Students can transfer credits into UNC Greensboro through courses taken elsewhere and/or placement tests. Usually, these credits will count toward the student’s degree. UNC Greensboro has a team that reviews transfer credits and translates them to their UNCG equivalents. This process is called articulation.
How to have transcripts formally evaluated
Most courses completed at 4-year and 2-year institutions approved by specific accrediting bodies will transfer to UNCG. Exceptions include developmental courses, technical courses, and courses less than one semester hour. Official articulation evaluations can be completed for current students and newly admitted students with official transcripts. Students participating in study abroad programs should confer with Study Abroad in the International Programs Center regarding credit evaluation. In order to transfer credit from an international institution attended outside of UNCG Study Abroad, a NACES will be required and syllabi will be required for further course evaluation.
New students will have their transcripts automatically evaluated as soon as they have been admitted to UNCG. Articulation review usually takes at least two weeks after admission.
To check the status of transcript evaluations, watch the application checklist in our student portal. In this portal, students can see which transcripts have been received and whether they have been evaluated.
Students who have taken coursework elsewhere while still enrolled at UNCG will have their credit evaluation done as quickly as possible — usually about 1 week after providing the Registrar’s Office with their official transcripts from the transfer institution.
Students should follow their transfer institution’s procedure to have an official transcript sent to UNCG. After that transcript is received, transfer credit will be posted to the student’s UNCGenie account and will automatically be applied in Degree Works.
How to check if courses will transfer
Future students not yet admitted to UNCG or current students who are exploring courses at other institutions should use our transfer course equivalency resources to get a sense of how their credits will translate toward a UNCG degree.
Students who are curious about a course taken outside UNCG might transfer for credit can search for it using the UNCG Transfer Credit Planner. This database includes listings of thousands of courses at hundreds of institutions. Students can look up their transfer institution, then find the classes they have taken to see a comparison of how they can expect coursework to translate at UNCG.
Future students who are currently attending a North Carolina community college or public university benefit from the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA), a set of rules that determine how their credits transfer.
Degree plans for transfer students
In general students working toward two-year Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree will find that most of their credits translate to meet general education requirements. Some of UNCG’s four year degrees, especially STEM-related degrees, may require that certain pre-requisite courses are completed at UNCG. In these cases, transfer classes can count toward elective credit.
The best way to plan ahead for transfer to UNCG is for the student to reach out directly to an advisor in their intended major to ensure their course selection puts them on the most efficient path to a four-year degree. If an advisor is not available, students can refer to a set of degree plans we have made available for most of our majors.
Articulation Agreements for North Carolina AAS students
Transfer students taking classes toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) may see fewer courses transfer because they tend to be more technical in nature. UNCG’s 2Plus program offers students in select AAS programs a more efficient pathway to a bachelor’s degree. 2Plus majors and their associated transfer credits correspond to specific AAS and UNCG degrees. Students must apply to UNCG as a 2Plus student.
2Plus majors and their associated transfer credits correspond to specific AAS and UNCG degrees. If you choose to change to a major outside of the 2Plus agreement, you will lose 2Plus transfer credits. All major changes must be approved by the 2Plus coordinator in the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
Note: Not all North Carolina community colleges are part of all agreements. Please contact Undergraduate Admissions to verify eligibility for 2Plus.
Additionally, UNCG will only transfer up to 64 hours from a two-year college. While you may earn course credit for classes successfully completed beyond this limit, you will not earn additional hours. Once you have transferred to UNCG through our 2Plus program, you will need to complete all of the general education requirements and departmental requirements in order to earn your bachelor’s degree. To determine which courses are already satisfied through your transfer credits, you can review your Degree Works report. Courses eligible for credit exclusively through 2Plus programs will not transfer if they are taken after the AAS degree is earned.
2Plus Transfer Guides
The following guides include transfer credit eligible exclusively through each 2Plus program as well as other recommended coursework:
Petition for General Education Credit
Undergraduate students may petition for a course to fulfill UNCG General Education Core requirements (GEC) or Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) requirements.
