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College Transfer

Transferring to a Four Year University

Open Houses and Application Deadlines

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

Private North Carolina Colleges Endorsing CAA

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

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

Virginia Colleges

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

Other Colleges COA Alumni Transfer To

All US Colleges and Universities

Transfer Resources

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) (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.




College Transfer Open Houses/Application Deadlines

UNC System Endorsing CAA

Appalachian State University

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadlines: Rolling Admissions

East Carolina University

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadlines:
Summer enrollment 2016: April 4

Elizabeth City State University

Open House: Call or complete online form to schedule a visit.
Application Deadlines:
Summer enrollment 2016: May 15
Fall Enrollment 2016: May 1

Fayetteville State University

Open House: Complete an online form to schedule a visit.
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: June 30

North Carolina A&T University

Open House: Campus tours run Monday - Friday
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: May 1

North Carolina Central University

Open House: Group tours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., call for individual tour
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: August 1

North Carolina School of the Arts

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadlines: Apply by a set of priority dates

North Carolina State University

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: January 15 and March 15

UNC-Asheville

Open House: March 19, 2016
Application Deadlines:
Fall 2016 Deadline: April 1 (Notification: Rolling)

UNC-Chapel Hill

Open House: Complete an online form to schedule a visit.
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment: February 15

UNC- Charlotte

Open House: March 19 and April 23, 2016
Applications Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: November 1 (January 30 ); February 1 (April 1); June 1 (Notification: Rolling)

UNC-Greensboro

Open House: February 29 and April 26, 2016 (Transfer Information Program)
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment: March 1 - Priority and July 15

UNC Pembroke

Open House: February 13 and April 16
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: July 15

UNC Wilmington

Open House:
Spring 2016: January 22 and 29; February 12, 19, and 26; March 18; and April 8 and 15
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: March 2016

Western Carolina University

Open House: February 20 and March 12
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: June 15

Winston-Salem University

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadlines:
Fall Enrollment 2016: May 29

Private North Carolina Colleges Endorsing CAA

Barton College

Open House: February 19, 2016; and April 16, 2016
Application Deadline: not listed

Belmont Abbey College

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Bennett College

Open House : to be announced
Admissions Deadline: not listed

Brevard College

Open House: Saturday are scheduled visitation days. May also call for individual tour.
Admissions Deadline: not listed

Campbell University

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Catawba College

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Chowan University

Open House: Tours offered Monday - Friday
Application Deadline: not listed

Gardner Webb University

Open House: Tours offered Monday - Friday
Application Deadline: not listed

Johnson C. Smith University

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Livingstone College

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: not listed

Mars Hill University

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: not listed

Meredith College

Open House: to be announced
Application Deadline:
Summer Semester 2016: March 1
Fall Semester 2016: February 15

Montreat College

Open House: Tours offered Monday - Friday
Application Deadline: not listed

North Carolina Wesleyan College

Open House: register online
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions

Pfeiffer University

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions, preferable by May 1, 2016

Queens University of Charlotte

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadlines:
Fall Admission 2016: July 1

Saint Augustine's University

Open House: Tours offered Monday-Friday.
Application Deadline: not listed

St. Andrews University

Open House: March 19, 2016 - Spring General Open House
Application Deadline: not listed

Shaw University

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: not listed

University of Mount Olive

Open House: Tours offered Monday - Friday
Application Deadline: not listed

Warren Wilson College

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadlines:
Rolling Admissions

William Peace University

Open House: Tours offered Monday - Friday, Saturdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Application Deadline: not listed

Wingate University

Open House: Contact college to arrange a visit.
Application Deadline: not available


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