Transfer Handbook

Transfer Handbook

What is the College Transfer Program?

The transfer program at Mayland Community College is a group of selected courses that prepare you to enter a four-year college or university as a junior (depending on how many courses you take at MCC).  The courses in these programs parallel those taken by freshmen and sophomores at the four-year colleges.  At MCC we have different transfer options to meet your needs that are congruent with the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

What is the NC Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)?

The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and NC public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students.  It enables NC community college graduates of two-year Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the University of NC to transfer with junior status.  To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the CAA, the student must graduate with an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree and have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a grade of "C" or better in all CAA courses. Students who do not complete the degree are eligible to transfer credits on a course-by course basis.

What are CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plans?

Many North Carolina schools have developed degree plans, also called degree pathways or transfer guides, to help students identify the best community college courses to take depending on their intended major. Following these degree plans should best position students to transfer smoothly to a UNC institution and complete their desired major.

Currently, many schools have developed guides for their most popular majors, and plan to release additional guides as soon as possible. For links to each UNC college’s degree pathway website, visit https://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=content/nc-community-college-transfer

It is important for students to note that following the pathways does not guarantee admission to any school, and that they serve as recommendations only. Four-year institutions do not require or expect that all transfer students will have completed the courses listed on these pathway documents. The guides are meant to be an example of how a degree could be completed in four years.

What are my choices at Mayland?

MCC offers three transfer options:

  • The Associate in Arts degree (AA) is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background.

  • The Associate in Science degree (AS) is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, the sciences or professional programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds.

  • Course-by-course transfer is available for students who want to transfer prior to completing the AA or AS degree.  To be considered for transfer admission at most four-year colleges, students must complete approximately 30 transferrable credit hours with a “C” or better prior to transferring.  In addition, students must have met Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) from high school in order to transfer prior to completing the AA or AS.  Completion of the AA or AS will meet the requirements of MCR. For more information on MCR, read the first of the “Frequently Asked Questions” on the next page.

How are the AA and AS degrees structured?

The AA and AS programs of study include two components:

  • The Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) that comprises a minimum of 30 hours of credit.  Students who satisfactorily complete courses identified in this component with a grade of “C” or better will receive credit applied toward the university’s lower-division general education course requirements.

  • Additional general education, pre-major, and elective courses that comprise a minimum of 30 hours of credit and prepare students for successful transfer into selected majors at UNC institutions. Students who satisfactorily complete a transfer course designated as General Education, pre-major or elective will receive transfer credit for the course.

Frequently Asked Questions about College Transfer

  1. What are the “MCR” requirements and are transfer students required to meet them? 

    “MCR” refers to the Minimum Course Requirements of the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina and apply to anyone who graduated from high school in 1990 or later.  The minimum admissions requirements are:

    English Four course units emphasizing grammar, composition, and literature.
    Mathematics Three course units in one of the following combinations:
    Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry
    Algebra I, Algebra II, and one unit beyond Algebra II
    Integrated Mathematics I, II, and III.  (for 2005 graduates and earlier)
    Four course units in one of the following combinations:
    Algebra I and II, Geometry, and one unit beyond Algebra II
    Algebra I and II, and two units beyond Algebra II
    Integrated Mathematics I, II, and III, and one unit beyond Integrated Mathematics III (for 2006 graduates and after)

    Science Three course units  including at least one unit in a life or biological science, one unit in a physical science, and at least one laboratory course.

    • Social Studies Two course units including one in United States History.
    • Second Language A sequence of two course units of a language other than English.

    (For 2004 graduates and after)

    If you are planning to transfer to one of the sixteen institutions in the University of North Carolina system you must have completed the MCR.  Students who do not meet the MCR during high school must complete the entire AA or AS degree OR complete six semester hours in each area listed below.  All courses must be transferable to the appropriate four-year college.

