Reverse Transfer Program

Institution (custom)
The University of Texas at El Paso
Academic Level
Issue Area
Key Personnel


The Reverse Transfer Program has two main goals: 1) to support and facilitate the granting of associate’s degrees to UTEP students who have completed the requirements for the associate’s degree; and 2) encourage, through the awarding of associate degrees to qualified recipients, students to persist and ultimately graduate with baccalaureate degrees.

Program Description

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) developed a fully automated reverse transfer system that allows transfer students to earn credits at the university and have those credits sent back to the community college. Students can fulfill the balance of their associate’s degree requirements at the university and then use those credits to receive their degrees from El Paso Community College. The University of Texas at El Paso’s hope is that those students, many of whom are socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation, students of color will be the more likely to continue to pursue their higher educational aspirations and obtain a baccalaureate degree.


Initial Summary of Reverse Transfer Data:

  1. Total number AA/AS Degrees Awarded by El Paso Community College through Reverse Transfer with The University of Texas at El Paso is 2,874 (1st term for students at The University of Texas at El Paso ranged from fall 1996-sping 2009);
  2. Total number of Baccalaureate Degrees awarded by The University of Texas at El Paso to Reverse Transfer degree recipients is 1,998;
  3. Number of Graduate Degrees Awarded is 130;
  4. Average Undergraduate GPA at The University of Texas at El Paso is 3.12.

Over the last five years through this program, El Paso Community College awarded the following: 333 degrees (2013-2014); 162 degrees (2014-2015); 576 degrees (2015-2016); 372 degrees (2016-2017); and 239 degrees (2017-2018).

UTEP Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded to EPCC Reverse Transfer Degree Recipients by year over the last five years: 512 degrees awarded (2013-2014); 413 degrees awarded (2014-2015); 386 degrees awarded (2015-2016); 336 degrees awarded (2016-2017); and 250 degrees awarded (2017-2018).