Find answers about the College Transfer program below.
The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is designed for students who wish to earn a two-year college transfer degree, transfer to a four-year college or university with junior status, and major in a liberal arts field. An AA degree prepares graduates for the following four-year degree programs: psychology, sociology, social work, music, history, and other disciplines that are focused in liberal or creative arts.
The Associate in Science (AS) degree is designed for students who wish to earn a two-year college transfer degree, transfer to a four-year college or university with junior status, and major in a degree program that is focused in science or math. An AS degree prepares graduates for the following four-year degree programs: engineering, mathematics, biology, finance, and other programs that are focused in math or science.
- A student’s first two years at a four-year college or university consist only of general education courses. The average cost to attend a four-year school in North Carolina is about $19,000 per year (collegecalc.org). The cost of tuition and fees for a full-time student to attend Wilson Community College for one year is about $2,000. A community college student takes the same general education classes that are required at the four-year college or university but at a fraction of the cost.
- The classroom sizes are significantly smaller at the community college, resulting in more one-on-one interaction with the instructor.
- Another benefit is that the courses in the college transfer degree programs have been approved through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement and the Independent Colleges and Universities Articulation Agreement, resulting in a smoother transfer process.
I want to major in a liberal arts field at a four-year college or university, but I’d prefer to enroll in the Associate in Science degree program. Is that acceptable?
Yes, it is acceptable, but please note that you may be required to take more math and science classes for the AS degree than your four-year degree program requires.
I want to major in a math or science field at a four-year college or university, but I’d prefer to enroll in the Associate in Arts degree program. Is that acceptable?
Yes, it is acceptable, but because the Associate in Arts degree program is not heavily focused in the math and science field, you may be required to take additional math and science courses at your four-year institution.
In an effort to provide a smooth transfer from the two-year school to the four-year school, an articulation agreement is a written statewide agreement that governs the transfer of credit between a community college and a four-year college or university. Currently, the North Carolina Community College System has an articulation agreement with the public universities (Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)) and over 30 private colleges and universities in North Carolina (Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA)).
A Baccalaureate Degree Plan maps a student’s pathway from associate college transfer degree completion, to admission into a major at a UNC System university, and finally to baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree completion. The BDP lists the preferred math, science, and elective courses a student needs to take in order to successfully transfer from the community college to the 4-year institution. Click here to see the BDPs for schools within the UNC System. For more information on the pathway from the associate degree to an independent or private college, please visit this site and check out the schools based on your current transfer degree track.
Students who complete UGETC courses with at least a “C” or better will receive credit applied toward the university’s lower-division general education course requirements, subject to the following distribution limit: maximum 6 hours in English Composition, 9 hours in Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications, 9 hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences, 8 hours in Mathematics, and 8 hours in the Natural Sciences.
What happens if I decide to transfer to a 4-year institution before graduating with my college transfer degree?
- A North Carolina community college student who does not complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees, but satisfactorily completes Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses with a “C” or better will receive equivalency credit applied toward the senior institution’s lower-division general education course requirements, subject to the following distribution limit: maximum 6 hours in English Composition, 9 hours in Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications, 9 hours in Social/Behavioral Sciences, 8 hours in Mathematics, and 8 hours in the Natural Sciences.
- A North Carolina community college student who does not complete the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees, but satisfactorily completes a non-UGETC transfer course will receive transfer credit; however, the receiving institution will determine whether the course will count as general education, pre-major, or elective credit.
What happens if I completed my Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree with at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and earned a “C” or better in every course, but I was denied admission to a UNC institution?
- If a student is denied admission to a UNC institution, then he or she will be notified in writing by the institution. In this notification, the student will be directed to the College Foundation of North Carolina website (cfnc.org) where the student will be given information regarding space availability and contacts in the respective UNC Admissions Offices. It is the student’s responsibility to contact each institution’s admissions office to get specific information about admissions and available majors.
- If the previous steps do not result in admission to a UNC institution, then the student should contact the CFNC Resource Center at 1-866-866-CFNC.
How do I know which classes will transfer to the four-year school that I want to transfer to upon graduation?
All courses listed on your Transfer Degree Plan are a part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with the UNC Schools and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) with the private four-year schools in North Carolina. You can also visit: UNC Transfer Courses and ICAA Transfer Courses.
I earned a C or higher in a course that is listed in the comprehensive articulation agreement (CAA), but the UNC School to which I was admitted will not allow the course to transfer. Can I appeal?
Yes. If a student from a NC Community College System college believes the terms of the CAA have not been honored by a UNC institution to which the student has been admitted, the student may invoke the CAA Transfer Credit Appeal Procedure as outlined here.
I earned a C or higher in a course that is listed in the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA), but the private institution to which I was admitted will not allow the course to transfer. Can I appeal?
Yes. If a transfer student perceives that the terms of the ICAA have not been honored, he or she may follow the ICAA Student Appeal Procedure as outlined here.
Our Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation degree program, consists of a minimum of 60-61 semester hours, and is designed for students who wish to become K-12 teachers specializing in Art, English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Special Education, Music, or other courses in the humanities or social sciences discipline. The A.A.T.P. degree includes a social diversity course along with the following education courses: Teaching and Learning for All, Foundations of Education, Literacy Development and Instruction, and Teacher Licensure Preparation.
Our Associate in Arts in Teacher Prep Program is 100% online. However, students can choose to take some of the general education college courses, like Public Speaking or Chemistry, in face-to-face, hybrid, or blended settings.
Why would a prospective student want to consider earning an Associate in Arts degree in Teacher Preparation?
The A.A.T.P. degree provides students the opportunity to complete the first two years of a Bachelor’s Degree in Education at the community college and transfer to the four-year institution to complete the last two years of their Bachelor’s Degree, saving both time and money. The field of Education allows you the privilege of being a positive force in the life of a child. A teacher’s influence on a child has a lasting impact in their life. The opportunities in the field are diverse and include, but are not limited to, being an elementary, middle, or high school teacher, an administrator, or a college instructor. Some positions, such as a college instructor, will require one to further their education beyond the Bachelor’s Degree (i.e. Master’s, PhD, Ed.D.).
Any student who is interested in becoming a K-12 teacher in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields will benefit from the ASTP program at WCC with smaller class sizes and affordable tuition.
The Uniform Articulation Agreement for Teacher Preparation enables ASTP graduates who are admitted to a four-year college or university to transfer into an educator preparation program with junior status.
If you want to become a K-12 teacher in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, our ASTP program will help you advance your goals.
If you want to become a K-12 teacher in areas such as Art, Language Arts/English, History, Music, Physical Education, Social Studies, or World Languages, our AATP program will help you advance your goals.
While an AFA is not typically a terminal degree, it can qualify you for entry-level positions in the music industry, such as music teaching, performance, or studio work. However, most professional musicians pursue further education or training.
Success in an AFA in Music program often requires a significant amount of practice. It varies depending on your instrument or voice, but several hours of daily practice may be necessary to excel in performance and theory courses.
Yes, you can choose you area of specialization within the AFA in Music program.
Yes, the AFA in Music program offers performance opportunities, including participation in ensembles, recitals, and concerts. These experiences are crucial for building your skills and portfolio.
An AFA is a two-year program designed to provide a foundational education in music, while a Bachelor of Music (BM) is typically a four-year program that offers more in-depth study, specialization, and advanced training in music. A BM degree is often required for more advanced careers in music.