FAQ by Category
How do I find the best school for
Talk with your instructors, counselors and people in the
workforce. Visit the school admissions representative when they
visit campus. Visit the Transfer Center on your campus
When should I plan for transfer?
Starting early to work with a counselor/advisor is the most
important step towards transferring successfully. Make an appointment
with an advisor
to help you successfully achieve your transfer goals. All
counselors can help you with transfer planning.
When should I apply?
There is usually a deadline to apply as a transfer student.
If you plan on starting at another school in the fall, you should
have your application in by March. You will need to list all
of the courses in which you are currently enrolled on the application
and then send a final transcript to be sure that you get credit
for all of your coursework.
How many credits do I need to be
considered a transfer student at four-year schools?
Most four year institutions require approximately 30 credit
hours and a minimum of a 2.00 GPA for admission as a transfer student.
Some schools require fewer credits (Salisbury is 24)
but generally the number is 30. Most transfer
institutions prefer to see GPA's in the 3.0 range.
Standardized test scores are
usually not required for transfer students to meet admissions
requirements, though highly competitive universities have higher
GPA requirements and may also consider high school grades and
standardized test scores as part of the transfer admissions
criteria. MC students with 56 credits and at least a 2.00 GPA
are eligible for admission to Maryland public institutions,
but certain majors require higher GPA's. A higher GPA at
MC prior to transfer increases your chances of academic
Am I required to report all schools
attended when I complete an application?
Yes. Concealing a transcript is
viewed as deceptive and can result in serious consequences
from the four year institution.
How do I know if a course will transfer
to another school?
It is always up to the other school, but some formal
agreements in Maryland assist students in understanding
transferability of courses. The best place to look for
information regarding transferability from MC to Maryland State
institutions is located at
ARTSYS The counseling faculty on your campus can also assist in locating
information about course transferability.
Will all of my courses transfer?
Education courses (English, math, social sciences, natural
sciences, art and humanities) will transfer. Freshman and sophomore
courses that are prescribed for particular majors at other colleges
State of Maryland
Articulation/Transfer Information Site is the comprehensive State transfer site with resource information
on the institutions participating in the ARTSYS program.
indicates the transferability of courses from Montgomery
College to 20 four-year institutions in Maryland. Additionally,
developed articulation agreements with several out of state
institutions outlining how MC courses transfer to those colleges
Developmental (pre-college) courses and some technical courses
usually do not transfer. Courses in your major may or may not
transfer. Courses in your major that are taught at the junior/senior
level at four-year schools often do not transfer. Courses with
"D" grades may be acceptable at some Maryland institutions.
With few exceptions, MC students can complete up to 60 transferable
credits at MC and apply them toward general education and major
course requirements at a four-year institution.
What if I am undecided about a major?
Studies A.A. degree provides the undecided student
with the greatest flexibility to try out subject areas while
still progressing toward a degree. Career exploration can be
part of the educational experience at MC. You should work closely
with a counselor to establish short term goals during the first
two semesters at Montgomery College.
DS103 - Career Development may help you make
a decision if you are undecided about a major and a plan of
You may wish to browse
of Study for a listing of all programs which lead to
an Associate's Degree, or to some other form of Certificate
of accomplishment, awarded by Montgomery College.
Courses has some useful planning tools and information.
What is a General Studies A.A. Degree?
Studies A.A. degree helps students who need the
maximum flexibility to meet academic requirements prior to transfer.
If your major is not offered at MC, or an MC program differs
from that of a college/university to which you desire to transfer,
you can include transfer requirements in a General Studies curriculum.
The General Studies Degree
Check Sheet and a Semester Planning Sheet
will help you plan your course of study and work with your
counselor/advisor towards successful graduation or transfer.
What about course requirements in
Because of the great variety of major requirements at different
institutions, it is difficult to match every course requirement
for a four-year major with MC courses and curricula. The sooner
you decide on a major and a transfer school, the better your
chances will be of matching course and major requirements and
minimizing potential transfer credit loss.
Introductory courses in a major usually transfer, but upper
level major courses may not. Some four-year majors (ex. engineering
and business administration) have fairly standard freshman-sophomore
level course requirements that closely parallel
College curriculum requirements. Other four-year majors
(ex. secondary education and computer science) have extremely
diverse requirements from college to college and may not match
closely with Montgomery College's curriculum requirements. If
undecided about your major,
General Studies curriculum will provide some guidance for course
selection. Work with an advisor each semester for optimum course
Some majors, such as engineering,
often have higher grade point average admission requirements,
usually ranging from 2.5 to 3.0 and above.
