The College Transfer program associate’s degrees will transfer to four-year institutions in a wide range of academic fields.
Students who plan to transfer to a specific college or university should work with a transfer advisor, and also request
information from the four-year institution(s) they may attend, as there are often specific requirements and higher
GPAs required. These procedures are even more important for students who wish to transfer but don’t intend to earn
the full A.A. degree.
Full details about college transfer degrees are available in the
on pages 4-12, and on the websites of the individual colleges. Browse the list of
Direct Transfer Agreements with Four-Year Institutions
or go to page 11 in the
current college catalog.
The A.A. degree requirements chart can be found at the bottom on this page, on pages 4-12 of the
current catalog, and on the websites of the
All three colleges offer the opportunity to study in “learning communities” through Coordinated
Studies, also called Integrated Studies. These and Linked Courses cluster classes around a theme so that students can
experience the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge through different perspectives. For more information see page 4 of the
and class schedules at the colleges for future topics.
The A.A. degree offers the most direct route for transfer to a four-year institution.
It is accepted by most of Washington’s four-year schools and often constitutes the first two years of work
toward a bachelor’s degree. There are also five Special Emphasis A.A. degrees available in
Sustainable Agriculture (Central),
Global Health (Central),
Global Studies (Central),
and Asian Pacific Islander Studies (South).
Find more details on page 6 in the current catalog.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is a transfer degree, with two primary study options:
An alternate A.S. Transfer degree may better fit a few science major exceptions. Consult an advisor for specific
program and transfer institution requirements and GPAs.
The A.B. degree at all three colleges satisfies lower division general education and business
requirements at Washington’s public four-year colleges and universities.
North Seattle College offers an Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree in art.
This degree requires at least two years of study and includes many of the A.A. degree requirements as well as specific
requirements in art. While the A.F.A. degree prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions,
the only college to which an A.F.A. recipient can currently transfer with junior standing is The Evergreen State College.
A 90+ credit degree that includes general education and/or related instruction as an essential part
of the program. Many professional-technical programs offer the A.A.S. degree.
For students who initially enroll in a professional/technical program and then seek to transfer
to a four-year institution for a bachelor’s degree, the A.A.S.-T prepares students for specific bachelor’s
degree programs at specific institutions. Consult an advisor.
Review A.A. degree requirements
Program & Study Options
Green for the 21st Century in Seattle
Innovations in curriculum and operations have earned the 2009 Green Washington Award for the Seattle Colleges
– Central, North and South. All three colleges are active members of the Seattle Climate Partnership and North was an
early signer of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. A district-wide Chancellor’s
Sustainability Initiative provides energy, focus and a forum for emerging training and initiatives.
Sustainability is infused into programs ranging from urban agriculture at Central to environmental science,
real estate and building management across the district. Students have funded a sustainability coordinator.
Campus activities include reducing the carbon footprint and promoting recycling and energy conservation, which earned
a “Recycler of the Year” award for South. Last year, the college culinary operations diverted 31 tons of
materials to a regional composting facility – which returned the compost to “green” the college landscape.
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Helping displaced workers to
‘Start Next Quarter’
During the economic downturn, thousands of displaced workers turned to the Seattle Colleges at the same
time regional employers reported a need for skilled workers to fill jobs in the new economy. To help both potential
workers and employers, the Seattle Colleges developed Start Next Quarter (SNQ), a two-part initiative
designed to improve the success of dislocated workers who enroll in technical education programs. SNQ invites
prospective students to assess their eligibility for workforce funding online and connects them to a comprehensive
two-day college success workshop held at each campus. The workshops are based on a model developed at one of the
district campuses. Students who complete the workshop are more likely to complete their training programs and to
obtain jobs using their new skills. The project was developed in part through a grant from the League for Innovation,
funded by the Walmart Foundation Bright Futures project to serve displaced workers.
A Model for the Region
The Opportunity Center for Employment and Education at North Seattle College is a regional resource and
the first integrated service center of its kind in Washington state. Since the OCE&E opened its doors in spring 2011,
more than 40,000 people have come for one-stop help in finding a new job, career retraining or to sign up for public
assistance benefits. Founding partners were the state Departments of Social and Health Services and Employment
Security, the college, and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. The campus and the new LEED
Gold Certified 45,000-square foot facility are in the heart of Seattle’s north end and close to a major transit hub.
House Speaker Frank Chopp and Rep. Phyllis Gutierrez Kenney (sponsor of the legislation and a former Seattle District trustee)
championed the OCE&E in the state legislature. The center aims to provide streamlined services in a positive environment,
helping clients succeed in the next stage of their lives.