    • English (6 semester hours)
    • Math (6 semester hours)
    • Natural Science (6 semester hours)
    • Social Science (6 semester hours)
    • Foreign Language (6 Semester hours) For 2004 graduates and after

  2. Can I transfer with an AAS degree?

    It is possible to transfer with an AAS degree, such as Early Childhood Education or Human Services Technology, but it will likely take longer to complete a Bachelor’s degree than with the AA or AS.  The AAS degrees do not require as many general education courses as the AA, AS, or Bachelor’s degree, therefore students will be required to complete remaining general education requirements at MCC or at the four-year college.  Also, most courses within the AAS degrees do not typically transfer to four-year schools.  Another option for students planning to transfer with an AAS degree is to look for colleges offering “reverse transfer” programs.  These programs, which are specially designed for individuals with the AAS degree, give credit for many of the courses they have taken in the AAS program as meeting requirements in the major.  It is very important to meet with a Career or Transfer Counselor early in your course work and to work closely with the four-year college.

  3. Who can help me with college transfer and choosing courses?

    • Your Arts & Sciences faculty advisor
    • Transfer counselor in the Counseling Center
    • Transfer counselor for the SOAR program

  4. How many more years will I have to attend college after I leave MCC in order to get my Bachelor’s degree?

    If you attend full-time and are admitted as a junior in your major, course work should be approximately two more years at your four-year institution.

  5. Are transfer admissions requirements the same for all four-year schools in North Carolina?

    No!  It is very important to check the catalog or website for each school regarding application deadline dates, minimum number of transfer hours, and GPA requirements for regular admission and/or admission to competitive majors.  Typically, a 2.0 GPA is required for regular admission to a four-year school, but it is important to check the catalog.  The GPA used for admission is calculated by the 4-year school and all grades in transferable courses, including repeated courses, are calculated in that GPA.  It is also important to check on the admission requirements for individual major departments (i.e. Social Work, Education, or Business).  These often differ from general admission requirements, so check the catalog or website.

  6. What factors should I consider when choosing a four-year college?

    The number of associate degree hours that will transfer
    Tuition rates - out of state colleges and private colleges tend to be more expensive
    The number of students - smaller colleges provide more individualized attention
    The quality of the institution - including facilities, instructors, resources, libraries, technology, etc
    Your major - does the college offer it and is it a quality program
    The location - you may have a preference for where you want to live while in college
    Accreditation -you may want to avoid colleges or major programs that are not accredited with an appropriate accrediting organization.
    Support services - compare the quality of academic support and disability services
    Cooperative education - many colleges have programs in which students can work for college credit in order to gain experience in their field
    Activities - think about your interests and whether or not the college has activities available in these areas.

  7. When should I apply to the colleges I am considering?

    Each college has its own deadline for applications.  However, a good rule of thumb is to apply a year ahead of the date you wish to enroll.  You may find that some colleges will allow you to apply as late as one month prior to enrollment, however most colleges set their deadlines at approximately six months prior to enrollment.  Waiting lists are another reason to apply early.  It may be to your benefit to submit your application early in case you are placed on a waiting list.

  8. Will all my courses transfer?

    Generally speaking, all courses taken in the College Transfer curriculum will transfer to the four-year institution as an equivalent course or as an elective.  The CAA assures the transfer of credit from the college transfer curriculum to state institutions in NC. For out-of-state colleges and private colleges, it is very important to contact them regarding transferability of courses.  

  9. Is there a limit on the number of transfer students a four-year college will accept?

    The 16 public UNC system schools place a cap on the number of transfer students accepted each year; however, most private four-year schools do not have a limit on the number of transfer students.

  10. Will a grade of “D” transfer to the four-year school?

    Generally speaking, no.  If the school does accept a “D”, the hours will not transfer.   It is highly recommended that students repeat any courses in which they earn a grade of “D.”  A “D” in any transfer course will negate the CAA.

