Core-to-Core Agreements

A liberal arts general education core curriculum is a common experience at many American colleges and universities, including at Montgomery County Community College. When you earn your degree at MCCC, you automatically complete most/all of the general education requirements at our partner four-year schools listed below. For more information on these specialized Core-to-Core Agreements that benefit our graduates, please review below.

Albright College is a private, liberal arts college located in Reading, PA (about 30 minutes from West Campus and an hour from Central Campus). About 1,700 students attend the traditional college campus and the College offers over 50 programs of undergraduate study. The General Education Curriculum at Albright has seven components, with Albright students taking between 11-13 courses. Albright's new General Education Curriculum was designed specifically to impart these skills to all students. A diverse, dynamic and inclusive sequence of educational experiences, the curriculum sets the stage for your major and illuminates its linkages to other fields of study.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2000 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A. or an A.S. degree
  • MCCC graduates have all General Education requirements waived, with the exception of the foreign language and upper division interdisciplinary requirements (Synthesis requirement)
  • The foreign language requirement of 1-3 courses may be completed either at MCCC or at Albright (Spanish, French, German, or Chinese at MCCC; Latin and Ancient Greek are also offered at Albright)

Arcadia University is a private university located in Glenside, PA (about 45 minutes from West Campus and 20 minutes from Central Campus). About 2,400 students are enrolled as undergraduates in over 75 different programs of studies. Students at Arcadia experience a robust General Education curriculum that includes three major areas of Integrative Learning Experiences, Areas of Inquiry, and Intellectual Practice.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2012 include:

  • MCCC students may graduate with any degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.G.S., or A.F.A.)
  • MCCC graduates have all General Education requirements waived, with the exception of the Global Connections Experience and Reflection as well as the Senior Capstone Course
  • Students must earn a B or better in ENG 101 or they may be required to complete a placement exam which may indicate that an additional writing course is required

Bellevue University is a private, non-profit university located in Bellevue, Nebraska, although a significant portion of their students complete their degrees online. Over 10,000 students are enrolled in a Bellevue University program. The University offers over 50 majors, with almost all of them offered in an online format. The General Education Core Curriculum at Bellevue consists of 45 credits (15 courses) that meet eight different requirements

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2011 include:

  • MCCC students may graduate with any degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.G.S., or A.F.A.)
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of the Kirkpatrick Signature series requirement. This three course sequence focuses on the institutions and traditions of Western Civilization that have achieved unprecedented success in the United States

Cabrini College is a coeducational Roman Catholic liberal arts college located in Radnor Township, PA (about 30 minutes from West Campus and 25 minutes from Central Campus). About 1,300 students are enrolled as undergraduates in over 30 majors. Cabrini's core curriculum, Justice Matters, develops a common core of knowledge and connects the theory and practice of social justice to each student's major.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2002 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A., A.S., or specific A.A.S. degree (Early Childhood Education, Accounting, Criminal Justice, Human Services, Management or Marketing)
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of Seminar 300 (The Common Good), as well as three credits of Religious Studies
  • Students may opt to take PHI 215 Comparative Religions at MCCC which will waive their Religious Studies requirement at Cabrini

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational Roman Catholic college located in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia (about 45 minutes from West Campus and 20 minutes from Central Campus). Approximately 900 students are enrolled in its traditional undergraduate program and students have a choice from among 35 possible majors. Chestnut Hill College's Core Curriculum, approved by faculty in 1999, is designed to provide students with a meaningful education that is rooted in the College's Mission. Steeped in the liberal arts, the curriculum recognizes the impact of the information-age revolution and addresses career demands of the twenty-first century. The Core Curriculum consists of (I) Fundamental Requirements, (II) Ways of Knowing Perspectives, (III) Proficiencies, and (IV) Free Electives.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 1999 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A. or an A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of six credits in religious studies and three credits in Global Awareness Seminar

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is a historically black university that is part of the PASSHE state university system and that is located in Cheyney, PA (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 45 minutes from Central Campus). Approximately 1,500 undergraduate students are enrolled as undergraduates in over 20 available majors. The General Education (Gen Ed) program is a common set of courses that all students must satisfy prior to graduating from the university. The current Gen Ed program was created by faculty, implemented in the Fall of 2008, to provide a foundation to foster confident, competent, reflective, visionary leaders and responsible citizens. These goals were satisfied, in part, by creating a curriculum that promoted the six university-wide learning outcomes under which the university operates.

