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What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?

STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.

The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can be printed only for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS System can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.

What are the responsibilities of the chair of an academic committee?

The main responsibility of the chair of an academic committee is to serve as the main contact person for the committee. Usually, action items are initiated via e-mail from the STARS office to the chair of the academic committee. Committee members are encouraged to respond or vote on issues through correspondence with their chair. The chair basically oversees the work of his/her committee. He/she is to make sure action is taken and votes are recorded and reported back to the STARS office by the designated deadlines. Many times, work required of a specific committee can be handled by email, regular mail, phone, or fax. Sometimes, the chair may set up a face-to-face meeting should he/she feel one is warranted.

What are AGSC Institutional Points of Contact and what are their roles and responsibilities?

In 2002-2003, the AGSC determined (as a result of an outside evaluation study) that better communication was needed between the AGSC & STARS Office and the various public institutions (two- and four-year) in Alabama. To help resolve this communication problem, the AGSC created Institutional Points of Contact at each institution impacted by the AGSC & STARS. These individuals serve as the primary contact person on their campuses.

Click here to view the current roles/responsibilities of these individuals and to see a listing of the current individuals serving as their Intuitional Point of Contact for AGSC & STARS matters.

Is there a cost or fee to use Alabama Transfers?

No. Currently, this program is funded solely through Alabama taxpayer dollars. There is no charge to individual students or institutions for the use of Alabama Transfers. The program is funded as a separate line item through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

If at some point in the future, funding of this program makes it unsustainable, there may be some type fee added for this service.

Who do I contact if I have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Alabama Transfers?

Get in contact with us through our contact us page.

Does my institution have to participate in this program?

All accredited public two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama who received state funding are required to participate in the AGSC & STARS.

Does the AGSC mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama?

No. The AGSC does not mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama. However, all public institutions of higher education who receive state funding must adhere to the statewide transfer policy set forth by the AGSC. This simply means that four-year institutions must honor and accept transfer credit as prescribed by the Transfer Guide.

While the AGSC does not mandate state curriculum for all institutions, most, if not all, of the two-year and many of the four-year institutions have adjusted their general studies programs to be more in-line with the AGSC general studies requirements set forth in Areas I–V(approximately 60–64 SH).

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor.

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on this guide, or more recent requirements.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only go toward the Area (I–V) in which they were a requirement — not toward the exact equivalent courses.

This is because we want to ensure you don’t end up with gaps in your education. From one college or university to another, equivalent courses might differ by a unit or two. If you switch institutions without completing the full Area requirements, you might miss out on important knowledge. But, taken together, the Area requirements at a single institution cover everything you need to know.

This is especially true when certain courses are required in sequence. We strongly recommend you complete them all at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that they’ll apply toward the Area (I–V) that the course falls under, but not toward any specific course.

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

You can view the AP course equivalency tables on each university’s page.

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades. (The same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.)

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

How were the AGSC and STARS created?

The AGSC and STARS Program was created through by the Alabama State Legislature through the passing of Act 94-202.

What are the advantages of a statewide articulation program?

Students and parents benefit.

Having a statewide articulation program that covers the transfer of course credit from one public institution to another can result in huge savings in terms of time and money for both parents and students. For example, if a student takes one or more courses that they believe will transfer and upon transfer finds out otherwise, the student not only loses the money spent on tuition, books, room and board but also must face graduation delays which might result in lost income from future job opportunities.

The public two-year institutions benefit.

In addition to saving time and money for students and parents, the two-year colleges across the state have begun to streamline their course offerings to better match the AGSC approved transfer requirements as prescribed by STARS. The two-year colleges can also provide better and more consistent advising and counseling for their students. Most two-year institutions, if not all, have started to use STARS as their primary advising tool.

The public four year institutions benefit.

Now that a state articulation program is in place, four-year institutions can better support transfer students. The four-year institutions are more familiar with which courses they have to take in each of the various majors or programs. In addition, each month every four-year institution receives a list of prospective transfer students who have expressed an interest in transferring to their institution. This list provides the four-year institutions with student names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers (if provided). This reporting feature has greatly enhanced the transfer student recruitment process.

The State of Alabama benefits.

The STARS program also makes it easier for students to begin and complete their degrees in Alabama. In addition, the state articulation program promotes accountability among the higher education leaders of Alabama. Through this program, millions of dollars are saved each year because students are better informed and they do not waste time and/or money taking courses that will ultimately not count toward their total degree hours.

Alabama is not alone in this effort. Many states have implemented similar state articulation programs. In almost every instance, the benefits gained from such programs far outweigh the costs and difficulties associated in implementing and maintaining such a program.

If you would like to have someone from the STARS staff visit your campus and discuss the positive impact that the AGSC & STARS Program has had on higher education in Alabama, please contact us.

How do I use Alabama Transfers?

Step-by-step instructions and/or tutorial video coming soon. 

What are transfer guides and contracts/agreements?

Transfer guides are simply the documents created through Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC & STARS) that details the specific courses and options required in the first two-years of college for students who currently attend or plan to attend a two-year community college prior to transferring to a state four-year institution. The guide has various parts. Students must use the Alabama Transfers System as instructed. [Step-by-step/tutorial page coming soon.]

If you still have questions or need assistance in obtaining an Alabama Transfers Guide, please contact us.

What if I have not yet chosen a major?

This is completely ok! It's common for students to be undecided on a major when they first begin college. If you're not sure what you want to major in yet, Alabama Transfers is a great way to explore your options. You can view multiple majors, including the careers associated with the major, as well as which colleges and universities offer these majors. In addition to exploring majors and careers through Alabama Transfers, we recommend that students meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their degree options, progress, and transfer plans. Alabama Transfers can assist both students and the advisors assisting them in choosing a major and charting their curriculum. Remember that changing your major later on can lead to losing credits.

There is no limit to the number of transfer guides you generate. We recommend that you explore your options using the system as much as you need to if you're undecided on your major.

Can I have a transfer guide for several different institutions?

Yes, you can generate as many guides as you need while exploring majors and careers. Alabama Transfers is a useful tool for viewing specific majors and which four-year colleges and universities offer the majors. You can compare and contrast the degree program offerings from each four-year institution offering the major. You'll find that not all four-year colleges and universities in the state offer the same majors. In fact, some majors may only be offered at a single college or university.

Does my guide obligate me to a particular four-year college or university?

No, generating a transfer guide for a specific major(s) or institution(s) does not obligate you in any way to attend said institution. The transfer guides are simply a way to help you stay on track with your degree progress by ensuring that you're taking the courses that will transfer to your major of choice at your next institution (within four years of generating the transfer guide).

Can I use Alabama Transfers if I am attending an Alabama community college and planning to transfer to a private Alabama college or university?

Unfortunately, no private in-state or out-of-state institutions currently participate in the AGSC&STARS program. However, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) lists Alabama's private colleges and universities. We recommend that you and/or your advisor communicate directly with these private institutions if you're interested in their degree programs.

What if I experience technical difficulties when using Alabama Transfers?

