How to Apply as a Transfer Student
- Review the admissions requirements.
Complete the application for admission. There is no application fee. If you are switching to WVU Potomac State College from another WVU campus, please complete the Change of Campus form instead of the application for admission.
- Request official transcripts from all institutions you have attended. Please have
the transcripts of the institution(s) you have attended sent directly to:
Office of Enrollment Services
WVU Potomac State College
75 Arnold Street
Keyser, WV 26726
We do not accept transcripts that have been issued to the student or facsimile (FAX) transcripts. Please note that in order to be considered for admission, you must have transcripts sent to us from all institutions you have attended, even if you did not do well at an institution or withdrew from all courses.
- Request an official high school transcript be sent to us if you are transferring with less than 12 transferable credits. Students who are not accepted as freshmen and decide to attend college elsewhere may be considered for admission as a transfer student after completing a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours at another accredited institution. In addition, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted.
Admission Requirements for Admission
You are considered a transfer student if you have completed any post-secondary (after high school) work at an accredited college/institution. To be eligible to enroll as a transfer student at WVU Potomac State College, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all college work attempted. In addition, transfer students who have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours must also submit a high school transcript.
Transferring Course Credit
Once WVU Potomac State College has received your completed application and transcript(s), and your eligibility for admission has been determined, the Office of Enrollment Services will evaluate your transfer credits. Students seeking transfer admission to the College must be academically and otherwise eligible to return to the institution from which they wish to transfer. Credits and grades for college-level courses completed at any regionally-accredited institution in the United States are transferable, although not all courses will be directly equivalent to a course at WVU Potomac State College. You can learn more about how your existing course credit will transfer to WVU by using our Transfer Equivalency Self Service (TESS) system.
Once you are admitted, the Office of Enrollment Services will translate your previous credit into WVU courses based on the information in our transfer database. Any courses that have not been evaluated and entered into our transfer database will appear on your transcript and DegreeWorks audit as NOEQ 100. You can then use the WVU Transfer Equivalency Review Request (TERR) system to request the evaluation of your NOEQ course(s).
Depending on how a course has been evaluated, the subject code for the course (e.g., BIOL for Biology) may be changed to better align with WVU Potomac State course offerings. For example, a course on plant structures and anatomy that was considered a biology course at your previous institution may be translated to a PLSC (Plant Science) on your WVU Potomac State transcript.
Courses that are directly equivalent to a course offering at WVU Potomac State College will be given the corresponding WVU Potomac State course number. Courses that do not have a direct equivalent, but are accepted by WVU Potomac State, will be marked as accepted transfer courses. For example, a 100-level History course on Russian politics that does not have an equivalent at WVU Potomac State may be translated to HIST 1TC, where the ‘1’ indicates the level at which it was taught, and ‘TC’ represents “Transfer Credit.” Your adviser will then determine if these courses can be applied directly to your degree requirements. In some cases, transfer courses will count only as general WVU Potomac State credit rather than towards specific degree requirements.
More information regarding the coding structures utilized for transfer credit may be found at Office of the University Registrar - Transfer.
WVU Potomac State accepts grades as well as credit from regionally-accredited transferring institutions.
Prior Learning Credit is used to reference various methods of earning college credit for previous experiences that are not automatically transferred to a student’s record at their point of admission. This includes military experience, approved equivalency via certifications, and coursework taken at non-regionally accredited institutions.
Students who transfer credits to WVU Potomac State may appeal the College’s evaluation of transfer credits on a case-by-case basis within one semester of transferring. To do so, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your request with specific information about the course in question.
More information is available on the Transfer FAQs page.
Transfer Student Scholarships
Scholarships are available for high achieving transfer students. If your cumulative transfer GPA is at least 3.0, check out the opportunities to earn a scholarship at WVU Potomac State College.