MACRAO Transfer Agreement
The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) has
an agreement to facilitate transfer from Michigan community colleges to baccalaureate
and universities. The agreement provides for transfer of up to 30 semester credit hours to
many (in some cases all) of the general education requirements at participating Michigan
colleges and universities. Students should check with the college to which they plan to
to determine if the MACRAO agreement is honored or if the college puts limitations or
on the agreement. Please see
macrao.org for additional information.
How the MACRAO Agreement Works
The MACRAO Transfer Agreement stipulates that 30 semester credit hours of 100-level
and above, compatible, college-level coursework completed at one Michigan college or
university will transfer to another Michigan college or university, and be applied
toward meeting the student's general education requirements at the "transferred to"
institution. A complete listing of course and credit hour requirements is included here. The
institution offering the courses (the college in which a student begins) determines the
courses in each category.
In order to get the MACRAO certification from WCC, students need
to have earned 25% of their total MACRAO credit hours at WCC (approximately 8 credit hours)
and must have earned a minimum 2.0 GPA in each of the 4 areas: English Composition, Social
Science, Science and Math, and Humanities. Once students have completed the course
requirements for meeting MACRAO, they must request that their transcript be certified as
"MACRAO Agreement Satisfied." This can be done in the Enrollment Services Office before a
transcript is sent to a transfer college.
MACRAO Transfer Requirements (2013 - 2014 Catalog)
The course numbers of MACRAO-approved courses are listed here. Course numbers in bold do not meet WCC General Education Requirements. Course numbers in italics include a laboratory component.
English Composition (6 Credits)
Social Science (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline)
Science and Math (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline; one course must be a laboratory course)
Humanities (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline)
Many WCC programs have articulation agreements with other colleges and universities that allow
students to transfer courses to a bachelor's degree program without loss of credit. These
programs are designed to meet MACRAO requirements and should be followed carefully so as
not to lose the benefits of MACRAO. If a program meets MACRAO, it will be noted in the
program description. Copies of articulation agreements can be obtained in the counseling office.
Four-Year Colleges and Universities that accept MACRAO
The institutions listed below accept the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. Those marked with an * have
limitations, exceptions, or provisos. Check with a counselor or an admissions representative from
the four-year college/university to learn about these exceptions before selecting courses for a program of study.
The Colleges and Universities listed below accept the MACRAO transfer agreement.
You can access home pages of many Michigan colleges at the MACRAO website.
Eastern Michigan University has the following requirements in addition to the basic MACRAO requirements:
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University*
Ferris State University*
Grand Valley State University*
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University*
Michigan Technological University*
Northern Michigan University*
Saginaw Valley State University*
Sienna Heights University*
Spring Arbor University
St. Mary's College
Western Michigan University
Students can check Eastern Michigan University transfer guides or articulation agreements for their program of interest and/or speak to a WCC counselor or advisor to find which courses meet these four requirements.
- An advanced writing or speaking course or a foreign language composition course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).
- A Quantitative Reasoning course (unless waived by ACT scores).
- A computer literacy course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).
- A cross-cultural/international studies course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).
- One course on Global Awareness or U.S. Diversity (only required for students starting Fall 2007 or later).