Common Questions

What is GATRACS?
Why isn’t my college listed on GATRACS?
Why is my course not listed?
In addition to using the GATRACS, do I still need to talk to an academic advisor?
When do my credits transfer?
Why is the university that is evaluating my course transfer request asking for additional materials (e.g., course syllabus, course text, portfolio)?
Do courses with grades of “D” transfer?
What can I do if a course doesn’t transfer?
Will my technical college credits transfer?
I am an adult student returning to college after several years of not taking courses. Will my courses still transfer?
How will quarter credits transfer into a semester credit system?

What is GATRACS?

The Georgia Transfer Articulation Cooperative Services (GATRACS) is a partnership between the University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, Georgia Department of Education and the Georgia Student Finance Commission. GATRACS objective is to improve information on articulation opportunities and course transferability in the State of Georgia. The project is funded through the College Access Challenge Grant.

Why isn’t my college listed on GATRACS?

Currently, only University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia are represented on GATRACS, but the participation of Georgia independent institutions will be added in the future. If you don’t see the college or university you are looking for, please contact the institution directly.

Why is my course not listed?

New equivalencies are loaded to GATRACS regularly. If you don’t see the course you are looking for, it does not mean you will not receive credit. Contact the college or university where you plan to transfer for more information.

In addition to using the GATRACS, do I still need to talk to an academic advisor?

GATRACS is a tool designed to assist you in the transfer process. In addition to the information you find on this website, you should also seek the assistance of an advisor or transfer counselor regarding transfer credit. While credits for a course may transfer, an advisor/counselor can help you make sure the course also counts toward your degree and graduation requirements.

When do my credits transfer?

Credit transfer varies from institution to institution. Colleges will require you to either be admitted or actually be enrolled before completing a transfer evaluation. Be sure you read your new institution’s website or catalog or talk to the Admissions or Records Office to find out how and when your transcript will be processed.

Why is the university that is evaluating my course transfer request asking for additional materials (e.g., course syllabus, course text, portfolio)?

The university may need more information in order to determine if the course you took covered the same material as the course offered at the university.

Do courses with grades of “D” transfer?

Each institution decides its own admissions and transfer criteria

What can I do if a course doesn’t transfer?

Your first action should be to contact the office from which you have received your transfer evaluation. There’s always the possibility that there is a simple misunderstanding or misinterpretation of the information that can be corrected easily. Remember, developmental or remedial courses typically will not transfer.

If you still believe your credits were not evaluated or transferred appropriately, you should ask about the transfer credit appeals process and then follow this process as provided.

Will my technical college credits transfer?

Each college or university has different policies when it comes to the transfer of technical credits. Before applying for admission, ask about the transfer institution’s transfer policy as it applies to technical credits.

I am an adult student returning to college after several years of not taking courses. Will my courses still transfer?

Transfer policies vary from institution to institution, however, generally colleges and universities do not have time limits on when general education courses are taken. You will probably find that college-level general education courses basically count the same as if you had taken them very recently. Technical or major-specific courses, on the other hand, may need to be retaken, as there may be time limits on when they must be taken to meet requirements depending upon the program you plan to pursue. Be sure to check with any institution you are planning to attend about its transfer policy and your specific situation.

How will quarter credits transfer into a semester credit system?

Each quarter credit is equal to 2/3 of a semester credit. Some colleges and universities will multiply your credits by .67; some may use .667 or even .6667. For example, if you took a 4 quarter-credit course, it would be equated to 2.67 semester credits at your receiving institution. A 3 quarter-credit course would be equated to 2 semester credits.

You should be aware that once this mathematical formula is applied to your quarter credits in transfer, you may be short of credits in specific requirements.