THE SHEPHERD - MONTGOMERY COLLEGE T.O.P.S. ADMISSIONS 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
What Does This Mean For You, The MC Student?
- You can benefit from a world-class education at
two of the lowest-cost educational institutions in
- You can continue your education close to home,
taking advantage of on-campus living, study
abroad, athletic, and leadership programs.
- You will receive academic advising to assist you
in transferring your coursework to Shepherd and
ensuring a timely graduation.
- You will receive a tuition discount when you transfer
to Shepherd if you meet the T.O.P.S. requirements
What Are the Requirements?
- You have completed and submitted the T.O.P.S.
application prior to enrolling at Shepherd indicating
your intended start date. The application is available
online at unexpected.shepherd.edu/TOPS/, 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.
- 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
- 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 from MC
and all college work may be eligible for a 35% discount
off of Shepherd's out-of-state tuition rate.
- 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.
- 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?
- In addition to this tuition discount, students can
apply for merit and need-based financial aid and
scholarships. Students with a 3.5 GPA can apply
for Shepherd's Scholars Program, with benefits
that may include honors housing and honors
scholarships. For more information, go to www.
- Shepherd offers on-campus housing options in
traditional, suite-style, and apartment-style residence
halls. Students are guaranteed housing if
they apply by July 1. Students can take advantage
of our new state-of-the-art Wellness Center, our
award-winning Dining Hall, and free laundry facilities,
among other on-campus benefits. Also,
all students are permitted vehicles on campus.
What Else Should You Know?
- Acceptance for T.O.P.S. occurs only for the
spring and fall semesters.
- The discount is available for up to four consecutive
semesters after completion of an associate's
- To maintain this discount while enrolled at
Shepherd, you must begin each fall and spring
semester at full-time status (12 credits or more),
you must earn at least 24 credit hours by the
end of each spring semester, excluding summer,
and you must enroll continuously each semester,
excluding summer. Students who begin this program
in the spring semester need to earn at least
12 credit hours at the end of the spring semester
to maintain the discount.
- To maintain the 25% discount while enrolled
at Shepherd, you must maintain a minimum
Shepherd University GPA of 2.8. To maintain
the 35% discount while enrolled at Shepherd,
you must maintain a minimum Shepherd University
GPA of 3.0.
- Admission in this program applies only to general
admission to the University and does not
guarantee admission to a specific major or academic
program. Admission to certain majors
and academic programs may require additional
qualifications, and guidelines can be found in the
academic catalog (catalog.shepherd.edu).
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:
Takoma Park/Silver Spring
Room 122, 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 172, SA Building
20200 Observation Drive
Germantown, MD 20876
Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5000