Frequently Asked Questions about Transferring
Transferring to Mid Michigan College - FAQs:
Courses that you have completed at another college or university may be transferrable to Mid provided the college or university is accredited and you have earned a C or better in the courses you wish to receive credit for.
To have courses evaluated for credit you must request an official transcript be mailed to Mid Michigan College’s Registrar from each college or university you have attended. Transcripts that come to Mid through student hands are considered unofficial and will not be evaluated for credit even though they may be in a sealed envelope.
Please have your official transcripts sent to the following address:
Charles Bryan, Registrar
Mid Michigan College
1375 S. Clare Ave.
Harrison, MI 48625
You will receive notification to your @midmich email account once your transcripts have been evaluated.
Students may also schedule an appointment with a Mid Mentor to discuss the transferability of courses by calling (989) 773-6622 x100 for the Mt. Pleasant Campus or (989) 386-6622 x100 for the Harrison Campus.
Usually if there is a problem it might be resolved by providing more information about the classes you’ve taken. Students should contact Mid’s Registrar to find out if additional information is needed. Sometimes a course description or syllabus may be requested to determine transferability. The additional information should be submitted to Mid’s Registrar who will determine if and how credit may be granted.
Check out Mid’s Credit for Prior Learning options on our Enrollment & Registration page of the website to learn about Non-Traditional (Life Experience) credit, Military Credit, CLEP tests, Advanced Placement (AP), Articulation Credit, and more!
Any community college in Michigan may grant MTA or MACRAO completion provided at least one course toward completion is taken at that community college. Previous course work from another institution completed with a C or better will be evaluated for MTA or MACRAO completion upon request. Any course work not completed may be taken at Mid Michigan College.
(Please see additional MTA and MACRAO information below in the Transferring from Mid Michigan College - FAQs section.)
Transferring from Mid Michigan College - FAQs
Students who plan to transfer should follow one of Mid’s Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer Degree programs. The required course work in these programs may satisfy either MTA or MACRAO (see below), and the electives for these degrees may be customized to your 4 year institution’s program requirements in order to save you time and money.
Students may also schedule an appointment with one our Advisors to discuss the transferability of classes by calling (989) 773-6622 x100 (Mt Pleasant campus) or (989) 386-6622 x100 (Harrison campus).
Mid Mentors may be able to create a transfer guide based on your chosen institution’s program requirements and Mid equivalencies. They may also be able to contact your institution’s transfer representative to determine if a guide could be developed. The receiving institution may also have a “general” or “undecided” transfer guide for students to follow indicating specific courses that will fulfill general education requirements. Students may schedule an appointment with a Mid Mentor to discuss the transferability of courses by calling (989) 773-6622 x100 for the Mt. Pleasant Campus or (989) 386-6622 x100 for the Harrison Campus.
Usually if there is a problem it can be resolved by providing more information about the classes you’ve taken. Students should contact the receiving institution first to find out if additional information is needed. Sometimes a course description or syllabus may be requested to determine transferability. It would be a good idea to keep your syllabi from your classes in case you need them when preparing to transfer. Mid’s course catalog, provides brief course descriptions and if you do not have access to a syllabus for specific courses, one can be provided upon request. Mid's Advisors will be able to help source these documents if necessary. Keep in mind that it is the receiving institution’s decision about whether or not to accept credits for transfer.
Each institution decides how a Mid course will transfer in. Mid cannot determine if or how a course will transfer to a college or university outside of Michigan. Students may contact their out-of-state college’s registrar’s office or transfer admissions office for assistance. Mid’s catalog is available on our website where course descriptions may be easily viewed, and if syllabi are required, Mid can provide the receiving institution with this information.
Mid Michigan College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org . Because of this, it is much easier to transfer most credits to other institutions also accredited by the HLC.
The Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) is an agreement between all public community colleges in Michigan and the 15 public universities in the state as well as a number of participating tribal and private colleges and universities in Michigan. It is designed to transfer as a block, rather than individual classes, to any public 4 year institution in Michigan. Students who complete the minimum 30 semester hours of college-level courses with a grade of 2.0 or higher in each course within the six specified categories will fulfill all or the majority of the student's lower-level general education requirements at most 4 year institutions in Michigan. A transfer student must be eligible for admission to a receiving institution in order to benefit from MTA. The MTA is applicable to all students enrolling in a Michigan community college beginning fall 2014. The MTA may not be applicable to all majors at all institutions. Mid's Advisors can help you determine if completing the MTA would be beneficial for you.
MACRAO is an acronym for the Michigan Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers. The MACRAO Transfer Agreement is a signed agreement between community colleges and universities in Michigan providing for the transfer of general education requirements. (Not all institutions signed the MACRAO Transfer Agreement.) The MTA replaced the MACRAO as of fall 2014. Students beginning college courses fall 2014 or later are not allowed to earn the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. Students who began course work prior to fall 2014 have until August 2019 to finish requirements of the MACRAO Transfer Agreement.
