Student Services, Resources and Activities
University Transfer and Graduation Information
University Transfer Information (A.A.)
Any student transferring from FCCJ with
an associate in arts degree is guaranteed the transfer of credits
earned toward that degree and junior-level standing within the
state university system by the State Articulation Agreement (SBE
Rule 6A-10.024, FAC). However, a transferring student is not guaranteed
admission to specific colleges or programs within the university.
The following are steps that require
action on your part for transferring to be successful:
- identify a major (as soon as possible),
- identify a transfer institution (as soon as possible),
- know the admission requirements to the university,
- in case of a limited-access major, identify the course and
- complete these requirements (items listed above) while attending
- complete all of the requirements for AA degree,
- complete the admission and application process as required
by the university.
The FCCJ transfer guide is an overview
of the transfer process. This guide, along with the course area
admission requirements for the nine Florida state universities,
can be obtained in the campus counseling and advising center.
University Transfer (A.S.)
Students graduating from FCCJ with an
associate in science degree in radiography, hospitality management,
electronics engineering technology, nursing, or business administration
and management may articulate into the corresponding bachelor's
degree program with junior level standing at designated universities
within the state university system, under the Statewide Articulation
Agreement (SBE Rule 6A-10-024).
Students enrolled in degrees not identified
above who intend to transfer to a state university upper division
upon receipt of the associate in science degree will be guaranteed
admission to a state university. Graduates of any associate in
science degree program may articulate all general education courses
and may articulate some technical courses from that program into
the corresponding baccalaureate programs in the state university
system. Students with AS degrees not covered under statewide articulation
agreements who plan to transfer to a state university should contact
a counselor or adviser to assist in identifying courses that will
ensure the maximum number of course credits are transferred.
University Transfer (A.A.S.)
Students who intend to transfer to a
state university upper division upon receipt of the associate
in applied science degree must satisfy certain additional requirements
before being accepted for transfer. These requirements do not
affect the award of the associate in applied science (A.A.S.)
degree by Florida Community College but do affect the ability
of the senior institution to accept students with the A.A.S. Degree
Students with A.A.S. degrees who plan
to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor to
determine the additional requirements necessary for transferring.
Florida's statewide articulation agreement
provides specific guarantees for associate in arts graduates.
In essence it provides a 2 + 2 agreement between the 28 Florida
community colleges and the nine state universities. The 2 + 2
articulation agreement states that associate in arts (AA) degree
graduates of a state-approved Florida community college must be
admitted as a junior to any state university as long as the university
has space, money and the curriculum to meet the students' needs.
This is a student's "right."However, the articulation
agreement does not guarantee entrance into a specific major, should
that major be "limited access." Most universities are
divided into different colleges (e.g. College of Education, College
of Business, College of Engineering), each of which establishes
its own admission requirements. So whether students spend their
first two years at a community college or the university, they
still must meet specific admission requirements for that major,
usually beginning with the junior year.
The state of Florida has given students
certain rights and responsibilities. The following is a brief
outline of the articulation agreement.
For more information concerning student rights
and the articulation agreement, contact a counselor or the university
- General Education Core
Each state university and community college must require at
least 36 semester hours in the liberal arts and sciences; these
hours are collectively termed the general education core curriculum.
Once students have been certified by the community college on
an official transcript as having satisfactorily completed the
prescribed core curriculum, with or without the completed associate
in arts (AA) degree, no other state institution to which they
may transfer can require further general education core curriculum.
If they do not complete the general education core curriculum
before transferring, the General Education Requirements must
be satisfied according to the requirements of the new institution.
- Associate in Arts Degree
The associate in arts (AA) degree is awarded according to the
- completion of at least 60 semester hours
- these hours include the 36 semester hours of general education
core curriculum, prerequisites and electives that have prior
approval by the state university system, and
- a minimum 2.0 GPA in all attempted courses
that comprise the AA degree and all such courses taken at
the community college awarding the degree - only the final
grade received is used to compute this average. A grade
of "D" will transfer and count toward the baccalaureate
degree provided the institution to which students transfer
does the same for native students. Individual departments
determine whether courses with "D"grades will
be accepted toward any major.
- Accelerated Programs
One of the goals of articulation is to allow students to advance
easily, equitably and rapidly through the educational system.
There are seven acceleration methods, beginning at the high
school level and proceeding upward through the system: Dual
Enrollment, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
Pro gram, Early Admission, College-Level Examination Program
(CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
(DANTES) and the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP).
- College Level Examination Program
Credits awarded on the basis of scores achieved on examinations
in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) are transferable.
