Many students come to AACC already having earned college credit from other institutions. Others have demonstrated their mastery of skills through years of military service, on-the-job experience, standardized tests and more. You’ve worked hard to gain that knowledge, so we do everything possible to count those credits toward your AACC degree or certificate.
At AACC, you can allocate up to 45 transfer credits toward an associate degree or half the credits required for a certificate. Up to 30 of those transfer credits can come from nontraditional sources (military experience, CLEP, AP, IB, credit by examination and portfolio assessment). Of those nontraditional credits, a maximum of 15 credits may be earned through a combination of credit by examination and portfolio assessment.
Keep in mind that credits from other colleges don’t automatically transfer to AACC. Our Records and Registration team reviews every course and credit individually to determine which count as AACC credit. Check out our Transfer Credit Equivalency Database that shows how courses from other institutions may transfer to AACC. Knowing which may transfer (and which may not) will help you understand our final decisions about transfer credit.
Before considering transfer credits from institutions outside the U.S., AACC requires students to have their transcripts reviewed on a course-by-course basis by one of our approved professional transcript evaluation services:
In cases where national standardized exams or challenge exams are not available, a student may be able to complete a portfolio that demonstrates his/her experience and college-level learning. In some cases, AACC will consider a portfolio, if that experience demonstrates mastery of skills or concepts taught within an AACC degree or certificate program.
If you completed training through the U.S. military, submit your official Joint Services transcript (Army, Navy, Coast Guard or Marines), Community College of the Air Force transcript or a photocopy of your DD-214. We count your basic training as AACC’s general education health/fitness/wellness requirement, and we award credit for other military training and occupations using the American Council on Education credit recommendations when a similar discipline is offered at AACC.
AACC partners with Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) to align high school coursework with AACC college courses that leads to proficiency credit.
AACC’s General Transfer Policy aligns with the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s mandates on transfer credit and offers more detail about transfer. We also get questions about:
Yes, but we recommend starting early and completing the credit transfer process before registering for courses. If that’s not possible, meet with an advisor to develop an educational plan, and provide an unofficial copy of your transcripts to help your advisor develop your schedule.
No. Credit will be awarded for the successfully completed courses as appropriate. The grades you earned at other institutions will not transfer and will not affect your AACC grade point average.
Some Ds will transfer in some cases. See our General Transfer Policy for details.
Assessment tests are mandatory for all students (not just transfer students) unless you have transferable credits that are equivalent to ENG 101 and general education math courses.
In general, you should assume that about two-thirds of your total quarter-hours earned will transfer as semester hours.