Spring classes remain online/remote, as are college offices. You can find COVID-19 information here.

Courses & Programs

Transfer After HCC

It's never too soon to plan for transfer! HCC has relationships with four-year colleges and universities that range from a formal articulation agreement to an institutional understanding that increases transfer opportunities for HCC students.

What's the difference?

Articulation agreements are between two college or university departments and specific degree programs. The agreement specifies courses a student should take at Holyoke Community College and the transferability of those courses to the four-year college degree program. An articulation agreement addresses the transferability of one degree to another degree.

MassTransfer links associate degree programs at community colleges with four-year baccalaureate programs at Massachusetts state universities. MassTransfer offers guaranteed admission, transfer of credit, plus 1/3 off the cost of in-state tuition for students who graduate with a 3.0 grade point average or higher.

Joint Admission is a program that offers guaranteed acceptance to students who complete their Holyoke Community College degree with a minimum grade point average. Some schools even offer a transfer scholarship based upon the student's final grade point average. While admission is guaranteed, acceptance of all credits earned at HCC is determined by the program into which the student transfers.

Course Equivalency Guides are course-by-course listings developed by the four-year college or university of every Holyoke Community College course and its transferability to that specific institution. This guide addresses course equivalency only. It does not address how a course applies to a four-year degree plan.

Institutional understanding characterizes the relationship between HCC and institutions such as Amherst College, Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, and other selective liberal arts colleges that welcome and give special consideration to HCC students. Students who are interested in transferring to these colleges are encouraged to take advantage of HCC's Pathways program.

Transfer equivalents for American International College. This is a list of all the Holyoke Community courses and how they will transfer to American International College.

Transfer Counselor Office Hours

In lieu of any on-campus appointments we will also be offering virtual office hours for students that have any questions regarding their admission process. 

Amanda Duncan's Office Hours
Amanda works with students that are interested in Business, Arts & Sciences. She also works with students that are interested in our part-time, evening, and AIC Online programs.
Wednesdays at 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Meeting ID# 991 3850 7322
Phone: 413.205.3542

Dylan Riccardi's Office Hours
Dylan works with all students that are interested in Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Exercise Science, Public Health, and RN to BSN (online).
Fridays at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; Meeting ID# 918 0791 0336
Phone: 413.205.3446

Amherst College is a small, private, co-educational liberal arts college that seeks the most promising college students in the world — wherever they come from, whatever their educational background or ability to pay.

HCC offers exceptional preparation for transfer. In fact, since initiating our partnership with Amherst College, more HCC graduates have matriculated to Amherst College than any other community college partner. This is a testimony to the quality of Holyoke Community College students, faculty, academic programs, and support.

Want to learn more about transferring to Amherst? Check out this page!

Bay Path University is an all women's school located on Longmeadow, Mass. Students that have transferred from Holyoke Community College have had great success at Bay Path University.

Bay Path University Admissions Deadline: Rolling

Bay Path University visits the HCC campus many times each semester. Please check the visit schedule for dates and times.


Joint Admissions grants students automatic acceptance and possible scholarship to Bay Path University as long as they graduate from Holyoke Community College and meet the minimum grade point average.

To participate in the Joint Admissions Program with Bay Path University student must pledge graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.00 or higher. To sign up to participate, please go the advising center (FR 273).

Joint Admissions Intent to Enroll Information & Application

Both a private university and the land-grant institution of New York State, Cornell University is among the most educationally diverse members of the Ivy League. HCC has articulation agreements with Cornell's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and College of Human Ecology, and its College of Industrial Labor Relations has welcomed a number of HCC students. Follow these links to learn more!

Elms College is a private Catholic college and has been a long standing transfer partner with Holyoke Community College.

Elms College Admissions Deadline: Rolling

Elms College is on the HCC campus every Tuesday during the school year. They are located in the Advising, Career & Transfer Center (FR 273) from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Walks-ins are welcome.

The First Degree Program is a reverse transfer partnership between Holyoke Community College and Elms College for those students who transferred to Elms before they have completed their associate's degree, but who have earned at least 30 credits at HCC. These students may be eligible to complete outstanding associates degree requirements while simultaneously working towards completion of the bachelors degree.

Please check the transfer visit schedule for other dates that Elms College may be on campus.

Joint Admissions grants students automatic acceptance and possible scholarships to Elms College as long as they graduate from Holyoke Community College and meet the minimum grade point averages.

To participate in the Joint Admissions Program with Elms College, the student must pledge to graduate with an overall grade point average of 2.50 or higher. To sign up to participate, please go the advising center (FR 273).

Joint Admission Scholarship amounts (to qualify for these scholarships you must sign up to participate in Joint Admissions and graduate from Holyoke Community College).

