Transfer Out to Other Institutions

More than half of the students at Northampton are enrolled in transfer programs. The College will recommend for transfer those students whose personal qualities and academic achievement indicate that they will succeed at other institutions. Although a C average is usually considered minimal for transfer, the specific average required varies with the selective admissions policy established by each individual institution.

The transfer of specific courses normally depends upon appropriateness of completed work to the intended transfer program. Generally, courses completed with a grade of C or better receive transfer credit. The maximum amount of transfer credit varies by college, but normally 60 to 70 credit hours of applicable course work can be transferred. The final decision regarding admission and the acceptability of transfer credit hours rests with the receiving institution.

A course-by-course reference guide is available for your use in the Northampton Advising and Transfer Office. The guide indicates how individual NCC courses transfer to many of the four-year institutions in eastern Pennsylvania. Some course guides are on the advising and transfer services web page.

The fact that freshman and sophomore requirements vary considerably among senior colleges suggests that students should discuss their transfer plans with both a faculty advisor and an advising specialist, who will help plan a program as near as possible to the requirements of the intended transfer program.

Unless there is no doubt that the student will transfer to a particular college, it is generally advisable to take courses at the College which are as close as possible to those offered at those colleges which might be considered for transfer.