MTA: Completion of these requirements will transfer these courses and credits as a block to any public 4 year institution in Michigan and may meet the majority of their lower division general education requirements. Most institutions have requirements in addition to MTA. Consult with your transfer institution for information about how they accept the MTA. A student completing this program will have MTA and the date awarded stamped on his/her transcript. All courses used to satisfy MTA must have a grade of "C" or better.
The 30 semester hours of coursework needed to meet the MTA are:
- One course in English Composition
- A second course in English Composition OR one course in Communications
- Two courses in Natural Science from two different disciplines, one must have a laboratory experience
- One course in Mathematics: College Algebra (MAT107) or higher (no Applied Mathematics)
- Two courses in Social Science from two different disciplines
- Two courses in the Humanities and Fine Arts from two different disciplines; excluding studio and performance courses; only one foreign language is allowed, regardless of discipline
MACRAO: Completion of these requirements will transfer these courses and credits as a block to the signatory university and may meet a majority of their lower division general education requirements. Many institutions have requirements in addition to MACRAO. Consult with your transfer institution for information about how they accept the MACRAO. MACRAO Transfer Agreement verification on a student’s transcript means they have completed the following requirements:
- English Composition - 6 credit hours (Mid courses are ENG 111 and ENG 222)
- Science and Math - 8 credit hours: At least one course must have a laboratory. Courses must be taken in more than one subject area
- Social Science - 8 credit hours: Courses must be taken in more than one subject area
- Humanities - 8 credit hours: Courses must be taken in more than one subject area
If a student does not complete the MTA or MACRAO before they transfer on for their Bachelor Degree, each class they have taken will be evaluated individually by the receiving institution to determine what requirements they may or may not fill. The student may have to take additional general education courses at the transfer institution that a completed MACRAO or MTA may have covered.
Students may also use Reverse Transfer (see below) to complete the MTA and cover the majority of general education credits at most institutions.
No, but it may be to your advantage to do so. Some colleges or universities may require an Associate Degree to be eligible for their transfer scholarships. Plus, unforeseen events can change our plans and having an Associate’s Degree can be a great benefit if you need to enter the workforce earlier than planned. However, some 4 year programs have sequenced course work that would make completing a Mid degree prior to transferring difficult and time consuming. Students should always consult with their 4 year institution and/or one of Mid's Advisors for advice. If a student wants to complete one of our Associate Degrees but finding Mid classes that will transfer is difficult, they may consider a Reverse Transfer (see below).
Sometimes there are not enough credits that will transfer to complete the MTA, MACRAO Agreement, or one of our Associate Degrees. There could also be sequencing and course availability issues that prevent completion in a timely manner. If this is the case, a student could transfer early and then transfer classes from their 4 year institution back to Mid where we will apply them to remaining degree requirements or MTA/MACRAO completion. In this way, students may complete their Associate’s Degree or the MTA/MACRAO while attending their 4 year institution – this is called a Reverse Transfer.
Your GPA does not transfer to most institutions. However, some institutions may use a student's GPA for admissions decisions. A student’s GPA from certain classes may also be used for placement or prerequisite verification for certain programs and degrees. Students should contact their 4 year institution to determine admissions requirements.
AP exam scores do not transfer. Some universities require different scores for credit to be granted. Each institution will need to be provided official AP exam scores and will determine credit according to their requirements. Students should contact their 4 year institution for advice about how to earn AP credit.
Students should be made aware that while Mid credit by exam may satisfy Mid degree requirements, these credits will not transfer. Students should contact their 4 year institution for information about procedures for earning alternative credit at that institution.
Mid Michigan College articulation credit is granted toward degree completion at Mid only. Students may earn credit for CTE/High School course work provided their 4 year institution has an articulation agreement in place for the desired program. The student would need to follow whatever articulated credit application procedures their 4 year institution may require.
No. Just because Mid may accept credit from another institution to fulfill one of Mid’s direct degree requirements, it does not mean that another institution will do the same. Each institution will require transcripts from each post-secondary institution you have attended and will make their own determination of how credit(s) will or will not be granted.
- Decide on a major early
- Explore colleges and universities and visit college campuses
- Meet with your Mid Advisor early and often
- Make contact with your 4 year institution’s Transfer representative
- Follow one of Mid’s Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Transfer Degrees
- Only take courses that will transfer for your specific degree
- Take personal responsibility for your education.
Transferring to another institution can be seamless, but it is your responsibility to take ownership and know what needs to be done and do it on time. Mid’s Advisors are available and willing to help with the process, but you must take the necessary steps toward your future.