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MACRAO Transfer Agreement

The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) has developed an agreement to facilitate transfer from Michigan community colleges to baccalaureate colleges and universities. The agreement provides for transfer of up to 30 semester credit hours to meet many (in some cases all) of the general education requirements at participating Michigan four-year colleges and universities. Students should check with the college to which they plan to transfer to determine if the MACRAO agreement is honored or if the college puts limitations or provisos 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 specific 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 (2014 - 2015 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.

Articulation Agreements

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.

Adrian College*
Albion College
Baker College
Calvin College*
Central Michigan University
Cleary University
Concordia University*
Davenport University
Eastern Michigan University*
Ferris State University*
Finlandia University*
Grand Valley State University*
Lake Superior State University
Lawrence Technological University*
Madonna University*
Marygrove College
Michigan Technological University*
Northern Michigan University*
Northwood University
Oakland University*
Olivet College
Rochester College
Saginaw Valley State University*
Sienna Heights University*
Spring Arbor University
St. Mary's College
Wayne State University
Western Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University has the following requirements in addition to the basic MACRAO requirements:
  1. An advanced writing or speaking course or a foreign language composition course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).

  2. A Quantitative Reasoning course (unless waived by ACT scores).

  3. A computer literacy course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).

  4. A cross-cultural/international studies course (only required for students starting prior to Fall 2007).

  5. One course on Global Awareness or U.S. Diversity (only required for students starting Fall 2007 or later).
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.


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