Transfer Student Resources
Below are important resources for those planning to transfer from WCC to a 4-year college or university.
AA/AS/AE Transfer Information
Wilkes Community College offers several associate degree curricula that parallel the freshman and sophomore years at most senior colleges and universities.
By maintaining at least a “C” average, students should be able to transfer with junior status into baccalaureate degree programs at four-year colleges and universities. Admission to some majors will require a higher GPA.
To assure proper course selection, students planning to transfer should take ACA 122 – College Transfer Success in their first semester to develop a comprehensive transfer plan. The Advising Center is available for additional assistance.
Students planning to transfer to a senior college or university are advised to examine carefully the current catalog of the particular college they plan to enter and to follow as closely as possible the recommendations for that program of study. Counselors and faculty members are prepared to advise students, but the final responsibility for course selection is left to the student. By working closely with their academic advisor, WCC students can minimize the possibility of taking unnecessary courses or loss of credit.
Click here for more UNC system transfer information, including the CAA and other resources.
To learn more about North Carolina colleges and universities, visit College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC).
2+2 Agreements for AAS Graduates
A 2+2 agreement is an opportunity for students to complete their Associate’s degree at Wilkes Community College and then transfer into a specified program at a partnering four-year institution for their Bachelor’s degree. The 2+2 model is the proposed timeframe, but may be subject to change.
WCC currently has the following 2+2 agreements for AAS graduates:
Students interested in learning more should contact the four-year institution they are planning to attend and/or:
Aspire Appalachian Co-Admission Program
Aspire Appalachian is a co-admission program between Appalachian State University and Wilkes Community College. It is intended for students who plan to transfer to Appalachian after completing one of the following degrees:
- Guaranteed admission to Appalachian
- On-site admissions and academic advising by Appalachian
- Coordinated financial aid programs
- Invitation to special webinars, events, and newsletters designed to help you successfully transfer to and succeed at Appalachian
To be eligible for Aspire Appalachian, you must:
- be enrolled full-time at Wilkes Community College (minimum 12 credit hours per semester);
- be on track to complete an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or approved AAS degree (listed above);
- be in progress of completing, or have completed, ACA 122 with a grade of C or better; and
- have at least two semesters (24 credit hours) remaining at Wilkes Community College.
Students must complete an eligible associate degree program within 3 years from their date of acceptance into the Aspire Appalachian program and must graduate with a 2.25 GPA or higher.
How to Apply
- Complete the Aspire Appalachian intent form. For Student ID Number, use your WCC Colleague ID number.
- Once accepted, students will be contacted by WCC’s Appalachian admissions contact. If you have any questions prior to that contact, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Students will apply to Appalachian one semester prior to their last semester at WCC.
To learn more about this program, visit the Aspire Appalachian website or contact WCC’s program liaison:
East Carolina University Pirate Promise
Pirate Promise is a guaranteed admission program at East Carolina University for Wilkes Community College students, Early College High School students, and Career & College Promise students. Students participating in this program must be enrolled in one of the following degrees:
- Guaranteed admission to ECU (not guaranteed to a specific major or program)
- Waived ECU application fee
- A dedicated ECU transfer coach
- Joint financial aid counseling and RaiseMe micro-scholarship opportunities
- Eligible to purchase an ECU 1 card to get access to ECU athletic tickets, campus events, and library resources
- Participation in Pirate Promise invitation-only events at ECU
To be eligible for Pirate Promise, you must be enrolled as a full-time, first-year student in an approved associate degree OR Early College High School or Career & College Promise as early as the junior year of high school. Continued eligibility requires a minimum 2.5 GPA in all college coursework.
How to Apply
- Create your ECU Pirate Promise Account.
- Submit the Pirate Promise Application (limited availability, check dates).
- Contact ECU at email@example.com with questions about the application.
UNC-Wilmington Pathways to Excellence
Pathways to Excellence is a Guaranteed Admission Program at UNC-Wilmington for Wilkes Community College students. Students participating in this program must complete one of the following degrees:
- Guaranteed admission to UNC-Wilmington (not to a specific program)
- On-site admissions and academic advising by UNC-Wilmington’s Transfer Student Success Coordinator
- Application fee waived when participating in “Apply on the Fly”
- Transfer scholarships
- Invitation to Open House events for admitted students and Transfer Student Socials
To be eligible for Pathways to Excellence, you must:
- be on track to complete an Associate in Arts, Associate in Engineering, or Associate in Science degree;
- earn a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 in transferable, college-level coursework; and
- meet with a UNC-Wilmington Transfer Student Success Coordinator.
How to Apply
- Submit the Letter of Intent.
- Once the Letter of Intent is submitted, students will be contacted by UNC-Wilmington’s Transfer Admissions.
- Submit the Admissions Application to UNC-Wilmington the semester before transfer.
To learn more about this program,