Ways Credit for Incoming Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Are you an incoming transfer student?

Transfer students must fulfill a portion of their Ways at Stanford.  Based on the number of transfer units when you enter with in the Autumn quarter, you will need to complete a defined number of Ways courses as part of your undergrad requirements as defined listed below:

Number of Transfer Units*

Ways General Education Requirement


5 courses certified in 5 different Ways


6 courses certified in 6 different Ways


7 courses certified in 7 different Ways


8 courses certified in 8 different Ways

44 or fewer

10 courses in 8 different Ways

Courses must be tied to units earned in transfer, Ways courses must be taken for a minimum of 3 quarter units, except Creative Expression which is a minimum of two units; and must be taken for a letter grade, except when a Creative Expression course is offered "Satisfactory/No Credit" only (CE Courses offered "Letter or Credit/No Credit" must be taken for a letter grade).

*AP or other test transfer units are not eligible and are excluded from the qualified number of transfer units for Ways.  Independent Study and online courses are also not eligible for Ways credit.

In most cases, you can typically fulfill 3 or more Ways courses in your major.