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Transfer Information

Over 93 percent of Highland students who transfer to four-year institutions report ease of credit transfer to their chosen school.

HCC’s Transfer Coordinator and advisors are continuously working collaboratively with four-year colleges and universities to help align our courses with their general education and degree-specific courses so that our students’ transfer experience is as smooth as possible.

The transfer agreements and course equivalency information found here can help you, along with working with your advisor, to plan your transfer to a four-year college or university. Please be aware that these agreements and guides are constantly being updated and to see your advisor for the latest information.

Transfer Degrees at HCC

Transfer degrees are for students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Associate of Arts
Associates of Science
Associate of Engineering Science

IAI Makes Credit Transfer Easy

HCC is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI). This statewide agreement between many Illinois colleges and universities establishes the lower-level general education coursework accepted at all participating schools and is called the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI GECC). Completion of the IAI GECC assures transferring students that lower-level general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree have been satisfied at any participating institution. A transfer institution may require an institution-wide and/or mission-related graduation requirement beyond the scope of the general education core.

If a student transfers with less than the full IAI GECC, the general education requirements of the four-year transfer school may have to be completed, which may be different from the IAI GECC. This agreement is in effect for students entering an associate or baccalaureate degree-granting institution as a first-time freshman in summer 1998 and thereafter.

Thanks to the Illinois Articulation Initiative, transferring your credits is easier than ever. The IAI is a joint agreement between 110 Illinois colleges and universities that allows credits to transfer smoothly from one institution to the next. Visit for more information.

Equivalency Guides

The following guides will give you specific information about how HCC courses transfer to the institution listed in the link. This is simply a list of some of the transfer information available at this time, please see your advisor for more detail.

The sites marked with (*) require you to follow the prompts on the site to find HCC course information.

Public Illinois Institutions

Eastern Illinois University
Illinois State University
Northern Illinois University
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale *
Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville *
University of Illinois at Champaign – Urbana *
University of Illinois at Springfield
Western Illinois University

Private Illinois Institutions

Aurora University
Bradley University
Columbia College – Chicago
Elmhurst College
Monmouth College
North Central College

Out-of-state Institutions

Columbia College – MO
Loras College
University of Iowa *
University of Wisconsin – Platteville

* Follow the prompts on the site to find HCC course information

See an Advisor to Guarantee Your Credits Will Transfer

You can transfer your credits anywhere from HCC. But you have to know which classes to take and make sure you’re taking them in the right order.

A Highland advisor is the friend you need when it comes to scheduling classes, transferring to another College or University and completing your degree on time. Highland has four professional advisors to help you navigate the registration process and put your academic plan into action.

Schedule an appointment after you have taken a placement test, but before you schedule your first full load of classes. If you plan to transfer after graduating from Highland, make sure you have given some consideration to where you will go. This information will help you and your advisor to schedule the right classes.