Transfer of Credit

Articulation and Transfer of Credit
Austin Community College offers a broad range of educational opportunities for the student whose goal is to transfer to a four-year institution. Examples of resources, found below, can assist students in making informed decisions when selecting courses, choosing a transfer institution, and developing their transfer plan.

Advising and Counseling Centers
Students planning to transfer ACC coursework to another college or university should contact an ACC Advising or Counseling Center to take advantage of the resources designed specifically for transfer students. Some of the resources available include college and university catalogs, reference books and materials, transfer and 2+2 guides, equivalency guides, transfer admissions information, and information about the ACC Core Curriculum and Field of Study curricula. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these resources the first semester they enroll at ACC, particularly if they are undecided on a major or have not selected a senior institution.

Online Resources
Articulation and transfer information is available from the ACC Internet site at where students will find information on the following:

  • Tips on how to transfer successfully.
  • Transfer terms and “Frequently Asked Questions”.
  • Course-by-course equivalency guides for how ACC courses transfer to various 4-year institutions.
  • Transfer and 2+2 guides for ACC courses and specific majors and degrees at 4-year institutions.
  • A list of those colleges and universities with which ACC has developed articulation agreements.
  • Information on the Core Curricula of various Texas colleges and universities.
    Transfer scholarship and contact information.
  • Helpful links to other transfer resources available on the Internet.

Transfer Courses
Transfer courses are those which are designed to transfer to other colleges and universities. Because a course will transfer does not mean it will apply towards a specific major or degree at a four-year college or university, therefore it is important for students to consult with an advisor or counselor about the transferability and the applicability of a specific course for the student’s intended major and transfer institution.
To assist students in transferring from one college to another, many institutions of higher education in Texas have become members of the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) consortium, which provides a shared, uniform set of course designations or equivalencies to facilitate the transfer of credit on a statewide basis. In Fall 1999, the Texas Common Course Number became the official course number for ACC courses. Courses contained in the TCCN are general academic courses. Remedial courses are not included. For additional information on how to read course numbers, refer to the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.

Articulation Agreements
Articulation is the formal process of developing and maintaining transfer options for students. Austin Community College and several 4-year institutio
ns establish signed articulation agreements to provide students with access to, and linkages with, baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. Agreements often include: Minimum GPA requirements for admission, minimum number of credit hours that will transfer and transferable courses for specific degrees or majors. In addition, student should consider the following tips when making their transfer plans:

  • Begin early and plan ahead
  • Obtain a catalog from the intended college or university the same academic year they enroll at ACC
  • Develop their transfer plan with the assistance of an ACC advisor or counselor.
  • Make contact with an academic advisor and admissions representative from the institution to which they intend to transfer
  • Follow the transfer agreement established for each college or university program listed.

Resolution of Transfer Disputes
ACC works closely with other colleges and universities to provide a smooth transfer experience for ACC students and follows the guidelines established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the resolution of transfer disputes as prescribed by Texas Education Code Section 1.078 (Chapter 5, Subchapter S, Section 5.393). The Office of the Associate Vice President of Academic Programs accepts the initial contact from a receiving institution when a student transferring from ACC to that institution is denied transfer of course credit(s).


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