How does credit transfer

Students can transfer credits into UNC Greensboro through courses taken at regionally accredited institutions and/or placement tests. In order for the credits to transfer, you must have earned a minimum of a C in the course. In most circumstances, 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. Our Undergraduate Admissions Office has a dedicated team of Transfer Advising Specialists who are available to help you every step of the way toward completing your degree.

Future students not yet admitted to UNCG or current students who are exploring courses at other institutions should use the UNCG Transfer Credit Planner to understand how their credits will translate toward a UNCG degree. If you’re transferring from a North Carolina Community College you can utilize the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. More information on how your credits may transfer can be found below.

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.

In general, students working toward a two-year Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree will find that most of their credits translate to meet general education requirements at UNCG. 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. 

Students can also refer to a set of degree plans we have made available for most of our majors.

Transfer students taking classes toward an Associate in Applied Science 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. (Not all North Carolina community colleges are part of all agreements.) Students must apply to UNCG as a 2Plus student.


Completed your AA or AS degree from a North Carolina public community college: If you have at least a 2.0 GPA and a grade of “C” or better in all transferable courses, you will receive at least 60 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to UNC Greensboro. This means you will have fulfilled the university’s lower-division general education requirements. (Certain UNCG degree programs may have additional requirements or prerequisites.) This is part of the state’s Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) policy.

Completed an AAS degree: Your credits will transfer on a course-by-course basis unless your degree is covered by a specific 2Plus program. These 2Plus programs are specifically negotiated agreements between UNC Greensboro and certain NC community colleges. Degree options include early childhood education and nursing degrees at UNCG.


If you have an in-progress AA or AS degree from an NC community college with at least 16 completed credits, consider the Reverse Transfer program. This allows you to earn your associate degree while completing courses for your 4-year degree at UNCG. For more details about Reverse Transfer, contact our office.


You may transfer up to 64 credits from a community college and an unlimited number of credits from an accredited, 4-year university. Your credits will transfer on a course-by-course basis. Check your institution and coursework on the Transfer Equivalency Search website to get an idea of which courses will transfer.

  • Courses with a C- or less will not transfer, but will be calculated as part of overall cumulative GPA unless repeated with a higher grade result at the same institution.
  • If you take a course or its equivalent more than once for credit (and it is not repeatable for credit), credit will be applied toward degree requirements only once.
  • In the case of duplicate transfer credit, only the first instance in which credit can be awarded will be transferred to UNCG.
  • Any UNCG student may earn up to 12 hours of elective credit in physical education activity courses to apply toward graduation.
  • Elective credit for military training may be awarded where UNCG has comparable courses and upon receipt of an official American Council of Education transcript.
  • Technical, vocational, or professional courses (from community colleges or from proprietary or technical colleges) cannot be accepted in transfer unless they are part of a 2Plus Program. These programs give students with certain Associate in Applied Science degrees access to transfer toward specific 4-year UNCG degrees.
  • Developmental courses (such as Intermediate Algebra), and courses that are not applicable to UNCG degree programs do not transfer.
  • If you have taken placement tests such as CLEP or AP, we require official test scores directly from the College Board to accept the applicable credits.
  • For courses where you wish to receive speaking or writing intensive credit for a course you transferred to UNCG, you should contact your program directly. Advisors in your program can assess whether a speaking/writing intensive designation can be awarded.


UNCG policy requires that all international courses (even those taught in English) be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A transfer credit block for international work will not be posted until such evaluations have been submitted; specific UNCG course credit will not be posted until course descriptions (translated) have been submitted to Transfer Articulation Services.

UNCG extension credit, earned either on or off campus, will be considered transfer credit for admission purposes. Up to 64 semester hours in extension and/or correspondence credits may be applied toward your degree. Academic departments may establish course and credit limitations on extension credits. Although UNCG extension credit is treated as transfer credit at the time of admission, it will be thereafter considered “Residence” credit for degree certification purposes.