The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (MACRAO) Articulation Agreement was established to improve transfer student articulation between two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Michigan. Grand Rapids Community College is a participant in this MACRAO Agreement.

The Associate of Arts or Associate of Science handouts can be used as a unofficial audit for completing the MACRAO group requirements. Additional requirements are outlined on the handout for an AA or AS degree. For specific courses print a MACRAO Guide. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to assist with course selection and transfer planning. Students should base their course selection on their intended transfer institution and chosen major.

The specific requirements of the MACRAO Agreement are:

  • 6 credits - English Composition
  • 8 credits - Humanities (in at least two subject areas)
  • 8 credits - Social Science (in at least two subject areas)
  • 8 credits - Natural Science (in at least two subject areas; must include at least one lab course)

Four-year colleges and universities which are signatories to the MACRAO agreement:

Adrian College*

Albion College

Alma College*

Aquinas College

Baker College

Central Michigan University

Cleary College*

Davenport University

Detroit College of Business

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Kettering University (GMI)

Lake Superior State University*

Lawrence Technological University*

Madonna College*

Michigan State University*

Michigan Technological University*

Northern Michigan University

Northwood University

Oakland University*

Olivet College

Saginaw Valley State University

Siena Heights University*

Spring Arbor College

Western Michigan University

* Indicates four-year colleges and universities which have attached provisions to their Agreements. Usually these can be satisfied after transferring. These provisions can be obtained from the four-year institution.

This Agreement provides that if you complete either the Associate of Arts Degree (AA) or the Associate of Science Degree (AS), or all of the MACRAO group requirements (see above) at Grand Rapids Community College and are accepted as a transfer student by one of the above schools, you will have satisfied the basic general education requirements of that school. The MACRAO Articulation Agreement does not guarantee admission into a particular college or into any particular program at that college. This Agreement applies to basic studies/general education and does not exempt the transferring student from meeting specific requirements for a particular program or program of study; i.e., education, engineering, business, social work.

Trancripts of Assoicate of Arts or Assoicate of Science Degree with MACRAO will automatically indicate that MACRAO Agreement requirements were fulfilledNon-graduates must request to have the MACRAO Agreement put on their official transcripts if requirements were fulfilled.  Fill out an Graduation Audit Form and submit to the Student Records Office.


For more information, visit the MACRAO Program website.