If you experience any technical difficulties using this site, please contact us.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university says that they do not honor or accept the coursework listed on my Alabama Transfers guide?


All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the STARS transfer guide/contract. If you encounter such a difficulty, you should first contact your two-year Institutional Point of Contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the situation. In most cases, the issue will be resolved and handled at this level.

However, there is a STARS Appeal Procedure in place if you feel that your transfer guide has not been honored.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university tells me that my Alabama Transfers guide is wrong?

While the information on the guide may be wrong, it is still legal and binding unless the AGSC rules otherwise. It is the responsibility of the various academic groups to review on a routine basis the information contained on the STARS Transfer Guides. If something is incorrect, there are procedures in place for the area/academic committees to correct or change an existing guide/contract.

All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the Alabama Transfers guide, even if a faculty or staff member or an administrator at a four-year institution feels that the guide is incorrect.

If you encounter a problem like this, you should first contact your two-year institutional point of contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the transfer issue or problem. In most cases, the issue will be resolved at this level.

How soon during my time in college do I need to generate a transfer guide?

We recommend that you generate a transfer guide as soon as possible. The earlier you begin planning for transfer, the better!

Many community colleges in Alabama go over the Alabama Transfers system in-depth during freshman orientation sessions and/or courses. If your community college does not do this, we recommend that you meet with your advisor soon to generate a transfer guide or discuss a guide you've already generated. We're also happy to assist if you have any questions about using the system. Contact us.

What if I am currently enrolled in an Alabama four-year institution, but I want to take a few courses at my local community college during the summer?

Students often enroll in courses at their local community colleges during the summer semesters. However, this process is not governed by the AGSC & STARS.

This process is typically governed by each four-year college or university's transient student policy. Contact your college or university's Registrar to determine your institution's transient student process.

What are Transfer Assistance Pages and Area V Pages and who is responsible for their maintenance?

Transfer Assistance Pages are web pages maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. Most Transfer Assistance Pages include general information vital for transfer student success. Information links include, but are not limited to:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Admission Application
  • Tuition/Fee Costs
  • Financial Aid Assistance and Information
  • Links to AREA V Pages
  • Scholarship Information
  • Advising Information
  • Current Bulletin/Catalog
  • Links to Various Departments/Colleges

Area V Pages are also maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of Area V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the Area V requirements not covered on the official Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC/STARS) Transfer Guide. Four-year institutions can use these pages to provide information about specific admission criteria and requirements for specific academic programs. In addition, four-year institutions can make strong recommendations in Areas I-IV as long as they do not limit choices by transfer students in those areas.

In some cases, the Transfer Assistance Pages and the Area V Pages are combined into one single web page.

NOTE: To better assist students, every Alabama Transfers guide viewed includes a listing of the institutions that offer bachelor's degrees in the student's chosen major. This listing is linked to institutional Home Pages, Transfer Assistance Pages, and Area V Pages.

If you have questions about your institution's Transfer Assistance Pages or Area V Pages, please contact your Institutional Points of Contact for AGSC/STARS matters. The point of contact, in turn, will contact our office, if necessary.

How frequently is transfer information updated on the Alabama Transfers Guide and how do I know when something has changed?

Since all Alabama Transfers Guides are based on current curriculum standards as prescribed by the various academic committees, this information changes periodically. In most cases, the information on Alabama Transfers is updated soon after regular AGSC meetings (every 3-4 months). However, should the need arise, the Alabama Transfers Staff can make changes at any time. To stay informed about changes that impact the content of Alabama Transfers Guides, check out our systems updates page. Each time our office changes or updates a particular transfer guide, we will post a summary of the change on this page.

NOTE: All two-year and four-year institutions are responsible for checking periodically for changes so that they too can update or change their Area V Pages (if needed).

How does using Alabama Transfers protect me?

The Alabama Transfers guides (formerly known as STARS guides) prevent students from losing degree credit upon transfer to public four-year institutions in Alabama. They also prevent the four-year institutions from adding additional coursework on the "back-end" of the degree by forcing them to graduate transfer students in the same number of hours as native students in the same major.

Are there four-year to four-year transfer guides?

No, Alabama Transfers does not provide individualized four-year to four-year transfer guides like it does for two-year to four-year students. However, students attending four-year institutions can use ratified templates and their institutions approved course listing to see those courses in their major area which will transfer from their current four-year institution to other four-year institutions in the state in their major.

Students contemplating a transfer from an Alabama four-year institution to another Alabama four-year institution are strongly encouraged to meet prior to transfer with the prospective receiving institution to discuss possible transfer options and course equivalencies.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

What if I cannot find the major I am interested in the available majors for a particular university?

If you are unable to find a major that you are interested in, it may be that we have not yet built a Transfer Guide for that program or it may be covered by a different major with a different title. Or it simply may be that the institution you are interested in does not offer a major in your field of study. Either way, we ask you to contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We will do our best to find and answer or provide additional guidance. In addition, it may initiate the building of a new Transfer Guide for that particular major that could be used by other students who come after you and are interested in the same major.

What do I major in if I am interested in pursuing a "professional degree"? (Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Great question.  

You may want to one day become a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or veterinarian. These type programs are called "professional programs". Many times students will say I am in "pre-law" or "pre-med". This may well be the case, but you must understand that these are not actual academic majors. After all, if you did not get into law school what would you do with a BS in "pre-law"? In most cases, if you want to pursue a "professional major" you should select a major in academic field that will best prepare you to gain acceptance and admission to a professional program (masters and doctoral-level programs).  

Our best advise to you is to check with your current university and ask your advisor/counselor what they recommend as the best bachelor's degree to pursue to best prepare you for success on the program admission tests and then in the classroom. 

Here are some common pre-professional majors (these are just our suggestions - please check with your advisor first before making a final choice):

  • Law School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Philosophy, Economics, History, English
  • Med School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Pharmacy School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Veterinary School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Animal Science

There are many others. These are just the most common professional schools that we get questions about.  

Do your own research. Ask family friends who are working in these professions what they majored in? Also, volunteer to work with these professions in the summer so you can get a feel for the actual work responsibilities and environment.

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What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?

STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.

The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can be printed only for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS System can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.

What are the responsibilities of the chair of an academic committee?

The main responsibility of the chair of an academic committee is to serve as the main contact person for the committee. Usually, action items are initiated via e-mail from the STARS office to the chair of the academic committee. Committee members are encouraged to respond or vote on issues through correspondence with their chair. The chair basically oversees the work of his/her committee. He/she is to make sure action is taken and votes are recorded and reported back to the STARS office by the designated deadlines. Many times, work required of a specific committee can be handled by email, regular mail, phone, or fax. Sometimes, the chair may set up a face-to-face meeting should he/she feel one is warranted.

What are AGSC Institutional Points of Contact and what are their roles and responsibilities?

In 2002-2003, the AGSC determined (as a result of an outside evaluation study) that better communication was needed between the AGSC & STARS Office and the various public institutions (two- and four-year) in Alabama. To help resolve this communication problem, the AGSC created Institutional Points of Contact at each institution impacted by the AGSC & STARS. These individuals serve as the primary contact person on their campuses.

