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Montgomery College TOPS Program

Shepherd University and Montgomery College (MC) have collaborated to offer you the Transfer Opportunity Program at Shepherd (T.O.P.S.) which guarantees your admission to Shepherd upon meeting eligibility requirements and may provide a tuition discount upon transfer.

What Does This Mean For You, The MC Student?

What Are the Requirements?

  1. You have completed and submitted the T.O.P.S. application prior to enrolling at Shepherd indicating your intended start date. The application can be found at the bottom of this page, at MC’s Transfer Office, or at Shepherd’s Office of Admissions. While Shepherd offers rolling application reviews, students are strongly encouraged to apply a semester prior to their intended start date.
  2. You have completed, or will complete prior to transfer, an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, or Associate of Fine Arts degree from MC.
  3. You have achieved at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA from MC and all college work, making you eligible for consideration for a 25% discount off of Shepherd’s out-of-state tuition rate. Students who graduate with honors from MC with at least a 3.4 GPA will be eligible for a 35% discount off of Shepherd’s out-of-state tuition rate.
  4. Your official, final transcript must be received at Shepherd by September 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester. Your discount will be awarded once your official, final MC transcript indicating your graduation date is received by the Office of Admissions.
  5. You transfer directly from MC to Shepherd and enroll at Shepherd at full-time status (12 credits or more) and as a non-West Virginia resident.

What Other Opportunities Will You Have?

What Else Should You Know?

Shepherd University Transfer Policy
Students who transfer from a regionally accredited junior or community college are allowed a maximum of 72 semester hours toward the 120 credit hour minimum for graduation from Shepherd University. In compliance with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, students who have completed more than 72 hours of coursework may select the courses they wish to have evaluated as part of their semester hours of credit counted toward graduation. The total number of credit hours earned will be calculated in the student’s overall grade point average.

All grades and credits transferred to Shepherd University are posted on the student’s permanent record exactly as received from all other colleges and/or universities with the following provisions: 1) plus and minus signs will be ignored, 2) D and F grades can be replaced only if earned within the first 60 hours attempted, and 3) for admission purposes, all grades on the student’s transcript(s) will be used in computing the grade point average.

If you would like to speak to an MC academic advisor or Shepherd University admissions counselor regarding this program please contact:

Montgomery College

Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Room 233, ST Building
7600 Takoma Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Room 215, CB Building
51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
240-567-5063 or 240-567-4104

Room 250, SA Building
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876

Shepherd University
PO BOX 5000
Ikenberry Hall
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000

T.O.P.S. Application

MC T.O.P.S. Application