Transfer Credit Policy

William Paterson University

Undergraduate Transfer Credit Policy


William Paterson University accepts transfer students for the fall and spring semesters (September and January) for full or part-time study. When applying, transfer students must present at least 12 college-level credits with a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA); nursing majors must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.   Note: some majors such as business or nursing have specific course requirements that are examined by committee. 

William Paterson University will evaluate academic courses from accredited and non-accredited institutions on an individual basis by the appropriate academic department.*

  • Courses must be similar in scope, content, and academic rigor to courses offered at William Paterson University.
  • Each course considered must have defined learning outcomes or objectives.
  • The mode of delivery is not taken into account when evaluating transfer credits.
  • William Paterson University may require a review of the syllabus and textbook(s) used for the course.
  • Courses must be college-level (numbered 100 or higher; e.g., Math 101). Courses numbered below 100 are remedial, not college-level and will not transfer (e.g., Math 099).
  • Minimal grade to be considered upon course completion is a 2.0 GPA and must be presented on an official college transcript (grade “C” or better based on 4.0 grade scale).   Courses where grades are assigned on a pass/fail basis will not be reviewed.
  • Courses are to be equal in credits (or equivalent).  Courses that are on the quarter system will be converted.  Typically, semester credits times 1.5 equals the minimum number of quarter hours.
  • Courses are subject to William Paterson University’s policy on the number of transfer credits allowed:
  • 60 total credits maximum from a two year college. +
  • 90 total credits maximum from a four year college.
  • Once a student has earned 60 credits, William Paterson University will not accept transfer credits from a two year institution.
  • The last 30 credits for the baccalaureate degree must be taken William Paterson University.
  • No more than half of the credits required for a major and minor will be accepted as transfer credit.
  • Credits earned 10 years prior to the date of admission are accepted at the discretion of the university.
  • Evaluated courses and the credit awarded for each course are listed on an official William Paterson University transcript.
  • Transfer credit may be awarded for prior learning and experience (including military credit) as described in the Credit by Examination and Experience section in the Undergraduate Catalog.
  • For courses approved for transfer credit from non-accredited institutions, the university will consider establishing an articulation agreement with such schools.
  • If William Paterson University has a signed articulation agreement with the transferring school, the number of credits accepted with an associate degree may be greater than 60 credits.
  • Transfer credit may be received for college-level courses taken while attending high school.  Students will need to provide official transcripts from the institution of higher education in which they were enrolled.  Students must indicate any institution that they attended while in high school on their admission application. 

*technical or professional courses are not eligible for consideration.

+Effective Fall 2015, the maximum number of credits William Paterson University accepts from a two year college is 60 credits.

Revised September 29, 2015


Transfer Credit Acceptance from New Jersey Community Colleges 


William Paterson University adheres to the principles stipulated in the New Jersey Comprehensive State-Wide Transfer Agreement.  Transfer students who completed (after January 1, 2005), or are in their final semester of completing, the requirements for an A.A. or A.S. degree from a New Jersey community college will be considered to have completed all lower division university core curriculum  requirements and have junior status at William Paterson University (with exception of courses that may be required for the major).  For more information on the state-wide transfer agreement, visit   William Paterson University has articulation agreements with many New Jersey community colleges to facilitate transfer from those institutions to this University. For more information on articulation agreements, visit