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Transfer Credit to AACC

Transfer Inquiries?

Please read our FAQs or contact one of our Transfer Credit Evaluators at 410-777-2538 or 410-777-2572 or by email at records@aacc.edu.

How Will My Courses Transfer to AACC?

Transfer Credit to AACC – Equivalent Course Search
This database allows you to see how courses from other institutions may transfer to AACC.



Award of Credit for Previous Learning
Learning occurs in a variety of settings and formats.  AACC reviews credit for previous learning from traditional college coursework and from nontraditional sources such as military experience and standardized examinations.  The college adheres to the transfer credit mandates of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  This page provides information about AACC’s transfer credit policy and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Getting Started:

1. Complete an Application for Admission

2. Submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to: 
        Anne Arundel Community College 
        Records and Registration office SSVC 140 
        101 College Pkwy 
        Arnold,  MD  21012

Please Note:  Transcripts from other institutions must be current and received by AACC within one year of the date printed to be considered for transfer credit award.

Want to check that we have received your transcripts?  Log in to MyAACC and click on the Self Services tab.

3. You will receive official notification of transfer credit by mail to your address on file with the college. The transfer credit award letter is also available in your MyAACC account.

General Transfer Policy

Transfer credit is reviewed by the Records and Registration Office, which reviews courses on an individual basis. The Records and Registration Office considers the institution where the course was taken, date completed, department and course number, course title, and grade in deciding whether the course will transfer to AACC.

If the student’s cumulative GPA from a previous institution is less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, AACC will review only those courses with a grade of C or better. Exception: If a student has less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited Maryland public institution and then transfers to AACC, AACC will accept credits in which a grade of D is earned for general education courses.

AACC will convert courses taken at institutions that operate on a quarter system to term credit hours if the credit is transferable. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal term credit hours.

Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned at AACC.

In some cases, AACC will need to review the official course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency. Upon request, the student must submit the required information.

Transfer Criteria

Credit may transfer if one of the following is met:

1.  The institution is regionally accredited by a commission on higher education. AACC 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 
       Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges 
       Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 
       Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Note: Credit is not accepted from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation or for courses taken while an institution was not regionally accredited.

2.  AACC 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.  The American Council on Education has reviewed and recommended the course or military occupation for college credit.

4.  The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and is 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 AACC’s curricula, standards, and course offerings. AACC’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. AACC requires the course-by-course evaluation from this service to review transfer credit.  AACC accepts only the following transcript evaluation services:  

Applying Credits Toward Graduation

Typically, students may allocate up to 45 transfer credits toward an associate degree or half the credits required for a certificate.  Only credits that apply to the chosen program may count toward graduation.  Students can earn up to 30 of these transfer hours through transfer of nontraditional credit. Be sure to talk to your academic advisor to discuss options and track your academic progress.

Reverse Transfer - Transfer Credits Back to AACC to Earn a Degree

Reverse transfer allows you to earn your associate degree while working toward your bachelors degree. Reverse transfer is the process to transfer credits from your four-year institution back to AACC. We then review all of your college coursework to determine if you have completed the remaining requirements for your associate degree at AACC.

You have the credits – see if you can apply them toward an associate degree today!