toward elective credit only if the cumulative grade point is 2.0 or higher.
  • Upper division credits (300-400 level) are accepted only from regionally accredited institutions.

Credit Evaluation and Advising

If you'd like to arrange a preliminary evaluation of your transcripts for transferable credit, please call the Office of Admission at 425.249.4742. We generally request that you send transcripts to our office a minimum of one week prior to an in-person appointment so that we have ample time to evaluate your transcripts for transfer credits. 

You may submit official or unofficial transcripts. However, unofficial transcript evaluations are conditional until Trinity receives the official copies. You may also meet with an adviser who can assist you with a list of classes you will need to take, customization of your program and determining the length of time needed to complete your degree at Trinity.

Direct Transfer Agreement

Trinity Lutheran College accepts the Direct Transfer Associates Degree, or DTA-AA. Ask your community college advisor about the DTA to help ensure that every class you take is counted toward your Bachelor's Degree from Trinity. You will have junior standing when you start classes here. In other words, with the DTA all of your credits come with you.

Non-accredited Institutions

  • Trinity reserves the right to accept credits from non-accredited institutions.
  • Any credits accepted will be considered tentative until the student’s scholarship is validated by one semester of full-time (12 or more credits) study at Trinity with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • The conditions for accredited institutions apply.
  • Transfer of further credits from a non-accredited institution is not allowed after establishment of a Trinity record.

Advanced Placement Credit Policy

  • Students who have participated in College Board Advanced Placement Program may be eligible for Trinity credits.
  • Students should have College Board scores sent directly to Trinity.
  • Scores of three (3) or above may result in credit.
  • The Registrar and Academic Dean, in consultation with the appropriate academic department, will determine credit

International Baccalaureate Diploma

  • Students who have been awarded an IB Diploma may be awarded credit for Higher Level passes with scores of five (5) or higher.
  • The Registrar and office of the Academic Dean, in consultation with the appropriate academic department, will determine credit.


  • Credits may be granted for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) in accordance with the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

College Credit Recommendations

Students that present proof of courses taken and recorded in the College Credit Recommendations list that is published by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, may be granted credits toward general studies requirements in accordance with the recommendations.