Transfer Counseling

Are you considering earning your bachelor's degree? BCC is a great place to start.

Berkshire Community College students who wish to continue their education at a four-year college or university can easily transfer to a large number of public and private institutions throughout Massachusetts and beyond.

BCC's Coordinator of Transfer Affairs & Articulation is available to help facilitate your transition. Contact Geoffrey Tabor at 413-236-1610 to make an appointment. Students should consult with the Transfer Coordinator as early as possible in their education.

The Transfer Office

Located in Field-113, the Transfer Office is a resource with comprehensive information and assistance about all aspects of the transfer process. The Transfer Office can help you with:

  • College Applications — including tips on essay writing and obtaining recommendations;
  • Identifying colleges and universities;
  • Networking with representatives from local and regional four-year colleges and universities;
  • Scholarship and award information; and
  • Transferring credits.

Articulation Agreements

A BCC degree can be your link to many state or private colleges. Berkshire Community College has articulation/transfer agreements with many four-year institutions in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the country.

These colleges/universities will guarantee that if you graduate from a specific program with a predetermined grade point average (GPA) and 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.

Transfer Events

BCC hosts a Transfer Fair each year during the fall semester. 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.

MassTransfer Program

MassTransfer is a statewide transfer policy that was approved by Board of Higher Education in 2008. If you are transferring from one Massachusetts public higher education institution to another, the MassTransfer policy will make the process easier.

Commonwealth Commitment Logo, OrangeAn extension of the MassTransfer Program, the Commonwealth Commitment was implemented in 2016. The Commonwealth Commitment is a new Massachusetts initiative that makes it easier and more affordable than ever for Massachusetts residents to earn a bachelor’s degree in one of seventeen sponsored programs of study. Start here at BCC, transfer to a Massachusetts state university, earn your bachelor’s degree and save an average of $5000 while you do it. Learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment.

MassTransfer has two main purposes:

  • Provide any student in the Massachusetts public higher education system who completes the
    Gen Ed Foundation 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 Gen Ed Foundation

The Gen Ed Foundation is a set of 34 credits that is accepted at our community colleges, state universities and University of Massachusetts campuses. 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 foundation, exclusive of developmental coursework.

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).

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.

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 BCC's Transfer Coordinator or visit the MassTransfer site.

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