The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
If you were beginning your education at a four-year school, you
might not declare a major or take most of your course
work in that major until your junior year.
During your freshman and sophomore years, you would take what
colleges describe as core skills, general education or distribution
courses. Colleges prescribe the number of credits required
across various discipline areas like natural sciences and
mathematics, humanities, social sciences and fine arts. Within
these requirements, some colleges require subjects such as foreign
languages and laboratory science courses. Typically, 60 college
credits are distributed as general education and represent half of
the Bachelor's Degree.
Although you may take a few introductory courses, most of your
course work will be determined by the major you choose at the
transfer college. Most colleges require a general education
distribution of courses to provide students with broad knowledge to
understand a complex world and to expand their interests. The
latter often helps students determine their major if they are
uncertain when they begin college.
It is more important that you match the distribution requirements
of your targeted transfer school than declaring a major in a
subject area while enrolled at CCAC. Meeting the
distribution requirements is essential if you want most of your
credits to transfer. Some institutions will not accept
credits in a major beyond those in introductory courses as
they prefer students take the majority of major courses at their
The following programs are designed for transferring to a
four-year institution and are general in nature. One of these
programs may be best suited for you while enrolled at CCAC,
however, consult with a transfer counselor prior to making this
The first three are University Parallel Programs and are intended
for transfer to institutions where CCAC has articulation
agreements. An articulation agreement is a
signed contract between two institutions. It guarantees that
upon completion of the Associate degree in a University Parallel
Program, the four-year school will accept the student's CCAC
credits. Students must meet the admissions criteria of that
The General Studies degree permits greater flexibility in course
selection and is appropriate for students who are transferring to
schools where the general education requirements are very
You will also find a number of programs for specific
majors. These majors may or may not be appropriate for
your transfer school as they may focus more on courses in a major
rather than the distribution requirements of the transfer
school. If so, many of the program credits may not be accepted
by the transfer school.
CCAC also offers career majors that are intended to prepare
students for the workplace rather than for transfer. In some
cases, certain schools may accept several credits from CCAC's
career programs, such as business, allied health, or nursing. If
you are planning to major in those areas at the transfer school,
you will need to explore your options with a transfer
Applying for admission to another school places you in a
competitive pool with other students. Although schools require
a minimum QPA to be eligible for admission consideration, they
often admit students with the best grade point average. Do
your very best at CCAC to make sure that you are accepted by your
transfer choice. Remember that most transfer institutions
accept only the courses with C or better grades.
Under most circumstances, students will be required to maintain at
least a QPA of 2.0 or above. In many
instances, four-year colleges require a much higher QPA in specific
programs of study, such as education or business. It is
important to be aware of the minimum QPA that is acceptable at the
four-year college you plan to attend.
If you find yourself in academic difficulty in any course at
CCAC, get help immediately. Ask your instructor for an
appointment to review your work. For additional help, make an
appointment to receive tutoring. In addition, work with a
counselor to review all of the variables that maybe affecting your
work. The counselor may advise you to withdraw from the course for
that semester and discuss other support services and resources that
are available to assist you. It is critical that you take
action to identify and address what is causing the academic
problems. Not acting could have long-range consequences that
may impact your transfer plans.