Click here to view the current roles/responsibilities of these individuals and to see a listing of the current individuals serving as their Intuitional Point of Contact for AGSC & STARS matters.

Is there a cost or fee to use Alabama Transfers?

No. Currently, this program is funded solely through Alabama taxpayer dollars. There is no charge to individual students or institutions for the use of Alabama Transfers. The program is funded as a separate line item through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

If at some point in the future, funding of this program makes it unsustainable, there may be some type fee added for this service.

Who do I contact if I have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Alabama Transfers?

Get in contact with us through our contact us page.

Does my institution have to participate in this program?

All accredited public two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama who received state funding are required to participate in the AGSC & STARS.

Does the AGSC mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama?

No. The AGSC does not mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama. However, all public institutions of higher education who receive state funding must adhere to the statewide transfer policy set forth by the AGSC. This simply means that four-year institutions must honor and accept transfer credit as prescribed by the Transfer Guide.

While the AGSC does not mandate state curriculum for all institutions, most, if not all, of the two-year and many of the four-year institutions have adjusted their general studies programs to be more in-line with the AGSC general studies requirements set forth in Areas I–V(approximately 60–64 SH).

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor.

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on this guide, or more recent requirements.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only go toward the Area (I–V) in which they were a requirement — not toward the exact equivalent courses.

This is because we want to ensure you don’t end up with gaps in your education. From one college or university to another, equivalent courses might differ by a unit or two. If you switch institutions without completing the full Area requirements, you might miss out on important knowledge. But, taken together, the Area requirements at a single institution cover everything you need to know.

This is especially true when certain courses are required in sequence. We strongly recommend you complete them all at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that they’ll apply toward the Area (I–V) that the course falls under, but not toward any specific course.

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

You can view the AP course equivalency tables on each university’s page.

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades. (The same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.)

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

How were the AGSC and STARS created?

The AGSC and STARS Program was created through by the Alabama State Legislature through the passing of Act 94-202.

What are the advantages of a statewide articulation program?

Students and parents benefit.

Having a statewide articulation program that covers the transfer of course credit from one public institution to another can result in huge savings in terms of time and money for both parents and students. For example, if a student takes one or more courses that they believe will transfer and upon transfer finds out otherwise, the student not only loses the money spent on tuition, books, room and board but also must face graduation delays which might result in lost income from future job opportunities.

The public two-year institutions benefit.

In addition to saving time and money for students and parents, the two-year colleges across the state have begun to streamline their course offerings to better match the AGSC approved transfer requirements as prescribed by STARS. The two-year colleges can also provide better and more consistent advising and counseling for their students. Most two-year institutions, if not all, have started to use STARS as their primary advising tool.

The public four year institutions benefit.

Now that a state articulation program is in place, four-year institutions can better support transfer students. The four-year institutions are more familiar with which courses they have to take in each of the various majors or programs. In addition, each month every four-year institution receives a list of prospective transfer students who have expressed an interest in transferring to their institution. This list provides the four-year institutions with student names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers (if provided). This reporting feature has greatly enhanced the transfer student recruitment process.

The State of Alabama benefits.

The STARS program also makes it easier for students to begin and complete their degrees in Alabama. In addition, the state articulation program promotes accountability among the higher education leaders of Alabama. Through this program, millions of dollars are saved each year because students are better informed and they do not waste time and/or money taking courses that will ultimately not count toward their total degree hours.

Alabama is not alone in this effort. Many states have implemented similar state articulation programs. In almost every instance, the benefits gained from such programs far outweigh the costs and difficulties associated in implementing and maintaining such a program.

If you would like to have someone from the STARS staff visit your campus and discuss the positive impact that the AGSC & STARS Program has had on higher education in Alabama, please contact us.

How do I use Alabama Transfers?

Step-by-step instructions and/or tutorial video coming soon. 

What are transfer guides and contracts/agreements?

Transfer guides are simply the documents created through Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC & STARS) that details the specific courses and options required in the first two-years of college for students who currently attend or plan to attend a two-year community college prior to transferring to a state four-year institution. The guide has various parts. Students must use the Alabama Transfers System as instructed. [Step-by-step/tutorial page coming soon.]

If you still have questions or need assistance in obtaining an Alabama Transfers Guide, please contact us.

What if I have not yet chosen a major?

This is completely ok! It's common for students to be undecided on a major when they first begin college. If you're not sure what you want to major in yet, Alabama Transfers is a great way to explore your options. You can view multiple majors, including the careers associated with the major, as well as which colleges and universities offer these majors. In addition to exploring majors and careers through Alabama Transfers, we recommend that students meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their degree options, progress, and transfer plans. Alabama Transfers can assist both students and the advisors assisting them in choosing a major and charting their curriculum. Remember that changing your major later on can lead to losing credits.

There is no limit to the number of transfer guides you generate. We recommend that you explore your options using the system as much as you need to if you're undecided on your major.

Can I have a transfer guide for several different institutions?

Yes, you can generate as many guides as you need while exploring majors and careers. Alabama Transfers is a useful tool for viewing specific majors and which four-year colleges and universities offer the majors. You can compare and contrast the degree program offerings from each four-year institution offering the major. You'll find that not all four-year colleges and universities in the state offer the same majors. In fact, some majors may only be offered at a single college or university.

Does my guide obligate me to a particular four-year college or university?

No, generating a transfer guide for a specific major(s) or institution(s) does not obligate you in any way to attend said institution. The transfer guides are simply a way to help you stay on track with your degree progress by ensuring that you're taking the courses that will transfer to your major of choice at your next institution (within four years of generating the transfer guide).

Can I use Alabama Transfers if I am attending an Alabama community college and planning to transfer to a private Alabama college or university?

Unfortunately, no private in-state or out-of-state institutions currently participate in the AGSC&STARS program. However, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) lists Alabama's private colleges and universities. We recommend that you and/or your advisor communicate directly with these private institutions if you're interested in their degree programs.

What if I experience technical difficulties when using Alabama Transfers?

If you experience any technical difficulties using this site, please contact us.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university says that they do not honor or accept the coursework listed on my Alabama Transfers guide?


All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the STARS transfer guide/contract. If you encounter such a difficulty, you should first contact your two-year Institutional Point of Contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the situation. In most cases, the issue will be resolved and handled at this level.

However, there is a STARS Appeal Procedure in place if you feel that your transfer guide has not been honored.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university tells me that my Alabama Transfers guide is wrong?

While the information on the guide may be wrong, it is still legal and binding unless the AGSC rules otherwise. It is the responsibility of the various academic groups to review on a routine basis the information contained on the STARS Transfer Guides. If something is incorrect, there are procedures in place for the area/academic committees to correct or change an existing guide/contract.

All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the Alabama Transfers guide, even if a faculty or staff member or an administrator at a four-year institution feels that the guide is incorrect.

