Did you know? HCC is the largest community college feeder to UMass and Westfield State!
Want to cut your college costs almost in half? Start your education at HCC! With small class sizes, affordable tuition, and transfer agreements with public and private four-year colleges and universities that provide you with guaranteed admission and lower tuition, HCC is the smart way to start your college education.
HCC grads transfer to a range of colleges, from highly selective to open access. Popular choices include UMass, Westfield State, Elms, AIC, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst, Cornell, and many others: check out our list of articulation agreements for more information.
HCC offers transfer counseling and hosts regular visits from regional colleges each semester. Email or call and make an appointment to discuss your transfer plans. It's never to early to start planning!
To assist you with your transfer planning, here are three forms that you may find helpful:
Get in touch
- Want to speak to one of our transfer counselors? Please call 413.552.2498 or email our office and leave your name and contact information, and one of our staff will be in touch within 24 hours.
- If you would like to schedule an appointment with Transfer Counselor Mark Broadbent, please use this calendar if you are a current student. If you are not currently enrolled at the college, please click here.
We look forward to helping you find the right transfer fit for you!
Joint Admissions provides students interested in American International College, Bay Path University, Elms College, Springfield College, or Western New England University automatic acceptance with the Holyoke Community College degree (eligible degrees may vary by institution) with a minimum Grade Point Average (minimum GPA may vary by institution). Students should sign up to participate in the Joint Admissions program before they earn 30 college credits. Courses taken will transfer on a course by course basis and students may be eligible for scholarship money based on grade point average.
Where to begin
Complete your associate degree at a Massachusetts community college and transfer to a participating four-year independent college in the state – admission guaranteed!
How it works
The Massachusetts Independent College Transfer Guarantee is a partnership between the state's community colleges and private colleges and universities. Modeled after the MassTransfer A2B program, Massachusetts community college graduates are able to expand their transfer options while staying on track to complete their degree.
- Guarantee transfer of the associate degree credits
- No application fee or admissions essay
- Guarantee of admissions (given that the student has met all eligible admissions requirements for the selected Massachusetts Guarantee institution and the institution has the available capacity in the intended major)
- Junior status upon enrollment
- Scholarship and financial incentives (varying by institution)
- An associate degree from a Massachusetts community college
- A minimum 2.5 GPA
What is the Transfer Scholars Network?
The Transfer Scholars Network is an invitation-only virtual platform that connects high-achieving community college students with dedicated admissions representatives from 12 top four-year colleges that have some of the most generous financial aid programs in the nation.
Who are Transfer Scholars?
Transfer Scholars are a select group of the best and brightest students from nine community colleges across the country.
You have to be nominated as a Transfer Scholar by leaders at your current institution, based on your accomplishments in school and in your community. These achievements suggest that you would be competitive for admission to some of the nation's top colleges. As you consider other options such as your public flagship and other local universities, we hope you will also consider this exclusive opportunity.
By joining the Transfer Scholars Network, you will receive ongoing support from staff at these 12 four-year institutions to navigate the transfer process, including the admissions application, financial aid forms, and opportunities for credit transfer.
Who Is Eligible to Join the Network?
Students from diverse backgrounds and all points of the postsecondary journey have been selected to join the Transfer Scholars Network, including students from high school, the military, and the workforce.
Leaders at our nine community college partners nominate these students in recognition of their achievements at their institutions, which indicate they're capable of thriving in a four-year setting.
Schools Participating in the Transfer Scholars Network
- Amherst College (MA)
- Bowdoin College (ME)
- Cornell University (NY)
- Masaschusetts Institute of Technology (MA)
- Mount Holyoke College (MA)
- Pomona College (CA)
- Princeton University (NJ)
- Smith College (MA)
- Spelman College (GA)
- Swarthmore College (PA)
- Williams College (MA)
- Yale University (CT)
How Can You Join the Transfer Scholars Network?
Begin the process by contacting either Mark Broadbent at email@example.com or 413.552.2498, or Irma Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.552.2857, ask about your academic qualifications and any other leadership, service, extracurricular, and personal experiences. From there, dedicated admissions staff from the participating four-year institutions that you indicated an interest in will reach out to discuss how to begin your transfer journey.
HCC has relationships with four-year colleges and universities that range from a formal agreement to an understanding that increases transfer opportunities for HCC students.
Find out when representatives from four-year colleges and universities will be visiting HCC.
MassTransfer is a collaboration between the Commonwealth's community colleges, state universities, and the University of Massachusetts.
The Commonwealth Commitment offers a freeze on tuition and fees for all four years. Find out how to enter the program.