Transferring From WCC

Starting your four-year journey at WCC can save you thousands of dollars in tuition and fees and improve your chances of admission and scholarships to your top choice colleges and universities. We offer three associate degrees designed specifically for four-year transfer: Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and Associate in Engineering (A.E.). WCC general education classes are guaranteed to transfer to any state college in North Carolina, and we have additional transfer agreements with colleges nationwide.

Ensuring a smooth transfer isn’t only about completing an associates degree. It’s about establishing a clear plan from day one at WCC, and then choosing the right courses each term to position yourself for the major and the four-year school you want.

Steps to Successful Transfer

Plan. Plan. Plan. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we really can’t stress enough how important it is to plan for a smooth transfer. Too many students think of “transferring out” as their last step at WCC, but really, your transfer goals should shape your entire WCC experience. Deciding what you ultimately want – and then taking steps every semester toward those goals – is the only way to ensure that every course you take, every skill you learn and every dollar you spend at WCC will bring you the best possible return.

From your first day as an WCC student, start working on these steps to ensure a successful transfer.

Step 1: Decide What You Ultimately Want

There are three choices to make when deciding your goals: your career, our major, and your four-year institution.

Your Career
College is the first step toward your career, so begin your planning by thinking about what profession you want to pursue. If you’re not sure, our Career Services team can assist you.

Your Major
Sometimes, several majors can lead to the same career outcome. Once you have a career goal in mind, we can help you determine what majors at the four-year schools lead to those careers, and what degree paths at WCC lead to those majors. As you explore various majors, be sure to consider your strengths and interests.

Your Institution
With a career and a major in mind, you can choose a college or university that’s the best fit for you, whether it’s a public or private college in North Carolina or beyond. Our advisors can help you find a school that suits you academically, financially, socially and otherwise.

Step 2: Make A Plan

With your ultimate goals in mind, you can choose the right courses to get you there. Meet with an academic advisor during your very first semester to develop your educational plan and revisit that plan every semester to make sure you’re on track for the smoothest transfer possible.

There are two categories of courses to consider in your educational plan:

General Education Requirements
General Education requirements are courses required for most majors at all two- and four-year colleges and universities. Their purpose is to ensure that your educational experience is well-rounded.

All WCC’s General Education credits are guaranteed to transfer to any North Carolina public institution, and many public and private schools inside and outside North Carolina will accept them too. But that doesn’t mean the General Education requirements at WCC will necessarily meet all the General Education requirements at your four-year school of choice. That’s why choosing your desired institution early is so critical. Knowing your desired transfer school early on helps us ensure you meet not only WCC’s requirements, but that institution’s requirements as well.

Discipline (Major) Requirements
Discipline (or major) Requirements are courses within your specific major. Every four-year institution has slightly different Discipline Requirements, so depending on your desired institution, our advisors can help you plan the best course of study for you.

If you’re planning to transfer to a North Carolina public institution, the process of choosing the best courses is relatively straightforward thanks to a resource called the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). CAA indicates how your WCC courses will transfer to other North Carolina institutions.

Step 3: Apply To Your Four-Year Institution

Once you’ve defined your goals and planned your WCC journey around those goals, the last step is to apply for admission to your choice school.

Give yourself the best chance of admission by applying by the school’s priority deadline.

It’s also important to plan ahead to complete the application. Consider the following questions:

Do you need an essay?
Ask an WCC instructor to discuss topic ideas and/or review your essay before you submit. The Writing Center offers free help with transfer essays and personal statements.

Do you need letters of recommendation?
Choose your reference providers carefully and give them at least three weeks to complete and submit your reference. Don’t forget to send thank you notes when they’ve completed the task.

Do you need to interview with admissions or a department chair?
Our Employment Services team can help you prepare for college interviews too.

Are you planning to apply for financial aid or scholarships?
Make sure to submit your FAFSA and understand any requirements for scholarship consideration.

Have you sent your final WCC transcripts after grades are posted?
Set a reminder to request an official WCC transcript after each semester following your application submission. After all, if you’ve completed more coursework or improved your GPA, you want your four-year institution to know.

Are you familiar with all your institution’s policies and requirements?
Build relationships with an admissions counselor at your four-year institution and ask their help to ensure you’ve fulfilled all requirements.

Still Have Questions?

Make an appointment with an academic advisor today to discuss your academic goals.

Visit the College Transfer Advising Center, located on the first floor of the Wayne Learning Center (WLC) or contact the center today at (919) 739-6755.

Degrees Available

For more information about our A.A., A.S., and/or A.E. programs, visit the College Transfer Pathways page.


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University of North Carolina System – Transfer Information – (opens in new window)
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