If you encounter a problem like this, you should first contact your two-year institutional point of contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the transfer issue or problem. In most cases, the issue will be resolved at this level.

How soon during my time in college do I need to generate a transfer guide?

We recommend that you generate a transfer guide as soon as possible. The earlier you begin planning for transfer, the better!

Many community colleges in Alabama go over the Alabama Transfers system in-depth during freshman orientation sessions and/or courses. If your community college does not do this, we recommend that you meet with your advisor soon to generate a transfer guide or discuss a guide you've already generated. We're also happy to assist if you have any questions about using the system. Contact us.

What if I am currently enrolled in an Alabama four-year institution, but I want to take a few courses at my local community college during the summer?

Students often enroll in courses at their local community colleges during the summer semesters. However, this process is not governed by the AGSC & STARS.

This process is typically governed by each four-year college or university's transient student policy. Contact your college or university's Registrar to determine your institution's transient student process.

What are Transfer Assistance Pages and Area V Pages and who is responsible for their maintenance?

Transfer Assistance Pages are web pages maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. Most Transfer Assistance Pages include general information vital for transfer student success. Information links include, but are not limited to:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Admission Application
  • Tuition/Fee Costs
  • Financial Aid Assistance and Information
  • Links to AREA V Pages
  • Scholarship Information
  • Advising Information
  • Current Bulletin/Catalog
  • Links to Various Departments/Colleges

Area V Pages are also maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of Area V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the Area V requirements not covered on the official Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC/STARS) Transfer Guide. Four-year institutions can use these pages to provide information about specific admission criteria and requirements for specific academic programs. In addition, four-year institutions can make strong recommendations in Areas I-IV as long as they do not limit choices by transfer students in those areas.

In some cases, the Transfer Assistance Pages and the Area V Pages are combined into one single web page.

NOTE: To better assist students, every Alabama Transfers guide viewed includes a listing of the institutions that offer bachelor's degrees in the student's chosen major. This listing is linked to institutional Home Pages, Transfer Assistance Pages, and Area V Pages.

If you have questions about your institution's Transfer Assistance Pages or Area V Pages, please contact your Institutional Points of Contact for AGSC/STARS matters. The point of contact, in turn, will contact our office, if necessary.

How frequently is transfer information updated on the Alabama Transfers Guide and how do I know when something has changed?

Since all Alabama Transfers Guides are based on current curriculum standards as prescribed by the various academic committees, this information changes periodically. In most cases, the information on Alabama Transfers is updated soon after regular AGSC meetings (every 3-4 months). However, should the need arise, the Alabama Transfers Staff can make changes at any time. To stay informed about changes that impact the content of Alabama Transfers Guides, check out our systems updates page. Each time our office changes or updates a particular transfer guide, we will post a summary of the change on this page.

NOTE: All two-year and four-year institutions are responsible for checking periodically for changes so that they too can update or change their Area V Pages (if needed).

How does using Alabama Transfers protect me?

The Alabama Transfers guides (formerly known as STARS guides) prevent students from losing degree credit upon transfer to public four-year institutions in Alabama. They also prevent the four-year institutions from adding additional coursework on the "back-end" of the degree by forcing them to graduate transfer students in the same number of hours as native students in the same major.

Are there four-year to four-year transfer guides?

No, Alabama Transfers does not provide individualized four-year to four-year transfer guides like it does for two-year to four-year students. However, students attending four-year institutions can use ratified templates and their institutions approved course listing to see those courses in their major area which will transfer from their current four-year institution to other four-year institutions in the state in their major.

Students contemplating a transfer from an Alabama four-year institution to another Alabama four-year institution are strongly encouraged to meet prior to transfer with the prospective receiving institution to discuss possible transfer options and course equivalencies.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

What if I cannot find the major I am interested in the available majors for a particular university?

If you are unable to find a major that you are interested in, it may be that we have not yet built a Transfer Guide for that program or it may be covered by a different major with a different title. Or it simply may be that the institution you are interested in does not offer a major in your field of study. Either way, we ask you to contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We will do our best to find and answer or provide additional guidance. In addition, it may initiate the building of a new Transfer Guide for that particular major that could be used by other students who come after you and are interested in the same major.

What do I major in if I am interested in pursuing a "professional degree"? (Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Great question.  

You may want to one day become a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or veterinarian. These type programs are called "professional programs". Many times students will say I am in "pre-law" or "pre-med". This may well be the case, but you must understand that these are not actual academic majors. After all, if you did not get into law school what would you do with a BS in "pre-law"? In most cases, if you want to pursue a "professional major" you should select a major in academic field that will best prepare you to gain acceptance and admission to a professional program (masters and doctoral-level programs).  

Our best advise to you is to check with your current university and ask your advisor/counselor what they recommend as the best bachelor's degree to pursue to best prepare you for success on the program admission tests and then in the classroom. 

Here are some common pre-professional majors (these are just our suggestions - please check with your advisor first before making a final choice):

  • Law School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Philosophy, Economics, History, English
  • Med School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Pharmacy School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Veterinary School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Animal Science

There are many others. These are just the most common professional schools that we get questions about.  

Do your own research. Ask family friends who are working in these professions what they majored in? Also, volunteer to work with these professions in the summer so you can get a feel for the actual work responsibilities and environment.

Course requirements

What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?

STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.

The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can be printed only for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS System can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.

What are the responsibilities of the chair of an academic committee?

The main responsibility of the chair of an academic committee is to serve as the main contact person for the committee. Usually, action items are initiated via e-mail from the STARS office to the chair of the academic committee. Committee members are encouraged to respond or vote on issues through correspondence with their chair. The chair basically oversees the work of his/her committee. He/she is to make sure action is taken and votes are recorded and reported back to the STARS office by the designated deadlines. Many times, work required of a specific committee can be handled by email, regular mail, phone, or fax. Sometimes, the chair may set up a face-to-face meeting should he/she feel one is warranted.

What are AGSC Institutional Points of Contact and what are their roles and responsibilities?

In 2002-2003, the AGSC determined (as a result of an outside evaluation study) that better communication was needed between the AGSC & STARS Office and the various public institutions (two- and four-year) in Alabama. To help resolve this communication problem, the AGSC created Institutional Points of Contact at each institution impacted by the AGSC & STARS. These individuals serve as the primary contact person on their campuses.

Click here to view the current roles/responsibilities of these individuals and to see a listing of the current individuals serving as their Intuitional Point of Contact for AGSC & STARS matters.

Is there a cost or fee to use Alabama Transfers?

No. Currently, this program is funded solely through Alabama taxpayer dollars. There is no charge to individual students or institutions for the use of Alabama Transfers. The program is funded as a separate line item through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

If at some point in the future, funding of this program makes it unsustainable, there may be some type fee added for this service.

Who do I contact if I have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Alabama Transfers?

Get in contact with us through our contact us page.

Does my institution have to participate in this program?

All accredited public two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama who received state funding are required to participate in the AGSC & STARS.

Does the AGSC mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama?