Check with your prospective transfer school for specific major
course requirements. The
of Maryland Articulation/Transfer
is the comprehensive State transfer site with resource information
on the institutions participating in the ARTSYS program.
lists program course requirements for 20 Maryland four-year
Consult MC's Advising
by Majors page for additional information.
What are the advantages to completing
the A.A. Degree?
With few exceptions, Montgomery College students can complete
up to 60 transferable credits at MC and have these credits apply
towards their four year general education and major course requirements.
The Associate's degree will satisfy the lower level general
education requirements at many four year institutions, but it
will not guarantee that courses in your major will transfer.
Some AA degree majors (such as Engineering Science and Pre-medicine)
match closely the first two year requirements in bachelor degree
programs, but due to the lack of uniformity of major course
requirements at four year schools, many of the AA degree requirements
in your major may not match the major course requirements of
your prospective transfer institution. Consultation and careful
planning with a transfer counselor/advisor are strongly recommended.
The TOEFL test requirements for International student admission
to a four year school may be waived with successful completion
of an AA degree at some institutions.
Athletes wishing to transfer to Division I and II NCAA institutions
may be required to complete the AA degree to satisfy eligibility
Although most four-year institutions do not give admission
preference to students with AA degrees, some colleges do, and
several states, notably Florida and California, require an AA degree for most
transfer admissions to their state universities.
The ability to list an Associate's Degree on your resume can
be helpful in qualifying for many jobs.
Where can I transfer after MC?
If you are successful academically at Montgomery College, you
should be able to transfer to the four year college of your
choice. Begin the planning process early. Focus on finding the
four-year institution where you will have the best opportunity
to achieve academic success and satisfy your educational and
collegiate aspirations. Visit each of the campuses you are considering.
How do I get my MC transcript sent
to another college or university?
Requests at MC Admissions.
After deciding on a transfer school,
Check on admission application
deadlines. Obtain, complete and submit your application
early, preferably at the beginning
of the semester before you plan to transfer. Send an official
Montgomery College transcript and include a copy of
the MC courses you are currently attending. Request a second
transcript at the end of your last MC semester. Some four-year
institutions may also require high school transcripts, standardized
test scores or faculty recommendations. International students
may also have to submit TOEFL score results, particularly if
you do not earn an AA degree.
Inquire about any orientations and campus visitations offered
and attempt to attend as many such activities as possible. Particularly
valuable are orientations offered specifically for transfer
students as well as orientation/advising sessions that are tied
into transcript evaluations and registration. As a rule, the
earlier you are accepted into a four year school, the sooner
you are eligible to participate in the advising and registration
Complete applications for financial aid, scholarships and student
housing as early as possible. Early admission, advising, orientation
and registration are extremely advantageous towards achieving
a successful transition.
What transfer resources are available
at Montgomery College?
Transfer counselors and advisors are available on each campus
to help you in the transfer process. Make an appointment early
to begin working with a counselor/advisor on your transfer planning.
Along with the transfer resources available in counselor offices,
each campus has a
Center, which contains four-year college catalogs,
transfer manuals, college guide books, applications, college
view books, scholarship information, computer access.
There are many
resources. but the primary Maryland online resources are:
MC Transfer Page
State of Maryland
Articulation/Transfer Information Site
is a computerized transfer articulation system that indicates
the transferability of MC courses to all of the Maryland State
institutions, as well as the specific course requirements for
most majors at these four-year schools.
What transfer activities are offered
Each campus offers a variety of transfer
programs and activities. All three campuses offer college
Transfer Days, with representatives and advisors available from
all of the University of Maryland campuses, the other State
Universities and Colleges, as well as programs featuring colleges
from the Metro Area and Mid-Atlantic region, outside of the
Maryland State System. Individual admission representatives
from colleges throughout the United States also visit each campus.
Check with your campus transfer center for a schedule of
transfer activities for this semester. Also check the
Sponsored Events button at the top of the page.
What scholarships are available?
information for transfer students is available
through the campus Career/Transfer
Centers. Students should research these programs carefully,
since many have early priority deadlines.