  11. What is the maximum number of hours that can be transferred to the four-year school?

    Most four-year schools accept a maximum of 64 semester hours.  A minimum of 60 hours must be taken at the four-year school.

  12. Are scholarships available for community college students who are transferring?

    Yes.  Some colleges have their own scholarships, which are described in their college handbook, and private industry offers scholarships to specific majors.  Ask the Financial Aid Office at MCC and the college to which you are planning to transfer for information about scholarships for transfer students.  You may also want to check out free on-line scholarship searches and other financial aid resources available via the internet.

  13. Where can I get more information about the transfer process and about individual schools?

    Visit MCC’s Counseling Center.  A counselor will be available to help you track down the information you need to make informed decisions regarding your educational and career plans.  Students who are in the SOAR Program can see the Transfer Counselor for in-depth assistance as well.  You may also wish to consult your faculty advisor.  Finally, remember that College Days are set up in both the fall and spring, where you can meet with college admissions representatives and collect materials.

  14. Which NC colleges honor the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and does it apply to out-of state colleges?

    While all UNC-system colleges are required to honor the CAA, out-of-state colleges and private colleges may not.  It is very important to check with those specific colleges to see how courses will transfer.  

  15. Are there general education courses that are not covered by the CAA?

    Yes, foreign language, physical education, and upper level general education courses are not covered by the CAA.  If the college you plan to attend requires any of these you must meet these requirements either at MCC, another community college, or at the four-year college.  

  16. What could make me ineligible for the CAA?

    Any of the following conditions will make you ineligible.  If any of the following apply to you please contact your transfer advisor and/or the registrar at your college of choice.

  • If you entered college prior to Fall 1997 (even if a Dual Enrollment/Huskins Bill student)

  • If you are transferring to an out-of-state college

  • If you are transferring to an NC private college that does not honor the CAA

  • If you have more than 14 hours of transfer (TR) credits from a school outside the NC Community College System or the UNC System.

  • If you have a grade of PR, other than AP scores (including CIS 110)

  • If you have a “D” or below in any CAA course

  • If you have a GPA below 2.0

What do I need to do?

Step 1: Decide on a Path

  • Associate in Arts (AA)
  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Course-by-course transfer

Step 2: Pick a Four Year College Major

  • Meet with a Career or Transfer Counselor
  • Complete career assessments (available in the Counseling Center) 
  • Interview people in different fields
  • Research occupations on the web
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/oco
  • Career Resource Center, www.careers.org
  • NC Career Resource Network, www.nccareers.org

Step 3: Select a College

Step 4: Create an Academic Plan

  • Complete the Degree Check sheet (found in this handbook)
  • Complete the MCC Semester Planning sheet (found in this handbook)

Step 5: Get Ready to Transfer

  • Complete the four year school’s application before the deadline
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Request all transcripts (high school and all colleges attended) be sent to your college of choice
  • Complete the FAFSA and enter your four-year college’s school code
  • Participate in your college’s orientation program

Step 6: Get Help with the Steps

  • See a transfer counselor or your Arts and Sciences advisor
  • Bring your check sheets and questions

Appalachian State University

  • Type of four year: Public University, UNC System
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Boone, NC, Population, 14,500
  • Enrollment: Approx. 15,000 students
  • Student to faculty ratio: 17 to 1
  • Average class size: 26
  • Majors: 95 undergraduate and 81 graduate
  • Latest date to apply: Rolling acceptance (First deadline: December 1st)
  • Required GPA: 2.0, as calculated by ASU
  • Scholarship Deadline: December 1st
  • Admissions phone: 828-262-2120
  • Financial Aid phone: 828-262-2190
  • Webpage: www.appstate.edu
  • Course recommendations, transferring course-by-course:
    • First Year Seminar, 3 hrs. HUM 220
    • English, 6 hrs. ENG 111 and ENG 112
    • Natural Science, 8 hrs. AST 151/151A and AST 152/152A or BIO 111 and BIO 112 or CHM 151 and CHM 152 or PHY 151 and PHY 152 or PHY 251 and PHY 252 (two courses in a sequence)
    • Mathematics, 4 hrs. MAT 143, MAT 152, MAT 171, MAT 263, or MAT 271
    • Students should consult ASU degree check sheets for the intended major when choosing math courses
  • Course recommendations for Elementary Education majors:
    • Historical and Social Perspective HIS 131 or HIS 132 and POL 120
    • Local to Global Perspective GEO 111 and HIS 122 (neither offered at MCC)
    • Literature ENG 231 or ENG 232