Courses may be petitioned to fulfill UNCG General Education Core requirements (GEC) or Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) requirements. Students will want to discuss with their advisor because these requests can only be made by an advisor.
Minerva’s Academic Curriculum (MAC) is UNCG’s multidisciplinary approach to general education requirements. MAC includes a series of courses that go beyond strict subject areas and aim to give students an edge after graduation by focusing on the skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to be a lifelong learner, an ethical and independent decision maker, a critical and creative thinker, a clear and effective communicator, and a responsible citizen. MAC provides students with the foundations and alternative perspectives that enrich their studies within their chosen major. More information about MAC is available through Student Success.
Students who transfer to UNCG from a NC community college with at least 16 community college course credits can opt to earn their associate degree while completing courses toward their baccalaureate degree.
There is no cost to participate in the Reverse Transfer program. Eligible students are automatically notified about the program in UNCGenie, though they must opt in to participate.
Students should work with their community college to ensure their UNCG transcripts are being evaluated accurately. The community college can also provide information about how to participate in graduation ceremonies and how to receive a printed diploma. (Keep in mind there may be a cost associated with the diploma and graduation ceremony, assessed by the community college.)
Students who participate in the Reverse Transfer Program and earn an associate of art or science degree will generally satisfy the University’s lower-level general education requirements after providing UNCG with an official transcript showing the degree was earned. It’s important for students to work closely with their advisors at UNCG and the community college to ensure all degree-specific requirements are being met along the way.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)
The North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between NC community colleges and NC public universities and has as its objective the smooth transfer of students.
The CAA provides certain assurances to the transferring student. For example:
- Assures admission to one of the 16 UNC institutions (Transfer Assured Admissions Policy)
- Enables NC community college graduates of two-year Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degree programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the university of NC to transfer with junior status.
If a student feels that the terms of the CAA have not been honored properly, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Should an appeal be necessary following engagement with our Transfer Articulation team, please review and submit the following:
Steps in Filing an Appeal
- By the last day of classes of the first semester for which admission is offered, the student
must submit a CAA Transfer Credit Appeal Form along with any supporting documentation to
the director of admission at the UNC System campus to which the student has been admitted.
Students first enrolling at the senior institution in a summer session must submit their appeal
by the end of the subsequent fall semester.
- The student must specify on the appeal form the specific CAA language that is in
contention. Appeals that lack this information will not be considered.
- The Director of Admission will review the appeal and respond in writing (email or letter) to the
student within 15 business days.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Director of Admission, he/she may
appeal on the same form to the Chief Academic Officer (Provost) of the University within 15
days of written notice of the director’s decision.
- The Provost will review the appeal and respond in writing (email or letter) to the
student within 15 business days of receiving the student’s appeal.
- If the student is not satisfied with the decision of the Provost, he/she may appeal to the
Transfer Advisory Committee (TAC) subcommittee, composed of the Co-chairs, a
representative from the UNC System Office, and a representative from the NCCCS. The
student must submit the appeal to the subcommittee within 15 days of the receipt of the
Provost’s decision. The appeal to the TAC subcommittee should be sent to:
UNC System Transfer Advisory Committee Member CAA Appeal
PO Box 2688
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
If a consensus is reached by the subcommittee, the student will be notified within 15 business days; if a
consensus resolution is not reached, the appeal will be forwarded by the subcommittee to the full TAC within
10 business days. The TAC will review the appeal and notify the student of the final decision within 10
business days of receiving the appeal.
COMMON NUMBERING SYSTEM (CNS)
The UNC System Common Numbering System (CNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout North Carolina. Students may use the CNS to determine how any CNS course aligns with the 16 public UNC System universities, CNS Transfer Course Search. If your official credit evaluation is not showing as you expected, please initiate the UNC CNS Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure.
Transfer credit policies
For more information on transfer credit policies please see the section on Course Credit Regulations in the University Catalog.
Registrar’s Office Transfer Articulation Team
- Office hours:
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Phone: 336.334.5946
- Fax: 336.334.3649
- Mailing Address: PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
- Campus Address:
180 Mossman Building*
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