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Transfer Counseling

Ready to transfer schools?

Considering getting your bachelor's
(4-year) degree?

BCC is a great place to start.....


Please contact:   

Geoffrey Tabor
Coordinator of Transfer Affairs/Articulation
Room SBA 115
(413) 236-1610

The Transfer Office, located in the Student Development Center, is a resource for comprehensive information and assistance about every aspect of the transfer process.

Students should consult with the Transfer Coordinator as early in their education as possible for information about academic programs, baccalaureate colleges, course equivalencies, and general transfer policies, as well as joint admission, articulation agreements, and the transfer compact.

The Transfer Office can help you with...

  • College Applications - including tips on essay writing and obtaining recommendations.
  • Identifying Colleges/Universities. Representatives from local and regional four-year colleges/universities visit BCC throughout the academic year.
  • Scholarship and Award Information. We can help you find out what's available.
  • Transferring Credits. We can show you which courses are most likely to transfer.

Applications to Massachusetts state colleges and universities, as well as many other public and private colleges, are available in the Career and Transfer Resource Center.

You can start your degree at BCC and transfer to any college/university you want, public or private. BCC students transfer successfully to some of the best institutions in the country. BCC offers opportunities to students who want to get their bachelor's degrees right here in western Massachusetts, as well as students who want to go elsewhere in the country.

The cost of attending a community college is approximately half the cost of attending a residential Massachusetts public institution.

A BCC program can also be your link to a private college:

BCC has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions right here in western Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country. These colleges/universities will guarantee that if you graduate in a specific program with a predetermined Grade Point Average (GPA) and have followed a suggested course of study, you will be guaranteed junior status and be treated with the same rights as those students who originally started at the four-year school.

Finding the right transfer college/university can be very challenging. There are resources available to help you narrow down your choices (printed brochures are available in our office).  Consult the following websites for additional information.

A broch "A Smart Path to a Four-Year Degree" brochure is available in our office or by clicking here. 

BCC hosts a College Fair each year during the first week in October. The fair, which attracts many baccalaureate colleges and universities, provides students with an opportunity to talk with representatives from these institutions. Baccalaureate college and university representatives also visit BCC each semester to speak with interested students. Information about the visits and transfer opportunities is posted on Transfer Bulletin Boards located in the Student Development Center and the Susan B. Anthony Center foyer.

Check out the Information Board in the Student Development Center
for additional information.



MassTransfer Program

Students planning to transfer to one of the state-supported universities or colleges in Massachusetts are eligible for MassTransfer. MassTransfer, which was approved by Board of Higher Education as a new statewide transfer policy in June 2008, provides community college graduates who complete designated associate degrees with the benefits of the full transfer and applicability of credit, guaranteed admission (2.5 GPA or higher), and a tuition discount (3.0 GPA or higher). MassTransfer also provides students in the Massachusetts public higher education system the intermediate goal of completing a portable general education transfer block which will satisfy the general education/distribution/core requirements across institutions.

Students will be provided with the full transfer of credit, guaranteed admission, and a partial tuition waiver (depending on final GPA).

MassTransfer integrates and replaces the Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions, and the Tuition Advantage Program. Community college students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 and who choose to continue in the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and/or Joint Admissions Program will be required to complete their associate degrees by August 2013 and must matriculate at a Massachusetts state college or University of Massachusetts campus by fall 2014.

Benefits for students completing associate degrees under MassTransfer Block:

Students will be provided with the benefit of satisfying the general education/distribution core requirements at any other public higher education institution (with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits or two courses). The MassTransfer Block refers to a set of general education, core or distribution requirements, consisting of 34 college-level credits.

MassTransfer has two components:

I. Students completing an associate degree program under MassTransfer will graduate with a minimum of 60 credit hours and complete the following 34-credit general education transfer block, exclusive of developmental coursework:

General Education Transfer Block

English Composition/Writing

6 credit hours

Behavioral and Social Sciences

9 credit hours

Humanities and Fine Arts

9 credit hours

Natural or Physical Science

7 credit hours*

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

3 credit hours

Total Credits

34 credit hours

 *NOTE: All Associate in Arts programs and some Associate in Science programs at BCC require the mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning completion of two 4-credit
laboratory sciences.

Benefits for students who complete associate degrees under MassTransfer: 
(beginning Fall 2010):

Minimum Final GPA



2.0 GPA


Automatic satisfaction of the general education/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses, if admitted


No admission fee or essay


Guaranteed, full transfer of a minimum of 60 credits applied to the bachelors degree, if admitted

2.5 GPA


Guaranteed admission, plus all of the above benefits

3.0 GPA


A 33% tuition waiver, plus all of the above benefits

Stipulations: If students change their major or if the linked baccalaureate program requires a higher grade point average or specific courses which are required of native students, MassTransfer students must meet these requirements. If, because of space or fiscal limitations, the receiving institution does not admit all qualified applicants to a given major or program, the receiving institution will use the same criteria for MassTransfer applicants as it does for its native students.

II. Students completing the general education transfer block (without earning a degree) at any Massachusetts higher education institution with a 2.0 or higher grade point average will earn the 34 credit hours outlined above, exclusive of developmental coursework.

Benefit for students who complete the general education transfer block (beginning Fall 2010):

  Minimum Final GPA    Benefit
2.0 GPA    Automatic satisfaction of the general education/distribution/core requirements at the receiving institution, with the receiving institution able to add no more than six additional credits/two courses, if admitted 

Stipulation: Students enrolled in a specific major or degree program may be required to take additional courses if these courses are specifically required for the major or program and are required of native students.

NOTE: MassTransfer integrates and replaces Joint Admissions, Transfer Compact and the Tuition Advantage Program. For full details about the MassTransfer policy, please see the Transfer Advisor or go to

BCC enables you to start your journey to a bachelor's degree. You will be able to transfer to the very best college to fulfill your educational and career goals. For more information or to schedule a transfer counseling appointment contact Geoffrey Tabor at (413) 236-1610 or