Students who transfer to Boise State must make sure their previously earned credits are accepted by Boise State.
Associate Registrar Mandy Nelson is part of Boise State’s efforts to determine what classes and credits from other schools make the cut at the university level.
“Basically, what we do is ask admissions for a list so we can find out what our top 50 schools that we are having students transfer from,” Nelson said.
With this list, Nelson and her staff at the registrars office asks each educational department personnel to review courses offered at other schools and to determine their value at Boise State.
“We want to do the schools we know students are coming from,” Nelson said. “It doesn’t make any sense to do a full evaluation of Harvard if we have only one Harvard transfer every year.”
Students who do not receive full credit for transfers can blame the academic scheduling of previously attended schools.
“Those who receive a partial transfer, like a 2.66 out of three don’t get full credit because they may have taken the class in a quarter period instead of one of two semesters as courses are offered at Boise State,” Nelson said. “If you are going from semester to semester, your credits are going to transfer.”
Other credits like religious studies courses or those meant to prepare students for college level programs.
“Some schools may award credit for a course that we consider remedial here, like remedial math, or remedial English, one of those review type courses like Math 25,” Nelson said.
Technical programs may not transfer either, but according to Nelson, it doesn’t hurt to contact the registrar’s office to double check. Nelson said Boise State now has an electronic database system through which department heads can quickly and easily review courses from other higher education institutions.
The Transfer Equivalency System allows students to look up their previous schools on the registrar website to determine credit transfer eligibility.
“It’s a lot easier using this automated system,” Nelson said. “We used to make photocopies of all the Idaho catalogs and we would send out giant stacks of paper and they would have to hand write everything in.”
For international students looking to transfer to Boise State, the process may take up to six weeks, as Boise State uses an outside service to determine the value of international credits.
Those with prior learning in certain educational fields may be given the option to satisfy course or degree requirements with satisfactory test and exam scores as part of the Credit for Prior Learning Policy on campus.
Boise State transfer student William Peralta has spent some time on the registrar’s website and is expecting his credits from the College of Western Idaho to transfer over in full.
“I talked with a counselor at CWI way before I thought about transferring,” Peralta said. “I didn’t want to take classes that didn’t count here and I wanted to go to school at Boise State.”