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Need fast answers? See Unknown Equivalencies FAQs

Unknown Equivalencies functionality is restricted to Transfer Specialists only.

The Unknown Equivalencies option under the Institution menu provides a way for schools to troubleshoot "unknown" equivalencies. Unknown equivalencies are equivalencies that have no clear transfer articulation rules associated with them. The proactive Transfer Specialist can study the list of unknown equivalencies, make rules to rectify them, and (under ideal circumstances) this page will be empty.

From the Rules Management menu, select Unknown Equivalencies from the drop-down:


In this example, over 3,000 courses were found. 

0 Courses Found?

 If the table of unknown equivalencies unexpectedly appear empty, double-check that the filter is not excluding results.

Manage Content

Because the generated list of unknown equivalencies (in order of decreasing Count) may be quite extensive, Transferology provides several methods of managing the data, including page navigation and sorting/filtering.


Only 1 Count per unique user.


Use the First (), Previous (), and Next () buttons located above the courses table to navigate through the content, page-by-page.


A variety of filters may be applied to the data to customize the display for the Transfer Specialist using keyword search (Filter by School Name, Filter by Department), or the Filter Box on the right side of the screen.

Apply and clear filters using the Apply () and Clear ( or ) buttons. After adjusting any filter, click Apply to activate the filter.


Filters can hide the entire display of results based upon set parameters. Be sure to check or clear filters if no courses are found unexpectedly.


Key a specific school name or course into the search field:

In this example, "urb..." is applied as a filter in the school name search field. The unknown equvalencies list is narrowed from 3,174 down to 26, in order of descending Count.


Be careful to spell the specific course name or school correctly or it will not be returned once the filter is applied.

Filter Box

The filter box may be used to sort or filter unknown equivalencies, which is especially useful when working with long lists.


  • Count increasing
  • Count decreasing
  • Course increasing
  • Course decreasing
  • Distance increasing
  • Distance decreasing
  • School increasing
  • School decreasing
  • State increasing
  • State decreasing



  • Date

Click in the Calendar field to change the date range (default setting is the past three months)

  • Location

Select from an alphabetical listing of US states, Canadian provinces, US territories, Military (default setting is All Locations)

  • Distance

Choose distance from a designated zip code by increments up to 500 miles away (default settings are the zip code of the institution the Transfer Specialist logs in from and a distance of "Any Distance")

Alternately, click the blue zip code hyperlink to key in another zip code or use current location ():

  • Course Status

Display all courses or select between reviewing/not reviewed courses:


The Course column provides a list of courses (DEPT###) alphabetically within each respective institution that have unknown equivalencies


The School column lists the name of the institution for each course


The State column lists the state within which each institution resides


The Distance column provides the geographic distance of each institution from the user's specified area code in the filter box


The Count of unknown equivalencies reveals the number of students who have added a particular course AND viewed matches at your school.


The use of the term "Count" on the Unknown Equivalencies page has a different meaning than the use of "Count" on the Popular Courses page. See Popular Courses Count for more information.

In this example, a count of 14 means fourteen students have added this particular course AND viewed match details at the university. Also note the breakdown of the total count and indication of which catalog the course was taken from.

Schools generally aim for a low ranking on the Unknown Equivalencies list. Transfer Specialists can use the Unknown Equivalencies function to be more vigilant with rule building.


The Details blue information button () allows Transfer Specialists to view details of a single course's Unknown Equivalencies by date taken:

In this example, ENG106 is identified at the top of this Unknown Equivalencies page because it has the highest Count of unknown equivalencies on the list at 14.

Remove Details

Click on the Details blue information button () again to remove the Details dialog box.


The course status default is that of not reviewed until the Mark Reviewed button is selected:

Course Status

Not Reviewed



Toggle between not reviewed/reviewed options based upon preference

A green success bubble will confirm updating of the selected course:


TES Mode

Another area in the Lab for sending courses to TES is in the Transfer Specialist role in the Unknown Equivalencies list. As you may know, the TES Mode tab helps users target the courses from other institutions for which student most want transfer answers.

TES Mode

TES Mode may be also be available in Course Bundles. For more details, click here.

If available, click the TES Mode tab on the right side of the page in the Filter box. The list of courses in the table to the left changes; many of the listed courses may be sent to TES. 

  • Requested: courses denoted with (Requested) in the TES column have already been sent out to TES
  • Course not in TES: courses denoted with (course not in TES) in the TES column cannot be sent from the Lab to TES because the course does not exist in the TES database



Still have questions?

Check our FAQ page specific to the Unknown Equivalencies area of Transferology.