Transfer from COA
College of The Albemarle’s (COA) college transfer program is designed to meet the two-year general education requirements from one of our Associate transfer programs into a four-year college and university. The curriculum is broad-based, allowing students to transfer with junior-level status after two years of study in almost any transferable academic or pre-professional field.
Things to Know When Transferring from COA to a Four-Year North Carolina State College or University
1. Transfer success: COA prepares students for the rigors of four-year colleges and universities. According to University of North Carolina (UNC) Transfer Student Performance Report data, approximately 100 COA students transfer to a UNC system university each year. On average, these transfer students earn a higher grade-point average (GPA) at universities than the students who started out there.
2. Comprehensive Agreement (CAA) (PDF) and Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) (PDF): Statewide comprehensive articulation agreements govern the transfer of credits between North Carolina community colleges and all North Carolina public universities as well as many North Carolina private colleges and universities. These agreements provide certain assurances to transferring students.
3. Statewide transfer degrees at COA:
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Science
- Other transfer degree programs (Engineering, Fine Arts, Teacher Preparation)
COA offers several other degrees which transfer to specific four-year, public universities which offer the programs. These programs are governed by various state Uniform Articulation Agreements (UAA).
Barton College welcomes qualified students transferring from the North Carolina Community College System in the Early Childhood Associate of Applied Science Degree to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Birth to Kindergarten with Teacher Certification (B-K) at Barton College.
252-335-0821 ext. 2362
East Carolina University (ECU)
Prepare for your future: Join the Pirate Nation with Pirate Promise. ECU extends an invitation to participate from your community college before you graduate and transfer. Pirate Promise is the starting point for full-time community college students to attend special events, get advising and have support as you transfer to ECU.
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU)
The ECSU and COA Co-Admission Agreement is designed to improve transfer student access and success through a collaborative baccalaureate degree program. Qualified COA students completing an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Fine Arts degree will have their ECSU application fees waived and are guaranteed admission to ECSU majors and programs of study. This agreement also enables COA students to have access to the ECSU library online resources, programming through the Office of Student Activities and Organizations at ECSU, and NCCCS Event Days on ECSU’s campus.
General Business Administration
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Economics and Finance) program at ECSU.
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship) program at ECSU.
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Marketing and MIS) program at ECSU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2303
General Business Administration – Accelerated
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration- Accelerated Option may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Economics and Finance) program at ECSU.
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration- Accelerated Option may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Management and Entrepreneurship) program at ECSU.
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration- Accelerated Option may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration (concentration in Marketing and MIS) program at ECSU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2303
Global Business Management
COA has a bilateral agreement with ECSU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in Global Business Management may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration program at ECSU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2303
Health and Fitness Science
The Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Fitness and Wellness is a four-year collegiate program designed to prepare students for opportunities in professional careers and/or graduate school. COA students in the Associate in Applied Science degree program in Health and Fitness Science may transfer into the baccalaureate degree program in Kinesiology at ECSU with a concentration in Fitness and Wellness.
252-335-0821 ext. 2260
Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU)
Associate in Science
COA students who earn an Associate of Science degree and follow the designated degree plans can transition seamlessly into the Bachelor of Science in Biology and Biblical Studies degree or the Bachelor of Science in Science Education degree at MACU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2357
General Business Administration
COA has an articulation agreement with MACU. Graduates of the A.A.S. degree in General Business Administration may transfer into the B.S. Business Administration program at MACU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2303
Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation
COA students who earn an Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation or Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation degree and follow the designated degree plans (PDF) can transition seamlessly into the the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education degree at MACU.
252-335-0821 ext. 2357
Norfolk State University
Qualified COA students who successfully complete an Associate in Arts, an Associate in Science, or an Associate in Fine Arts degree at COA will be admitted to NSU as upper division students with a maximum accepted 90 transfer credits. In addition, qualified students who successfully complete an Associate of Applied Science in an occupational/technical curriculum will be admitted with a maximum accepted 60 transfer credits.
North Carolina State University (NCSU)
The Agribusiness Technology degree at COA combines agriculture business training with technology. The CALS PackTrac program provides a well-defined path for students to transfer to NCSU’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Dr. Felix Buabeng
252-335-0821 ext. 2282
COA seeks to prepare ADN students as the nursing field moves toward requiring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for many jobs. Multiple opportunities exist to help facilitate COA students to receive the BSN.
252-335-0821 ext. 2304
Old Dominion University (ODU)
Medical Laboratory Technology
Through an articulation agreement with ODU, COA students in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program may transfer and complete additional requirements at ODU to receive the Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science (BSMLS).
252-335-0821 ext. 2999
Qualified COA students may transfer courses from an agreed upon list (PDF) to count towards completion of a bachelor’s degree at Troy University.
