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Transfer from COA

Transfer from COA to a Four-Year College or 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 students to transfer with junior-level status after two years of study in almost any academic or pre-professional field.

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 GPA at universities than the students who started out there.

Comprehensive Agreements

Statewide comprehensive articulation agreements govern the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and all NC public universities as well as many NC private colleges and universities. These agreements provide certain assurances to transferring students

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. The specific courses that transfer to the UNC system and other colleges are listed on the CAA course list.

Planning for Transfer

It is important to meet with your transfer advisor at COA 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. Transfer Degree plans have been developed at each North Carolina public university to assist North Carolina community college students with choosing appropriate coursework to meet university requirements.

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.

Uniform Agreements

In addition to the statewide transfer degrees, 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).

Bilateral Agreements

COA has also developed local bilateral agreements with several individual colleges and universities to support transfer and other special opportunities

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.

Robin Zinsmeister
252-335-0821 ext. 2362

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.
Co-Admission Agreement

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.

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.

Jeff Carter
252-335-0821 ext. 2260

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.

Dean Roughton
252-335-0821 ext. 2306

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.

Chris Robertson
252-335-0821 ext. 2304

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.
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).

Terri Riddick
252-335-0821 ext. 2999

North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) Partnership

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

Matthew Haskett
252-473-2264 ext. 224

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.

Eushekia Hewitt
252-335-0821 ext. 2256

Qualified COA students may transfer courses from an agreed upon list to count towards completion of a bachelor’s degree at Troy University.

Transfer Admissions and Scholarships

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.

For more information about transferring to a UNC system school or an independent college or university in North Carolina, visit the transfer pages below.

For information about scholarships for transferring students, visit your intended college or university website and the COA Transfer Scholarship information web page.

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