University Transfer & Pathway Program Options

Direct Transfer

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degrees allow you to complete your first 90 credits at SPSCC and then transfer to a 4-year college or university in Washington as a junior (third year student). DTAs are a convenient and affordable way to pay for your bachelor's degree. Most private universities in Washington and many public universities out-of-state will also accept a DTA degree.

Transfer to one of the following Washington state colleges and universities:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Central Washington University
  • University of Washington - Tacoma
  • The Evergreen State College

2+2 Transfer Program

Our 2+2 Transfer Program offers students an opportunity to start their four-year bachelor's degree at SPSCC. The transfer program provides courses equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. Students can take two years at SPSCC, then transfer to a university to complete their four-year degree.

By completing your first two years of college at SPSCC, you can:

  • Save 50 to 70% per year during your two years at SPSCC;
  • Earn an associate degree at SPSCC, which you can add to your resume; and
  • Gain experience in college-level coursework, which will help make the transition to a 4-year university easier. 

University Pathway Program

Through the University Pathway Program, you will gain the qualifications required to transfer to our partner institutions–or any university of your choice–as third-year college student (junior).

The following universities have offered the University Transfer Pathway option to any international student who is admitted to SPSCC.  You will receive the university conditional admission letter or statement at the same time you receive the SPSCC admission letter.

Participating Universities & Colleges

University* Degree or transferrable credits required English or other classes required Minimum SPSCC GPA
Washington State University Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.5
University of Washington-Tacoma Associate Degree  ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
Pacific Lutheran University Associate Degree or 90 transferrable credits ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.5
Montana State University 90 credits to qualify without TOEFL ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.0
The Evergreen State College Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
University of Washington-Bothell Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
Lewis-Clark State College Associate Degree ENGL&101 2.0 or higher 2.0
Tennessee Tech University Associate Degree with 90 transferrable credits ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 2.0 + US History 2.0

*Each university has conditions of admission that need to be met.  Each partner university issues its own admissions letter with its conditions clearly outlined therein.  The conditions of admission indicated in the letters can change without notice, and take precedence over the information contained in this chart.

Top Ranked U.S. Universities

International student graduates from our programs have been admitted to many top U.S. universities as ranked by US News Education, including:  

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • New York University
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Indiana University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Purdue University
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • University of California, Davis

International students are admitted to many top universities. View a full list: Transfer Destinations of SPSCC International Students.