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Develop an Educational Plan

Students should consult their advisor or a transfer advisor prior to attending ACM or early in the first semester to establish an educational plan. Careful planning is critical to ensure graduation from ACM and a smooth transfer. Unfortunately, students do not always plan or are unsure as to where they want to transfer and in which major.  Additionally, some students are under-prepared and must complete developmental courses or are not aware of prerequisites.

The educational plan is an opportunity for students to evaluate their experiences and to chart a road map for completion of an associate degree. A student’s plan may change, but having a plan in place at the beginning of the college experience will provide an anchor for thinking about subsequent course work, career objectives, or personal commitments.

How to Complete an Unofficial Educational Plan

1.  To begin the process, select an ACM transfer program that best satisfies personal interests. Students should select the option that best describes their interest after reviewing the following statements:

A student who wants to earn a bachelor’s degree but has not decided on a major or transfer school.

This student should enroll in General Studies and concentrate on completing general education courses.  Also, the student should select basic liberal arts courses that are more likely to satisfy general requirement at a wide range of transfer colleges.  For assistance, the student should see a transfer advisor for suggested courses.

A student who wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in a specific major but has not decided on a transfer school.

The student should select the ACM transfer program that best represents his/her chosen major.  Transfer programs have been designed to be flexible and to approximate the first two years of requirements at many colleges and universities.  If none of the transfer programs are similar to the student’s chosen major, the General Studies program would be recommended.

A student who wants to earn a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg State University in a specific major.

Most ACM transfer programs have been designed to parallel the first two years that a student would complete at Frostburg State University.  Students should closely follow the footnotes provided with the program of study.

A student who wants to earn a bachelor’s degree from a specific college or university in a specific major.

If the specific college or university is not Frostburg State University, University Studies would be a recommended program.  A University Studies program requires a formalized agreement between ACM and the transfer institution.  To discuss the creation of a University Studies, the student should contact a transfer advisor. 

A student who is not sure about earning a bachelor’s degree at this time, but would like to complete an associate degree in a career or technical field.
Students often begin their college experience not planning to transfer to a four-year school.  After experiencing college, they realize that they have the confidence, skills, and talent to complete a bachelor’s degree.  Although the career/technical or Associate in Applied Science programs at ACM are not designed to transfer, all of the program or parts of the program still may transfer.  An advisor in these career programs can advise about transfer possibilities.


2.  Obtain a copy of the ACM Academic Catalog or visit the Academic link on the college’s homepage

After identifying a program or major, students should look up the program listing in the catalog.  The listing may include a four semester model or just a list of courses, but it may not fit the student’s needs.  Some students may be required to complete developmental courses; may be attending part-time or planning to carry fewer credits than the model suggests; or may be taking courses out of order due to starting during the summer or spring.  Some courses are offered only one semester a year; for example, Physics 101 is a fall-only course and Physics 102 is a spring-only course.

Click here to download a blank educational plan.

The following plan is an example of a Biology Major planning to transfer to Frostburg State University, starting in the spring semester, and not needing  any developmental courses.  The information in parentheses indicates the manner in which the courses apply to the degree at FSU.   

 Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___  Fall:_X__ Spring:_____ Summer:____ 20___
Course Title and Number Credits Grade Course Title and Number Credits Grade
Bio 101 (Major) 4   Chem 101 (Mode C) 4  
Math 119 (Core Skills) 4   Bio 102 (Major) 4  
Eng 101 (Core Skills) 3   Math 221 (Major) 3  
Phys. Act. 1   Engl 103 (Mode B) 3  

Total Credits



Total Credits


 Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___  Fall:__X__ Spring:____ Summer:____ 20___
Course Title and Number Credits Grade Course Title and Number Credits Grade
Chem 102 (Mode C) 4   Chem 203 (Major) 4  
Cosc 101 (Mode E) 3   Phys 101 (Major) 4  
Art 101 or Mus 112 (Mode A) 3   Hist 105 (Mode B) 3  
Psych 101 (Mode D) 3   Soc 101 (Mode D) 3  

Total Credits



Total Credits


 Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___  
Course Title and Number Credits Grade      
Chem 204 (Major) 4   Graduate in May with A.S.    
Phys 102 (Major) 4   Transfer in Fall to FSU.    
Speech 101 (Mode E) 3   All lower-level Gen. Ed.    
Geog 102 (Mode F) 3   and basic Biology    
Phys. Act. 1   requirements completed.    

Total Credits


  Grand Total Credits



This plan is an example of a student who needs several developmental courses and plans to major in history at West Virginia University.  The information in parentheses indicates the manner in which the courses apply to a degree from WVU.

