Northampton Community College will accept credits when transferring from another institution when:
1. Credits earned at U.S. colleges and universities are accredited by the following regional associations:
2. Credits earned from a foreign institution are evaluated by an evaluation agency such as World Education Services Inc. or Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. and a copy of the evaluation sent directly to NCC. For more information concerning WES, please contact the NCC Admissions or Records Office;
3. Courses taken through the military are provided to the College on the official DD295 form or AARTS transcript;
4. The course grade is C or better. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may be accepted only if the official transcript states that a "pass" grade is equivalent to a C or above;
5. The course content is equivalent to a Northampton course;
6. The course is applicable to the student's Northampton program;
7. Transcript is official (sealed, delivered directly to the Northampton Admissions Office).
A maximum of 45 credits with up to 75% of total program credits may be transferred to Northampton toward an associate's degree (maximum of 50% may be credit by exam).
Admissions determines transferability of credits for new students and change of majors into the allied health majors; the Registrar determines all other transferability of credits.
Transferred credits are added to a student's record upon final verification of enrollment (after the refund period of a student's first semester). Grades do not transfer (no effect on NCC GPA).
Transfer with a Bachelor's degree
A student possessing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university and enrolling at Northampton in an Associate's degree program shall be considered to have completed the general education core requirements except for required courses identified by the program faculty. Check with Admissions Office for approved list of general education courses transferrable into each program.
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.