Elms College Transfer Scholarships
Transfer Presidential Scholarship $17,000  $15,000
Elms Transfer Scholarship $15,000 $13,000
Transfer Opportunity Scholarship  $13,000 $11,000
Phi Theta Kappa $2,000 $2,000

Bachelor Degree Completion Programs on the HCC Campus

Pursue your passion and fulfill your career goals by earning your Bachelor's degree through the Elms College/HCC partnership in one of these majors:

  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare management
  • Management & marketing
  • Psychology
  • RN-BSN (online)

You can earn a bachelor's degree in 12-20 months through the Elms College at HCC bachelor's degree completion program.

The Elms College/HCC partnership offers you individual attention with an onsite program coordinator, academic advisor, and Elms College faculty members all part of your support team while you pursue your degree.

To apply or learn more, create an account.

Partnership Programs

Elms College and HCC have partnered to deliver a high-quality degree completion program on the HCC campus.

Students with associate degrees will be able to improve their employment opportunities and career growth, and continue their educational development in their chosen field in an accelerated time frame, completing their bachelor's degree in just 12-20 months.

Elms College faculty teach courses at HCC and online, making it convenient for current HCC students, alumni of HCC, and members of the local community to continue their education and earn a bachelor's degree.

Click here to learn more about the Elms College/HCC partnership.

Information Sessions

Join us at one of our upcoming information sessions to learn about the program, meet with admission representatives and have all of your questions answered.

upcoming events


Dianne Jester
Off-Campus Programs Coordinator (HCC)
Elms Cell: 413.427.6553
Elms Main Campus: 413.265.2382
HCC Office: 413.552.2721
KC 409

Emerson College virtual visit to Holyoke Community College on:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT: Application fee waivers (worth $65) are available to any transfer student who attends one of our "visit" sessions!

To set up individual visits:
Meet with your Transfer Counselor (Zoom or Phone): Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Sign Up for a Transfer Information Session
Request Information/Fill out an Inquiry Card
Undergraduate Webinars

Transfer Application Process webinar: Monday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m.

Transfer Student Application Process
International Transfer Student Application Process
Transfer Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
Transfer FAQs

SAVE THE DATE: We will be offering a Transfer Advisor Meet & Greet on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Mark your calendars!

As the first of the Seven Sisters — the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League — Mount Holyoke College has led the way in women's education. More than 100 HCC students have been accepted to Mount Holyoke.

A private, selective, liberal arts college for women located in Western Massachusetts, Smith College encourages HCC students to apply. This Collaborative Admission Agreement details guidelines for admission and credit.

General Education Course Equivalency Guide

If you are looking to fulfill general education requirements for Springfield College, use this guide to determine appropriate courses.

Joint Admissions

Springfield College is one of the Joint Admissions partners with Holyoke Community College. This means that students who complete their degree with a 2.5 GPA or above would automatically be accepted to Springfield College.

All you need to do is:

  • Complete the Intent to Enroll Form (application fee is waived)
  • Submit HCC transcripts as well as transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Submit high school transcripts
  • Complete the Dean's Report
  • Completed academic evaluation form or letter of recommendation
Eligible Programs for Joint Admissions
  • American Studies
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Education (transfer)
  • Electronic Media
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Management Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Psychology

Programs may change without notice.

Deadlines for admissions

Fall enrollment: July 15

Spring enrollment: December 1.

Southern New Hampshire University Regional Director Cindie Sylvester will be taking appointments to talk about transfer pathways, programs, general information, and/or any transfer questions you may have. Please book your appointment here.

Holyoke Community College and Southern New Hampshire University have created several agreements to enhance and ease the transfer process. Students can use these agreements for on-campus programs, online programs, or a combination of both.

These specific agreements have been created in the following programs:

  • Business Administration Transfer
  • Communications
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Sports Management

Under this agreement, students at HCC enrolled in approved MassTransfer programs who complete the HCC honors program with a GPA of 3.4 or higher will be guaranteed acceptance into the Commonwealth Honors College. HCC students who do not complete the honors program at HCC but maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher for two or more semesters and are in an approved MassTransfer programs will also be offered entry into Commonwealth Honors College. To transfer, HCC students must also meet all other UMass Admission criteria.

Admission Requirements for Mass Transfer Students

UMass Amherst requires that MassTransfer students have a final GPA of 2.5 or higher. Some majors are more selective and require a specific GPA and/or strong grades in related or pre-requisite coursework; these requirements can be found below.

Majors with Selective Admissions Requirements for MassTransfer Students

Architecture, Dance & Music

Admission to these majors requires a successful portfolio review or audition with the academic department. Please see the department website to learn more.


