Washtenaw Community College is, by design, local, affordable and accessible to all.
For many students, that means they can complete their first two years of college taught by highly qualified and experienced faculty, without a mountain of debt before transferring to a four-year university.
In fact, about one-third of all students transfer to another college or university within three years of enrolling in WCC. Many of those students transfer to the University of Michigan. In the 2015–2016 academic year, 176 WCC students – more than any other community college – transferred to U-M.
For students interested in a transfer program at WCC, the best place to start is talking to a transfer advisor.
“Advisors are here to help students take the most efficient educational path to get to the school of their choice,” said Alexandra McCracken, a college advisor that works with students that are interested in transferring to U-M. “We take all the information transfer students need to know and give it to them, so they don’t have to go looking for it.”
McCracken’s advice to students that may not have done well in high school is not to give up on their college dreams. One of the best things about WCC is that it gives many students a second chance.
“Maybe a student hasn’t been as strong in high school or even dropped out of high school and got a GED. Those are not roadblocks,” said McCracken. “The more college credit you have, the more colleges will focus on your college records.”
Atiya Addie of Ann Arbor struggled to keep up her grades when she first enrolled in WCC in the fall of 2012. Overloaded with a full-time job, a part-time job and a full-time class schedule, Addie soon dropped out.
No longer working at either job, she decided to return to school after two years. She considered enrolling at Eastern Michigan University, but instead took the advice of friends and family who encouraged her to return to WCC due to its lower tuition rate and smaller class size.
“After I came back, I was doing really well. I went from getting D’s and F’s to getting A’s,” said Addie. In her second year back at WCC, Addie received a letter encouraging her to consider transferring to U-M.
“Going to U-M was something I wanted to do for a very long time. I put those dreams aside in high school, because I wasn’t a great student and didn’t think I could get in there,” said Addie. “Once I got that letter, my dreams of going to U-M came back, and I felt it was a possibility for me after all.”
Addie is looking forward to graduating from U-M with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology next May.
With more than 130 transfer agreements, WCC offers students many options for starting their college careers here and completing a degree before transferring to a four-year college. The Michigan Transfer Agreement, which allows students to transfer 30 general education credits to any public four-year college in Michigan, gives students even more reasons to start their career at WCC.
Learn more about transfer options
Potential students interested in discussing transfer options can connect to a WCC adviser through the web, phone or campus visit.
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