Credits earned by general examinations and subject examinations
must be accepted by the upper division institution. However,
no more than six semester credits can be transferred from each
of five areas: English, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences
and social sciences/history. A total of 45 CLEP credits is the
maximum that may be accepted in transfer.
- Advanced Placement (AP) Credits
Credits awarded on the basis of the College Board Advanced Placement
(AP) are transferable. The credits are awarded based on College
Board AP scores of three, four or five on any of the examinations
in the program. College Board AP credit that duplicates CLEP
credit shall not be awarded or accepted in transfer.
- The Defense Activity
for Nontraditional Education Support (DANTES)
Credits awarded on the basis of scores achieved on examinations
in the DANTES program are transferable.
- Proficiency Examination Program
Credits awarded on the basis of the Proficiency Examination
Program (PEP) are transferable.
- Electives for Major
The state university that awards the baccalaureate degree will
determine which elective courses taken at the community college
can apply toward a specific major.
- Limited Access
Limited access enrollment criteria must be established and published
by the university in catalogs, counseling manuals and other
appropriate publications. Community college transfer students
shall have the same opportunity to enroll in university limited
access programs as native university students. (Limited access
programs must be approved by the State Board of Education and
registered with the articulation coordinating committee. It
is required that the university denying students admission to
a limited access program inform students of other educational
- Catalog Year
The catalog year (e.g., 2002 - 2003) in which a student initially
entered the College is also the catalog that is in effect when
students enter the university, provided they maintain continuous
enrollment as defined in the university catalog. Because course
requirements change from year to year, a university catalog
should be obtained for the academic year that a student first
entered the community college in order to determine the upper
division prerequisites for the individual majors.
- Common Course Numbering System
Credits earned in the state community college system are identical
to those at the state university as long as the common course
designation has the same prefix and last three digits. Transferred
credits are used on the same basis as those of native university
- Articulated Programs
The Articulation Coordinating Committee, appointed by the Secretary
of Education, oversees the articulation agreement. This committee
makes sure that students rights are safeguarded. The members
of the committee can review individual cases of student transfer
and admissions difficulties, and then recommend resolutions.
Committee members also recommend policies and procedures to
improve articulation systemwide.
In November 1992, the signing of an articulation
agreement took place between the State Board of Community Colleges
and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Florida
has long been a leader in the articulation of students between
Florida's Community College System and the public State University
System and, once again, Florida has taken the lead by the signing
of a statewide agreement between the Community College System
and the private colleges and universities.
The intent of the agreement was to establish an effective and
orderly transfer process for students entering a state community
college, completing an associate in arts degree and transferring
to an independent college or university. Under the agreement,
community college students holding an associate in arts degree
are guaranteed junior standing, recognition of the general education
core and the application of a minimum of 60 credits hours toward
the baccalaureate degree. For each college and university a counseling
manual is available in the student affairs office on each campus.
The manual contains admission and course prerequisite information
to properly advise students planning to transfer to these institutions.
Upon request of students, the College
will provide to the students or to individuals or institutions
designated by the students, an official transcript of their academic
record. Transcript requests may be made in person or in writing
to the campus enrollment services office. Transcript requests
will be taken by telephone if the recipient of the transcript
is another educational institution.
No transcript request will be processed
until all financial obligations to the college are clear and the
student’s admission file is complete.
Students are advised to make requests
for transcripts approximately two weeks before the transcript
Graduation Information (College Credit)
Honors graduation is determined by students'
all college cumulative grade point average at the end of the term
they graduate, as follows.
||3.5 - 3.74
|with high honors
||3.75 or higher
Since the annual commencement program is printed prior to the
recording of grades for the spring term, it is necessary to identify
honors candidates for the spring term, for commencement program
purposes only, based upon their all-college cumulative grade point
average at the beginning of the spring term.
FCCJ holds one commencement exercise
each year at the end of the second academic term. However, students
may be graduated at the end of any term in which they complete
the graduation requirements. Submit a graduation application no
later than the graduation application priority deadline of the
term you anticipate completing your program requirements. Graduation
application deadline dates are listed in the college calendar.
By submitting a graduation application it will be determined if
you have met all of the requirements of your program. You will
be notified by mail of your graduation status. Each term all students
meeting program graduation or completion requirements will be
graduated irrespective of submitting an application. A graduation
notation will be made on your academic record. Diplomas and certificates
will be ordered after your final grades and degree audit are verified
and only for students that have completed a graduation application.
Students graduating at the end of summer or fall terms may participate
in the next formal commencement exercise. Students requesting
special permission to walk in the commencement exercise should
request in writing to their campus dean of student success. Students
graduating at the end of spring term are strongly encouraged to
attend the ceremony. Graduation dates will be the date of the
end of the term in which students complete the academic requirements
for the degree or certificate.