If you are older than 21 and have attended a four-year post-secondary institution but have not earned a bachelor’s degree, the UNC System classifies you as a non-traditional transfer student.

Calling older and returning students “non-traditional” makes it sound as if this contingent is an aberration in the UNC System. But non-traditional students make up an increasingly sizable percentage of our student body. In fact, a number of System-wide and institution-specific initiatives are designed to encourage “part-way home students” to return to the University to complete their studies.

In an effort to bring adult learners back into the classroom, the UNC System has explored ways to grow statewide partnerships with community and higher education organizations, four-year institutions, and community colleges. These collaborative efforts have helped to create greater access to higher education and simplified adult learners’ pathways toward graduation by:

  • making it easier to transfer credit from one institution to another;
  • establishing flexible degree pathways;
  • increasing online course availability;
  • establishing military articulation agreements;
  • and developing system-wide policies to maximize Prior Learning Assessments (evaluating prior learning or employment experience to determine competency in exchange for academic credit).

If you have earned a bachelor’s degree and would like to earn a second bachelor’s degree, you are classified as a second degree student and not a transfer student.


Non-traditional students wishing to transfer to a UNC System university should reach out directly to the institution of their choice.  Many campuses in the UNC System have pathways designed to help transfer students chose the right classes, so doing a bit of research now will help speed your progress toward graduation.

The following procedure outlines the basic steps non-traditional students can take to find the most complete information they need to make the most out of the credits they’ve earned previously at other institutions.

  1. After choosing an institution, review the individual campus admission requirements.
  2. Use the table below to contact the transfer counselor at the campus of your choice.
  3. Choose a degree and field of study at one of the UNC System’s 16 universities using the table below.
  4. Fill out a free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and visit the Financial Aid office on the campus of your choice.
  5. Review course equivalencies at the campus of your choice.


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

Please contact Dr. Bethany D. Meighen (bdmeighen@northcarolina.edu) of Academic Planning with any updates to this list.