College Transfer Resources

College Transfer Resources

Providing a smooth process for your transfer from OCC

The college transfer process can be daunting. From specific requirements that must be followed for each transfer institution you’re considering, to similar terms such as “transfer credit agreements” and “transfer guides,” you may not know where to start. 

If you're considering transfer, contact an OCC Counselor to discuss the best plan for you.

Support every step of the way, no matter where you want to go

OCC is one of the top transfer institutions in Michigan, and our team is committed to helping you navigate all available transfer opportunities and resources throughout the process, whether you're looking to transfer to OCC or from OCC. Join other OCC students who have transferred to more than 400 institutions:

  • Selective national universities: Including Harvard, MIT and Columbia
  • Flagship state universities: Including the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and Arizona State University
  • Local favorites: Including Oakland University and Wayne State University
  • And more: We can help you transfer to any college
Transfer Credit Agreement

Transfer Credit Agreements

These are formal agreements between specific academic programs at OCC and transfer institutions. Starting here may save time and money. Learn more...

Course Equivalencies

Course Equivalencies

Use this tool to identify how individual OCC courses will transfer to other Michigan colleges and universities. Learn more...

Transfer Guides

Transfer Guides

These informal outlines of OCC courses / requirements needed to transfer to a specific institution can serve as another planning resource. Learn more...

Transcript Request

OCC Transcript Request

You’ll need to request to have your OCC transcript (classes taken, number of credit hours and grades) sent to your transfer institution. Learn more...

Michigan Transfer Agreement

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

The MTA is intended to satisfy many or all of the general education requirements at participating Michigan four-year institutions. Learn more...

College Transfer FAQS

College Transfer FAQs

As you explore transfer opportunities, we want to make sure all of your questions are answered. Here’s a list to get you started. Learn more...

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Additional Resources

Additional transfer partnership programs & opportunities

Albion College Promise - The Albion College Promise is exclusive to graduating high school seniors and transfer students. Albion College will cover 100% of tuition and fees for Michigan families making under $65,000 annually, after the Michigan Tuition and Federal Pell Grants are applied.

Alma College Transition Assistance Program - The Alma College Transition Assistance Program (TAP), a State of Michigan King-Chavez-Parks grant-funded program, works to provide Pell Grant eligible and first-generation transfer students the help they need when navigating a new institution and all it has to offer. Transfer students that enroll in the Transition Assistance Program will participate in monthly on-campus workshops and group social events, as well as have the opportunity to work with current transfer students that are trained KCP mentors.

Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP) - (CCSI) ( June 4th – 6th, 2023) at the School of Information (SI) at the University of Michigan welcomes community college students from all study backgrounds and experiences to spend 3 days exploring the field of information science and the University of Michigan.  During the institute, students will participate in an array of sessions targeting topics from information science to admissions and personal strengths.  The institute is FREE, and students, who complete the 3 days, will receive a stipend along with priority consideration for admissions to the Bachelor of Science in Information.  The CCSI application is now open with a priority deadline of Thursday, March 24 ,2023!  

Ferris State University (FSU) | Complete a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree with a major in Industrial Technology and Management from the convenience of OCC's Auburn Hills campus. For details on the FSU Criminal Justice program please contact Gerry Scherlinck. For details on the FSU Industrial Technology and Management program please contact

Future for Frontliners | Cleary University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, University of Michigan – Dearborn, Wayne State University

HTECH Jobs of The Future | Community college students considering a move to Oakland University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) are encouraged to consider HTech Jobs of the Future.

HTech is a partnership program between OU’s SECS and two Michigan community colleges (Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College). This program allows students to pursue academic opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

HTech students are given the tools to reach their fullest potential and ignite a spark in students’ interest in research.

Acceptance into the program will be based on a variety of factors including background qualifications, GPA, area of study, and a personal interview. Our goal is to identify future Oakland University students who are transferring from OCC or MCC who will benefit from a program that provides tutoring, mentoring, and other support systems at OU. We want to identify who will best fit our program and identify their skills, interests, weakness and needs. Knowing our students’ needs will allow us to plan support systems to ensure students success at OU.

