The University Studies Program is designed for students enrolled in the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Engineering (A.E.), Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation (A.A.T.P) or Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation (A.S.T.P.) degree that want to continue their education as juniors at a university. Please use the links on the left to access your degree requirements.
The transfer programs offered at Sandhills Community College fall under Comprehensive Articulation Agreements or Uniform Articulation Agreements between the North Carolina Community Colleges and universities of the UNC system. For a list of Articulation Agreements, please go to Transfer Resources. On that Transfer Resources page, you will also find other useful information that will help you transfer to a UNC university.
East Carolina University Pirate Promise Agreement
East Carolina University (ECU) and Sandhills Community College (SCC) signed a co-admission agreement, the Pirate Promise Agreement, that offers qualified SCC students guaranteed admission to ECU. The requirements to apply for Pirate Promise include completion of the degree at SCC, carrying a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester, and a cumulative 2.5 minimum GPA. View a complete list of requirements and students benefits of the Pirate Promise Agreement.
Please note that the Pirate Promise Program is not associated with the Sandhills Promise Program or NC Promise.
The BraveStep program creates a pathway for prospective UNCP students to begin their college career at SCC and transfer to UNCP after completing at least 30 credit hours. Qualified students will be co-admitted to SCC and UNCP and have the opportunity to use UNCP campus facilities and participate in co-curricular activities. These students will participate in North Carolina’s Reverse Transfer Program so they can obtain an associate degree from SCC with the credits earned from UNCP.
UNC Chapel Hill C-Step Program
UNC Wilmington Pathway to Excellence Program
This program is a partnership between UNC Wilmington and Sandhills Community College. It is a pathway for guaranteed admission to UNCW for students completing an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Engineering with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in transferable, college-level coursework from Sandhills Community College. Guaranteed admission to the university does not constitute admission to a professional school or specific program. Students entering the pathway will be expected to indicate their plan by submitting their letter of intent to UNCW Transfer Admissions. A digital letter of intent is also available and can be submitted online. As part of the Pathway to Excellence Guaranteed Admission, UNCW also offers Transfer Merit Scholarships of $1,500 to $3,000 to Associate in Arts and Associate in Science students.
If you have questions, contact the Transfer Student Success Coordinator at UNCW.
North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
SCC students who intend to earn their Associate degree and who are interested in pursuing a major in agriculture or life sciences at North Carolina State University, must successfully complete the Associate in Science at Sandhills Community College by taking the courses listed here.
SCC students who want to transfer into selected programs at CALS can also apply to the PackTrac program. Note that Packtrac only accepts first-semester community college students who have completed less than 20 credit hours of college work.
Other Transfer Opportunities
- Sandhills CC has transfer partnerships with private colleges and universities. To learn more, go to the Private College Transfer page.
- Sandhills also offers Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees that will transfer into university-designated baccalaureate degree programs under bi-lateral agreements. For more information, please go to Applied Science Transfer Agreements.
- Students can also earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from two universities (UNC-Pembroke and St. Andrews University). For more information, go to Earn a Bachelor’s or Master’s.
Contact Information Pinehurst Campus
Academic and Program Information
Associate in Engineering Degree Program
Associate in Fine Arts in TheatreWilliam (Bill) Saunders
010 Kennedy Hall
Associate in Fine Arts In Visual Arts
Associate in Fine Arts in Music
Associate in Teacher Preparation
CALS and PACKTRAC Program