There are several reasons why students may decide to transfer from community colleges to 4-year colleges. Many students start their college educations at community colleges to save money so that they can transfer to a 4-year college. Some students may plan to get their associate’s degree and work for a few years before returning to school to earn a bachelor’s degree. Other students may only plan on getting their associate’s degree but decide later on to continue their schooling.
Whatever your reason for transferring may be, there are certain steps you can take to make sure you make the most of your time and money!
Unfortunately, transferring to a 4-year college isn’t always easy. It all depends on the school. While some colleges work hard to streamline the transfer process, other schools may hardly accept any of your transfer credits. This is why it’s important to do your research ahead of time.
To start, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor. Many community colleges have “articulation agreements” with a list of 4-year colleges. Basically, this means that cooperating colleges are committed to working with transfer students and are likely to accept most transfer credits.
There are several factors that will affect how likely your credits will transfer, including your grades, how relevant your courses are to your course of study, and whether or not your community college is accredited. It’s also worth noting that highly specialized courses, such as those taken to earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, are less likely to transfer than courses taken toward an Associate’s degree.