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Transfer Policies and Practices

The Maricopa County Community College District has transfer agreements with not only the three Arizona public universities (Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona), but with more than 40 other higher education institutions, both nationally and internationally. Transfer partnerships benefit students by maximizing community college credits, providing dedicated advisements and offering the following financial incentives:

  • Tuition and transfer scholarships
  • Waiver of application fees
  • Textbook waivers
  • Special tuition incentives for military personnel

These benefits assist students in making a smooth transition from a community college to a four-year college or university. During the 2009-2010 academic year, over 27,000 students transferred 12 or more credit hours from a community college within the Maricopa County Community College District. 

Estrella Mountain Community College’s transfer policies and practices create an environment supportive of the mobility of learners. Under the umbrella of the Maricopa County Community College District, Estrella Mountain has partnerships and contractual arrangements with both private and public universities. The ASU/MCCCD Alliance includes a transfer partnership for MCCCD students to Arizona State University (ASU). Northern Arizona University (NAU) has offices on various District sites, including the Estrella Mountain campus. The number of Estrella Mountain students transferring to state universities reached its peak in the 2009-2010 academic year with 725 students. In general, more than half of the students who transfer to a state university have earned 12 or more credits at Estrella Mountain, with the majority of those students transferring to ASU.

NAU Connection

The NAU Connection is a partnership between the Maricopa County Community College District and Northern Arizona University that allows students to complete a bachelor’s degree after receiving their associate degree. This is accomplished by completing courses at either a community college within the District or at another location in the West Valley. As part of this program, an NAU advisor is located at Estrella Mountain to assist interested students. There are two programs offered by the Estrella Mountain NAU Connection office:

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts/Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) with an emphasis in Public Management

The BIS program is a 90/30 program, meaning students can transfer 90 community college credits to NAU, saving an extra year’s worth of university tuition.  Students complete their first years of study at Estrella Mountain and then transfer into the NAU courses needed to complete their bachelor’s degree. An advisor located at the Estrella Mountain campus provides students with individual advising throughout their college experience. Courses are offered in the immediate vicinity of the Estrella Mountain campus so students do not have to travel a great distance from the West Valley community to complete their four-year degree.

ASU Pathways Program

The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is designed for students who want to start at the community college, but plan to complete their bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University. Through this program, students follow a prescribed sequence of course work at one of the Maricopa County Community Colleges that meets lower-division course requirements for an ASU major. When students complete their coursework or MAPP, they will have met the requirements for an associate degree and be on track towards earning their selected bachelor’s degree. Benefits of the MAPP program include:

  • Guaranteed admission to ASU degree programs. Pathways have been created for ASU’s highest demand degrees
  • Cost-effective pathway ensuring that all of a student’s courses transfer and apply to the student’s ASU degree
  • Eligibility for participation in the ASU Tuition Commitment program
  • Merit scholarships available for students who complete their MAPP with a 3.75 GPA or higher
  • Transfer advisement and pre-enrollment services by ASU transfer staff who visit Estrella Mountain

There are 114 different ASU MAPP transfer degrees offered at Estrella Mountain Community College, with 208 students enrolled in the various degree programs. The College plans to increase future enrollment through a student communication campaign.