NCC has over 100 articulation agreements with more than 30 colleges and universities. Articulation agreements are signed by two institutions to make the transfer process easier for students. There are several types of articulation agreements that NCC has with various institutions. Most offer the greatest benefit to students who earn an associate degree then transfer to complete a baccalaureate degree. The most common types of agreements are explained below.

Dual Admissions

Dual Admissions agreements allow students to apply to both NCC and the partner four-year institution. Typically, students are provisionally accepted to the four-year institution provided they meet the admissions criteria outlined in the agreement. Admissions criteria usually require a student to earn an associate degree with a minimum grade point average. Dual admissions agreements are good for students who know before coming to NCC the four-year institution they want to attend.

Core-to Core

Core-to Core agreements guarantee that credit earned by students who complete an A.A. or A.S. degree at NCC will be accepted towards the core requirements at the four-year institution. Core requirements are the general education portion of a baccalaureate degree. General education requirements vary among institutions. Students benefit from core-to-core agreements because all of the credit earned from the associate degree is applied to the four-year program without evaluating individual courses. Typically, there are also admissions criteria for transfer students outlined in the agreement.


Program-to-Program agreements are designed to map out the curriculum necessary for students to earn an associate degree at NCC and meet the requirements for a corresponding baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution. The agreements stipulate the exact major courses, general education courses, and electives students should take to make a seamless transfer.

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