University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW)
UNCW is committed to creating access opportunities and meaningful partnerships to support transfer student success through our guaranteed transfer admission program, PathWays (formerly Pathways to Excellence). Students who are currently attending a College of The Albemarle or another partner community college and pursuing a transferable Associate’s degree (AA/AS/AE/AATP/ASTP/AFA) are eligible to join PathWays. The benefits of the PathWays program is early access to transfer resources and advising, invitation to special events, guaranteed admissions as a transfer student, simplified transfer application and transfer application fee waiver and priority consideration for transfer merit scholarships. Visit https://uncw.edu/admissions/undergraduate/transfer/nc-community for more information.
North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) Partnership:
Complete your four-year degree in business at COA – Dare through NCWC. To learn more, contact the NCWC Office of Adult Studies.
Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) Partnership:
Complete your four-year degree through VWU upon successful completion of an associate degree. Admission to VWU will be guaranteed for individuals who earn an associate degree from COA with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher based on all college-level work attempted.
4. CAA course list (PDF): Courses for these degrees are articulated through the CAA, which identifies courses that are appropriate for transfer as the general education core and pre-major elective courses required to complete a four-year degree. In order for courses to transfer under these agreements, students must earn a “C” or higher.
5. Meet with an advisor to plan your transfer: In order to develop an academic course plan that matches the transfer admissions and major course requirements at your chosen four-year college or university.
6. View the UNC system schools transfer degree plans: 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). 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.
What Can You Do Now?
1. Transfer admissions: The transfer admission requirements of four-year colleges vary, but most require a minimum number of transferable credits, a minimum GPA, and specific course work in general education areas such as English and college-level math.
2. Scholarships: Visit RaiseMe™ and start earning scholarships directly from four-year colleges and universities while you complete the associate degree. Connect with colleges and track your progress toward successful transfer during community college.
3. COA ACCESS Program: Part of College of The Albemarle’s mission is to support students to “achieve academic excellence and student success,” but that support does not focus only on your time here at COA. If you are a college transfer student, this also means helping prepare you for success at the next stage of your academic career.
The Assigned Cohort and Campus Engagement for Student Success (ACCESS) program is designed to help you get an early start on success at your intended four-year college or university. By providing COA transfer students early access to their intended universities via COA organized group campus visits, ACCESS supports your future success in several ways:
1. Provide students support while at COA and in the transfer process
2. Familiarizes students with the physical layout of universities to which they aspire to transfer
3. Identifies campus resources for students at those universities
4. Identifies engagement opportunities for students at those universities
5. Develops a cohort of students who will already know each other before they ever enroll at those universities.
COA coordinates with our most popular transfer universities to take COA students on transfer student academic days where students can learn more about the university’s transfer process and participate in campus tours.
Upcoming college visits:
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) – January 25, 2024
Old Dominion University (ODU) – February 6, 2024
Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) – March 21, 2024
Earn Scholarships from Four-Year Colleges
RaiseMe makes it easy to earn transfer scholarships throughout community college.
Create an account by visiting RaiseMe, click on the “I’m a Community College Student” and follow the instructions.
Search for the colleges that you’re interested in and “follow” them.
Add your achievements from community college to your portfolio as you work toward completing your associate degree.
Find how much you’ve earned in micro-scholarships for every achievement you add. Your earnings will pile up before the submission deadline for your intended transfer date.
Apply to colleges. If and when you’re accepted to a college partner, you’ll find your submitted earnings amount (at minimum) in your award letter.
Micro-Scholarships for Community College Students
On RaiseMe, you can connect and engage with four-year colleges from the start of your journey, earn performance-based scholarships from four-year colleges for individual achievements in community college, and learn what steps to take in order to efficiently and successfully transfer to your college of choice while staying on track to complete your associate degree.
Discover and “follow” colleges on RaiseMe that are the best fit and match for transfer based on cost, location, major and more.
Earn Micro-Scholarships for Achievements
Add achievements, such as getting an “A” or “B” in a core course or working a part-time job, into your RaiseMe portfolio as you progress through community college. For each achievement, you’ll earn a micro-scholarship from the colleges you’re following.
Track Your Progress and Maximize Your Earnings
Track your progress toward transfer eligibility as you earn new micro-scholarships from four-year colleges with each new achievement during community college.
Redeem Micro-Scholarships When You Transfer
The total amount of micro-scholarships you earn from the university you apply and are accepted to represents the minimum amount of financial aid you’ll receive when you transfer.
RaiseMe for Transfers is a college discovery and engagement platform that is transforming when and how you embark on your journey to transfer to a four-year college. On RaiseMe, you can connect directly with four-year colleges while enrolled in community college to learn what academic achievements will help you stay on track to complete your associate degree and efficiently and successfully transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree. As you progress through community college course work, you receive incremental “micro-scholarships” from college for those achievements. The micro-scholarship dollars translate into merit-based financial aid awarded directly to you by an institution once you apply and are accepted.
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When you’re on RaiseMe, you can earn scholarships incrementally for your academic and extracurricular progress during your time at two-year community college institutions.