What is the process for me to transfer?
First, determine what major you are interested in pursuing. Use the ARTSYS
program to see which schools have your major. Begin following the Recommended
Transfer Program as soon as you have selected a major and a school. The
Maryland Transfer Portal can be used to research each school, location, major, and admissions
information. Once you have a list of schools, visit with the
Transfer representative to obtain a copy of their application,request one to be sent, or, if available, apply on-line. For USM schools,
an online application is available at http://www.acaff.usmh.usmd.edu/umsapp/uindex.html. At all points in the process, make sure to
meet with your Transfer Coordinator or Academic Advisor to make sure everything
is being done correctly.
Is it better to get the
Associate degree or to transfer early?
In most cases, it is important to finish the
Associate Degree prior to transferring. However, some instances may require that
you transfer prior to completion. Consult the recommended transfer program for
your major and consult your academic advisor for more information.
What type of degree am I
getting from the Community College?
Maryland community colleges award four
associate-level degrees: the Associate of Arts (AA), the Associate of Science
(AS) the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate of Art in Teaching
Transfer or Pre-baccalaureate degree
programs (AA, AS) are aimed at meeting the needs of students who intend to
earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university. These
programs are specifically designed so that all course work will transfer to a
four-year institution. In fact, optional course offerings are available to
students taking transfer programs which can be tailored to the specific major
fields students plan to pursue in their junior and senior years (and can also
be tailored to the requirements of specific four-year colleges and
universities). Students should consult ARTSYS as well as academic advisors or
transfer counselors at both the sending and receiving institutions for current
Career degree programs (AAS) are designed
for students intending to seek employment upon graduation from a community
college. Many programs designated as AAS degrees are in fields which also
offer a baccalaureate degree. Some of these courses may transfer; students
should consult ARTSYS as well as academic advisors at both the sending and
receiving institutions for information. Other career programs include specific
occupational courses not normally offered by four-year institutions. These
courses generally are not accepted as transfer credit by four-year
institutions. However, all general education courses designated as such on the
transcript will be accepted by receiving public four-year colleges and
The Associate of Art in Teaching (AAT) degree is awarded
to students who have completed a community college curriculum in Teacher
Education. Students who complete the required courses, pass the Praxis I exam,
and maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA will be guaranteed the complete transfer
(without further review) of credits into a four year institution in the state.
The degree does not guarantee admission into an Teacher Education program.
How can I get more information about credit by exam or CLEP?
CLEP policies vary from college to college. It is recommended you contact your
local community college for more information regarding credit by exam and CLEP.
How long will it take to
graduate after I transfer?
Typically, if you are enrolled in a full-time course load, it will take 2 years after
receiving the Associate degree to graduate from a 4 year institution. However,
depending on when you transfer, and into which program, completion time may be
two and a half years or even three.
Who do I contact at my
school to ask about transferring?
You should contact your Transfer Coordinator or
Academic Advisor. A list of designated people is available on this webpage.
When should I apply for
admission to the institution(s) I am looking to attend?
Consult with the institution(s) you are applying to for more information regarding their admissions deadlines.
How do I apply for Financial
To apply for Financial Aid, submit a FAFSA form. The document
is available online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov Also
consult individual schools and the Maryland Office of Financial Aid and
How do I get a transcript
sent from one college or university to another?
Make a written request to the
Records/Registrar's office on your campus. There may be a fee required. Ask
about having your transcript sent electronically.
How many credits will
Transfer credits from a community college
normally are limited to half the baccalaureate degree program requirement, not
to exceed 70 credits. Consult the individual colleges for more information.
Do I need to take the SAT to transfer?
If you have more than 30 completed credits,
most colleges will not require SAT
What is ARTSYS?
ARTSYS is a computerized data information system created to facilitate the
transfer of students from the Maryland public community colleges to University
System of Maryland schools and other participating institutions.
What type of information does
ARTSYS allows students and advisors at the institutions to ascertain the
transferability status of any community college course. It indicates whether the
course is transferable and, if so, indicates the receiving institutionís
equivalent course number or applicability towards elective credits. It also
indicates the general education area(s), at both the sending and receiving
institutions, applicable to the course.
Does it provide information for
specific programs of study?
The baccalaureate-degree granting institutions (in agreement with the sending
institutions) have outlined prescribed courses for the academic majors. Each
Recommended Transfer Program includes specific course requirements,
admission requirements (if any) for the major, and often, transfer options and
Does ARTSYS provide information for
graduate programs as well as undergraduate?
ARTSYS was designed to provide information for students completing the
bachelorís degree. However, an additional feature of ARTSYS lists all available programs
from lower divisional certificates through the doctorate for any academic major
at Maryland postsecondary institutions.
Can ARTSYS evaluate transcripts for
the purpose of transfer?
Yes, the ARTSYS program permits the student to enter (or transfer from the institution's
data base) his or her transcript into the program to determine the transferability
of courses, and allows for the analysis of the courses taken against a Recommended
Transfer Program. This may be done for a single program at a single receiving
institution or for multiple programs at several institutions. The
ARTSYS program computes a grade point average of all transferable courses, a
grade point average for the academic major as well as an overall grade point
Will ARTSYS provide academic advisors
and transfer counselors special assistance?
Yes, the ARTSYS program, in conjunction with the Electronic Transfer (ET) of transcripts
among the associate degree and baccalaureate degree granting institutions,
allows the receiving institution to analyze the studentís record through
ARTSYS in order to provide information, without delay, about his or her status
How often is ARTSYS updated?
The University System of Maryland Administration maintains the ARTSYS program and updates
the database on a daily basis.
Where can I find ARTSYS?