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Transferring to a Four Year University

Our College Transfer program is designed to meet the two-year general education requirements of four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is broad-based to allow students, after two years of study, to transfer with junior-level status in almost any academic or pre-professional field.

We offer two college transfer programs, the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS). The courses offered within these transfer programs are articulated to transfer to any University of North Carolina (UNC) system university and most private colleges in North Carolina through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement or CAA.

The CAA identifies courses that are appropriate for transfer as the general education core and pre-major elective courses required to complete a four year degree. The specific courses that transfer to the UNC system and other colleges are listed on the CAA Course List. The CAA Course List is made up of the following courses, UGETC, Gen Ed, and Pre-Major Elective courses. UGETC courses are Universal General Education Transfer Component courses and represent those courses that students complete in their first year. UGETC courses are guaranteed to transfer without completing an AA or AS degree. Gen Ed courses can be UGETC courses or just courses that meet the general education requirements for a four year degree. Pre-major elective courses are any courses other than UGETC or Gen Ed that will apply to the major the student will pursue at the UNC system university or four year college. It is important that you meet with your transfer advisor before you begin your second year  to develop an academic course plan that matches the transfer admissions and major course requirements at your chosen four year college. CAA Course List 

The CAA enables graduates of the AA and AS degree programs to transfer to constituent UNC institutions or private colleges who endorsed the CAA with junior status. Most of the UNC system universities require students to transfer with a minimum of 30 semester hours. Articulation agreements for the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) and several Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs have been developed with Elizabeth City State University, East Carolina University, and other UNC system universities.

Steps to Transferring to a Four-Year College

  • Plan & Choose a Field of Study. Choose the major you plan to take at the four-year college as soon as possible as most colleges and universities have major prerequisites and/or requirements that should be completed during your first two years at COA. If you are not sure of a major, meet with the Director, Counseling and Career Development.
  • Research the College or University That You Would Like to Attend. Use the Internet to explore transfer information (See college links below). Tour the college/university that interests you. Talk to a college or university admissions counselor about program requirements, especially if you have transfer credits from other academic institutions and CLEP or AP credit.
  • Submit an Application Early. For most colleges the transfer admissions deadline is March 1 for fall, September 1 for spring, but some colleges have earlier deadlines like UNC Chapel Hill and NC State. UNC Chapel Hill (All majors) and NC State Engineering only accept transfer students for the fall semester. Student must meet all admissions requirements when they apply!

Transfer Admissions

Transfer admission requirements vary at four year colleges but most require transfer students to have a minimum number of transferable credits, a specified GPA, and specific coursework some general education areas like English or college level math. 

UNC Transfer Admissions

All the UNC System Universities require a transfer student who did not complete the UNC minimum course requirements (MCR) (MCR) in high school to qualify for admission in one of the following ways:

  • Complete an AA and AS degree from a NC Community College.
  • Complete 6 semester transferable hours in each of the following areas: English, mathematics, science, social science, and foreign language.

Students who met the UNC MCR in high school can transfer at any time but may have to compete for admission as freshmen if they have less than 30 transferable credit hours.

Transfer Admissions Web Pages

Below are transfer admission links of four-year colleges and universities that endorse the North Carolina CAA. Use the links to learn more about the college’s specific transfer admission policies, transfer course equivalencies, and specific program or major requirements. Most of the colleges have online applications that you can access on the web. Each UNC System University has created transfer pathways that should assist you with taking the right courses at COA. For college specific scholarship information see the college's web page and for other scholarships go to College Transfer Scholarships.

UNC System Universities Endorsing CAA

Appalachian State University North Carolina Central University UNC Fayetteville
    UNC Greensboro
East Carolina University North Carolina State University UNC Pembroke
Elizabeth City State University North Carolina School of the Arts UNC Wilmington
NC A&T University UNC Asheville Western Carolina University
  UNC Chapel Hill Winston-Salem State
  UNC Charlotte  

Private North Carolina Colleges Endorsing CAA

Barton College Johnson C. Smith University Peace College
Belmont Abbey College Livingston College Pfeiffer University
Bennett College Mars Hill University Queens University
Brevard College Meredith College St. Andrews Presbyterian College
Campbell University Montreat College Saint Augustine's College
Catawba College Mount Olive College Shaw University
Chowan College North Carolina Wesleyan College Warren Wilson College
Gardner-Webb University   Wingate University

NC Wesleyan College Partnership

Complete your four year degree in business at the Dare Campus through NC Wesleyan College Go to the Office of Adult Studies at the Dare County Campus. Contact Matthew Hasket mhaskett@ncwc.edu (252) 473-2264 x 224

Special 2 + 2 and Associate in Applied Science Transfer Programs

COA Associate in Science to ECU Engineering
COA Computer Tech to ECSU Computer Technology 
COA Marine Science to ECU Biology
COA Medical Lab Tech to ECU Clinical Lab Science
RN to BSN - the COA STEP Center lists all RN to BSN programs

Out of State and North Carolina Colleges Not Endorsing the CAA

Out of state and colleges in North Carolina who have signed on to the CAA will still transfer credits from COA because of our regional accreditation by SACS. Some of these colleges have selective admissions and may require SAT and or ACT scores along with essays and letters of recommendations.  All will transfer the courses you complete at COA on a course by course basis. It is recommended that students interested in transferring to these colleges check with the college’s transfer admissions advisor about transfer course equivalencies.

North Carolina Colleges/Universities Not Endorsing CAA

Davidson College Guilford College Methodist College
Duke University High Point University Salem College
Elon University Lees McRae College Wake Forest University
Greensboro College Lenoir Rhyne College  

Virginia Colleges

Old Dominion University Virginia Wesleyan College  
Norfolk State University   More Virginia Colleges  
Regent University    

Other Colleges COA Alumni Transfer To

All US.Colleges & Universities

Transfer Resources

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (UNC system)
CAA Course Listing (UNC system) 

Transfer Rate and Success at the UNC System Universities

Colleges of the Albemarle students have transferred successfully to four-year colleges since its first graduate in 1962. The UNC Transfer Student Performance Report reflects the number and quality of COA students transferring to the UNC System. In 2011, 73 COA students transferred to a UNC system university and earned an average GPA of 2.94 after attending one year. UNC Transfer Student Performance Reports

For assistance with transferring please contact an advisor on one of our four campuses.

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