If you have earned an associate degree or taken courses from an NC community college, many of the credits you earned may count toward a four-year degree from any UNC System university. Do you have plans to extend your higher education career? Make the most out of your community college studies. Careful planning will help you proceed toward the completion of a four-year degree with efficiency and minimal cost.

Special Considerations for NC Community College Transfer Students

The UNC System and the NC Community College System have worked together to encourage more students to transfer into the University after completing their studies at the community college level. To this same end, individual UNC System institutions have also established unique partnerships with nearby community colleges.

These agreements make it easier than ever before for students to transition from community college into the UNC System. Nevertheless, you will need to plan carefully as you make arrangements to transfer. As you begin to think about transfer options, keep in mind the following points:

  • Before transferring to a UNC System institution, some community college students finish an associate degree (AA, AS or AFA), while others may just take a few community college courses eligible to count as credit toward a four-year university degree. Completing an associate degree is highly recommended, but doing so is not required.
  • Completion of an associate degree does not guarantee admission to a UNC System institution. Each university has unique entrance requirements and standards, so students are advised to pursue multiple options as they transition from community college into the UNC System.
  • The UNC System grants students who earn an associate degree 60-61 credit hours and the status of “junior” upon acceptance at a constituent institution.
  • Many institutions have “pathways,” called baccalaureate degree plans. Pathways make the transfer process more efficient. These plans differ from institution to institution, but every plan identifies the community college classes a student could take to satisfy prerequisites for upper-level courses in common majors. The links provided at the bottom of this page direct users to information about the degree plans and transfer policies at each UNC System institution.

How do I transfer to the UNC System from a NC Community College?

  1. Review the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and the UNC System. The transfer course list explains which NC community college courses will be eligible to count as credits at all 16 universities in the UNC System.
  2. Review the admission requirements at the individual institutions you are considering; each institution’s requirements will vary.
  3. Review partnerships between individual community colleges and UNC System institutions. In some cases, formal agreements have been established in order to facilitate transfer student success.
  4. Choose a baccalaureate degree plan using the links below. Finding and following an approved degree plan will help you plot your pathway toward graduation with efficiency. This will save you time and money. Mapping out a pathway in advance will help you focus on community college courses that will fulfill the prerequisites for the upper-level courses you’ll need at the university.
  5. Review transfer course equivalencies at the institution you are transferring to (links provided below). Even if you did not complete an associate degree, many of the courses you completed at the community college level will count toward your four-year degree.
  6. Fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and visit the Financial Aid office on the campus of your choice.
  7. If you have community college credit but didn’t complete an associate degree, the courses you take at a UNC System institution might also help you complete the requirements towards a two-year degree. Learn more about reverse transfer.
  8. If your NC Community College Advisor needs assistance, please have them access the Transfer Toolbox for additional resources.

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

The links below lead to each institution’s baccalaureate degree plans. These plans were developed to help students identify pathways that will lead them from associate degree completion, to admission into a major at a UNC System university, and finally to baccalaureate completion. 

Baccalaureate degree plans aren’t in place for all majors at every institution. For institutions that do not have established degree plans, the links below will lead to the registrar’s office, where students can find more information about how to transfer credit and how to contact the transfer advisor.

CAA Transfer Courses

Appendix G of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement provides a list of approved courses that transfer from a N.C. Community College to a UNC Institution. The courses include: Universal General Education Transfer Courses (UGETC), General Education courses, and Pre-Major Electives. Note: Courses included on the Transfer Course List below may not be universally applicable to a particular major. The BDP for the major at the selected UNC institution should be consulted when advising potential transfer students to ensure the appropriate courses are completed. 

Transfer Equivalency Search by Institution

Each UNC System Institution provides information about transfer course equivalencies. Please note that the information is updated continuously and does not replace the formal transfer credit evaluation process. 

