College Transfer Information

Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

Associate degrees are offered in the arts (A.A.), science (A.S.), and fine arts (A.F.A.) for students who aspire to transfer to a four-year college or university. The 64/65 semester credit hours of coursework leading to these degrees is designed to parallel the freshman and sophomore years of study at four-year colleges and universities.

In the process of successfully completing a college transfer program, the college transfer student will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. communicate effectively in written and oral English;
  2. demonstrate basic quantitative skills appropriate to their chosen fields of study;
  3. analyze and solve problems and make logical conclusions;
  4. demonstrate information literacy;
  5. apply basic computer skills; and
  6. demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultural and historical perspectives.

The Associate in Arts Degree is for students desiring to pursue liberal arts and pre-professional programs in areas other than the fine arts and the sciences. Approved pre-majors under the Associate in Arts Degree include Art Education; Business Administration, Accounting, Economics, Finance and Marketing; Business Education and Marketing Education; Communication/Communication Studies; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education; English; English Education; Geography; History; Information Systems; Middle Grades Education; Nursing; Physical Education; Political Science; Psychology; Social Science Secondary Education; Social Work; and Sociology.

The Associate in Science Degree is for students desiring to enter science and/or mathematics related fields. Approved pre-majors under the Associate in Science Degree include Biology and Biology Education, and Engineering.

The associate in arts and science programs are part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) which addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The CAA enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts and science degree programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina to transfer with junior status. The CAA does not guarantee admission to a university; admission to a university does not constitute admission to a professional school or a specific program.

The Associate in Fine Arts Degree is for students desiring to pursue studies in Drama, Music, or Art. Approved pre-majors under the Associate in Fine Arts include Drama, Music and Music Education, and Art. Upon admission to another public two-year institution or to a public university, a community college student who was enrolled in an Associate in Fine Arts Degree program and who satisfactorily completed with a grade of “C” or better in all courses that are designated for college transfer (general education, elective, or pre-major), will receive credit for those courses. The receiving institution will determine whether the course will count as general education, major, or elective credit. Each degree program has additional requirements for coursework in liberal arts, fine arts, and sciences.

Application to a University

Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the senior institution to which they plan to transfer. Upon successful completion of the associate degree, students who meet the requirements outlined in a pre-major articulation agreement will be eligible to be considered for admission as juniors to the signatory institutions offering the baccalaureate degree as listed at or in the NC Independent Colleges and Universities Handbook which is available online at Students are encouraged to contact the senior institution to confirm degree offerings.