TRANSFER SERVICES AT MECC
Transfer Services at Mountain Empire Community College assists students who wish to pursue their education beyond the Associates degree by providing programs and services in the form of one on one advising sessions, transfer fairs, course equivalency planning, campus visits, as well as assistance with the application process. These programs and services are designed to provide MECC students with a smooth transfer process in an environment that promotes academic excellence.
The Associate of Arts & Sciences degree also prepares you to enter pre-professional programs in the areas of Dentistry, Law, Medical Technology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Radiologic Technology.
MECC Transfer Programs include:
· Electives at MECC
o Arts & Science Electives - Humanities, Health & PE, Social Science, Transfer
Guaranteed Admission Programs & Articulation Agreements
Mountain Empire Community College has guaranteed admission agreements with several four-year colleges and universities in Virginia and around the region. These agreements provide certain benefits for students who graduate from MECC with an Associates of Arts & Sciences degree in one of the transfer programs listed above. Students may be guaranteed entrance to specific institutions providing they meet the criteria as established in each institution’s agreement for: minimum grade criteria (GPA); prerequisite course requirements in specific programs; and proper application for admission procedures.
MECC also has program-specific articulation agreements with several four-year colleges and universities within the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as the region. These agreements apply to students who earn an associate’s degree and are designed to facilitate transfer of course work taken at MECC into a specific bachelor’s degree program.
Click here to view the current transfer and guaranteed admission agreements for MECC.
The following are a list of the most common transfer colleges and universities that MECC students tend to transfer to. The course equivalency information is linked to the representing schools website. ****Please note that each transfer schools makes the final decision as to what courses will transfer to their institution. The following lists will be update annually; however, it is the responsibility of the student to follow the instructions of each institution regarding the transfer process as well as any updated information that is available. Please see the transfer counselor for any additional information needed or if you intend to transfer to a college or university that is not listed below.
Students who entered a Virginia community college in 2007 or in subsequent years may be eligible to receive up to $2,000 annually upon transferring to a four-year institution. To qualify, students must complete a transfer associate’s degree with a 3.0 grade point average and meet financial eligibility requirements. The grant will be applied to tuition expenses at a four-year Virginia college or university, either public or private. The grant provides $1,000 for all eligible students, with an extra $1,000 for students who pursue undergraduate work in engineering, math, technology, teaching or science.
Transfer Resources and Tools
Transfer literature such as catalogs, applications and degree information are available in the Office of Student Services located in Holton Hall. A Transfer Day is held annually and gives students the opportunity to meet with representatives from many four-year colleges and universities around the Commonwealth and region. The Student Services office also publishes the College Transfer Guide annually. The Transfer Guide provides information on how individual courses available at MECC are credited at the most common transfer institutions in the region.
· SCHEV Transfer Tool- provides additional information on how certain VCCS courses transfer to Virginia’s public and private colleges and universities.
· VA Wizard
· VCCS Transfer Made Easy Brochure
· VCCS Transfer Wheel
Planning for a Successful Transfer
It is never too early to start planning for a smooth transition to another institution. Ideally, you would declare your intent to transfer during your first semester or even before registering for any classes. The following is a general timeline for transfer planning:
Four Semesters Before Transferring:
- Investigate possible transfer institutions that offer your desired program of study and fulfill your desired features (i.e. size, cost, location, distance learning,)
- Learn more about general education requirements and the programs available at MECC
- Work with MECC transfer counselor or advisors to become familiar with the requirements of your MECC program and to select appropriate courses
- Find out what math courses are required for the potential institutions/majors you are considering and start your math and English courses as early as possible
- Begin looking for transfer agreements and scholarship opportunities that may exist for your potential major/institution
Three Semesters Before Transferring:
- Decide which transfer institution best suits your needs and visit if possible
- Take advantage of transfer workshops, college tours/visit days, and Transfer/College Day Fairs at MECC
- Declare your intent to transfer to your Faculty Advisor
- Use the four-year institution’s transfer guides and consult with a counselor/advisor when selecting your courses
- Familiarize yourself with the potential institution’s academic calendars and deadlines for admission and financial aid
Two Semesters Before Transferring:
- Continue selecting courses that are appropriate for fulfilling general education and or major requirements within your program of study
- Submit your application for graduation to the MECC Admissions Office
- Submit request(s) to the Admissions Office for your official transcripts to be sent to your four-year school at the end of the semester
One Semester Before Transferring:
- Complete your applications for admission to the four-year institution
- Complete all courses required for your Associate Degree and any other courses required for transfer
- Submit your application to the four-year school by the posted deadline
- Complete your FAFSA and submit any additional Financial Aid paperwork by the four-year institution’s deadline (before you are accepted to the institution)
- Send official transcripts (again) at the end of your last semester
For additional information about transfer, contact:
Beth Boggs, Transfer Counselor
Office of Student Services
276-523-2400 ext. 324
Carolyn Reynolds, Dean of Arts & Sciences
276-523-2400 ext 243