Common Numbering System will ensure transfer students can retain credit for courses completed at other UNC System universities and North Carolina community colleges.

The University of North Carolina System has launched its Common Numbering System, a database to help undergraduate students better plan their education and ensure successful transfer of course credits.

The CNS is a comprehensive listing of over 1,600 undergraduate, lower-level courses from institutions within both the UNC and N.C. Community College systems. Courses are searchable in an online database, allowing students, advisers, registrars and others to identify credits that will easily transfer between community colleges and UNC System institutions.

The project was a collaborative effort and took nearly two years to complete.

“The launch of the Common Numbering System is a triumph for students and institutions across our great state,” said UNC System President Peter Hans. “Students have long dealt with a complex transfer process that didn’t always recognize credits completed at another UNC institution or a community college. This important tool will help expand access to our world-class institutions, benefiting the one-third of our students who will transfer from a community college or another UNC System institution during their college experience.”  

“The UNC System’s Common Numbering System will save time and money for transfer students, helping them to plot the most efficient path toward a degree,” said David English, acting senior vice president for academic affairs. “For two decades, this idea has been a conversation piece. At last, it’s a reality. My thanks to everyone who worked to put this valuable tool into the hands of our students and their advisers.”

The UNC System has developed an informational website to host its database and CNS course list. Students can use the site to access transfer resources and course information from each of the UNC System’s 16 universities. They can also locate information about how courses will transfer from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.

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About The University of North Carolina System

The University of North Carolina System enrolls nearly 250,000 students at 17 institutions, including the state’s 16 public universities and the nation’s first public residential high school for academically gifted students. The UNC System is among the strongest and most diverse higher education systems in the country, with more than $1.8 billion in research expenditures and campuses that serve every region of the state. Affiliate organizations include UNC Health and PBS North Carolina, with its 12-station broadcast network.