Special Considerations for NC Community College Transfer Students
When planning to transfer to a UNC system campus, keep in mind:
- Some community college students finish an associate degree (AA, AS or AFA) or take eligible community college courses before transferring to a UNC system campus. A completed associate degree is NOT required to transfer, but is highly recommended.
- Students who earn an associate degree are granted 60-61 credit hours and the status of "junior" if accepted into a UNC system campus.
- Completion of an associate degree does not guarantee admission to a UNC system campus. See your chosen campus for specific requirements.
- Many campuses have "pathways" to help make transferring easier. For example, UNC-CH offers a list of community college classes a student could take that may satisfy prerequisites for common majors. These "pathways" are called CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plans (BDPs). See your chosen campus for more information.
How do I transfer to a UNC campus from an NC Community College?
- Review the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and NC public universities. The transfer course list provides NC community college courses eligible for transfer to a UNC campus.
- Review individual campus admission requirements.
- Choose a CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plan using the links below.
- See transfer course equivalencies.
- Contact the transfer counselor at the campus of your choice.
- Fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and visit the Financial Aid office on the campus of your choice.
- Do you have community college credit, but didn’t complete an associate degree? Learn more about reverse transfer.
Keep in mind that these are general suggestions. We strongly encourage you to contact a transfer counselor and/or attend a transfer admission events at your chosen campus.
CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plans
Baccalaureate Degree Plans provide a pathway for NC community college graduates of Associate’s in Arts an (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) programs.