While a student works toward completion of an associate degree, and if a bachelor's degree is their educational goal, they should begin the process for successful transfer to a four-year institution to pursue the bachelor's degree after earning the associate degree. Transferring courses from Tri-C to another college or university begins when the student meets with a counselor and selects transferrable courses using available resources such as statewide guarantees, transfer guides, articulation agreements, and approved transfer pathways. It is highly recommended that students who plan to transfer meet with a counselor early and often in their college career. Courses a student selects should meet Tri-C’s minimum graduation requirements and, ideally, as many of the transfer institution’s graduation requirements as possible. The student should also meet with a Tri-C Transfer Center specialist to discuss pre-transfer planning, including their transfer timeline. The Transfer Center specialist can help in a number of ways, such as connecting the student to an admission and/or advising representative at the transfer institution who will have the most recent information on that institution’s procedures and requirements. Please note that acceptance of transfer credit is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.

To shorten a student’s path from associate to bachelor's degree, the Ohio Department of Higher Education has established credit transfer guarantees, which include courses in the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) and Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs), among others. These courses are guaranteed to transfer to any four-year public college or university in Ohio and ensure comparable, compatible, and equivalent learning experiences across Ohio's public higher education system.  Knowing in advance that courses will transfer gives students the flexibility to choose lower cost, more convenient options. In addition to saving money, a student who takes advantage of transfer guarantees and graduates with an associate degree is more likely to excel academically and to also graduate with a bachelor's degree.  Learn more about the Ohio Transfer Module.  Learn more about Transfer Assurance Guides.

Courses that are not part of the OTM or a TAG are assured to transfer only as part of an approved articulation agreement between Tri-C and a four-year college or university.  Learn more about approved articulation agreements. A Tri-C counselor or Transfer Center specialist can provide information about which courses and degree programs have articulated credit. Note that courses with numbers lower than 1000 usually do not transfer.  Learn more about semester course numbering (choose Semester Course Numbering on the landing page).

A student planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree after earning their Tri-C associate degree should schedule a meeting with their intended transfer institution's admission office to make sure they have met all of that institution’s admission and transfer requirements. As part of its admission review process, the transfer institution will require official transcripts of college-level courses that the student has completed. Learn more about ordering Tri-C transcripts online at $5 per transcript