Course Recommendations for Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance and Banking, Health Care Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Risk Management and Insurance:

  • Brief Calculus MAT 263
  • Business Law I BUS 115
  • Principles of Accounting I ACC 120
  • Principles of Accounting II ACC 121
  • Principles of Microeconomics ECO 251
  • Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 252
  • Statistics I MAT 152

Course recommendations for Social Work majors:

  • General Biology BIO 111 and BIO 112
  • American Government POL 120
  • General Psychology PSY 150
  • Abnormal Psychology PSY 281
  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 210

Course recommendations for Criminal Justice majors:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice CJC 111
  • Law Enforcement Operations CJC 121
  • Corrections CJC 141
  • Quantitative Literacy MAT 143
  • Statistics I MAT 152
  • American Government POL 120
  • General Psychology PSY 150
  • Abnormal Psychology PSY 281
  • Introduction to Sociology SOC 210

Course recommendations for Psychology majors:

  • Survey of Mathematics MAT 143
  • Statistics I MAT 152
  • General Psychology PSY 150
  • Developmental Psychology PSY 241
  • Abnormal Psychology PSY 281
  • Foreign Language (for BA only) two courses (not offered at MCC)

East Tennessee State University

  • Type of four year: Public University, Tennessee Board of Regents
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Johnson City, TN, Population, 64,528
  • Enrollment: Approx. 15,000 students
  • Average class size: 20 students
  • Majors: 100 undergraduate and 71 graduate
  • Latest date to apply: August 15 for fall, December 15 for spring
  • Required GPA: Depends on number of hours earned, 2.0 for 60+, as calculated by ETSU
  • Scholarship Deadline: March 1
  • Admissions phone: 423-439-4213 or 800-462-3878
  • Financial Aid phone: 423-439-4300 or 800-704-3878
  • Webpage: www.etsu.edu

Course recommendations:

Tennessee has different minimum high school course requirements than North Carolina.  See your advisor to see if you have met these requirements.

  • Written Composition, 6 hrs. ENG 111 and ENG 112
  • Oral Communications, 3 hrs. COM 231
  • Literature, 3 hrs. ENG 231 or ENG 232
  • Fine Arts, 3 hrs. ART 111, MUS 110 or DRA 111
  • Humanities, 3 hrs. HUM 110 or HUM 220
  • Social Science, 6 hrs. ECO 151, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150 or SOC 210
  • History, 6 hrs. HIS 131 and HIS 132
  • Natural Science, 8 hrs. AST 151/151A, AST 152/152A, BIO 111 (for non-majors only), BIO 112 (for non-majors only), BIO 165, BIO 166, CHM 151, CHM 152, PHY 151, PHY 152, PHY 251, or PHY 252 (choose two)
  • Mathematics, 4 hrs. MAT 152 or MAT 271

Gardner-Webb University— Degree Completion Program (DCP)

  • Type of four year: Private University, Extension program
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: DCP courses are offered on-line
  • Enrollment: Approx. 2,600 total, on and off campus
  • Average class size: Very small classes
  • Majors: 9 undergraduate, within Degree Completion program
  • Latest date to apply: Rolling acceptance
  • Required GPA: No min. GPA, but must have 60-64 transferable credits, with a grade of “C” or better
  • Admissions phone: 704-406-4625 or 866-498-4625
  • Financial Aid phone: 704-406-4243
  • Webpage: www.gardner-webb.edu

The Gardner Webb Goal Program offers online programs in Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, Healthcare Management, Nursing, and Religious Studies.  

