Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Transfer
Ferris State University participates in the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars
& Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Transfer Agreement.
What is the MACRAO Transfer Agreement?
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 (and 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. Once the specified set of courses is completed, the courses will
transfer and be applied toward meeting the general education requirements at the four-year
college or university.
MACRAO Transfer Agreement Requirements
A minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework must be taken at one of Michigan’s participating
community colleges. The courses needed to satisfy the MACRAO requirements are as follows:
- English Composition (6 credit hours)
- Science and Math (8 credit hours) Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject
areas. At least one science course must include a laboratory.
- Social Science (8 credit hours) Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject
- Humanities (8 credit hours) Courses must be taken from a minimum of two subject areas.
MACRAO Transcript Posting
When coursework requirements for meeting the MACRAO Transfer Agreement have been completed,
the student may request that their transcript be posted "MACRAO Transfer Agreement
Important Steps for Students
Prior to enrolling in courses, it is HIGHLY recommended that students:
- Contact their community college for the institutional policy regarding the granting
of credit toward the MACRAO Agreement.
- Check with their community college counselor/advisor AND an admissions representative
from the four-year college to select courses to fulfill the MACRAO Agreement and to
discuss provisos which need to be considered.
In 2012 the Michigan legislature included boilerplate language in the community college
appropriations bill that focused on improving the transferability of core college
courses by revising the current Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions
Officers (MACRAO) agreement.
Students who started college prior to fall 2014 will be able to complete the existing
MACRAO Agreement until the end of the Summer 2019. Irrespective of time, if a student
has a “MACRAO Satisfied” endorsement previously placed on their transcript, Ferris
will still honor it in the best interest of the student.
- For general questions about transferring to Ferris, contact the Transfer Admissions
Coordinator at (800) 433-7747. General questions include: admissions application process,
on campus housing, dining options, scheduling a visit to campus, etc. More specialized
questions will be directed to the appropriate Ferris department.
- Advising assistance or questions about how the MTA fits with specific academic programs
should be directed to staff in the appropriate Ferris college. See the contact information
listed below for each Ferris specialty college. If you need assistance with determining
the correct Ferris College or Department to contact, please contact the Transfer Admissions
Coordinator for assistance at (800) 433-7747.
- College of Arts and Sciences: (231) 591-3660
- College of Business: (231) 591-2420
- College of Education and Human Services: (231) 591-3646
- College of Engineering Technology: (231) 591-2890
- College of Health Professions: (231) 591-2270
- College of Pharmacy: (231) 591-3870
- College of Optometry: (231) 591-3703
- Kendall College of Art and Design: (800) 676-2787
- Interested in on of off-campus locations? Visit www.ferris.edu/statewide for more information.
- Educational partners with general MTA questions should contact the Transfer Services
Center at (231) 591-5983.
Information was retrieved from
www.macrao.org/Publications/MACRAOAgreement.asp on 5/18/14.