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Transfer Guides


Transfer Guide FAQs

The transfer guides (also known as Baccalaureate Degree Plans or BDPs) are transfer plans for students completing a transferable Associate's degree at a North Carolina community college. They can help you make decisions about which courses to take at your community college. We encourage you to use these plans in collaboration with your academic advisor and your Transfer Student Success Coordinator.

North Carolina Community College transfer students, who have earned an AA or AS degree meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) will receive a waiver of Foundations and Approaches & Perspectives requirements with the exception of PE; foreign language; and 3 credits from Living in Our Diverse Nation or Living in a Global Society.

Students will also receive a waiver of 3 credits each of:

  • Writing Intensive
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Reasoning

AS and AA degree-holding transfer students will be held to all other University Studies requirements.

Prior to being admitted to UNCW, North Carolina Community College students are encouraged to work with their Transfer Student Success Coordinators for assistance with choosing appropriate coursework to transfer toward their degree plan at UNCW. After admission, your official transfer credit evaluation and UNCW degree audit will be prepared. Your UNCW academic advisor will meet with you as part of your new student orientation process. 

Transfer Guides (BDPs) are only designed for transferable Associate degree programs like the AA, AS, AFA, AATP or ASTP. If you are completing an Associate in Applied Science, we encourage you to review our Uniform Articulation Agreements or individual articulation agreements found on the Transfer Partnerships website.admissions/undergraduate/transfer/requirements

While we encourage students to complete their Associate's degree prior to transferring, it is possible to transfer earlier if you meet the transfer admission requirements. Transfer Guides can still be used to assist with choosing transferable coursework, but it is important to note you will not qualify for the University Studies waiver if you do not complete an AA or AS degree.


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