Dec. 9, 2019

AUSTIN, Texas — St. Edward’s University and Houston Community College have signed an articulation agreement that will make it easier for students to transfer credits and earn a bachelor’s degree.

The agreement formalizes a partnership between Houston Community College, a two-year multi-college system serving the greater Houston area, and St. Edward’s, a top-ranked liberal arts university. Under the agreement, students who transfer to St. Edward’s carry with them the credits they have already earned for as much degree applicable credit as possible. Students will also be encouraged to reverse transfer credits back to HCC to receive an associate degree.

Here are a few of the ways that St. Edward’s and HCC are streamlining the transferring process for students:

  • Publish the General Education Equivalency Guide on the St. Edward’s website. The guide will serve to identify all freshman and sophomore level courses that will transfer to St. Edward’s from HCC.
  • Provide approved Transfer Advising Guide (TAGs) leading to a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Fine Art or Bachelor of Science degree from St. Edward’s. The TAGs assure students that their courses are transferable and will count toward their St. Edward’s bachelor’s degree.
  • Perform an automatic review for academic/merit scholarships during the admission process.
  • Implement a transition process for qualified HCC students wishing to enter the St. Edward’s Honors Program.

The articulation agreement aligns with the St. Edward’s University Strategic Plan 2022, which emphasizes developing educational pathways that foster student success. Transfer students are an integral part of the St. Edward’s community and comprise roughly 30 percent of the university’s new undergraduate students annually.

St. Edward's holds annual information sessions on campus in Austin for transfer students to learn more about the admission process, majors, and internship opportunities. Students can also attend our daily campus tours or schedule a comprehensive visit on the campus.  St. Edward’s also visits the HCC campuses during fall and spring semesters to provide guidance during their transfer process.

About HCC: Houston Community College is a two-year multi-college system serving the greater Houston area with a mission to offer “a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development, and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. HCC is focused on student success and providing affordable, flexible pathways to help students reach their education goals, learn new job skills, or advance their career. The college currently enrolls more than 70,000 students annually.”