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 Frequently Asked Questions About Transferring Credits From NWTC

  1. How do I request that my credits be sent to another college?
  2. How do I know where my credits will transfer?
  3. Why can't I find information about all courses on TIS? How can I find transfer information about a course not listed on TIS?
  4. What is General Education? Why is General Education important in transfer planning?
  5. Who decides how courses will transfer?
  6. If I use TIS to see how a course transfers today, for how long can I "count on" the course transferring as shown on the TIS report?
  7. Will my credits from a technical or community college transfer to a
    UW campus?

 

1.  How do I request that my credits be sent to another college?

Answer: To request that your credits be sent to another college, you will need to do a transcript request.  Click this link to find out more information on requesting transcripts.

2.  How do I know where my credits will transfer?

Answer: To find out how your credits will transfer from a college outside of Wisconsin or from a private college or university within Wisconsin, you will need to contact the campus to which you wish to transfer.  In some cases, you may need to apply or be admitted to the college or university before receiving an evaluation of your transfer courses. 

The TIS Credit Transfer Wizards is available to report information for public colleges and universities in Wisconsin. This includes the 26 campuses in the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Extension’s Independent Learning courses, and the 16 districts within the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).   http://www.uwsa.edu/tis/will/index.shtml

3. Why can't I find information about all courses on TIS? How can I find transfer information about a course not listed on TIS?

Answer: There are several reasons why course information may be missing from TIS. They include:

  • The course is new to the campus.  There may be a delay between the time a new course is added at a campus and when the transfer information appears in TIS.
  • (The course is no longer offered at the campus.
  • The course is an upper level course. In some cases, UW campuses have provided only freshman/sophomore transfer course information to TIS.
  • (TIS includes limited transfer information for occupational or technical courses offered at Wisconsin Technical College System campuses.   Check the  WTCS Transfer Agreements section of TIS to see if these courses transfer as part of a WTCS transfer agreement.  

    Blackhawk Technical College, Chippewa Valley Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, Gateway Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Mid-State Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Southwest Wisconsin Technical College, Waukesha County Technical College, Western Technical College, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

 

4. What is General Education? Why is General Education important in transfer planning?

Answer: Every college requires students to satisfy a set of general requirements
(in addition to requirements in their major) in order to graduate.  General Education requirements (also known as Gen Ed, General Degree Requirements, GE and GER ) may include basic student competency or proficiency requirements, such
as English composition, mathematics, and foreign language.  They also include distribution or breadth requirements in the arts, humanities, natural and social sciences as a foundation for specialization.

Different colleges have different general education requirements.  The Gen Ed column on the TIS Transfer Report tells you how the transfer course may be used to satisfy general education requirements at the "Transfer To" campus. You can also use the General Education Wizard section on TIS to find out what courses at your current campus transfer for general education credit at another UW or WTCS campus.

5. Who decides how courses will transfer?

Answer: Each college has different programs, program requirements and courses.  Since the level of the coursework and the course content are different, each campus makes its own determination as to how transfer courses fit into its requirements. 
In most cases campus faculty members are responsible for deciding how a
course transfers.

6. If I use TIS to see how a course transfers today, for how long can I "count on" the course transferring as shown on the TIS report?

Answer: The transfer course information listed on the TIS Transfer Report is guaranteed for courses taken during the current or immediately succeeding semester and, when students choose to transfer, will "count" as indicated on the report. The transfer equivalencies listed in TIS are accurate but may satisfy different degree requirements depending upon the specific major or program. In addition, course revisions or changes in requirements may cause equivalencies to change. Therefore, it is the student's responsibility to (1) discuss specific circumstances with an advisor, (2) check TIS for periodic updates and (3) retain printed copies of dated TIS reports for the semester the course is taken to ensure documentation if questions arise upon transfer.

7. Will my credits from a technical or community college transfer to a UW campus?

Answer:

(a) If you are transferring from a Wisconsin Technical College:

  • Students transferring from the Wisconsin Technical College System Liberal Studies ("college transfer") program at Madison Area, Milwaukee Area, Nicolet Area, Chippewa Valley, or Western Technical College may generally transfer
    up to 72 credits to any UW campus.  Some UW campuses may accept
    additional credits.
  • Courses from WTCS Associate Degree occupational programs may be accepted by UW campuses in three ways by checking the TIS Transfer Course Wizard:
  • A maximum of 30 credits from approved WTCS general education courses in communications, social sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics, and natural science may transfer.
  • In some cases, UW campuses will accept in transfer occupational/ technical courses from WTCS applied associate degree programs.
  • UW and WTCS campuses have over 500 transfer, or articulation, agreements
    that permit WTCS students enrolled in specific associate degree programs to transfer additional occupational credit.  These credits may transfer to other University of Wisconsin campuses only if a similar credit transfer or articulation agreement exists.

 

(b) If you are transferring from a community or technical college located outside
of Wisconsin:

You will need to contact the UW campus to which you wish to transfer to find out how our credits will transfer.  In some cases, you may need to apply or be admitted to the UW campus before receiving an official evaluation of your transfer courses. 

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