The revised core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2017 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A., A.S., A.F.A., or A.A.S. degree (with the exception of education which requires the normal admissions process)
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived

Delaware Valley University is an independent, interdisciplinary college located in Doylestown, PA (about 1 hour from West Campus and 25 minutes from Central Campus). Approximately 1,700 undergraduate students are able to major in one of 25 programs of study.

The revised core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2017 includes:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A., A.S., A.F.A., or A.A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived

DeSales University is a coeducational Roman Catholic university located in Center Valley, PA (about 1 hour from West Campus and 45 minutes from Central Campus). Approximately 1,600 undergraduate students are enrolled in over 30 different programs of study.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2013 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A. or an A.S. degree (with the exception of education which requires the normal admissions process)
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of Intermediate Theology and Values Seminar

Eastern University is a coeducational Christian university in St. Davids, Pennsylvania (about 30 minutes from West Campus and 25 minutes from Central Campus). The 4,000 undergraduate students are able to choose from among 35 different majors. The core curriculum of the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern University includes coursework which addresses all the university general education student learning goals and indicators. The CAS core also addresses the following further student learning goal, with associated indicators, which flows out of the college's liberal arts mission.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2011 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A. or A.S. or an A.A.S. in s-specified fields (Criminal Justice or Human Services degree)
  • Eastern agrees to accept the general education courses embedded in the MCCC degrees toward the fulfillment of many of its undergraduate general education requirements. Given the large number of general education courses required for the four-year degree at Eastern, most students will have remaining general education courses to fulfill after transferring to Eastern
  • There are four courses related to the Christian faith mission only offered at Eastern University

Gwynedd Mercy University is a coeducational, liberal arts Catholic university located in Gwynedd Valley, PA (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 10 minutes from Central Campus). Over 1,200 undergraduate students can select a program of study from more than 40 programs. In order to prepare the distinctive Mercy graduate as a self-sufficient life-long learner who is an informed, responsible, caring citizen of a diverse global community, the College has established a common educational experience in its required curriculum of general education. There are five key requirements of the Gwynedd Mercy general education program: Skills for Exploring, Exploring Society and Global Diversity, Exploring the Natural World, Mathematics and Technology, Exploring the Spiritual World, and Exploring the Arts and the Imagination.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2000 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an an A.A. or A.S. degree,  or an A.A.S. in the following programs: Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, or Human Services degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, except for the requirement of two signature courses
  • For students in the Nursing program, if all general education requirements are met, only one Signature course is required

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, as a public state university, is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) located in Kutztown, PA (about 45 minutes from West Campus and an hour from Central Campus). Over 9,000 undergraduate students can select a program of study from 70 majors. The General Education Program at Kutztown University is a program of study that provides students majoring in a diverse array of programs with a common intellectual experience. The General Education program includes a core curriculum, university distribution requirements, college-specific distribution requirements, and thematic courses. Together, these features of the program provide our students with a common intellectual experience, expose them to a diversity of academic disciplines, and lay the foundations for a successful undergraduate educational experience.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2013 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A., A.S., or A.F.A. degree
  • All general education requirements will be applied to KU's general education requirements; however, some general education courses may still remain based on the student's program of study

LaSalle University is a coeducational Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 30 minutes from Central Campus). Over 3,300 full-time undergraduate students can select a program of study from over 40 majors. Offering sustained study in a broad range of disciplines, the core curriculum at La Salle provides students with an opportunity to build a strong educational foundation for the future. Guided by La Salle's heritage as a Catholic university, the core curriculum reflects La Salle's strong commitment to the interdependence of intellectual and spiritual growth.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2011 include:

  • MCCC students must graduate with an A.A., A.S., A.F.A., or an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice degree with a minimum GPA requirement of 2.5; Majors in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences are not part of this Agreement
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of religion and philosophy courses (unless completed at MCCC by taking PHI 215 Comparative Religions)

Peirce College is a private, not-for-profit college, focused on non-traditional students and is located in Philadelphia (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 40 minutes from Central Campus). The College offers bachelor's degrees in four primary areas (Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, and Paralegal Studies). The purpose of general education courses at Peirce is to expose students to a variety of the crucial building blocks needed in all fields of study.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2003 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an A.A. or A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived

