Baltimore City Community College defines a transfer student as any student who has previously matriculated as a degree candidate at another institution and has earned or is earning credit. It is the policy of Baltimore City Community College that students who have successfully completed college level courses at a regionally accredited college or university will receive credit toward an associate degree or certificate. In addition, exemption from relevant placement tests will be granted. The total number of credits that may be allocated toward an associate degree is 45. The credits awarded for a certificate is half of the total required hours. Students can earn up to 30 of these transfer hours through transfer of nontraditional credit. Such credits must be evaluated and approved for transfer credit by the appropriate associate dean of Academic Affairs and the Office of Admissions.
Award of Credit for Prior Learning
Transfer credit is reviewed by the appropriate associate dean of Academic Affairs and the Office of Admissions to determine the institution where the course was taken, the completion date, catalog course description including the course number, title and grade.
Students with a cumulative grade point average from a previous institution that is less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale will be reviewed by BCCC. Any course with a grade of C or better will be accepted. Exception: BCCC will accept credits in which a grade of D is earned for general education courses from a student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 point scale from a regionally accredited Maryland public institution.
BCCC will convert transferable courses taken at institutions that operate on a quarter system to semester credit hours. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal semester credit hours. Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned at BCCC.
In some cases, BCCC will need to review the official course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency. Upon request, the student must submit the required information.
Credit may transfer if one of the following is met:
1. The institution is regionally accredited by the commission on higher education. BCCC recognizes the following regional accreditations:
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
BCCC may award transfer credit from regionally accredited institutions and from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation. Course work completed at degree-granting and non-degree- granting higher education institutions that are not regionally accredited but hold national or specialized accreditation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation may be considered for transfer credit on a case-by-case basis.
2. BCCC has an articulation agreement with a high school, business or industry. Articulation agreements specify award of credit for meeting certain criteria and presenting certain documents.
3. Military Training: The American Council on Education (ACE) must evaluate military training and experience before college credits is awarded.
4. The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The college may award transfer credit based upon course equivalencies, expected learning outcomes and applicability to BCCC's curricula, standards and course offerings. BCCC’s transfer credit policy complies with COMAR 13B.02.02.16
5. Foreign institutions: Transcripts must be evaluated by a professional transcript evaluation service before transfer credit will be reviewed. BCCC requires the course-by-course evaluation from this service to review transfer credit. BCCC accepts only the following transcript evaluation services:
World Education Services (WES)
American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
Education Credential Evaluators (ECE)
Apply Credits Toward Graduation
Only transfer credits that apply to the chosen program may be used toward graduation. Student must meet with an academic advisor to discuss options and track their academic progress.
Official transcripts from other institutions must be current and received by BCCC within one year of the issue date to be considered for transfer credit award. Unofficial transcripts may be used to determine if a non-matriculating student has met the prerequisite requirement for a specific course(s) and may not be used to meet a graduation requirement.
Official transfer credits will have a TR grade designation in the student data system and unofficial transfer credits will have a XA grade designation in the student data system. Transcripts must be mailed or submitted to the Baltimore City Community College, Office of Admissions, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD. 21215.