Prerequisites for the Accounting program:

  • An Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • 2 courses in Accounting Principles
  • 2 courses in Economic Principles (macro and micro-economics)
  • 2 course in Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • ENG 111 and 112
  • 1 course in Introduction to Computers
  • 1 course in Principles of Management
  • 1 course in Business

Prerequisites for the Business Administration program:

  • An Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • 1 course in Introduction to Computers
  • 1 course in Principles of Management
  • 3 courses in Business
  • 2 courses in Accounting Principles
  • 2 courses in Economic Principles (macro- and microeconomics)
  • ENG 111 and 112
  • 1 course in Algebra

Prerequisites for the Computer Information Systems program:

  • An Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • 1 course in Introduction to Computers
  • 1 course in Introduction to Programming
  • 3 courses in Computer Information Systems
  • 2 courses in Accounting Principles
  • 2 courses in Economic Principles (macro- and microeconomics)
  • ENG 111 and 112

Prerequisites for the Healthcare Management program:

  • An Associate’s degree or equivalent
  • 2 courses in Accounting Principles
  • 2 courses in Economic Principles (macro- and microeconomics)
  • ENG 111 and 112
  • 1 course in Introduction to Computers
  • 4 courses in Business

Lees-McRae College

  • Type of four year: Private College
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Banner Elk, NC, Population, 1028
  • Enrollment: Approx. 850 students
  • Student to faculty ratio: 14 to 1
  • Majors: 25 undergraduate
  • Latest date to apply: Rolling acceptance
  • Required GPA: 2.0, as calculated by LMC
  • Scholarship Deadline: April 15
  • Admissions phone: 828-898-8772 or 800-280-4562
  • Financial Aid phone: 828-898-8740 or 800-280-4562
  • Webpage: www.lmc.edu
  • Course recommendations:
  • Associates in Arts or Associate in Science Degree
  • Course recommendations for Elementary Education majors:
  • Child/Adolescent Development PSY 241

Mars Hill University

  • Type of four year: Private College
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Mars Hill, NC, Population, 1,869
  • Enrollment: Approx. 1,300 students
  • Student to faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Average class size: 15
  • Majors: 35 undergraduate
  • Latest date to apply: Rolling acceptance
  • Required GPA: 2.0, as calculated by MHU
  • Scholarship Deadline: No specific deadline
  • Admissions phone: 828-689-1201
  • Financial Aid phone: 828-689-1123
  • Webpage: www.mhu.edu

Course recommendations, transferring course-by-course:

  • First Year Seminar 1 ACA 122
  • English Composition, 6 hrs. ENG 111 and ENG 112
  • Health and Wellness, 3 hrs. PED 110 or HEA 110 (neither offered at MCC)
  • Natural Science, 4 hrs. BIO 110, BIO 111, or PHY 110
  • Social Science, 3 hrs. ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, or SOC 210
  • Humanities, 6 hrs. (2 different disciplines) ENG 231, ENG 232, HIS 131, or HIS 132
  • Ideas and Innovations: US, 3 hrs. HUM 122
  • Ideas and Innovations: World, 3 hrs. HIS 111, HIS 112, or HUM 110
  • Aesthetic, 3-6 hrs., depending on major ART 111 or MUS 110
  • Mathematics, 3-6 hrs., depending on major MAT 143 or MAT 152
  • Foreign Language, 3-6 hrs., depending on major SPA 111, SPA 112, FRE 111, FRE 112, GEO 111, GEO 112 (None offered at MCC).