No. The AGSC does not mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama. However, all public institutions of higher education who receive state funding must adhere to the statewide transfer policy set forth by the AGSC. This simply means that four-year institutions must honor and accept transfer credit as prescribed by the Transfer Guide.

While the AGSC does not mandate state curriculum for all institutions, most, if not all, of the two-year and many of the four-year institutions have adjusted their general studies programs to be more in-line with the AGSC general studies requirements set forth in Areas I–V(approximately 60–64 SH).

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor.

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on this guide, or more recent requirements.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only go toward the Area (I–V) in which they were a requirement — not toward the exact equivalent courses.

This is because we want to ensure you don’t end up with gaps in your education. From one college or university to another, equivalent courses might differ by a unit or two. If you switch institutions without completing the full Area requirements, you might miss out on important knowledge. But, taken together, the Area requirements at a single institution cover everything you need to know.

This is especially true when certain courses are required in sequence. We strongly recommend you complete them all at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that they’ll apply toward the Area (I–V) that the course falls under, but not toward any specific course.

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

You can view the AP course equivalency tables on each university’s page.

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades. (The same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.)

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

How were the AGSC and STARS created?

The AGSC and STARS Program was created through by the Alabama State Legislature through the passing of Act 94-202.

What are the advantages of a statewide articulation program?

Students and parents benefit.

Having a statewide articulation program that covers the transfer of course credit from one public institution to another can result in huge savings in terms of time and money for both parents and students. For example, if a student takes one or more courses that they believe will transfer and upon transfer finds out otherwise, the student not only loses the money spent on tuition, books, room and board but also must face graduation delays which might result in lost income from future job opportunities.

The public two-year institutions benefit.

In addition to saving time and money for students and parents, the two-year colleges across the state have begun to streamline their course offerings to better match the AGSC approved transfer requirements as prescribed by STARS. The two-year colleges can also provide better and more consistent advising and counseling for their students. Most two-year institutions, if not all, have started to use STARS as their primary advising tool.

The public four year institutions benefit.

Now that a state articulation program is in place, four-year institutions can better support transfer students. The four-year institutions are more familiar with which courses they have to take in each of the various majors or programs. In addition, each month every four-year institution receives a list of prospective transfer students who have expressed an interest in transferring to their institution. This list provides the four-year institutions with student names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers (if provided). This reporting feature has greatly enhanced the transfer student recruitment process.

The State of Alabama benefits.

The STARS program also makes it easier for students to begin and complete their degrees in Alabama. In addition, the state articulation program promotes accountability among the higher education leaders of Alabama. Through this program, millions of dollars are saved each year because students are better informed and they do not waste time and/or money taking courses that will ultimately not count toward their total degree hours.

Alabama is not alone in this effort. Many states have implemented similar state articulation programs. In almost every instance, the benefits gained from such programs far outweigh the costs and difficulties associated in implementing and maintaining such a program.

If you would like to have someone from the STARS staff visit your campus and discuss the positive impact that the AGSC & STARS Program has had on higher education in Alabama, please contact us.

How do I use Alabama Transfers?

Step-by-step instructions and/or tutorial video coming soon. 

What are transfer guides and contracts/agreements?

Transfer guides are simply the documents created through Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC & STARS) that details the specific courses and options required in the first two-years of college for students who currently attend or plan to attend a two-year community college prior to transferring to a state four-year institution. The guide has various parts. Students must use the Alabama Transfers System as instructed. [Step-by-step/tutorial page coming soon.]

If you still have questions or need assistance in obtaining an Alabama Transfers Guide, please contact us.

What if I have not yet chosen a major?

This is completely ok! It's common for students to be undecided on a major when they first begin college. If you're not sure what you want to major in yet, Alabama Transfers is a great way to explore your options. You can view multiple majors, including the careers associated with the major, as well as which colleges and universities offer these majors. In addition to exploring majors and careers through Alabama Transfers, we recommend that students meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their degree options, progress, and transfer plans. Alabama Transfers can assist both students and the advisors assisting them in choosing a major and charting their curriculum. Remember that changing your major later on can lead to losing credits.

There is no limit to the number of transfer guides you generate. We recommend that you explore your options using the system as much as you need to if you're undecided on your major.

Can I have a transfer guide for several different institutions?

Yes, you can generate as many guides as you need while exploring majors and careers. Alabama Transfers is a useful tool for viewing specific majors and which four-year colleges and universities offer the majors. You can compare and contrast the degree program offerings from each four-year institution offering the major. You'll find that not all four-year colleges and universities in the state offer the same majors. In fact, some majors may only be offered at a single college or university.

Does my guide obligate me to a particular four-year college or university?

No, generating a transfer guide for a specific major(s) or institution(s) does not obligate you in any way to attend said institution. The transfer guides are simply a way to help you stay on track with your degree progress by ensuring that you're taking the courses that will transfer to your major of choice at your next institution (within four years of generating the transfer guide).

Can I use Alabama Transfers if I am attending an Alabama community college and planning to transfer to a private Alabama college or university?

Unfortunately, no private in-state or out-of-state institutions currently participate in the AGSC&STARS program. However, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) lists Alabama's private colleges and universities. We recommend that you and/or your advisor communicate directly with these private institutions if you're interested in their degree programs.

What if I experience technical difficulties when using Alabama Transfers?

If you experience any technical difficulties using this site, please contact us.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university says that they do not honor or accept the coursework listed on my Alabama Transfers guide?


All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the STARS transfer guide/contract. If you encounter such a difficulty, you should first contact your two-year Institutional Point of Contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the situation. In most cases, the issue will be resolved and handled at this level.

However, there is a STARS Appeal Procedure in place if you feel that your transfer guide has not been honored.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university tells me that my Alabama Transfers guide is wrong?

While the information on the guide may be wrong, it is still legal and binding unless the AGSC rules otherwise. It is the responsibility of the various academic groups to review on a routine basis the information contained on the STARS Transfer Guides. If something is incorrect, there are procedures in place for the area/academic committees to correct or change an existing guide/contract.

All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the Alabama Transfers guide, even if a faculty or staff member or an administrator at a four-year institution feels that the guide is incorrect.

If you encounter a problem like this, you should first contact your two-year institutional point of contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the transfer issue or problem. In most cases, the issue will be resolved at this level.

How soon during my time in college do I need to generate a transfer guide?

We recommend that you generate a transfer guide as soon as possible. The earlier you begin planning for transfer, the better!

Many community colleges in Alabama go over the Alabama Transfers system in-depth during freshman orientation sessions and/or courses. If your community college does not do this, we recommend that you meet with your advisor soon to generate a transfer guide or discuss a guide you've already generated. We're also happy to assist if you have any questions about using the system. Contact us.

What if I am currently enrolled in an Alabama four-year institution, but I want to take a few courses at my local community college during the summer?

Students often enroll in courses at their local community colleges during the summer semesters. However, this process is not governed by the AGSC & STARS.

This process is typically governed by each four-year college or university's transient student policy. Contact your college or university's Registrar to determine your institution's transient student process.

