​Transfer Credits

If you are bringing credit or experience to Yakima Valley College (YVC), see the lists below for credit options.

Transcripts must remain is a sealed envelope to be considered official and in order to be processed. If transcripts are being sent electronically, please have them sent to admission@yvcc.edu.

For information on courses from Washington colleges and universities that are accepted in transfer to YVC. Please note that not all courses from all Washington colleges and universities have been reviewed. Courses not listed will be reviewed upon your application fee payment to YVC.

YVC will evaluate and grant credit hours for military education based on the recommendations from the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. This is in accordance with transfer credit policies at YVC and the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Students may request evaluation of military credit by providing the Admissions Office with an official copy of their Joint Service Transcript (JST).

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program is a testing program of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). It is a special, college-level, learning experience for high school students, which can take the form of an honors class, a strong regular course, a tutorial, or an independent study.

High school students who have participated in the Advanced Placement Program during high school or have developed an equivalent background through self-initiative may take tests offered by the College Board each year during the month of May, and scores will be reported to three colleges of the student’s choice. The student must have successfully completed one quarter at YVC before advanced placement credit will be placed on the transcript. Scores in computer science, economics, and music may also be submitted and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

Exam Score
Credit
YVC Courses
Art – History of Art 3+ 5 ART& 100
Biology 3+ 5 BIOL 109
Calculus AB 3+ 5 MATH& 151
Calculus BC 3+ 10 MATH& 151, 152
Chemistry 3 5 CHEM 100
Chemistry 4 5 CHEM 109,110
Chemistry 5 5 CHEM 141,151
Economics – Micro 3+ 5 ECON& 201
Economics – Macro 3+ 5 ECON& 202
English Language & Composition 3+ 5 ENGL& 101
English Literature & Composition 3+ 5 ENGL& 101
French Language & Culture 3 5 FREN 101
French Language & Culture 4 10 FREN 101, 102
French Language & Culture 5 15 FREN 101, 102, 103
German Language & Culture 3 5 GERM 101
German Language & Culture 4 10 GERM 101, 102
German Language & Culture 5 15 GERM 101, 102, 103
Geography 3+ 5 EOG& 200
Government & Politics 3+ 5 POLS& 202
History – European 3-4 5 HIST& 117
History – European 5 10 HIST& 117, 118
History – U.S. 3-4 5 HIST& 136
History – U.S. 5 10 HIST& 136, 137
Music – Listening/Literature 3+ 5 MUSC& 105
Physics 3-4 5 PHYS 115/125
Physics 5 5 PHYS 115/125. 116/126, 117/127
Physics B 3-4 5 PHYS 115/125
Physics B 5 15 PHYS 115/125. 116/126, 117/127
Psychology 3+ 5 PSYC& 100
Spanish Language & Culture 3 5 SPAN 101
Spanish Language & Culture 4 10 SPAN 101, 102
Spanish Language & Culture 5 15 SPAN 101, 102, 103
Statistics 3+ 5 MATH& 146

​Advanced Placement exam scores must come directly from College Board:
Advanced Placement Exams
PO Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671
Phone: 609.771.7300

Yakima Valley College (YVC) is proud to recognize students who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses as part of their high school curriculum. IB courses are challenging and demanding, and YVC believes they provide exceptional readiness for the rigors of higher education. Five quarter credits are granted for Standard Level (SL) subjects in which a grade of 5 or higher is earned. Ten quarter credits are granted for Higher Level (HL) subjects in which a grade of 5 or higher is earned. The student must have successfully completed one quarter at YVC before IB credit will be placed on the transcript.

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the IB Organization.

Exam Score
Credit
YVC Courses
Language A: Literature (SL) 5+ 5 ENGL& 101
Language A: Literature (HL) 5+ 10 ENGL& 101 ENGL& 102
Language A: Language and Literature (SL) 5+ 5 ENGL& 101
Language A: Language and Literature (HL) 5+ 10 ENGL& 101 ENGL& 102
Spanish (SL) 5+ 5 SPAN 101
Spanish (HL) 5+ 10 SPAN 101 SPAN102
Spanish ab initio (SL) 5+ 5 SPAN 101
Business Management (SL) 5+ 5 BUS& 101
Business Management (HL) 5+ 10 BUS&101        BA 158
Economics (SL) 5+ 5 ECON& 201
Economics (HL) 5+ 10 ECON& 201 ECON& 202
Geography (SL) 5+ 5 GEOG& 200
Geography (HL) 5+ 10 GEOG 101 GEOG& 200
History (SL) 5+ 5 HIST 104 or HIST 105
History (HL) 5+ 10 HIST 104 and HIST 105
Information Technology      in a Global Society (SL) 5+ 5 IT 101
Information Technology      in a Global Society (HL) 5+ 10 IT 101 and elective credit
Philosophy (SL) 5+ 5 PHIL& 101
Philosophy (HL) 5+ 10 PHIL& 101 PHIL& 120
Psychology (SL) 5+ 5 PSYC& 100
Psychology (HL) 5+ 10 PSYC& 100 PSYC& 200
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) 5+ 5 ANTH& 206
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) 5+ 10 ANTH& 100 ANTH& 206
Biology (SL) 5+ 5 BIOL 109
Biology (HL) 5+ 10 BIOL 109    BIOL 201
Chemistry (SL) 5+ 5 CHEM 109/110
Chemistry (HL) 5+ 10 CHEM 109/110 CHEM&141/151
Computer Science (SL) 5+ 5 IT 101
Computer Science (HL) 5+ 10 IT 101 and elective credit
Design Technology (SL) 5+ 5 ENGR 100 ENGR 108
Design Technology (HL) 5+ 10 ENGR 100 ENGR 104 ENGR 108
Environmental Systems & Society (SL) 5+ 5 BIOL 102
Physics (SL) 5+ 5 PHYS 115/125
Physics (HL) 5+ 10 PHYS 115/125 PHYS 116/126
Further Mathematics (HL) 5+ 10 Undecided
Mathematical Studies (SL) 5+ 5 MATH 107
Mathematics (SL) 5 5 MATH& 142
Mathematics (SL) 6-7 5 MATH& 151
Mathematics (HL) 5+ 10 MATH& 151 MATH& 152