Strayer University is a private, for-profit higher education institution with a location conveniently located in King of Prussia, PA (about 30 minutes from West Campus and 20 minutes from Central Campus). Geared towards non-traditional adult students, their six programs are offered both face-to-face and in an online format.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2006 include:

  • Guaranteed admission for any MCCC student who has earned an A.A., A.S., A.G.S., or A.A.S. degree
  • Students completing an A.A. or an A.S. degree at MCCC will have met all lower division general education requirements

Temple University is a comprehensive public research university with nine campus locations (including three international campuses). Many MCCC students elect to attend Temple-Ambler (about 45 minutes from West Campus and 15 minutes from Central Campus) or Temple's Main Campus in North Philadelphia (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 40 minutes from Central Campus). There are 25,000 undergraduate students (with 24,000 on Main Campus) who are able to select from 125 different undergraduate majors. The General Education (GenEd) Program serves as Temple University's liberal education requirements for all undergraduate students and provides a foundation for learning and development practices that help students succeed academically and professionally.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2002 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an A.A. or an A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived

University of Phoenix is a for-profit higher education institution where students can take courses either at their Philadelphia location (about 50 minutes from West Campus and 40 minutes from Central Campus) or completely online. The Philadelphia Campus offers Bachelor's degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Health Administration, and Information Technology. Online, students may select one of 14 different baccalaureate programs.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2000 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an A.A. or an A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, except for six total credits of both Science/Technology and Mathematics (unless students have taken them as part of their program of study at MCCC)

Villanova University, Office of Part-Time Studies allows for part-time adult students to complete a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree in one of four areas (General Studies, Information Systems, Leadership, and Media and Technology). For students who have earned their associate's degree, this degree can be completed within three years of part-time coursework. Villanova University is a private, Catholic University located in Radnor Township, PA (about 35 minutes from West Campus and 30 minutes from Central Campus). The courses in the Core Curriculum at Villanova treat a broad range of disciplines from a variety of approaches; at the same time, the Core strives to ensure depth of study and intellectual sophistication while recognizing that learning implies different modes of inquiry.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2003 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an A.A. or A.S. degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exceptions of Theology 1050 (Christianity: Tradition and Transitions) and CHS100 (Core Humanities Seminar: Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance Thought)

West Chester University of Pennsylvania, as a public state university, is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) located in West Chester, PA (about 45 minutes from West Campus and 40 minutes from Central Campus). Over 13,000 undergraduate students can select a program of study from 116 majors. At West Chester University, the general education program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, perspectives, and competencies expected of them as citizens of the state and of the world. The University believes that a liberal education base will prepare students to think and communicate as professionals, to understand social and global contexts of their lives, to transfer knowledge and skills from one setting to another, to recognize ethical implications of professional practice, and to balance the various dimensions of their personal and professional lives.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2009 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an A.A. or A.S. degree
  • Prior to Fall 2014, all of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived, with the exception of an art or music class that can be taken at MCCC
  • Effective for Fall 2014, any student with an Associate of Art or Associate of Science degree from any of the 14 Pennsylvania community colleges will have the first 45 credits of general education requirements waived at WCU. Students will still be required to complete the Diversity and Writing Emphasis requirements, which both must be taken at WCU. Also, students must still take any prerequisites and/or major/minor related requirements that are considered general education courses. The following requirements will be waived with this policy
    WRT 120 (3)
    WRT 200-level course (3)
    Communications (3)
    Mathematics (3)
    Humanities (6)
    Behavioral and Social Science (6)
    Science (6)
    Arts (3)
    Interdisciplinary (3)
    Student electives (9)

Wilmington University is a private, non-profit research institute that offers over 25 bachelor's degree programs on its Wilmington campus (about one hour from West Campus and one hour from Central Campus) as well as 17 programs of study completely online. Certain General Education courses are required in each of the degree programs of the University. These courses provide students an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of basic accumulated general knowledge. The courses are designed to assure that a wide range of viewpoints and philosophies, as well as classic literature, become familiar to students. General Education courses provide a common academic meeting ground for students and professors to interact. These shared studies afford the opportunity to explore generally accepted concepts and principles, develop critical thinking skills, and identify questions and issues requiring further study and research.

The core-to-core/general education agreement signed in 2012 include:

  • MCCC students must earn an associate's (A.A., A.S., A.A.S., A.G.S., or A.F.A.) degree
  • All of the requirements of the undergraduate general education are waived

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