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 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
- know the admission requirements to the university;
- in case of a limited-access major, identify
the course and admission requirements;
- 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 university transfer
guide is an overview of the transfer process. This guide, along
with the admission requirements for the 11 Florida state universities,
can be found on the College Web site.
University Transfer (A.S.)
Students graduating from Florida Community
College with an associate in science degree in radiography, hospitality
management, nursing, criminal
justice technology, computer engineering technology, 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 (A.A.) 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, and the 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., 2005-06) 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. The ICUF manual contains admission
and course prerequisite information to properly advise students
planning to transfer to these institutions. This manual can be
found on the FACTS Web site (Florida Academic Counseling and
Tracking for Students).
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.
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, 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.
Graduation dates will be the date of the end
of the term in which students complete all graduation requirements
for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant.
Each term all students meeting program graduation or completion
requirements will be automatically graduated. A graduation notation
will be made on the student’s transcript after final grades
and degree audit are verified. Diplomas and certificates will
be printed for students who have completed a Diploma/Certificate
The graduation date for an Associate of Arts degree student will
be either the date of completion of coursework required for degree,
or successful completion of the CLAST requirement, whichever
is completed later. If the student does not meet
the CLAST requirement through course exemption, then the graduation date will be based
upon the date of successful completion of the CLAST exit test.
Florida Community College holds one commencement exercise each
year at the end of the second academic term, generally in May.
However, students may be graduated at the end of any term in
which they complete the graduation requirements.
Students graduating at the end of the spring term are strongly
encouraged to attend the ceremony. Students graduating at the
end of the 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.