International Education - Transferring to University

Transferring to a University

Pierce College is well known for university transfer.   You can take courses at Pierce that are equivalent to the first two years of study at four-year colleges and universities; you can then transfer your Pierce College credits and enter a bachelor's degree program as a third-year student. 

Pierce College has articulation agreements with colleges and universities across Washington State, including the University of Washington and Washington State University.   In addition, credits from Pierce College are recognized by universities throughout the US.  Recent Pierce College graduates have been admitted to top American universities, including:

Carnegie Mellon University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), New York
Digipen Institute of Technology
George Washington University
Indiana University, Bloomington
New York University (NYU)
Oregon State University
Purdue University
Rutgers University

State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo
St. Louis University
University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
University of California at Davis (UC Davis)
University of California at Irvine (UC Irvine)
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Nevada at Los Vegas (UNLV)
University of Washington, Seattle  
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire


Conditional Admission to University

Pierce College has developed conditional admission agreements with several partner universities. These university partners will offer admission to any student who is admitted to Pierce.  (The offer of admission does not apply to certain majors.)  The steps are:

  • Apply to Pierce College
  • On your Pierce College application, write the name of the partner university of your choice.  Choose from these partner universities:  conditional admission agreements
  • Receive a letter of conditional admission from the university when you receive your Pierce College letter of admission


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