Transferring to COCC
Submitting Transfer Transcripts
COCC only accepts official transcripts for transcript evaluation purposes. COCC will accept unofficial transfer transcripts for math and writing placement purposes only.
- Unofficial transcripts for placement may be faxed, mailed, hand-delivered, or emailed (.pdf attachment only).
- Official transcripts must be requested from your transfer institution. You may hand-deliver sealed official transcripts or have them sent directly to:
Central Oregon Community College
Admissions & Records
2600 NW College Way
Bend, Oregon 97701
- Please note: Official transfer transcripts must be on file in Admissions & Records prior to awarding a certificate/degree.
Placement Testing Evaluation
COCC will evaluate transfer coursework for writing and/or math placement within two business days of receipt. If you have not successfully completed a writing and/or math course with a grade of "C" or better, you should contact the CAP Center (541-383-7200) to schedule a time to take the appropriate placement test(s).
Full Transcript Evaluation
COCC will conduct an evaluation of transfer coursework once you have applied to COCC and Admissions and Records has received all of your transfer transcripts. COCC will evaluate all college-level transfer coursework from regionally-accredited institutions toward COCC courses and certificate/degree requirements. Evaluations will be completed 9-12 weeks after all transfer transcripts are received by COCC. An email will be sent informing you that your transfer coursework has been articulated and is viewable in your Bobcat web account.
- Quarter versus Semester
The length of classes and the depth/breadth of topics vary based on the credit system used by an institution. COCC operates on the quarter system with three general terms (fall, winter, and spring) and a summer term. Semester schools have two general terms (fall and spring) and a summer term. One semester credit is equal to 1.5 quarter credits (i.e. a 4 credit course at a semester school would transfer to COCC as 6 credit hours). One semester course is generally equivalent to one quarter course. Occasionally, two semester courses taken in sequence may be equal to three courses in the quarter system.
- Transfer Grades and GPA Calculation
Transfer coursework will be articulated with letter grades and designated as transfer with 'T' or 'TR' following the letter grade. However, COCC does not use transfer coursework when calculating GPA.
- How Credits/Courses Will Transfer to COCC
COCC will evaluate transfer coursework based on available course descriptions. If course descriptions are unavailable/insufficient for evaluation by COCC, students may be required to submit additional documents. COCC will first evaluate a course for direct equivalency to a COCC course. If no direct equivalency is available, COCC will evaluate the transfer course based on educational outcomes of a requirement or give credit toward electives.
Limits on college credit transfer are:
- Subject matter may not duplicate that for which credit has previously been awarded in transfer or at COCC.
- Credit awarded by another institution for life experience is not transferable to COCC.
Credit for practicum/internships will be transferred as elective credit only.
- Courses which espouse a particular religious view normally do not equate to COCC courses.
- In some cases, science credits more than five years old may not be applicable to specific programs.
- Transfer credit is only considered for courses where a grade (of A, B, C, D, Pass, Satisfactory) and credit have been awarded. Note that a "D" will not be accepted for the AAOT degree, foundational requirements and for some programs.
- COCC will not accept courses below college level except for specific program requirements.
- Students working toward a COCC degree must complete a minimum of 24 COCC credits. Certificate-seeking students must complete a minimum of 18 COCC credits.
- Advanced Placement (AP) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Credit will normally be awarded following approved guidelines from COCC academic departments. Typically, credit is considered only when it is equivalent to regular course offerings at COCC and when it is not duplicated. See College catalog for a list of accepted AP and CLEP test scores and their COCC course equivalencies.
It is the responsibility of each student with coursework from foreign universities to have the transcript(s) translated (if in language other than English) and evaluated prior to submittal to COCC. Send your official transcript(s) to a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (http://www.naces.org/members.htm). Fees are the responsibility of the student and range from $165 - $295. Send official "course-by-course/detail" evaluation to Admissions & Records.
- Some variation occurs in evaluation of foreign coursework due to differing countries, schools and/or credential evaluation services. Degrees from foreign countries do not waive the General Education or Writing Competency requirements. Coursework must be at a level of achievement comparable to COCC's A, B, C and D grades. English taught outside the United States may not meet COCC's English composition requirement. Evaluations of foreign transcripts may take significantly longer than the normal processing time.
American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines will be used with discretion when considering military credit for courses (not occupations) documented on the DD-214 and/or other official training documents. Typically, credit is considered only when it is equivalent to regular course offerings at COCC and when it is not duplicated. COCC will award four (4) credit hours toward HHP requirements for Basic Training from the DD-214.
If you feel a transfer course meets a particular requirement, and was not accepted on your evaluation as such, you should send a request for reconsideration to MyProgress@cocc.edu. Your appeal will be reviewed and a response will be sent to your COCC email account. If you wish to petition the decision made in response to your request, you may file a formal petition with the Admissions and Records office.