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Reverse Transfer Program—Extend Your Credits!

Want to earn your associate degree while studying for your bachelor’s degree?

Sixty percent of Maryland students who transfer from two-year to four-year colleges or universities do not complete the requirements for an associate degree. If you’re one of these students, you may qualify for Notre Dame’s new Community College Reverse Transfer Program, which enables you to earn an associate degree while working toward your bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame.

How does the Community College Reverse Transfer Program work?

The Reverse Transfer Program offers a convenient and efficient way to earn this additional credential. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame, eligible students can transfer credits “back” to their community college to satisfy associate degree requirements.

Notre Dame has special reverse transfer partnerships with Howard Community College, Anne Arundel Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County, but all Maryland community colleges participate in reverse transfer, and we will work with students from any of the state’s community colleges. 

Why should I get my associate degree if I’m pursuing a bachelor’s degree?

An associate degree is an important milestone in higher education. It can help you build your resume while you work on your bachelor’s degree—and make you a more attractive job candidate and employee in today’s competitive market.

How do I apply?

Fill out and submit the NDMU Reverse Transfer Program permission form, which authorizes the release of your community college transcripts. Notre Dame advisors and staff will assist you at every step of the process, including evaluating your transcripts to ensure that you meet the guidelines for participation (i.e., that you earned the minimum number of required credits at the community college).

Am I guaranteed a degree from my community college?

The granting of the associate degree is at the discretion of and subject to the requirements of the community college, which is the degree-granting institution.

Is there a deadline?

Students may apply for the program at any time throughout the year. Participants will also have access to special online tutoring through SmarThinking.

Questions? Contact reversetransfer@ndm.edu or call the Office of Enrollment Management at 410-532-5332.

This project is supported by a "Credit When It’s Due" grant to MHEC from the Lumina Foundation for Education, supported by USA Funds.