Note: In compliance with established university policy, failing grades and deficiencies in grade point averages at UWL may be removed only by taking work in residence at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.   Courses may not be repeated at another institution and transferred to this university.

Transfer of credits from UW System schools/WI Technical Colleges to UWL

Step 1:  Use the UW System's Transfer Wisconsin website.  Transfer Wisconsin features transfer tools such as the "Credit Transfer Wizard" to give students at UW System schools and Wisconsin Technical Colleges current information on how their coursework may transfer to institutions within the UW System.  

Scenario:  Suppose you're already attending UW-La Crosse and know that you need to take CHM 103.  You'll be home for the summer and want to take a course at your local school, UW-Eau Claire, that will transfer back to UW-La Crosse as CHM 103.  This is the perfect situation for the Reverse Look-up Wizard.

Step 2: UW Campus Timetables can be viewed to see if the course is offered in the semester that you intend to enroll.

Step 3: Prior to enrollment in the course, you must secure approval from your Dean's Office by completing an "Off-Campus Course Evaluation and Permit" form. This form is used to ensure that the transfer credits will indeed transfer to UWL. 

  • College of Business Administration (CBA): 138 Wimberly Hall
  • College of Liberal Studies (CLS): 260 Morris Hall
  • College of Science & Health (CSH): 105 Graff Main Hall
  • School of Education (SOE): 145 Graff Main Hall

Transfer of credits from Private WI school / Out-of-State school to UWL

Transfer Wisconsin does not provide course information for private institutions within Wisconsin or out-of-state institutions.  Students seeking guidance on the process of transferring courses from either type of institution should consult with the Academic Services Office associated with your major (CSH, CBA, CLS, or SOE - see above) or an AAC advisor.

  • "Off-Campus Course Evaluation and Permit" form with your Dean's Office is required.

Enrolling in the transfer course

Once your Off-Campus Course Evaluation and Permit form is approved, seek admission to the institution offering the course as a "non-degree seeking" or “special" student.  These terms are used for students taking a course at a school but not intending to earn a degree.

  • Apply at UW Online Application for UW System institutions
  • For institutions outside of the UW System, the application process will be found on their admissions page.    

Transfer of completed coursework to UWL

Request that your official transcript is sent to the Records & Registration office, once your grade has been recorded. 

When credits are transferred and accepted, they are recorded in terms of UWL courses.  The student’s record shows courses, grades, and credits, however, only credits are used.  Grades and/or grade points are not generally transferred.  Exceptions to this policy are necessary for admission into certain academic programs.  The cumulative grade point average of each UWL student is determined only by credits and grades earned in residence at the university. 

A course in which a grade of “D” was earned and accepted by this university may be applied to General Education and/or core requirements but will be subject to re-evaluation at a later date if the student chooses to major or minor in the subject area, or discipline in which “D” grades were earned.

Additional Information

  • Students may also have the option of transferring credits to UW-La Crosse via standardized examination programs such as the Advanced Placement (AP) program, the College Level Entrance Program (CLEP), or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.    
  • UW-Independent Learning delivers courses in various options: print-based only, print-based with e-mail option, telecourse, or online.  Students submit their coursework by mail, e-mail, or fax. Independent learning undergraduate-level credits may be transferable to UWL. Check transferability in TIS.  In the Credit Transfer Wizard, look for "UW Extension Indp Learn".  As with any transfer course, you must get the course approved by your College.  See the Assistant to the Dean for your College before considering this option.      
  • UW Colleges Online also offers online courses each fall, spring and summer semester.  This may also be an option for you.  Check transferability in TIS. In the Credit Transfer Wizard, look for UW Colleges Online.  Again, as with any transfer course, you must get the course approved by your College.  See the Assistant to the Dean for your College before considering this option.