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Articulation & Transfer Services

3 Steps to the Transfer
STEP 1: Meet with an Advisor to Choose the Right Degree Plan

STEP 2: Research Colleges and Universities

STEP 3: Complete the Admissions Application on Time

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Lone Star College System (LSCS) Educational Partnerships office is committed  to establishing educational agreements with various universities, independent  school districts, private secondary schools,  community education agencies, and other training and certification entities. Our goal is to provide a seamless transition for students moving from the community college to the university by partnering with universities on general education and defined major pathways.  This increases the number of courses that transfer directly into the university major, helps students plan their courses, and reduces duplication – all of which help students complete their program of study in a timely manner and with the skills and credentials to enter the marketplace.

Transfer to a University

Lone Star College System strives to participate in Academic Programs and Transfer Initiatives to help students achieve LSC Success - Learn, Succeed & Complete goals to earn an associate degree, earn a Career & Technical Education Credential, transfer to a four-year university with core curriculum completed, and complete coursework to improve career opportunities.  Many transfer degree programs and resources are available to assist students with the transfer process. Follow the steps to Transfer to a University and meet with an advisor to discuss the academic programs and transfer initiatives to meet your goals to transition to the university. 

Other Transfer Policies

LSCS Advisors, counselors, and faculty advisors will assist students in the planning process to select courses to meet specific degree plans. Currently enrolled students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree are encouraged strongly to check with the institution to which he or she expects to transfer regarding transferability of courses and university transfer polices. The following transfer policies may be applicable to students transferring to the university:

Excess Credit Hours: Students who enroll in classes in excess of 30 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree plan may be required to pay out-of-state tuition rates for additional credits. Most baccalaureate degree plans are 120 hours, but students should check their intended degree at their transfer institution.  Not all universities have the same policy for excess hours – students are encouraged to talk with their transfer institution if concerned about excess hours.

Transfer of Credit-Limit: Universities are not required to accept more than sixty-six (66) semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit. However, universities may choose to accept additional credit hours.  Students are encouraged to check the policy of their transfer university while planning courses and transfer.  Lone Star has partnerships with many universities that help to clarify transfer credit.


Six Course Drop Rule: An institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student to drop a total of more than six (6) courses. After the student has reached the six course drop limit, he/she will not be allowed to drop the course and receive a grade for the course. This rule applies to students who first enrolled in Texas public university or college credit courses during or after fall 2007.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP): Each college and university has a satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid purposes. Your college grade-point average, the percentage of successful completion of courses, and other criteria outlined by the college or university to determine you are progressing to degree completion in a timely manner may affect your eligibility for federal student aid.

Transfer to LSCS

Equivalent College Course Credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions may apply to degrees awarded by Lone Star College System if at least a grade of D was earned. Transfer of developmental courses required a grade of C or above. Transcripts from previously attended institutions are needed before registration for prerequisites and placement. If you have earned credits from another college or university, you will need to follow the steps to Transfer to LSCS before being able to register for classes. The LSCS evaluator may request additional information, such as course descriptions or syllabi, from the student to determine if the course is equivalent to a LSCS course. 

International Transcripts require a course by course evaluation by the American Association for Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) International Education Services, or an evaluation service from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services Inc. (NACES).  In addition to the evaluation, official transcript of credit must be provided.  A list of evaluation providers affiliated with NACES is available from the admissions office.  Course evaluations must be mailed directly from the agency to the Student Records office.

A credit by examination is the process to receive college credit for what you already know by earning qualifying scores on an examination. Lone Star College System has established equivalent course credit for minimum passing scores on subject exams administered through External Challenge Examinations.

Academic and Workforce Dual Credit courses may be applied to LSCS academic programs leading to an Associate degree or Certificate. Many classes transfer to public colleges or universities in Texas, and may be accepted by out-of-state and private colleges.

High School Articulation is course articulation agreements matching high school courses with college career and technical education courses. LSCS participates in the Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) program. As student may receive credit for a high school ATC designated courses at any participating community college in the state of Texas. Local articulation agreements offer additional course options and are designed for credit through LSCS colleges only. Visit atcTexas.org for statewide information.

University Center

The LSC-University Center offers junior, senior and graduate level classes through partnerships with several universities. Students who enroll with one of our partner universities at either the Montgomery or University Park locations are able to complete a bachelor's or master's degree (or teaching certficate) without traveling to the university campuses.

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