International Baccalaureate exam scores must come directly from IB Organization.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations are based on undergraduate courses offered during the first two years of college study. They are developed by college instructors for the purpose of awarding college credit. Like end-of-course examinations, CLEP exams demand comprehensive subject knowledge. Both CLEP subject and general examinations yield credit at YVC when satisfactory performance levels are reached.

Successfully completed CLEP examinations receive ‘S’ grades. Several YVC degrees and certificates limit the total number of ‘S’ grades, so it is important to speak with an advisor about taking CLEP examinations. Students must successfully complete one quarter at YVC before CLEP credits will be placed on their transcript.

The following credit will be granted to students entering YVC who have submitted scores from the College Board Advanced Placement Examinations Program.

To take a CLEP exam, visit YVC’s Testing Services.

Exam Score
Credit
YVC Courses
American Government 50+ 5 POLS& 202
American Literature 50+ 5 ENGL 220
Biology 50+ 5 BIOL 109
Calculus 50+ 5 MATH& 151
Chemistry 50+ 5 CHEM 100
College Composition 50+ 5 ENGL& 101
College Mathematics 50+ 5 MATH& 107
English Literature 50+ 5 ENGL 264
Financial Accounting 50+ 5 ACCT& 201
French- Level 1 50+ 5 FREN 101
French- Level 2 59+ 10 FREN 101 FREN 102
German- Level 1 50+ 5 GERM 101
German- Level 2 60+ 10 GERM 101 GERM 102
History of the US I 50+ 5 HIST& 136
History of the US II 50+ 5 HIST& 137
Human Growth & Development 50+ 5 PSYCH 213
Humanities 50+ 9 HUM 102   HUM 103    HUM 104
Information Systems & Computer Applications 50+ 5 IT 101
Intro to Educational Psychology 50+ 5 Elective Credit SS distribution
Intro to Business Law 50+ 5 BUS& 201
Intro to Psychology 50+ 5 PSYCH& 100
Intro to Sociology 50+ 5 SOC& 101
Pre-calculus 50+ 5 MATH& 107
Principles of Macroeconomics 50+ 5 ECON& 202
Principles of Management 50+ 5 BA 158
Principles of Marketing 50+ 5 BA 156
Principles of Microeconomics 50+ 5 ECON& 201
Spanish- Level 1 50+ 5 SPAN 101
Spanish- Level 2 63+ 10 SPAN 101 SPAN 102
Western Civilization I 50+ 5 HIST& 116
Western Civilization II 50+ 5 HIST& 118

CLEP examination scores must come directly from College Board:
CLEP- Transcript Services
PO Box 6600, Princeton, NJ 08541-6600
Phone: 800.257.9558

DANTES Standardized Subject Test (DSST) examinations are based on undergraduate courses offered during the first two years of college study. They are developed by college instructors for the purpose of awarding college credit. Similar to CLEP examinations, DSST exams demand comprehensive subject knowledge. DSST examinations yield credit at YVC when satisfactory performance levels are reached.

Successfully completed DSST examinations receive ‘S’ grades. Several YVC degrees and certificates limit the total number of ‘S’ grades, so it is important to speak with an advisor about taking DSST examinations. Students must successfully complete one quarter at YVC before DSST credits will be placed on their transcript. If the DSST class does not match a YVC class, credit will be granted as elective credit in the distribution area listed.

To take a DSST exam, visit YVC’s Testing Services.

