Undergraduate Admissions Policies

For Students Transferring from Massachusetts Community Colleges to Public Colleges and Universites Offering the Baccalaureate Degree

The Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Fall 2001


Section I:   Requirement for Transfer Compact Status

Section II:  Credits to be Transferred

Section III: Credits Beyond the Associate Degree 

Section IV: Admission to Competitive Majors or Programs

The University of Massachusetts Lowell has affirmed its intention to maintain flexibility in the transfer of qualified students from community colleges of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. For the implementation of this objective, the University of Massachusetts Lowell has subscribed to the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and applies to students seeking admission under this compact the same policies as are applied to University of Massachusetts Lowell students who petition for intercollegiate transfer within the University.

All courses that have been accepted by the University from signatory community colleges of the Commonwealth Transfer Compact are listed on the student’s transcript, and those courses which are not applicable to specific curriculum requirements are credited, whenever possible, as unrestricted elective courses. Since some curricula of the University do not provide for such unrestricted elective courses, or the number of transferred courses may exceed the number of unrestricted elective courses which are permitted within the specifications for minimum degree requirements, transferred courses which are not applicable to the specific requirements of a curriculum are not counted in the determination of the number of course credits completed until the semester of graduation. This procedure prevents the early imposition of a grade point requirement for retention which is in excess of that specified for the number of credits completed and applicable to the student’s particular curriculum.

The revised Commonwealth Transfer Compact provides a process to facilitate the transfer of collegiate credits and to ensure the appropriate recognition of academic progress earned by students at a community college who wish to continue their education at a public college or university.

For Students Transferring from Massachusetts Community Colleges to Public Colleges and Universities Offering the Baccalaureate Degree

Please note: As of Spring 2013 the Mass Transfer program will be replacing Joint Admissions and The Commonwealth Transfer compact. At this time, students who have applied before Spring 2013 will be allowed all benefits from these programs as outlined below.

Please refer to the MASS transfer program as outlined from the Massachusetts Board of Higher education website.  http://www.mass.edu/masstransfer/

Section I:   Requirement for Transfer Compact Status

A student shall be eligible for Transfer Compact status if he or she has met the following requirements:

a.  completed an associate’s degree with a minimum of 60 credit hours exclusive of developmental  course work;

b.  achieved a cumulative grade-point average of not less than 2.000 (in a 4.000 system) at the community college awarding the degree; and

c.  completed the following minimum general education core, exclusive of developmental course work

English Composition/Writing              6 credits

Behavioral and Social Science           9 credits

Humanities and Fine Arts                   9 credits

Natural or Physical Science               8 credits

Mathematics                                       3 credits

The sending institution is responsible for identifying the transcript of each student who is a candidate for transfer under this compact.

Section II:  Credits to be Transferred

The 35 credits in general education specified in Section I will be applied toward the fulfillment of the receiving institution’s general education requirements. A minimum of 25 additional credits will be accepted as transfer credits by the receiving institution. These credits may be transferred as:

a.   free electives, 

b.   toward the receiving institution’s additional general education requirements,

c.   toward the student’s major, or 

d.   any combination, as the receiving institution deems appropriate.

Only college-level course credits consistent with the standards set forth in the Undergraduate Catalog are included under this Compact. Credits awarded by the sending institution through CLEP and challenge examinations may be included when the community college certifies that a student qualifies under this Compact.  Student must forward official CLEP scores.

Section III: Credits Beyond the Associate Degree 

To complete the baccalaureate degree, a student who transfers under this compact may be required to take no more than 68 additional credits unless:

a.  the student changes his or her program upon entering the receiving institution; or

b.  the combination of additional general education requirements, if any, and the requirements of the student’s major at the receiving institution total more than  68 credits.

Under these circumstances, transfer students will be subject to the same requirements as native students. (The term “native student” refers to students who began their undergraduate education at the baccalaureate institution.)

Section IV: Admission to Competitive Majors or Programs

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 applicants who are transfer students under this Compact as it does for its native students.