Popular Courses

The Popular Courses function allows Transfer Specialists to evaluate their own institution's equivalencies and compare them to other schools in an effort to identify areas for improvement.
NOTE: Popular Courses is restricted to Transfer Specialists only.

New in 1.8  Popular Courses now displays whether your school has a current transfer rule for a specific course

Transfer Specialists can use the list of popular courses to be more proactive about building rules, which in turn pushes their institution to the top of the match list. The Popular Courses functionality presents a shift away from "just guessing," including choosing from the entire catalog, or just looking for general studies indicators. Instead, particular courses that students are actually taking and transferring from a specific feeder school are identified. Defining rules for as few as 20 results in the Popular Courses list for a specific feeder school will provide answers for the majority of the transfer traffic from that school.

NOTE: Popular Courses functionality is restricted to Transfer Specialists only. 

From the Rule Management menu, select the Popular Courses drop-down:

The generated list of popular courses is displayed in order of decreasing count:

In this example above, over 17,000 popular courses are returned:

NOTE: The "Courses Found" number does not reflect a total (unfiltered) number of courses because the Filter box is set to apply certain filters to the Popular Course list, by default. Click the Clear filters button to view the total list of courses found.

Manage Popular Courses

Because the list of popular courses may contain thousands of courses, Transferology provides ways to manage the results display, including pagination and filters.


Use the First, Previous, and Next buttons located above/below the list of courses to navigate through the content, page-by-page.


By default, the Popular Courses list is filtered to the home state of your institution and includes the last three months timeframe. A variety of filters may be applied to the data to customize the display for the Transfer Specialist, using either the keyword search or the Filter box. For example, filters can allow the user to focus on a particular state, school, military course/occupation, and much more!

Apply/clear keywords and filters using the Apply, button and Clear Filters buttons. After adjusting any filter, click Apply to activate the filter.

NOTE: 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 to filter results. For example, with "Math..." applied as a filter in the keyword search field, all popular courses at institutions that match the keyword "Math..." are generated (in order of descending count):

The list of Popular Courses is now restricted based on the new applied filter, from over 17,000 down to 538:

NOTE: Be careful to correctly spell the specific course name/school correctly, otherwise it will not be returned as a match once the filter is applied.

Filter Box

Filter popular courses by date range, location, distance, and/or presence of rules:

Date Range

Click within the Calendar field to change the date range via selection from the drop-down menu. The Popular Courses date filter can accommodate any range within the last 90 days (three months). Drop-down options for date range include the following:

  • Past 30 Days
  • Past 60 Days
  • Past 90 Days

NOTE: The default setting on the Date Range filter is the past 30 days (one month).


Select from an alphabetical listing of US states, Canadian provinces, US territories, Military, or even All Locations.

NOTE: The default setting on the location filter is the state in which the school you are logged in from resides.


Select an incremental distance from the designated zip code or even online only: 

Drop-down menu options for distance include the following:

  • Any distance (default)
  • less than 25 minutes
  • less than 50 minutes
  • less than 100 minutes
  • less than 250 minutes
  • less than 500 minutes
  • online only

NOTE: The default setting for the distance filter is default settings are the zip code of the institution the Transfer Specialist logs in from and a distance of "Any Distance"

Update Zip Code

Select a zip code filter by manually entering or allowing Transferology to use your current location.

  • Click the Update Zip Code hyperlink to change the zip code filter. A pop-up dialog box displays a field to manually enter the desired zip code:

  • Alternately, you may choose your current location using the Use My Current Location button.

All Courses

Choose to include all courses in the filter, or restrict to courses with or without rules via the drop-down menu options:

Options include:

  • All Courses
  • Courses with rules
  • Courses without rules

NOTE: "All courses" is the default setting.

Include My School?

Select the Include My School? checkbox to include your own institution in the list of Popular Courses filter.

Apply/Clear Filters

After appropriate filter selections are made, click the Apply button to apply the selected filter selections. Clear filter selections using the Clear Filters button.

TES Mode tab

New in 1.8  Ability to create TES evaluations from the Popular Courses area

A TES Mode tab may appear next to the Filter tab. The TES Mode tab helps users target the courses from other institutions from which students most want transfer answers.


The Count feature in Popular Courses represents a count of the number of students who have added a Popular Course, regardless of whether or not they have ever viewed matches at your school.

NOTE: The use of the term "Count" on the Popular Courses page should not be confused with the use of "Count" on the Unknown Equivalencies page. See Unknown Equivalencies Count for more information.

For example, a count of 234 means 234 students have added the CSCC course ENGL1100:

In this example, a more popular course (at the top of the list on the Popular Courses page) MATH1148 at Columbus State Community College is not equivalent to any course at Miami University.

Note the count of 234, meaning that 234 students have added the CSCC course ENGL1100, regardless of whether they have ever viewed matches at your school. In other words, just because a student has added a course does not necessarily indicate a particular interest.

Farther down the list of popular courses, we see the course GSW1120 has no rules:

This presents a red flag for Transfer Specialists, as popular courses should have rules created. See the Unknown Equivalencies page for more information.

NOTE: Only 1 Count per unique user.


New in 1.8  Popular Courses now displays whether your school has a current transfer rule for a specific course.

Checking for the presence of articulation rules in the Rules column allows Transfer Specialists to see if their institution has equivalencies for a selected course. The Rules column will display either a No or a Yes:


"No" displays in the Rules column if an institution has no rules:


A hyperlinked "Yes" displays in the Rules column if the institution has rules. Click the hyperlink to view the specific rules in a pop-up dialog box

In the screenshot above, for example, ENG121 at Front Range Community College is equivalent to ARSC1150 at CollegeSource University.