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Transferring to Pierce College at JBLM

Follow these Four Easy Steps to Get Started

Many of our students are transferring in coursework that was completed at other institutions or experiential learning earned through military service. Follow these four easy steps to make it a stress free process.

  1. Review our getting started steps.
  2. Request your official transcripts from all prior institutions (unofficial transcripts can be used for advising purposes only).
    Military students can request their Joint Service Transcript here.
    NOTE: All services have recently combined transcripts, so all branches will now request their Transcript via the Joint Service Transcript website linked above.
  3. Once transcripts have been received, complete a Transcript Evaluation Request form
  4. Once you have received your degree evaluation, reply or come in with any questions that you have.

Trying to Register Now? Self-Evaluate!

1. Do I need to take the math placement exam?

I have taken a college-level math course such as precalculus, calculus or statistics and earned a grade of C or higher at another regionally accredited college or university.

True: Great, if you have successfully completed a college level math course, you do NOT need to complete the math placement exam.

False: If you have not successfully completed a college level math course, you may need to take the math placement exam.


I have taken and earned a C or higher on a math course from another regionally accredited college or university.

True: Our academic advisors will be able to review the course description for your completed math course and let you know the Pierce College equivalency. If the course is not evaluated as a college level course, you may use the placement recommended to you by the advisor or you can choose to complete the math placement exam.

False: If you have not successfully completed a math course, you will need to take the math placement exam.


I have taken a placement exam within the past 12 months.

True: You can use the placement score that you earned on the placement exam even if it was not taken at Pierce College. Be sure to submit a copy of your scores to an academic advisor.

False: If you have not successfully completed a math course or taken the placement exam, you WILL be required to take the placement exam.

2. Do I need to take the English placement exam?

I have taken a college level English course such as English Composition 1 or English Composition 2 and earned a grade of C or higher at another regionally accredited college or university.

True: Great, if you have successfully completed a college level English course you do NOT need to complete the English placement exam.

False: If you have not successfully completed a college level English course, you may need to take the English placement exam.


I have taken and earned a C or higher on an English course from another regionally accredited college or university.

True: Our academic advisors will be able to review the course description for your completed English course and let you know the Pierce College equivalency. If the course is not evaluated as a college-level course, you may use the placement recommended to you by the advisor or you can choose to complete the English placement exam.

False: If you have not successfully completed a English course, you will need to take the English placement exam.


I have taken a placement exam within the past 12 months.

True: You can use the placement score that you earned on the placement exam even if it was not taken at Pierce College. Be sure to submit a copy of your scores to an academic advisor.

False: If you have not successfully completed an English course or taken the placement exam, you WILL be required to take the placement exam.

3. Where do my courses fall within my degree?

For an accurate determination of how your transfer courses will fall within your degree, you will need to complete a Transcript Evaluation Request form. Once you submit this request, an advisor will review your transcript and let you know where your courses fall and what courses you have remaining to complete your degree.

Whie you wait to hear back officially from your advisor, you can review your degree program and begin taking a course that you are certain is required and that you have not yet completed. If you are unsure of whether or not to take a course, please verify with an advisor prior to registering. You can speak to an advisor by coming to the office during walk-in hours or by emailing us at miladvising@pierce.ctc.edu

4. What course should I begin with?

Start by looking at the degree program you are pursuing under Degrees and Programs. Look at the class requirements for each area of the degree. Have you completed the required math courses? Have you completed the required communication (English) courses? If not, start there!

If you have taken some, but not all, of the required math or English courses, then sit down with an advisor with your transcript to ensure you complete the appropriate courses. If you have not completed any math or English courses, start by taking the placement exam.

Tuition Assistance or Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The financial aid process can be challenging and confusing. The Pierce College financial aid team is committed to making the financial aid process as transparent and understandable as possible.

The staff at JBLM can provide limited information about the financial aid process. For detailed information, please contact the financial aid team via email at financialaid@pierce.ctc.edu or call 253-964-6544. Please include your full name and student ID number with your email inquiry.

Scholarship Opportunities

Check out some of these great opportunities:

Military Tuition Assistance

  • GoArmyEd: Active Duty Army students can use their TA by completing all registration through Go Army Ed. You will need to work with an Army Education Counselor to change your home school and degree.
  • Air Force Portal: Active Duty Air Force students must have their courses and TA approved through the Air Force Portal.
  • Veteran Benefits: Veterans using their education benefits must work with our Veteran Services offices to activate those benefits and have their courses approved.