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MACRAO Transfer Agreement

This agreement will be replaced by the new Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which will take effect for students entering Fall 2014 or later.  Students who started prior to Fall 2014 will be able to complete the existing MACRAO Transfer Agreement through Summer 2019, or they may complete the MTA requirements.

Effective Fall Semester 2013 through Summer 2019

The MACRAO Transfer Agreement is designed to facilitate transfer from community colleges to baccalaureate colleges and universities.  It provides for transferability of up to 30 semester credits to meet many (in some cases all) of the General Education Requirements at participating Michigan four year colleges and universities.  Students may complete the MACRAO Transfer Agreement as part of an associate degree or as a stand-alone package.  Completion of the MACRAO Transfer Agreement does not necessarily mean that a student has completed the requirement for a specific Lansing Community College associate degree.   At least one credit-bearing course must be earned in attendance at Lansing Community College. 

When the coursework and residency requirements for meeting the MACRAO Transfer Agreement have been completed, it is the student's responsibility to request that the statement 'MACRAO Agreement Satisfied' be posted on their LCC transcript by completing a MACRAO-CORE AUDIT request in the Academic Advising Center. The completed form will be submitted to and processed by
Enrollment Services.

Effective Fall 2013 through Summer 2019, the following establishes the approved list of LCC courses under the four major distribution requirements for the MACRAO Transfer Agreement. A course can be used to satisfy only one category even though it may appear in more than one category. Only courses in which at least a 2.0 is received may be applied to this agreement.

A course that is transferred to LCC from another college or university and is not equivalent to a specific LCC course may be used to satisfy MACRAO if it is a general education course, fits into one of the MACRAO areas, and meets LCC's MACRAO Guidelines.  To have such a course considered for MACRAO, a student must obtain documentation about the course from the school where it was completed, and submit the documentation to the Enrollment Services Office. 


View PDF file LCC General Education Core Area/MACRAO Crosswalk to see a list of the 2017-18 LCC Core courses that meet the 2013-2019 MACRAO category requirements.


Courses taken before Fall Semester 1993 will not automatically satisfy the MACRAO requirement. If you took courses during this time, the courses may satisfy MACRAO requirements. If you would like to request a substitution to the MACRAO requirements complete and submit the Request for Term Course Substitution for MACRAO Requirements.

The basic two-year requirements are:

  1. English Composition (minimum of  6 semester credit hours)
    Select one (1) course from each group:

    1. WRIT 121 or WRIT 131

    2. WRIT 122 or ENGL 122 or WRIT 132 or ENGL 132

    A student with a waiver for WRIT 121 indicated on their record must  complete a second course from the 200-level offerings in WRIT or ENGL. Waiver of WRIT 121 should be printed on the student's transcript.

    NOTE: Areas below contain 2, 3, 4 and 5 semester credit hours, which may necessitate taking more than two courses to reach the 8 semester credit hour minimum.

  2. Science and Mathematics (minimum of 8 semester credit hours) Choose courses in at least two (2) subject areas, with a minimum of one laboratory science course. If lab CHEM 161 or BIOL 204 is used to fulfill this area, then an additional Science course, other than CHEM 161 or BIOL 204, must be taken.

    Non-Lab Courses:
    BIOL 203
    CHEM 120,125,151
    MATH 112,118,119,120,121,122,126,130,141,151,152,161,162,
    PFHW 123
    STAT 170,215

    Lab Courses:
    ASTR 201
    BIOL 120,121,125,127,128,145,201,202,204,210,229,260,265
    CHEM 135,161
    GEOG 121,220
    GEOL 221,222,230
    ISCI 121,122,131
    METM 190
    PHYS 120,221,251

  3. Social Science (minimum of 8 semester credit hours)
    Choose courses in at least two (2) subject areas.
    * ECON 213 may be used to satisfy either Social Science or Humanities.

    ANTH 270
    CHDV 101
    CJUS 101,102,106,255
    ECON 120,201,202,213*,260
    EDUC 204
    GEOG 120,200,202
    GERO 100
    MGMT 234
    POLS 120,121,201,260,270
    PSYC 200,202,203,205,221,250
    SOCL 120,254,255,260
    SOWK 101
    SPCH 280

  4. Humanities (minimum of 8 semester credit hours)
    Take one (1) of the following combinations:

    • ARTS 211 & 212; ENGL 211 & 212; HIST 211 & 212 or 214;
      HUMS 213 & 214; PHIL 211 & 212; RELG 211 & 212

    - OR -

    Take courses in at least two (2) of the following areas:
    * ECON 213 may be used to satisfy either Social Science or Humanities.

    ARTS 102,103,130,131,132,211,212
    CHIN 121,122
    ECON 213*
    ENGL 201,202,203,208,211,212,255,256,260,266,267,270,290
    FREN 121,122,201,202
    GRMN 121,122,201,202
    HIST 150,211,212,214,220,230,240,250,260
    HUMS 125,140,160,213,214,215
    JAPN 121,122,201
    MUSC 199,240,241
    PHIL 151,152,153,211,212
    RELG 150,211,212,241,242,250
    SPAN 121,122,201,202
    SPCH 130
    THEA 110,210


    1. Not all Michigan colleges and universities participate in the MACRAO Transfer Agreement; some participate fully and others participate with various limitations and/or provisions (provisos).  Students are advised to review specific transfer guides when available and meet with an advisor. 

    2. Students seeking an LCC associate degree must fulfill specific graduation requirements. See Graduation Requirements, Certificates and Degrees for additional details.

    For further information and advising, contact an LCC academic advisor with
    the Academic Advising Center located in the StarZone in the Gannon Building or by calling  (517) 483-1904.

The following 4-year institutions are signatory to the MACRAO Transfer Agreement:  All students are strongly encouraged to contact a representative at these institutions for more detailed information before transferring.

  •    Adrian College

  • * Albion College

  • * Aquinas College

  •    Baker College 

  •    Calvin College

  •    Central Michigan

  •    Cleary University

  • * Concordia University

  • * Davenport University

  • * Eastern Michigan

  • * Ferris State

  •    Finlandia University 

  • * Grand Valley State

  •    Lake Superior State

  • * Madonna University

  • * Marygrove College

  • * Michigan State University

  •    Michigan Technological

  • * Northern Michigan 

  • * Northwood University

  • * Oakland University

  •    Olivet College 

  • * Rochester College

  • * Sacred Heart Major Seminary

  • * Saginaw Valley State

  • * Siena Heights

  • * Spring Arbor University

  • * Wayne State University

  •    Western Michigan

*Some limitations may apply.  For current MACRAO Transfer Agreement information including individual provisions, limitations, and exceptions to the Transfer Agreement, visit the MACRAO website annually.

Transfer Opportunities at Lansing Community College

Academic Advising Center
Gannon Bldg, Room 212
Phone: (517) 483-1904
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