Student Services, Resources and Activities
University Transfer and Graduation Information
University Transfer Information (A.A.)
Any student transferring from Florida Community College 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 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 Florida Community College,
- complete all of the requirements for A.A.
- complete the admission and application process as required
by the university.
The Florida Community College 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 Florida Community College 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 A.S. degrees not covered under statewide
articulation agreements who plan to transfer to a state university
should contact a counselor or advisor to assist in identifying
courses that will ensure the maximum number of course credits
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 eleven state universities. The 2 + 2 articulation agreement
states that associate in arts (A.A.) 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 articulation officer.
- 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 (A.A.) degree is awarded according to
the following conditions.
- 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
- a minimum 2.0 GPA in all attempted courses
that comprise the A.A. 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
Program, 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 Non-traditional 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., 2003 — 2004) 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 Florida
State Board 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 credit 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
Students are advised to make requests for transcripts approximately
two weeks before the transcript is needed.
Graduation Information (College Credit)
Honors graduation is determined by students’ all college
cumulative grade point average at the end of the term they graduate,
||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.
Florida Community College 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.