Our mission is to develop a support program that will help student participants to build upon past successes and turn weaknesses into strengths. We want to ensure that you have the support, direction and guidance needed to achieve your academic goals.

To apply for consideration to the Oakland University HTech program, please complete the survey here.

Michigan-Connect (M-Connect) - A program specifically designed for participating community colleges, including OCC. By attending OCC for two years and meeting specific requirements, students will be considered for admission to one of thirteen undergraduate schools and colleges at the University of Michigan. For more information on this opportunity please contact your nearest Counseling Office.

Michigan Public Universities - Free Tuition Programs - The 15 public universities in Michigan are committed to providing a quality education at an affordable price. Many universities now offer free tuition programs for some of our state’s students with the highest need. Each program has additional restrictions and/or requirements not listed here. Please check with each campus for full details.

Northwestern Michigan College’s Great Lakes Maritime Academy (GLMA) 
Students are prepared for the challenge of operating commercial ships on the Great Lakes and oceans as merchant marine officers. Transfer from OCC after one year to GLMA to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Technology – Engineering Officers program. Secure a merchant marine officer's license and an associate degree from OCC via reverse transfer, all within three years. 

Pharmacy Community College Connect:  The University of Michigan College of Pharmacy is excited to announce a new program for students interested in a exploring a career in pharmacy. Pharmacy Community College Connect (PC3) is for students from tribal and community colleges who know they want to go into pharmacy or who want to see if a career in pharmacy is right for them.

The program will be held May 27-August 5, 2023.

As a participant in PC3, students will be on the University of Michigan's Ann Arbor campus for 10 weeks during the summer. PC3 offers:

• Free on-campus housing
• Stipend of $6,000
• Academic advising
• Peer-to-peer mentoring
• Job shadowing and career exploration
• Student-led academic coursework
• …and more fun activities with your cohort!

The Student Transition Enrichment Program, commonly referred to as STEP, is a KCP grant-funded program designed to support first-generation and/or Pell Grant-eligible transfer students in their transition from a community or tribal college to Central Michigan University. We invite you to learn more about the program by exploring our website and contacting our main office located in the Bovee University Center between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Transfer Bridges to the University of Michigan is a program for students at Michigan community colleges who want to  study for two years at their local community college and then transfer to U-M Ann Arbor’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) to complete their bachelor’s degree.

Walsh Now | A concurrent enrollment opportunity between Walsh College and OCC. 

Four-year colleges & universities transfer events

View the current listing of on-campus and virtual events, transfer fairs, advising sessions and more hosted by four-year college and universities. Learn more...

Foreign transcript evaluation

International transcripts must be evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) before OCC can consider international credits for transfer. Learn more...

Michigan four-year colleges and universities

This list includes all HLC accredited public and private four-year colleges and universities in Michigan.

*Online programs offered. Off-campus locations may also be available. Please note that admission requirements, tuition and fees may differ from main campus. 

MiTransfer Pathways

Pursuing a specific bachelor's degree major and don’t know where you want to transfer? Use this tool to get ideas. Learn more...

MiWorkforce Pathways

Pursuing an Associate in Applied Science and would like to transfer? This provides additional options to transfer credit agreements (articulation agreements). Learn more...

Wayne State University – Oakland Community College Transfer Pathways

Pathways to complete your associate degree and transfer to Wayne State University to earn a bachelor's degree. Students can select from many areas of study with either a transfer (2+2) or career focus. It's a great way to save time and money without losing credits or taking additional courses. Learn more...

Questions to ask your transfer institution

You’ll need to request to have your OCC transcript (classes taken, number of credit hours and grades) sent to your transfer institution. Learn more...

Reverse transfer agreement

If you are transferring from OCC prior to completing an associate degree you may qualify for earning one without having to take any additional courses at OCC. Learn more...


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