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Transfer from COA

Transfer from COA to a Four-Year University

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) college transfer program is designed to meet the two-year general education requirements of four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum is broad-based, allowing you to transfer with junior-level status after two years of study in almost any academic or pre-professional field.

COA offers two college transfer programs: Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS). Courses are articulated through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and transfer to any University of North Carolina (UNC) system university as well as most private colleges in North Carolina.

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, which includes Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC), general education (Gen Ed) and pre-major elective courses.

UGETC courses are those that you would complete in your first year and are guaranteed to transfer without completing an AA or AS degree. Gen Ed courses can be either UGETC courses or those 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 your major at a UNC system university or four-year college. It’s important to meet with your transfer advisor before beginning your second year in order to develop an academic course plan that matches the transfer admissions and major course requirements at your chosen four-year college.

The CAA enables graduates of the AA and AS degree programs to transfer with junior status to constituent UNC institutions or private colleges that endorsed the CAA. Most of the UNC system universities require you 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.

CAA Course Listing (UNC System)

Steps to Transferring to a Four-Year College

Most colleges and universities have prerequisites and requirements (based on major) that should be completed during your first two years at COA, so it’s important to choose your major as soon as possible. If you’re still undecided about your major, please contact Career Services.
Explore the links below for transfer information, tour the colleges and universities that interest you, and speak with admissions counselors about program requirements (especially if you have transfer credits from other academic institutions, and CLEP or AP credit).
The transfer admissions deadlines for most colleges are March 1 for fall and Sep. 1 for spring. Some colleges including UNC Chapel Hill and NC State have earlier deadlines. UNC Chapel Hill (all majors) and North Carolina State Engineering only accept transfer students for the fall semester. You’ll need to meet all admissions requirements at the time of application.

Transfer Admissions

The transfer admission requirements of four-year colleges vary, but most require a minimum number of transferable credits, a minimum grade-point average (GPA), and specific course work in general education areas such as English and college-level math.

UNC Transfer Admissions

Transfer students who haven’t completed the UNC minimum course requirements (MCR) in high school may qualify for admission to UNC system universities in one of the following ways:

  • Complete an AA or AS degree from a North Carolina community college
  • Complete six transferable credit hours in each of the following areas: English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language

By meeting the UNC MCR in high school, you can transfer at any time but may have to compete for admission as a first-year student if you have fewer than 30 transferable credit hours.

Visit the following transfer admission web pages to learn more about four-year colleges and universities that endorse the North Carolina CAA, as well as each college’s specific transfer admission policies, transfer course equivalencies, and program or major requirements. Most of these colleges also allow you to apply online.

Each UNC system university offers transfer pathways to assist you with choosing your classes at COA. For college-specific scholarship information, refer to each college’s web page. For other scholarships, visit our college transfer scholarships web page.

Complete your four-year degree in business at the Dare Campus through North Carolina Wesleyan College. To learn more, contact the Office of Adult Studies on the Dare County Campus.

Matthew Hasket
252-473-2264 ext. 224

Out-of-state and North Carolina colleges that have not signed on to the CAA will still transfer credits from COA in accordance with our regional accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Some of these colleges have selective admissions and may require essays, letters of recommendation, and SAT and ACT scores. All of these colleges will transfer completed COA courses on a course-by-course basis. Please check with each college’s transfer admissions advisor regarding transfer course equivalencies.

Transfer Rate and Success at the UNC System Universities

COA students have successfully transferred to four-year colleges since the first graduating class of 1962. According to the UNC Transfer Student Performance Report (which 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 for one year.

UNC Transfer Student Performance Reports

Please contact an advisor for more information and assistance with transferring.