What are Transfer Assistance Pages and Area V Pages and who is responsible for their maintenance?

Transfer Assistance Pages are web pages maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. Most Transfer Assistance Pages include general information vital for transfer student success. Information links include, but are not limited to:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Admission Application
  • Tuition/Fee Costs
  • Financial Aid Assistance and Information
  • Links to AREA V Pages
  • Scholarship Information
  • Advising Information
  • Current Bulletin/Catalog
  • Links to Various Departments/Colleges

Area V Pages are also maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of Area V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the Area V requirements not covered on the official Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC/STARS) Transfer Guide. Four-year institutions can use these pages to provide information about specific admission criteria and requirements for specific academic programs. In addition, four-year institutions can make strong recommendations in Areas I-IV as long as they do not limit choices by transfer students in those areas.

In some cases, the Transfer Assistance Pages and the Area V Pages are combined into one single web page.

NOTE: To better assist students, every Alabama Transfers guide viewed includes a listing of the institutions that offer bachelor's degrees in the student's chosen major. This listing is linked to institutional Home Pages, Transfer Assistance Pages, and Area V Pages.

If you have questions about your institution's Transfer Assistance Pages or Area V Pages, please contact your Institutional Points of Contact for AGSC/STARS matters. The point of contact, in turn, will contact our office, if necessary.

How frequently is transfer information updated on the Alabama Transfers Guide and how do I know when something has changed?

Since all Alabama Transfers Guides are based on current curriculum standards as prescribed by the various academic committees, this information changes periodically. In most cases, the information on Alabama Transfers is updated soon after regular AGSC meetings (every 3-4 months). However, should the need arise, the Alabama Transfers Staff can make changes at any time. To stay informed about changes that impact the content of Alabama Transfers Guides, check out our systems updates page. Each time our office changes or updates a particular transfer guide, we will post a summary of the change on this page.

NOTE: All two-year and four-year institutions are responsible for checking periodically for changes so that they too can update or change their Area V Pages (if needed).

How does using Alabama Transfers protect me?

The Alabama Transfers guides (formerly known as STARS guides) prevent students from losing degree credit upon transfer to public four-year institutions in Alabama. They also prevent the four-year institutions from adding additional coursework on the "back-end" of the degree by forcing them to graduate transfer students in the same number of hours as native students in the same major.

Are there four-year to four-year transfer guides?

No, Alabama Transfers does not provide individualized four-year to four-year transfer guides like it does for two-year to four-year students. However, students attending four-year institutions can use ratified templates and their institutions approved course listing to see those courses in their major area which will transfer from their current four-year institution to other four-year institutions in the state in their major.

Students contemplating a transfer from an Alabama four-year institution to another Alabama four-year institution are strongly encouraged to meet prior to transfer with the prospective receiving institution to discuss possible transfer options and course equivalencies.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

What if I cannot find the major I am interested in the available majors for a particular university?

If you are unable to find a major that you are interested in, it may be that we have not yet built a Transfer Guide for that program or it may be covered by a different major with a different title. Or it simply may be that the institution you are interested in does not offer a major in your field of study. Either way, we ask you to contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We will do our best to find and answer or provide additional guidance. In addition, it may initiate the building of a new Transfer Guide for that particular major that could be used by other students who come after you and are interested in the same major.

What do I major in if I am interested in pursuing a "professional degree"? (Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Great question.  

You may want to one day become a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or veterinarian. These type programs are called "professional programs". Many times students will say I am in "pre-law" or "pre-med". This may well be the case, but you must understand that these are not actual academic majors. After all, if you did not get into law school what would you do with a BS in "pre-law"? In most cases, if you want to pursue a "professional major" you should select a major in academic field that will best prepare you to gain acceptance and admission to a professional program (masters and doctoral-level programs).  

Our best advise to you is to check with your current university and ask your advisor/counselor what they recommend as the best bachelor's degree to pursue to best prepare you for success on the program admission tests and then in the classroom. 

Here are some common pre-professional majors (these are just our suggestions - please check with your advisor first before making a final choice):

  • Law School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Philosophy, Economics, History, English
  • Med School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Pharmacy School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Veterinary School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Animal Science

There are many others. These are just the most common professional schools that we get questions about.  

Do your own research. Ask family friends who are working in these professions what they majored in? Also, volunteer to work with these professions in the summer so you can get a feel for the actual work responsibilities and environment.

Admissions

What is the Statewide Transfer and Articulation Reporting System (STARS)?

STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama.

The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can be printed only for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS System can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.

What are the responsibilities of the chair of an academic committee?

The main responsibility of the chair of an academic committee is to serve as the main contact person for the committee. Usually, action items are initiated via e-mail from the STARS office to the chair of the academic committee. Committee members are encouraged to respond or vote on issues through correspondence with their chair. The chair basically oversees the work of his/her committee. He/she is to make sure action is taken and votes are recorded and reported back to the STARS office by the designated deadlines. Many times, work required of a specific committee can be handled by email, regular mail, phone, or fax. Sometimes, the chair may set up a face-to-face meeting should he/she feel one is warranted.

What are AGSC Institutional Points of Contact and what are their roles and responsibilities?

In 2002-2003, the AGSC determined (as a result of an outside evaluation study) that better communication was needed between the AGSC & STARS Office and the various public institutions (two- and four-year) in Alabama. To help resolve this communication problem, the AGSC created Institutional Points of Contact at each institution impacted by the AGSC & STARS. These individuals serve as the primary contact person on their campuses.

Click here to view the current roles/responsibilities of these individuals and to see a listing of the current individuals serving as their Intuitional Point of Contact for AGSC & STARS matters.

Is there a cost or fee to use Alabama Transfers?

No. Currently, this program is funded solely through Alabama taxpayer dollars. There is no charge to individual students or institutions for the use of Alabama Transfers. The program is funded as a separate line item through the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).

If at some point in the future, funding of this program makes it unsustainable, there may be some type fee added for this service.

Who do I contact if I have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding Alabama Transfers?

Get in contact with us through our contact us page.

Does my institution have to participate in this program?

All accredited public two-year and four-year institutions in Alabama who received state funding are required to participate in the AGSC & STARS.

Does the AGSC mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama?

No. The AGSC does not mandate the curriculum for all public institutions of higher education in Alabama. However, all public institutions of higher education who receive state funding must adhere to the statewide transfer policy set forth by the AGSC. This simply means that four-year institutions must honor and accept transfer credit as prescribed by the Transfer Guide.

While the AGSC does not mandate state curriculum for all institutions, most, if not all, of the two-year and many of the four-year institutions have adjusted their general studies programs to be more in-line with the AGSC general studies requirements set forth in Areas I–V(approximately 60–64 SH).

For how long is my transfer guide valid?

From the date you submit this transfer guide, it must be honored by all Alabama public universities that offer the specified major for four years.

What happens after my guide lapses?

If it has been more than four years since you submitted a guide, your credits should still transfer just like older credits taken by all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

What happens if I change majors?