Transfer Counselors

CampusNameTitlePhone NumberEmail
Appalachian State UniversityJeni WyattSr. Director of Online & Transfer Services 828.262.6647wyattjl@appstate.edu
Appalachian State UniversityJayne DowdyAssociate Director of Transfer & Military Recruitment828.262.2860dowdyjl@appstate.edu 
Appalachian State UniversityPressley LatonAssociate Director of Transfer Recruitment828.262.2562latonpd@appstate.edu
Appalachian State UniversityBeth WattsAssociate Director of Transfer & Online Advising 828.262.7453wattsbl@appstate.edu
Appalachian State UniversityBuffy SiskAssociate Director, Online & Transfer Recruitment828.262.2550siskbe@appstate.edu
Appalachian State UniversityKaren LawsOnline & Transfer Recruitment Program Manager828.262.6261lawsks@appstate.edu
Appalachian State UniversitySam ShiremanOnline & Transfer Recruitment Program Manager 828.262.6806shiremansc@appstate.edu
East Carolina UniversityJoshua DailVeterans Affairs Coordinator252.328.1731dailj@ecu.edu
East Carolina UniversityJeffrey NetznikAssociate Director for Military Outreach252.737.2018netznikj@ecu.edu
East Carolina UniversityMillicent ThomasOnline Learning Support Advisor252-328-9206online@ecu.edu
East Carolina UniversityErica HoytAssociate Director for Transfer Recruitment252.328.6640hoyte@ecu.edu
Elizabeth City State UniversityAndre HillDirector of Transfer Services252.335.3351arhill@ecsu.edu
Elizabeth City State UniversitySherry FranksAssistant Director of Transfer Services252.335.3308safranks@ecsu.edu
Fayetteville State UniversityJonathan CobbAssistant Director of Admission Transfers910.672.1010jmcobb@uncfsu.edu
Fayetteville State UniversityDarnette HallSenior Assistant Director of Admissions910.672.1373dlhall01@uncfsu.edu
Fayetteville State UniversityBrooke VannAdmissions Counselor910.672.1376bvann@uncfsu.edu
Fayetteville State UniversityR. Donte’ WiseSenior Assistant Director of Admission/Transfer Coordinator910.672.1372rdwise01@uncfsu.edu
North Carolina A&T State UniversityChanel QuickAssociate Director of Admissions336.285.4120cquick@ncat.edu
North Carolina A&T State UniversityKalen DelappAdmissions Counselor336.285.3708krdelapp@ncat.edu
North Carolina Central UniversityDenettia ShawDirector of Transfer Services919.530.6687dshaw9@nccu.edu
North Carolina Central UniversityHepston H. Henry, IIVeterans Affairs Coordinator919.530.5312hhenryii@nccu.edu
North Carolina Central UniversityPaul B. PhippsStudent Services Specialist919.530.6688pphipps@nccu.edu
NC State UniversityEmmanuella MartinAssociate Director of Transfer919.513.7202emarti28@ncsu.edu
UNC AshevilleLindsey PratherTransfer Admissions Counselor828.251.6080laprathe@unca.edu
UNC-Chapel HillHayes BoylstonSenior Assistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillOlivia MillerSenior Assistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillAllee OliveSenior Assistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillMaria LoftonSenior Assistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillMadeline SniderAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillBrian WoodardAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillAlex WadsworthAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillCarla SalasAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillIsaac BellAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel HillRobert NoffsingerAssistant Director of Admissions919.966.3621unchelp@admissions.unc.edu
UNC CharlotteBarbara SeyterSenior Associate Director (Undergraduate Admissions)704.687.7281barbara.seyter@uncc.edu
UNC CharlotteJami DawkinsAssistant Director, Transfer Outreach (Undergraduate Admissions)704.687.1922jami.dawkins@uncc.edu
UNC CharlotteLauren GrimesTransfer Admissions Counselor (Undergraduate Admissions)704.687.7293lwils120@uncc.edu
UNC CharlotteKaitlyn KubackiTransfer Admissions Counselor (Undergraduate Admissions)704.687.0297kkubacki@uncc.edu
UNC GreensboroMelissa GarrisonAssociate Director336.334.5243admissions@uncg.edu
UNC PembrokeAmber DialData Coordinator910.521.6302amber.dial@uncp.edu
UNC PembrokeEngle RevelsAssociate Director of Admissions910.521.6369engle.revels@uncp.edu
UNC WilmingtonMicah JarrettTransfer Admission Coordinator910.962.2550jarrettm@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonCassidy BaileyTransfer Admission Coordinator910.962.7324baileycb@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonJessica HorneAssistant Director of Transfer Admission910.962.4096hornej@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonJo Hannah FitzwaterTransfer Admission Coordinator910.962.7038fitzwaterj@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonErica BowenTransfer Admission Coordinator910.962.2096bowene@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonKarla BlantonAssistant Director of Transfer Admission910.962.7127blantonk@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonEmilee FarnesTransfer Admission Coordinator (Onslow Campus)910.938.6736farnese@uncw.edu
UNC WilmingtonNile McKibbenTransfer Admission Coordinator (Camp Lejune)910.450.5507mckibbenn@uncw.edu
Western Carolina UniversityHeather HillSenior Assistant Director of Admission828.227.3170hchill@wcu.edu
Western Carolina UniversityEmily BinghamTransfer Counselor828.227.2672ebingham@wcu.edu
Western Carolina UniversityHannah ScottTransfer Counselor828.227.2687hfharper@wcu.edu
Western Carolina UniversityKeri ClarkTransfer Counselor828.227.2680kclark@wcu.edu
Winston-Salem State UniversityMarquita GravesAssociate Registrar336.750.8697gravesmj@wssu.edu
Winston-Salem State UniversityChenetta MalletteAssistant Registrar336.750.3336mallettecd@wssu.edu
Winston-Salem State UniversityKerwin GrahamDirector of Admissions336.750.2078grahamkw@wssu.edu