Florida's higher education system is designed to allow the option of successfully pursuing a bachelor's degree by first attending a two-year institution. This approach to earning a bachelor’s degree is commonly referred to as the 2 + 2 system. The State of Florida has established a statewide articulation agreement, and has adopted additional policies to assist students in continuing their education after a receiving a two-year degree. The articulation agreement includes:
It is strongly recommended that a student complete the two-year degree prior to transferring, or at least complete the 36-hour general education block at their initial institution.
Transfer students who have not yet completed the two-year degree will be evaluated on their high school transcripts as well as their college coursework. They will also compete for admission at the same level as all freshman applicants to the college or university.
Note: Limited access means that certain programs with limited capacity have additional admission requirements which may include: a higher GPA and standardized test scores; additional prerequisites; and auditions or portfolios. However, these requirements apply equally to native university students as well as those transferring with a two-year degree. In these programs, admission is competitive.
Florida's public community colleges have a transfer agreement with many of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF). Currently, 28 institutions have recognized this agreement. The ICUF agreement allows graduates with a two-year degree to transfer into a private college or university with the following benefits:
Read the ICUF Articulation Agreement.
The most common transfer path to a four-year college involves first getting an Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree from a Florida college. However, Florida colleges and universities have a number of articulation agreements in place that also allow students to transfer with an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree, or from Industry Certifications, or Career Technical Certificates programs.