Transfer Resources

Transfer Resources

It can be stressful, confusing and frustrating when you don't know what is involved in the transfer process.  OCC is committed to helping you with the transfer process through the development and enhancement of transfer opportunities and resources that will provide you with a clear and smooth transfer pathway. 

Join other OCC students who have transferred to more than 400 institutions including the most selective national universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Columbia; flagship state universities such as U of M, MSU, Ohio State, and Arizona State; local favorites like Oakland and Wayne; and every imaginable type of college. 

Get connected with the Counseling Office to increase your transfer success, the sooner the better. 

TRANSFER CREDIT AGREEMENTS (Articulation Agreements) | Do you know that students who utilize a transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) are more likely to achieve their educational goal while saving time and money when compared to those who do not?

If you value your time and money, a transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) provides you with a map to your educational future. It provides you with the quickest and most efficient route to reach the end of your educational destination. Each transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) includes the completion of an associate degree. However, the amount of OCC credit hours accepted and applied varies by the transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) and ranges between 70-94 credit hours. Imagine after transferring potentially having as few as 30 credit hours remaining to compete your bachelor’s degree.

TRANSFER CREDIT AGREEMENT FAQS | Provides answers to the questions most often asked by students regarding how it differs from a transfer guide and the benefits of using a transfer credit agreement.

TRANSFER CREDIT AGREEMENT GUIDES | (articulation agreements) are listed by partnering institution and by OCC program. If a transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) is not available for your OCC program of study, the intended transfer institution and/or the intended transfer program, please speak with an OCC counselor to maximize your transfer potential. Additional transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) opportunities are continuously being explored.

TRANSFER GUIDES | Intended to outline specific OCC courses and requirements that may be taken prior to transfer.

MICHIGAN TRANSFER AGREEMENT (MTA) | Intended to satisfy General Education requirements at participating Michigan four-year institutions.

MICHIGAN TRANSFER NETWORK (MTN) | Intended for students to identify how individual OCC courses will transfer to other Michigan colleges and universities.

MiTRANSFER PATHWAYS | Intended for students who will be pursing a specific bachelor's degree major and perhaps are uncertain of which Michigan college/university they desire to attend

REVERSE TRANSFER AGREEMENT | Intended for students who will be pursing a bachelor's degree that requires an early transfer prior to the completion of an associate degree.

TRANSFER STUDENTS FAQS | Provides answers to the questions most often asked by students who are planning on transferring.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO | Questions to ask transfer admissions representatives when exploring transfer colleges/universities.

COLLEGE TRANSFER EVENTS | Provides current listing of on-campus and virtual; transfer fairs, advising sessions and more hosted by four-year college & universities.

OCC TRANSCRIPT REQUEST | A transcript or academic history lists all of the credit or non-credit classes that you take at Oakland Community College along with the number of credit hours and any grades received. Transcripts are either official or unofficial, also called an academic history.

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. A course-by-course evaluation is required. Students seeking to transfer credit from Canadian institutions do not have to send their transcripts to a NACES member for evaluation. Students should request their official transcripts from their Canadian institution to be sent to OCC; due to differences in accreditation standards between Canada and the U.S., transfer credit from Canadian institutions is not guaranteed. Canadian transcripts are reviewed on a case-by-case by the Office of the Registrar.


  • 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.

  • Automotive and Energy Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Oakland University provides opportunities for 10 motivated, talented undergraduate students to work in teams on automotive and energy-related research projects in mechanical engineering. Special focus on internal combustion engines, fuels, automotive manufacturing processes, automotive materials, alternative propulsion systems, batteries, and energy.

    Oakland University (OU) All REU participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a meal allowance, travel allowance to offset the costs of travel to OU, and free on-campus housing (if in-person). Also included: • Industrial and research lab tours (if in-person) • Seminars by experts in the field • Interactions with automotive and energy engineers • Information about graduate school and career options • K-12 outreach activity • Opportunity to improve communication skills • Friendships, mentoring relationships and fun

    Women, minorities, first generation in college and undergraduate students not yet enrolled in an engineering program are strongly encouraged to apply. No prior automotive or research experience required!

    The program is tentatively schedule from May 23 – July 29, 2022 Application review will begin in mid-March and applications will be accepted through April 4, 2022.
  • Community College Summer Fellowship Program (CCSFP) - The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan (UM), Ann Arbor offers a 10 week paid State-Wide Summer Research Fellowship for currently enrolled Michigan community college students who are interested in transferring to U-M, Ann Arbor, or any other institution in the future.
  • 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.

  • Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan is hosting a FREE virtual program designed for current community college students interested in transferring to a four-year art and design program. The Stamps Transfer Institute is focused on developing each participant’s transfer readiness and fluency. Students will participate in a comprehensive review of our transfer guidelines with Stamps Admissions staff, engage with current Stamps students through a Q&A and learn about financial aid and scholarships from the Office of Financial Aid.

    Event Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022 / 10:00am - 12:30pm EST
    Host: Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan
    Location: Virtual
    Cost: FREE
    Registration Required: Sign up today!

    Stamps Transfer Institute registrants should have a strong interest in pursuing an interest in art and design as a transfer student and should be currently enrolled in your institution. All Stamps Transfer Institute participants earn a SlideRoom fee waiver for their undergraduate portfolio submission.

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Walsh Now | A concurrent enrollment opportunity between Walsh College and OCC.
  • 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.
  • Go Blue Guarantee – Ann Arbor, Dearborn and Flint offer free tuition for up to four years for high-achieving, in-state, full-time undergraduate students with family incomes of $65,000 or under and assets below $50,000.

  • Grand Valley Pledge – The Grand Valley Pledge is for admitted undergraduate degree-seeking freshman or transfer students.  Grand Valley will cover 100% tuition and course fees for Michigan families with a family adjusted gross income of under $50,000 as reported on the FAFSA.

  • Future for Frontliners | Cleary University, Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, University of Michigan, University of Michigan – Dearborn, Wayne State University
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I needed time to take additional classes and build up my grades,” Morton said. “OCC was a great choice for me. It was not only cost effective but provided a great opportunity to build a foundation and eventually transfer to Wayne State University.”  Read more...