The Community College Advantage in action

By enrolling in a transfer program, you can earn the first two years of your four-year degree at BCC and take advantage of the affordable tuition and fees while getting a great education. Some career programs can transfer as well. Our Transfer Affairs office helps you get credit where credit is due, so you can transfer the maximum number of your BCC credits into the college of your choice.

Students planning to transfer, and those unsure of their plans, should contact the Transfer Affairs office as early in their BCC career as possible. Transfer counselors will help you plan a program of study for transfer.

Most senior institutions expect a 2.5 grade point average for transfer students. Students with less than 2.5 may transfer, but they may have difficulty getting into the college of their choice. Most colleges do not accept “D” grades.

Where do Bristol students transfer?

Bristol Community College students find that their time at BCC makes them very desirable transfer students at four-year colleges. Often, senior institutions design special scholarship and financial aid programs especially for community college transfer students. More and more students are finding that starting at BCC makes great sense.

Special scholarships for BCC graduates

Scholarships are available for BCC graduates who transfer to some four-year colleges and universities. To qualify, students must apply and be accepted to the four-year institution. Most scholarships require at least a G.P.A. of 3.0. These colleges, universities, and organizations offer transfer scholarships.

All USA Community College Academic Team

The Art Institute of Boston

Boston University

Bridgewater State University

Bryant University

Clark University

Coca Cola Foundation

Eastern Nazarene College

Emerson College

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Johnson & Wales University

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Merrimack College

New England Transfer Association

Northeastern University

Phi Theta Kappa

Rhode Island College

Roger Williams University

Salem University

UMass Amherst

UMass Boston

UMass Dartmouth

UMass Lowell

University of Rhode Island

Westfield State University

The Transfer office also coordinates some of these transfer scholarships. Check their Web site for details.

Transfer agreements

BCC’s Transfer Affairs office has negotiated agreements with a variety of four-year colleges for transfer students who have completed their associate’s degree. Some of these agreements guarantee admission and ensure full junior standing to the BCC degree holders who achieve a certain G.P.A. and meet specific requirements. Most of these agreements indicate course equivalents and prerequisites so that students know well in advance the courses that will transfer to the four-year college. Some agreements cover specific programs; others are more generic.

However, even if you choose to transfer to a college not listed, BCC credits are likely accepted at the college of your choice. Check the Transfer Affairs Web site for more information.


MassTransfer, a statewide policy benefiting BCC’s transfer students, will guarantee admission to Massachusetts state colleges and universities, full transfer of credit, and a tuition reduction for students in eligible programs. For up-to-date information on MassTransfer, go to

Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs

These programs allow BCC students to complete a bachelor's degree by applying their completed associate's degree toward the first two years of a B.A. or a B.S. degree.  Some of the programs allow BCC credits beyond an associate's degree to count toward the bachelor's degree.

While each program is unique, they all share a common goal: to provide an affordable and convenient way for students to complete a bachelor's degree in two years or less, often without having to travel further than their own home or the BCC campus in Fall River.

For a complete list of Bachelor's Degree Completion Programs go to

Some of the colleges where BCC students have transferred include:

American International College • Amherst College • Atlantic Union College • Bentley College • Boston College • Bridgewater State University • Brigham Young University • Brown University • Bryant University • California State University • Central Connecticut State University • Curry College • Eastern Connecticut State University • Emerson College • Fairleigh Dickinson University • Fitchburg State University • Framingham State University • Georgia State University • Goddard College • Gordon College • Hofstra University • Johnson and Wales University • Johnson State College • LaBoure College • Lesley College • Manhattan College • Massachusetts College of Art • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts • Massachusetts Maritime Academy • Merrimack College • Montserrat School of Visual Art • Mount Ida College • New York University • Northeastern University • Providence College • Purdue University • Rhode Island College • Rochester Institute of Technology • Roger Williams University • Rutgers State University • Salem State University • Salve Regina University • Southeastern Technical Institute • Smith College • Springfield College • Stonehill College • Suffolk University • Syracuse University • Unity College • University of Colorado • University of Maine • UMass Amherst • UMass Boston • UMass Dartmouth • UMass Lowell • University of Nevada • University of Rhode Island • Ventura College • West Virginia State College • Western New England College • Westfield State University • Wheelock College • Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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