Transfer Center

How to Transfer to Rowan-Cabarrus

Transferring College Coursework for Credit

Transfer students who have earned college-level credit from regionally accredited institutions may be awarded credit toward their program of study at Rowan-Cabarrus. Credits earned at non-regionally accredited institutions are generally not accepted, but will be evaluated under certain circumstances. Students must be admitted to Rowan-Cabarrus before an evaluation will be conducted.

Rowan-Cabarrus requires an official transcript from all institutions attended. Transcripts sent by the student through email are not accepted. Hard copy transcripts that have been opened are not accepted.  Transcripts sent electronically by the institution should be directed to

Transfer courses must be equivalent Rowan-Cabarrus courses in descriptions and semester hours, and must have a grade of C or higher to be considered. Quality points will not be transferred.

Rowan-Cabarrus will also review credits earned at post-secondary institutions outside of the United States for international students or United States citizens who have earned credits abroad. Please see Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Students will receive notification to their Rowan-Cabarrus email account once their transcripts have been reviewed. Please allow three to five business days for processing. The process may be delayed during peak times when students beginning Fall and Spring semesters are requesting evaluations or when the College is closed for holidays.

Transcript Re-evaluation

Students who believe that transfer credit was overlooked or who have changed or added a program of study may request a re-evaluation. Students should email using the following format:

Subject line of the email: Transcript Re-evaluation

Provide the following information in the body of the email:

  • Full name
  • Student ID number
  • Student program (note any program changes)
  • Institution that sent the transcript
  • Specific courses in question

Transcripts are evaluated in the order in which they are received. Please allow three to five business days for a response.

Rowan-Cabarrus does not accept transfer credit for credit by examination, internship, or Work-Based Learning credit.

Credit may also be awarded for appropriate scores on subject areas of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the Advanced Placement (AP) Program. Official test results from the College Board should be submitted to the Admissions office.

Transferring Professional Certifications for Credit

An enrolling student may request that professional certifications with appropriate documentation be evaluated for  course credit within their major. Additional criteria may be required along with the certification to receive full course credit. For each area of certification, the appropriate program chair will determine the Rowan-Cabarrus course equivalencies and corresponding certification required for credit. The original professional certification must be submitted to the program chair for review. Professional certification can be submitted at any time during the student’s enrollment at the college. The program chair will submit the Credit by Professional Certification form and attach a copy of the certification. The Office of the Registrar will document the credit on the student’s record.

Reverse Transfer

The Reverse Transfer Program is a collaborative effort between NC community colleges and the University of NC System.

Students who transfer to a NC university from one of the 58 NC community colleges are given the opportunity to combine the credits earned at the university with credit already earned at the community college to determine if the associate degree requirements have been met.

Eligible students will be asked to participate when they transfer to one of the participating universities through their student services account. There is no cost to the student for sending information and awarding of the degree.

For more information, please review the UNC System Website.