Course recommendations for Elementary Education through the Adult and Graduate Program:

  • Complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree
  • American Diversity HIS 131
  • Natural Science BIO 111
  • Mathematics MAT 143
  • Social Science PSY 150
  • (All will be required after enrolling at MHU if not taken in the AA)

The University of North Carolina at Asheville

  • Type of four year: Public University, UNC System
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Asheville, NC, Population, 85,712
  • Enrollment: Approx. 3,600 students
  • Average class size: 19
  • Majors: 30 undergraduate and 1 graduate program
  • Latest date to apply: March for fall admissions, October for spring admissions
  • Required GPA: 2.0, as calculated by UNCA
  • Scholarship Deadline: June 1
  • Admissions phone: 828-251-6481 or 800-531-9842
  • Financial Aid phone: 828-251-6535
  • Webpage: www.unca.edu

Course Recommendations, transferring course-by-course:

  • English, 6 hrs. ENG 111 and ENG 112
  • Humanities, 9 hrs. ART 111, COM 231, ENG 231, ENG 232, or MUS 110
  • Social Sciences, 9 hrs. HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, PSY 150, SOC 210, ECO 251, ECO 252, or POL 120
  • Mathematics, 3-4 hrs. MAT 143, MAT 152, or MAT 171
  • Natural Science, 4 hrs. BIO 110, BIO 111, or PHY 110/110A
  • Foreign Language, 6 hrs. SPA 111 and 112 or FRE 111 and FRE 112 (not offered at MCC)*

 

The following General Education courses will be required after transfer, even with the AA or AS completed, if not taken at another community college:

  • Two foreign language courses (not available at MCC)
  • Introductory Colloquium (not available at MCC)
  • One upper level humanities course (not available at MCC)
  • One upper level Arts course (not available at MCC)
  • One Capstone Experience course, if required for major (not available at MCC)
  • *Courses not available at MCC can be taken online at other community colleges in NC.
  • Course recommendations for Management majors (Business Management or Marketing):
  • Principles of Accounting I ACC 120
  • Principles of Accounting II ACC 121
  • Principles of Microeconomics ECO 251
  • Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 252
  • Statistics I MAT 152


Western Carolina University

  • Type of four year: Public University, UNC System
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Location: Cullowhee, NC, Population, 3,579
  • Enrollment: Approx. 9,000 students
  • Average class size: 19-30
  • Majors: 220 undergraduate and 40 graduate
  • Latest date to apply: Rolling acceptance
  • Required GPA: 2.0, as calculated by WCU
  • Scholarship Deadline: August 1 for fall, November 15 for spring
  • Admissions phone: 828-227-7317 or 877-928-4968
  • Financial Aid phone: 828-227-7291 or 877-928-4968
  • Webpage: www.wcu.edu

Course recommendations, transferring course-by-course:

  • Writing, 6 hrs. ENG 111 and ENG 112
  • Mathematics, 3 hrs. MAT 143 (or higher)
  • Communications, 3 hrs. COM 231
  • Health and Fitness, 3 hrs. HEA 110 (not offered at MCC)
  • Physical and Biological Sciences, 6 hrs. AST 151/151A, BIO 110, BIO 111, PHY 110, PHY 151 (two courses from different disciplines)
  • Social Science, 6 hrs. ECO 251, ECO 252, POL 120, PSY 150, or SOC 210
  • (two courses from different disciplines)
  • History, 3 hrs. HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 131, HIS 132, or HUM 122
  • Humanities, 3 hrs. ENG 231, ENG 232, HUM 110, HUM 130 or HUM 160
  • Fine Arts, 3 hrs. ART 111, DRA 111, or MUS 110
  • World Cultures, 3 hrs. GEO 111, GEO112, FRE 111, FRE 112, REL 110, REL 111, SPA 111, or SPA 112 (none available at MCC)

Course recommendations for degrees within the College of Business:

  • Mathematics MAT 152
  • Accounting ACC 120 and ACC 121
  • Economics ECO 251 and ECO 252
  • Law BUS 115