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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.

English Composition (6 Credits)
English (ENG) 111   226  
Social Science (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline)
Anthropology (ANT) 201   202   205   265  
Economics (ECO) 110   211   222   280  
Geography (GEO) 101  
History (HST) 121   122   123   150   200   201   202   210   215   216   220   230   235   240   251   255   260   270  
Political Science (PLS) 112   150   211   220   250   260   290  
Psychology (PSY) 100   107   117   150   200   206   210   220   240   251   257   260  
Sociology (SOC) 100   155   202   205   207   220   225   230   250  
Science and Math (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline; one course must be a laboratory course)
Astronomy (AST) 100   111  
Biology (BIO) 101   102   104   107   109   110   111   142   161   162   200   201   208   212   215   225   227   228   237  
Chemistry (CEM) 102   105   111   122   140   211   222  
Environmental Science (ENV) 101   105   201  
Geology (GLG) 100   103   104   110   114   202   276  
Mathematics (MTH) 125   148   149   160   169   170   176   178   180   181   182   191   192   197   293   295  
Physics (PHY) 100   105   111   122   211   222  
Humanities (8-9 Credits in more than one discipline)
Arabic (ARB) 111   122  
Art (ART) 101   102   108   111   112   114   120   121   121A   121B   122   125   127   128   129   130   131   136   143   150  
Communication (COM) 101   102   130   142   183   200   210   225  
Dance (DAN) 180   200  
Drama (DRA) 152   170   180   208   209   240   260  
English (ENG) 140   160   170   181   200   211   212   213   214   222   223   224   240   242  
French (FRN) 111   122  
Graphic Design Technology (GDT) 101  
German (GRM) 111   122  
Humanities (HUM) 101   102   103   120   145   146   150   160   170   175   185   221  
Music (MUS) 140   142   180   185  
Philosophy (PHL) 101   123   200   205   240   244   245   250  
Photography (PHO) 103  
Spanish (SPN) 111   122   201   202   205   224  

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
  • 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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