Admission to this major requires a successful portfolio review by the academic department, though this requirement may be waived for some students. Please see the department website to learn more.

Business (Isenberg School of Management)

BBA majors (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Operations & Information Management) require:

  1. Completion of an associate degree mapped or linked to the Isenberg School of Management
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher at your community college,
  3. C or higher in calculus OR B- or higher in precalculus, and
  4. Predictor courses with grades of B- or higher. Predictor courses include: macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial accounting (or accounting 1 and 2), and managerial accounting (if it is included in your associate degree requirements). Exceptions to these minimum grade requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis.

Computer Science

Completion of an associate degree mapped or linked to the Computer Science major with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.


C or higher in macroeconomics or microeconomics.


Completion of an associate degree linked to the College of Engineering with a GPA of 2.7 or higher. 


A GPA of 2.7 or higher and strong grades in related math and science courses.

Sport Management

Completion of an associate degree mapped or linked to the Isenberg School of Management with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Pathway & recommended courses

Scholarship Opportunities

Virtual transfer appointments

Application Deadlines

Fall Priority Deadline: March 1; Final Deadline: April 15

Spring Deadline: October 15

Virtual Office Hours: Hosted Monday – Friday throughout the summer. Students are invited to drop in to the Zoom meeting with one of our transfer counselors during available times. The links are located near the top of the UMass Boston transfer page. We are also scheduling one-on-one appointments with students if these times do not work. 

Additional virtual options, including the option to schedule an individual transfer appointment, can be found online here.

The Foster Furculo Scholarship: The Foster Furculo Scholarship covers tuition and most mandatory fees for two years to one graduate of each community college in Massachusetts. Qualifying students will have completed an associate's degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Transfer coordinators and advisors can nominate one student for this award each year. For more information on nominating a student please email Merit.Scholarships@umb.edu.

Registration for our virtual open house series is open. This year, these events are organized according to college, which is a better format for transfer students who are looking for specific academic programs. Information and a link to register are here.

Our Transfer Tuesday Information Sessions begin Sept. 15, and are held every Tuesday at 10 a.m. This is the registration link.

Also, students can make an appointment for a virtual chat with a transfer counselor by completing this virtual chat request form. The student chooses the mode of contact (Zoom meeting, phone call, or Skype call), as well as the date and time they wish to be contacted.

And, of course, we are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by phone at 978.934.3931 and by email at transfer@uml.edu.

Want to see how your credits will transfer? Use the Transfer Dictionary to find out.

Virtual Transfer Information Session

Join the UMaine Transfer Admission Team to learn more about the University of Maine, Orono! The session will cover information on academics, life at UMaine, the application process, transfer credits, etc. Feel free to submit your questions with your registration, but live questions will also be welcomed throughout the session.

Register Here

One-on-One Transfer Phone Appointments 

We offer one-on-one transfer telephone appointments with a UMaine Transfer Counselor.

Register Here

Course Guide (list of HCC courses and how they are accepted at Westfield State)

Program to Program Agreements

These agreements are subject to change without notice.

If you are exploring transfer possibilities at Western New England University, please click on your major of interest below to review the requirements and possible course selection. Please remember that program and course requirements may change without notice. These are to be used only as guides and are not official agreements.

Students enrolled in the following programs are eligible for Joint Admission with Western New England University:


Students seeking Joint Admission must satisfy all admissions requirements and earn the minimum cumulative grade point average established.

Pre-Pharmacy Requirements for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy Program

how to apply

For students participating in Joint Admissions:

Joint Admissions is a program that allows you to automatically transfer to Western New England University after earning your associates degree from Holyoke Community College. Minimum GPA required is a 2.3.

  1. Complete the Intent to Enroll form (application fee is waived)
  2. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended
  3. Request high school transcripts
  4. Request that an official transcript be sent after your final semester at HCC
  5. Standardized test scores SAT or ACT will be waived for students who have earned at least 24 semester hours

The Worcester State University Admissions Transfer Center will host a variety of virtual transfer advising opportunities throughout the fall 2020 semester. In addition, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will host on-campus and virtual tours as well as two Open Houses (additional details will be forthcoming).

Our priority transfer application deadline for spring 2021 is Nov. 15, 2020, and our priority transfer application deadline for fall 2021 is May 1, 2021.

MassTransfer applicants can now apply online via the MassTransfer website; also, MassTransfer applicants should follow the transfer admission deadlines set by Worcester State University, including any deadline extensions that occur.

Finally, the Admissions Transfer Center is staffed Mondays through Fridays from 8:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. except for holidays that fall on a weekday.

Transfer Student Admissions


Admissions Transfer Center
Administration Building, Room 101-E
Worcester State University
486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602