Exam Score
Credit
YVC Courses
A History of the Vietnam War 49 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Art of the Western World 48 5 Humanities Distribution
Astronomy 48 5 ASTR& 100
Business Law II 52 5 Elective Credit
Business Mathematics 48 5 MATH 111
Contemporary Western Europe: 1946-1990 48 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Criminal Justice 49 5 CJ& 101
Environment & Humanity 46 5 Natural Science Distribution
Ethics in America 46 5 Humanities Distribution
Foundations of Education 46 5 EDUC 210
Fundamentals of College Algebra 47 5 MATH& 141
Fundamentals of  Counseling 45 5 Elective Credit
General Anthropology 47 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Here’s to Your Health 48 5 Elective Credit
Human/Cultural    Geography 48 5 GEOG& 200
Introduction to Business 46 5 BUS& 101
Introduction to Computing 45 5 IT 101
Introduction to Law Enforcement 45 5 Elective Credit
Introduction to the      Middle East 44 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Introduction to World Religion 48 5 Humanities Distribution
Lifespan Development Psychology 46 5 PSYCH 213/214
Management Information Systems 46 5 Elective Credit
Money & Banking 48 5 Elective Credit
Organizational Behavior 48 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Personal Finance 46 5 Elective Credit
Personnel/Human   Resource Management 46 5 BA 161
Physical Geography 46 5 GEOL& 101
Principles of Finance 46 5 Elective Credit
Principles of Financial Accounting 49 5 ACCT& 201
Principles of Physical Science I 47 5 PHSCI 101
Principles of Public  Speaking 47 5 CMST& 220
Principles of Statistics 48 5 BA 256
Principles of Supervision 46 5 BA 160
Rise and Fall of the       Soviet Union – Present 45 5 Social Sciences Distribution
Technical Writing 46 5 PTECH 120
Substance Abuse (Drug & Alcohol Abuse) 49 5 CD 261
The Civil War & Reconstruction 47 5 Social Sciences Distribution

DSST exam scores must come directly from DSST by completing the DSST Transcript Order Request or by calling 877.471.9860.

Get Credit for What You Already Know

Yakima Valley College recognizes that our adult learners come to us with a variety of learning experiences that may not have come from a traditional classroom. We may be able to award college credit for what you have already learned which may accelerate your pace toward meeting your educational goals.

Click MORE INFO to view which courses are available through this program.

What you need to get started

Required documents should be submitted to the International Student Program office a minimum of eight (8) weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of planned attendance.  This time allows us to process the I-20 form and gives you sufficient time for your visa application, travel plans, and arrival in the United States. All documents must be in English.

​Transferring College Credits

Yakima Valley College (YVC) understands it is important for students to know how their prior college credits will transfer to YVC. Below are links to course equivalencies from the most common colleges and universities. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and if your previous college or university is not on this list, YVC will still evaluate and articulate your transcripts. If your college or university is on the list below, please understand that not all courses from that college or university have been reviewed. Courses not on the list will be reviewed upon your application fee being paid.

Joint Services Transcripts

YVC is in the process of building transfer credits from military training based on the recommendations from the American Council on Education and YVC faculty.

Washington State Equivalencies

Effective Summer 2007, Washington State community and technical colleges are participating in common course numbering. These course are identified with an ampersand symbol (&). If you take one of those courses at a Washington State community or technical college, it will transfer to YVC as the same course (e.g., ENGL& 101 will transfer as ENGL& 101). Please review the list of common courses.

Art Institute of Seattle Olympic College
Bates Technical College Pacific Lutheran University
Bellevue College Peninsula Community College
Bellingham Technical College Pierce College
Big Bend Community College Renton Technical College
Cascadia Community College Saint Martins University
Central Washington University Seattle Central Community College
Centralia College Seattle Pacific University
City University Seattle University
Clark College Shoreline Community College
Clover Park Technical College Skagit Valley Community College
Columbia Basin College South Puget Sound Community College
Cornish College of the Arts South Seattle Community College
DeVry University Spokane Community College
Eastern Washington University Spokane Falls Community College
Edmonds Community College Tacoma Community College
Everett Community College Trinity Lutheran College
Gonzaga University University of Puget Sound
Grays Harbor Community College University of Washington
Green River Community College Walla Walla Community College
Heritage University Walla Walla University
Highline Community College Washington State University
Lake Washington Technical College Wenatchee Valley College
Lower Columbia College Western Washington University
North Seattle Community College Whatcom Community College
Northwest Indian College Whitman College
Northwest University Whitworth College

Transfer to a 4-Year Institution

Approximately 40% of all baccalaureate graduates in Washington first earn their 2-year transfer degree from a community/technical college such as YVC.  In addition to completing your associates you want to check with your desired institution for specific transfer requirements.

Items to consider include:

  • Major programs of study – does the school have the degree you want to earn?
  • Admissions process – check application requirements, procedures and deadlines.
  • Cost of Attendance – 4-year public and private school tuition rates are substantially more than YVC.
  • Additionally, consider housing and other costs if you are moving away from home.

YVC hosts several Transfer Fairs throughout the year with various 4-year colleges attending.