This guide only applies so long as you continue in your specified major. If you decide to change your major, you should get a new transfer guide. Most guides are fairly similar for Areas I–IV; however, you should still consult your academic advisor or counselor.

Will these course requirements ever change?

You may choose to graduate under the course requirements displayed on this guide, or more recent requirements.

The only exception is when a change is mandated by an external accrediting agency or other regulatory agency, such as the State Department of Education, ACHE, SACS, NCATE, or CLN. In this case, the requirements will change equally for all students at a given university.

Does it matter where I take the courses?

It depends.

If you follow your transfer guide, then your graduation requirements will be equal to all other students in the same degree program at a given university.

However, each university has a minimum threshold to be considered a “transfer student.” If your transfer credits are fewer than this threshold, then you are still considered a “first-time” student. While you will receive credit for your courses, it may only go toward the Area (I–V) in which they were a requirement — not toward the exact equivalent courses.

This is because we want to ensure you don’t end up with gaps in your education. From one college or university to another, equivalent courses might differ by a unit or two. If you switch institutions without completing the full Area requirements, you might miss out on important knowledge. But, taken together, the Area requirements at a single institution cover everything you need to know.

This is especially true when certain courses are required in sequence. We strongly recommend you complete them all at the same community college or university.

Why does the course table list more courses than are required for a given Area?

Some Areas do not require specific courses, but instead let you pick from a list of AGSC-approved courses. Just make sure you check how your chosen courses will transfer to each university, as this may vary.

What does it mean when the course table says “Area Core” or “Elective Only”?

Some courses at a community college don’t have an exact equivalent at a given university. However, we recognize that they impart valuable knowledge.

So, rather than throwing those credits away when you transfer, the universities choose to accept them as “Area Core” or “Elective” courses. This means that they’ll apply toward the Area (I–V) that the course falls under, but not toward any specific course.

How will my AP or CLEP credits transfer?

Each university may decide how to apply Advanced Placement (AP) and/or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits.

You can view the AP course equivalency tables on each university’s page.

Do my grades matter?

Yes.

First of all, your grades will affect your eligibility for admission into your desired university.

Second, your pre-transfer GPA will follow you to the university.

Third, if your grades fall below the university’s threshold for transfer, then you will not be awarded credit for the courses and will need to re-take them. Each university may decide how to handle the transfer of D grades. (The same policy must be applied equally to all students — native or transfer — at a given university.)

I completed all the course requirements. Does that mean I’ll be admitted to my desired university?

Congratulations on completing all the course requirements!

Unfortunately, this guide does not guarantee admission to any university; nor to any specific major at the university; nor, even, to any broader field of study. You must still be officially admitted.

For a link to the university’s admission requirements, visit its webpage.

What is the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC)?

AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 by the State Legislature through ACT 94-202.

The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education within the State of Alabama. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities. The AGSC continues to serve as a monitoring committee for the articulation program. The committee members oversee and maintain the program on an on-going basis. Finally, the AGSC works to resolve any student appeals related to transfer of coursework as it relates to the articulation program.

For more information, click here.

How were the AGSC and STARS created?

The AGSC and STARS Program was created through by the Alabama State Legislature through the passing of Act 94-202.

What are the advantages of a statewide articulation program?

Students and parents benefit.

Having a statewide articulation program that covers the transfer of course credit from one public institution to another can result in huge savings in terms of time and money for both parents and students. For example, if a student takes one or more courses that they believe will transfer and upon transfer finds out otherwise, the student not only loses the money spent on tuition, books, room and board but also must face graduation delays which might result in lost income from future job opportunities.

The public two-year institutions benefit.

In addition to saving time and money for students and parents, the two-year colleges across the state have begun to streamline their course offerings to better match the AGSC approved transfer requirements as prescribed by STARS. The two-year colleges can also provide better and more consistent advising and counseling for their students. Most two-year institutions, if not all, have started to use STARS as their primary advising tool.

The public four year institutions benefit.

Now that a state articulation program is in place, four-year institutions can better support transfer students. The four-year institutions are more familiar with which courses they have to take in each of the various majors or programs. In addition, each month every four-year institution receives a list of prospective transfer students who have expressed an interest in transferring to their institution. This list provides the four-year institutions with student names, addresses, e-mails, and phone numbers (if provided). This reporting feature has greatly enhanced the transfer student recruitment process.

The State of Alabama benefits.

The STARS program also makes it easier for students to begin and complete their degrees in Alabama. In addition, the state articulation program promotes accountability among the higher education leaders of Alabama. Through this program, millions of dollars are saved each year because students are better informed and they do not waste time and/or money taking courses that will ultimately not count toward their total degree hours.

Alabama is not alone in this effort. Many states have implemented similar state articulation programs. In almost every instance, the benefits gained from such programs far outweigh the costs and difficulties associated in implementing and maintaining such a program.

If you would like to have someone from the STARS staff visit your campus and discuss the positive impact that the AGSC & STARS Program has had on higher education in Alabama, please contact us.

How do I use Alabama Transfers?

Step-by-step instructions and/or tutorial video coming soon. 

What are transfer guides and contracts/agreements?

Transfer guides are simply the documents created through Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC & STARS) that details the specific courses and options required in the first two-years of college for students who currently attend or plan to attend a two-year community college prior to transferring to a state four-year institution. The guide has various parts. Students must use the Alabama Transfers System as instructed. [Step-by-step/tutorial page coming soon.]

If you still have questions or need assistance in obtaining an Alabama Transfers Guide, please contact us.

What if I have not yet chosen a major?

This is completely ok! It's common for students to be undecided on a major when they first begin college. If you're not sure what you want to major in yet, Alabama Transfers is a great way to explore your options. You can view multiple majors, including the careers associated with the major, as well as which colleges and universities offer these majors. In addition to exploring majors and careers through Alabama Transfers, we recommend that students meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their degree options, progress, and transfer plans. Alabama Transfers can assist both students and the advisors assisting them in choosing a major and charting their curriculum. Remember that changing your major later on can lead to losing credits.

There is no limit to the number of transfer guides you generate. We recommend that you explore your options using the system as much as you need to if you're undecided on your major.

Can I have a transfer guide for several different institutions?

Yes, you can generate as many guides as you need while exploring majors and careers. Alabama Transfers is a useful tool for viewing specific majors and which four-year colleges and universities offer the majors. You can compare and contrast the degree program offerings from each four-year institution offering the major. You'll find that not all four-year colleges and universities in the state offer the same majors. In fact, some majors may only be offered at a single college or university.

Does my guide obligate me to a particular four-year college or university?

No, generating a transfer guide for a specific major(s) or institution(s) does not obligate you in any way to attend said institution. The transfer guides are simply a way to help you stay on track with your degree progress by ensuring that you're taking the courses that will transfer to your major of choice at your next institution (within four years of generating the transfer guide).

Can I use Alabama Transfers if I am attending an Alabama community college and planning to transfer to a private Alabama college or university?

