Each university uses multiple factors to determine credit transferability. For this reason, students interested in transferring college credits should contact both their current school and future school’s transfer departments to learn specifics.
When communicating with university representatives at the transferring school, students should ask about the accreditation status and transfer agreements. These agreements, also referred to as articulation agreements, occur between two schools, and they guarantee certain credits will transfer and count towards a degree.
Note that transfer credits must come from an accredited school. Credits tend to transfer well between schools with the same accreditation type in the same region of the United States. Some states, like Michigan, offer resources for transferring college credits between schools in the state.
However, not all credits transfer. Typically, general education credits and associate degree credits transfer more easily than a collection of loose degree-specific credits.