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College Transfer

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the University of North Carolina


In an effort to simplify and facilitate transfer of credit between community colleges and the University of North Carolina System, the University’s Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges have developed and approved a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. This agreement addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and from that system to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. It applies to all North Carolina community colleges and all constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

As one provision of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, students who complete the A.A. or A.S. degree requirements at any community college will be able to transfer to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina with junior status and will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division, general education requirements of the receiving institution.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Community college graduates who have earned 60-61 semester hours of academic credit in approved college transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 60-61 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a university. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions. Courses offered through bilateral agreements may not transfer to all receiving institutions.

Edgecombe Community College offers these degrees that may transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement:

Associate in Arts
Associate in Science

In addition to completing your college transfer degree face-to-face during the day and in the evenings, you have the option of completing it totally online or through our SOAR (Students on the Academic Rise) Weekend College Program. Click on the links below to see how the coursework can be completed through either of these formats:
OnlineWeekend College
Associate in Arts Associate in Arts
Associate in Science Associate in Science

For information, contact Dr. Harry Starnes at starnesh@edgecombe.edu or (252) 823-5166 x221.

In the course of their degree program, students will take courses aligned with a four-year degree pathway from a university of their choosing. Within their A.A. or A.S. program students may decide to choose a particular pathway of courses outlined by a four-year institution where they intend to transfer. Or, students may choose an ECC-designed pathway that contains courses typically accepted in most four-year programs in the pathway area. As they are developed, these pathways will be made available to students through the ACA 122 course, as well as through their college transfer advisors.

Four-Year Degree Pathways for University of North Carolina Institutions
Member institutions of the University of North Carolina have outlined the first two years at a community college for many of their four-year degree programs. Students can use these four-year degree guides to plan their degree pathway at ECC. Click on the links below to discover more about the university's four-year degree pathways.

ECC-Designed Pathway in Pre-Engineering
Students earning an Associate of Science degree may pursue a pathway in Pre-Engineering. Students interested in this pathway should contact the ECC Pre-Engineering pathway coordinator for courses required to transfer to four-year engineering programs (stamilior@edgecombe.edu, 252-823-5166 x273).

More College Transfer Options
In addition to ECC's A.A. and A.S. transferring to universities in the University of North Carolina System, ECC has 2+2 agreements with four-year institutions for these and other ECC degrees.  Click here to see what ECC degree will be accepted into specific four-year degree programs at specific four-year institutions.

Community College Course Equivalencies With UNC Institutions
All campuses of the University of North Carolina system accept many community college courses as equivalencies to courses on their campuses; even some courses that are not included in the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees. Click here to see how courses you take at ECC will be transferred to these particular campuses.

Reverse Transfer
Students enrolled at one of the campuses of the University of North Carolina system, and who took community college classes, but didn't complete a degree, may be eligible for Reverse Transfer.  With Reverse Transfer, coursework taken at the four-year institution can be transferred back to the community college with the possibility of earning a community college degree after the fact. Click here to learn more about this possibility.


Faculty Contact:

Dr. Harry Starnes
Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences
Edgecombe Community College
2009 W. Wilson St.
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-5166, ext. 221
starnesh@edgecombe.edu