Unfortunately, no private in-state or out-of-state institutions currently participate in the AGSC&STARS program. However, Alabama Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AAICU) lists Alabama's private colleges and universities. We recommend that you and/or your advisor communicate directly with these private institutions if you're interested in their degree programs.

What if I experience technical difficulties when using Alabama Transfers?

If you experience any technical difficulties using this site, please contact us.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university says that they do not honor or accept the coursework listed on my Alabama Transfers guide?


All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the STARS transfer guide/contract. If you encounter such a difficulty, you should first contact your two-year Institutional Point of Contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the situation. In most cases, the issue will be resolved and handled at this level.

However, there is a STARS Appeal Procedure in place if you feel that your transfer guide has not been honored.

What if someone (faculty, staff member, administrator) at my chosen four-year college or university tells me that my Alabama Transfers guide is wrong?

While the information on the guide may be wrong, it is still legal and binding unless the AGSC rules otherwise. It is the responsibility of the various academic groups to review on a routine basis the information contained on the STARS Transfer Guides. If something is incorrect, there are procedures in place for the area/academic committees to correct or change an existing guide/contract.

All public four-year institutions are required by law to accept the courses listed on the Alabama Transfers guide, even if a faculty or staff member or an administrator at a four-year institution feels that the guide is incorrect.

If you encounter a problem like this, you should first contact your two-year institutional point of contact. This individual will in turn contact the four-year AGSC Institutional Point of Contact to discuss the transfer issue or problem. In most cases, the issue will be resolved at this level.

How soon during my time in college do I need to generate a transfer guide?

We recommend that you generate a transfer guide as soon as possible. The earlier you begin planning for transfer, the better!

Many community colleges in Alabama go over the Alabama Transfers system in-depth during freshman orientation sessions and/or courses. If your community college does not do this, we recommend that you meet with your advisor soon to generate a transfer guide or discuss a guide you've already generated. We're also happy to assist if you have any questions about using the system. Contact us.

What if I am currently enrolled in an Alabama four-year institution, but I want to take a few courses at my local community college during the summer?

Students often enroll in courses at their local community colleges during the summer semesters. However, this process is not governed by the AGSC & STARS.

This process is typically governed by each four-year college or university's transient student policy. Contact your college or university's Registrar to determine your institution's transient student process.

What are Transfer Assistance Pages and Area V Pages and who is responsible for their maintenance?

Transfer Assistance Pages are web pages maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. Most Transfer Assistance Pages include general information vital for transfer student success. Information links include, but are not limited to:

  • Admissions Requirements
  • Admission Application
  • Tuition/Fee Costs
  • Financial Aid Assistance and Information
  • Links to AREA V Pages
  • Scholarship Information
  • Advising Information
  • Current Bulletin/Catalog
  • Links to Various Departments/Colleges

Area V Pages are also maintained by each individual four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of Area V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the Area V requirements not covered on the official Alabama Transfers (Powered by AGSC/STARS) Transfer Guide. Four-year institutions can use these pages to provide information about specific admission criteria and requirements for specific academic programs. In addition, four-year institutions can make strong recommendations in Areas I-IV as long as they do not limit choices by transfer students in those areas.

In some cases, the Transfer Assistance Pages and the Area V Pages are combined into one single web page.

NOTE: To better assist students, every Alabama Transfers guide viewed includes a listing of the institutions that offer bachelor's degrees in the student's chosen major. This listing is linked to institutional Home Pages, Transfer Assistance Pages, and Area V Pages.

If you have questions about your institution's Transfer Assistance Pages or Area V Pages, please contact your Institutional Points of Contact for AGSC/STARS matters. The point of contact, in turn, will contact our office, if necessary.

How frequently is transfer information updated on the Alabama Transfers Guide and how do I know when something has changed?

Since all Alabama Transfers Guides are based on current curriculum standards as prescribed by the various academic committees, this information changes periodically. In most cases, the information on Alabama Transfers is updated soon after regular AGSC meetings (every 3-4 months). However, should the need arise, the Alabama Transfers Staff can make changes at any time. To stay informed about changes that impact the content of Alabama Transfers Guides, check out our systems updates page. Each time our office changes or updates a particular transfer guide, we will post a summary of the change on this page.

NOTE: All two-year and four-year institutions are responsible for checking periodically for changes so that they too can update or change their Area V Pages (if needed).

How does using Alabama Transfers protect me?

The Alabama Transfers guides (formerly known as STARS guides) prevent students from losing degree credit upon transfer to public four-year institutions in Alabama. They also prevent the four-year institutions from adding additional coursework on the "back-end" of the degree by forcing them to graduate transfer students in the same number of hours as native students in the same major.

Are there four-year to four-year transfer guides?

No, Alabama Transfers does not provide individualized four-year to four-year transfer guides like it does for two-year to four-year students. However, students attending four-year institutions can use ratified templates and their institutions approved course listing to see those courses in their major area which will transfer from their current four-year institution to other four-year institutions in the state in their major.

Students contemplating a transfer from an Alabama four-year institution to another Alabama four-year institution are strongly encouraged to meet prior to transfer with the prospective receiving institution to discuss possible transfer options and course equivalencies.

What happens if the university refuses to honor my Transfer Guide? What if their requirements differ from those on the Guide?

Transfer Guides are protected by the AGSC Transfer Agreement. This agreement guarantees the transferability of major-specific courses for all of the listed universities. If a university refuses to honor your Transfer Guide, please contact us

What if I cannot find the major I am interested in the available majors for a particular university?

If you are unable to find a major that you are interested in, it may be that we have not yet built a Transfer Guide for that program or it may be covered by a different major with a different title. Or it simply may be that the institution you are interested in does not offer a major in your field of study. Either way, we ask you to contact us and let us know what you are looking for. We will do our best to find and answer or provide additional guidance. In addition, it may initiate the building of a new Transfer Guide for that particular major that could be used by other students who come after you and are interested in the same major.

What do I major in if I am interested in pursuing a "professional degree"? (Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Pre-Vet, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Great question.  

You may want to one day become a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist, or veterinarian. These type programs are called "professional programs". Many times students will say I am in "pre-law" or "pre-med". This may well be the case, but you must understand that these are not actual academic majors. After all, if you did not get into law school what would you do with a BS in "pre-law"? In most cases, if you want to pursue a "professional major" you should select a major in academic field that will best prepare you to gain acceptance and admission to a professional program (masters and doctoral-level programs).  

Our best advise to you is to check with your current university and ask your advisor/counselor what they recommend as the best bachelor's degree to pursue to best prepare you for success on the program admission tests and then in the classroom. 

Here are some common pre-professional majors (these are just our suggestions - please check with your advisor first before making a final choice):

  • Law School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Philosophy, Economics, History, English
  • Med School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Pharmacy School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Nursing
  • Veterinary School - Suggested bachelor degree majors: Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Animal Science

There are many others. These are just the most common professional schools that we get questions about.  

Do your own research. Ask family friends who are working in these professions what they majored in? Also, volunteer to work with these professions in the summer so you can get a feel for the actual work responsibilities and environment.