University Transfer

Explore University Transfer Programs

Thanks to our partnerships with North Carolina private and public universities, it’s easier than ever. Starting at SCC before transferring saves our students thousands of dollars in tuition and living expenses.

Guaranteed Admissions for University Transfer

Students who participate in one of the guaranteed admission programs are considered fully admitted to the community college and conditionally admitted to the partnering four-year college or university. Successful completion of the qualifying transfer degree program grants the student guaranteed admission to the four-year institution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll down to read Frequently Asked Questions and Guaranteed Admissions for University Transfer.

The University of North Carolina system has established Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) to enter any UNC system school. SCC offers three options to meet the minimum course requirements for transfer:

  • Graduate with an AA or AS degree
  • Complete the 44-hour general education transfer core as described in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA).
  • Complete six semester hours each of English, math, science, social science, and foreign language with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

If you have any questions about your admissibility to the UNC institution(s) you are considering, contact the admissions office of the college or university directly.

University recruiters periodically visit SCC. Please check with the SCC Student Services for a schedule. For more information, please contact [email protected] or (910) 788-6327.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) is a statewide agreement governing the transfer of credits between N. C. community colleges and N. C. public universities. There are also many private colleges and universities in North Carolina that endorse the CAA. The CAA specifies courses that will satisfy pre-major and general education requirements and identifies community college courses that are appropriate for transfer. Students may view SCC courses approved for transfer in the college catalog. An asterisk (*) following a course title indicates the course is considered transferable under the CAA and ICAA to four-year institutions. Two asterisks (**) following a course title indicate the course is universally transferable to all UNC institutions as part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC). Earning a C or better grade in a UGETC course, guarantees the transferability of that specific course, regardless of whether or not the student completes the transfer degree.

To begin the transfer process, talk to an SCC student services staff member or your advisor as soon as you start taking classes. Next, research different colleges or universities in which you may be interested. Find out their admissions requirements and schedule visits to see the campuses firsthand. Students may research N. C. colleges and universities online at Also, see university transfer plans on the University of North Carolina and the NC Independent Colleges and University websites. Following application to a four-year institution, you will need to request official transcripts from your high school and SCC, as well as any other colleges previously attended. See the SCC student services staff for transfer assistance.

  • Waived transfer application fee for participants of a guaranteed admission program
  • Access to advisors at the transfer school
  • Baccalaureate degree program planning and preparation for a successful transition
  • Visits from transfer school representatives including admissions and financial aid
  • Access to select campus facilities at transfer school
  • Access to campus programming and student activities and organizations

East Carolina University – Pirate Promise

Pirate Promise is a transfer program agreement with ECU and SCC. Students in their first year of coursework at SCC may apply to ECU for Pirate Promise. Accepted students are guaranteed admission to ECU after completing an approved associate degree. See the link above for qualifications and application instructions.

Fayetteville State University – Bronco Benefit

Students enrolled in an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science program who maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher may participate in FSU’s Bronco Benefit to receive a waived application fee, guaranteed admission, and access to transfer assistance/guidance from FSU. Attend FSU Days and visit FSU transfer liaisons at SCC throughout the year to learn more.

Gardner-Webb University – Transfer Admission Promise

Transfer Admission Promise (TAP) is a guaranteed transfer admission agreement with Gardner-Webb University. Under the agreement, SCC graduates who complete Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science or Associate in General Education degrees will be guaranteed admission to GWU.

Lees-McRae College – Guaranteed Admission Program

The Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP) is for students who plan to transfer to Lees-McRae College after completing an Associate degree. Any SCC student who earns an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) will be automatically admitted to Lees-McRae College with the required minimum GPA for the program for which they are applying. Located in Banner Elk, NC, Lees-McRae offers 24 undergraduate degrees and 5 online degree completion programs

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) guarantees admission for SCC graduates with an A.A.S. degree in Agribusiness Technology. SCC students must submit an official transcript that indicates A.A.S. degree completion with a grade of C or better on all classes and meet admissions requirements.

UNC Pembroke – BraveStep

BraveStep creates a pathway for prospective UNCP students to begin their college career at SCC and transfer to UNCP after completing required credits. Selected applicants will be co-admitted to UNCP and SCC and will receive academic advising from both institutions while at SCC. Students will be required to complete the regular UNCP application process.

University of Mount Olive

The University of Mount Olive (UMO) has an agreement which guarantees admission for SCC graduates applying to UMO for Agriculture programs. Associate in Science, Associate in Arts, or Associate in Applied Science students with an Agribusiness Technology degree may apply to UMO having met admissions requirements including a 2.0 or higher GPA.

UNC Wilmington – PathWays

The PathWays program will provide guaranteed access for students transferring between the North Carolina Community College System and the UNCW System. It is a pathway for guaranteed transfer admission to UNCW for students completing an AA, AS, AATP, or ASTP from a North Carolina Community College.

NOTE: Guaranteed admission to a university does not constitute admission to a specific program.