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​​​Tools for Transfer Students: Oregon Transfer Compass

“Transfer” refers to the process of leaving one college or university to attend another, whether in Oregon or out-of-state. The Oregon Transfer Compass is a set of tools to help student successfully navigate the transfer process.

Thousands of students transfer to and between Oregon colleges and universities each year, and the HECC works with all parties to make those transitions go as smoothly as possible.

Now Available! Core Transfer Maps

The Core Transfer Maps are groups of eight classes that add up to at least 30 credits. When the full set of eight courses are successfully completed at an Oregon community college, they are guaranteed to transfer as a block to any Oregon public university, and they will count toward that university’s core bachelor’s degree requirements. Core Transfer Maps are a streamlined subset of the Oregon Transfer Module and the Associates of Arts Transfer degree and can improve efficiency in credit transfer between postsecondary institutions through its organized general education framework. 

Talk to an advisor at your institution to select the Core Transfer Map that is right for you.

Major Transfer Maps

A Major Transfer Map is a course plan for a major that, when completed, will allow students to transfer credits from any Oregon community college to any Oregon public university, and count all of those credits toward a bachelor’s degree in a specific major. Currently Major Transfer Maps have been developed in English Literature, Biology, and Education majors, but these programs must be approved by the community college board before they are available to students at each institution. Students can check with their advisors about the availability of the Major Transfer Maps at their college.​

Oregon Transfer Module

The 45-credit Oregon Transfer Module (OTM) provides a subset of general education courses which all “count” as a transferable block toward university requirements. It serves as a portable and stackable credential for community college students pursuing an associate’s degree, and can provide an early start on a college degree for high school students.​

Statewide Transfer Degrees

Statewide transfer degrees satisfy the lower division general education requirements of baccalaureate degrees at the public universities in Oregon. They assure a student who transfers to a university will hold junior status for registration purposes, but neither guarantee admittance to a university or to a program, nor assure junior-level standing in a particular major. All statewide degrees must contain at least 90 credits, the broad guidelines of which are common across Oregon community colleges.

Associates Of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT): 

The Associates Of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) is a 90 credit hour statewide associate’s degree that is intended to prepare community college students for transfer into a variety of majors in the humanities or social sciences at Oregon’s public universities. 

ASOT-Business and the ASOT-Computer Science: 

In addition to the AAOT, Oregon has more specialized Associate of Science – Oregon Transfer degrees: the ASOT-Business and the ASOT-Computer Science. The intention of the ASOT degrees is similar to the AAOT in that the degrees provide for comprehensively recognized lower division coursework, but these degrees also include requisite coursework designed to prepare students intending to major in specific fields at Oregon public universities. Since both the lower-division and upper-division coursework requirement to complete a major in a given field varies across universities, the established degrees include information on universities’ program requirements and recommendations. Under HB 2998 (2017), a Major Transfer Map was created for Business and Computer Science. The MTMs are streamlined transfer pathways that contain less general education than the ASOT degrees. Talk to an advisor to see if an MTM is the right choice for you.​

Students are highly encouraged to seek and obtain advising from both their community college and their intended university to ensure efficiency and course relevance for any particular program and degree. Some university programs may allow certain courses to meet both general education and program requirements. ​​

Interstate Passport

Several Oregon institutions have been instrumental in creation of the Interstate Passport: a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)-led initiative to create a multi-state lower division general education transfer framework based on learning outcomes.

Reverse Transfer​

Reverse Transfer​ is the practice of retro-awarding associate’s degrees to university students who complete the required credits for the AS or AAOT following transfer to a university. All public institutions are required by statute to participate in Reverse Transfer, but each institution implements the policy locally.​​