 Fall:__X_ Spring:_____ Summer:____ 20___  Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___
Course Title and Number Credits Grade Course Title and Number Credits Grade
Engl 90 [3]   Engl 93 [3]  
Rdg 90 [3]   Rdg 93 [3]  
Math 91 [5]   Soc 104 (Elective) 3  
Phys. Act. (Elective) 1   Sdev 106 (Elective) 3  

Total Credits




 Fall:__X_ Spring:_____ Summer:____ 20___  Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___
Course Title and Number Credits Grade Course Title and Number Credits Grade
Engl 101 (GEC #1) 3   Engl 102 (GEC #1) 3  
Hist 101 (Major) 3   Hist 102 (Major) 3  
Cosc 101 (GEC #2C) 3   Art 101 (GEC #3) 3  
Math 105 (GEC #2A) 3   Posc 101 (GEC #4) 3  
Lang 103 (GEC #8) 3   Lang 104 3  

Total Credits




 Fall:__X_ Spring:_____ Summer:____ 20____  Fall:____ Spring:__X__ Summer:____ 20___
Course Title and Number Credits Grade Course Title and Number Credits Grade
Hist 103 (Major) 3   Hist 104 (Major) 3  
Bio 101 (GEC #2B) 4   Bio 102 (GEC #2B) 4  
Mus 112 (GEC #5) 3   Psych 101 (GEC #6) 3  
Physical Activity 1   Engl 213 (GEC #7)    
Lang 203 (GEC #9) 3   Lang 204 (Eberly College Req.) 3  

Total Credits




Graduate in May with A.S in Arts and Science.
Transfer in Fall to WVU.
All lower-level Gen. Ed. (GEC) and introductory history courses completed.
Developmental courses [in braces] do not transfer.
Up to 72 credits will transfer to WVU.

Grand Total Credits



Transfer Course Equivalencies

To develop an educational plan, it is important to select the appropriate courses for transfer to the selected institution in the chosen major.  Courses that transfer and also fulfill some requirement at the transfer school such as general education requirements or major requirements should be identified.

To assist with this process, many colleges and universities post online transfer course equivalency information for prospective student preparing for transfer.  Some of these sites are extensive and list all ACM courses and others are limited to a few courses. 

These sites are constantly being updated and changed and new colleges and universities are being added.  In several cases, the college links listed below are based upon a history of ACM students transferring to that college.

Students who are transferring to other Maryland public colleges or universities should be aware of COMAR (Code of Maryland) regulation.  Under COMAR Title 13B Maryland Higher Education Commission Subtitle 06 regulations on general education and transfer are published.  In summary,

Maryland community colleges and four-year schools are required to publish their general education.  When a student transfers to another Maryland school, the new school is required to accept the published courses as general education.  To see the list of ACM General Education courses, click here.

The online transfer guides and course equivalency sites are for general advising purposes and do not necessarily represent an official articulation agreement with Allegany College of Maryland.  Additionally, ACM credits transfer to some colleges and universities that are not listed.

To assist with the preparation of an Education Plan use the following transfer guides or course equivalency sites:


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  1. University of Alabama


  1. Arizona State University
  2. University of Phoenix


  1. University of Delaware


  1. Georgia State University


  1. University of Hawaii at Manoa


  1. University of Idaho


  1. University of Kansas


  1. Western Kentucky University


  1. ARTSYS- University System of Maryland’s Transfer Articulation System (This site lists course equivalencies and recommended transfer programs for a majority of Maryland’s public and private colleges and universities.)
  2. University of Maryland, College Park’s Transfer Credit Center


  1. Ferris State University     
  2. University of Michigan     


  1. University of Minnesota     


  1. Montana State University

North Carolina

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Click on Credit Advisor to access list of courses.)
  4. University of North Carolina-Greensboro


  1. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  2. California University of Pennsylvania
  3. Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  4. East Stroudsburg University
  5. Indiana University of Pennsylvania Transfer Equivalency Site
  6. Juniata College
  7. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  8. Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  9. Millersville University
  10. Pennsylvania College of Technology
  11. Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center
  12. Saint Francis University
  13. Shippensburg University Transfer Equivalency Site
  14. Slippery Rock University Equivalency Site
  15. The Pennsylvania State University Transfer Equivalency Site
  16. University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown Transfer Equivalency Site

 South Carolina 

  1. Clemson University
  2. Coastal Carolina University
    (Under "Students from Other States")
  3. Lander University
    Winthrop University


  1. Midwestern State University


  1. Old Dominion University Transfer Equivalency System
  2. Regent University
  3. Shenandoah University
  4. Virginia Commonwealth University
  5. Virginia Tech

West Virginia

  1. Shepherd University
  2. West Virginia University