Attending community college for two years and then transferring to a full four-year college to complete a bachelor’s or other degree is an extremely popular strategy. It works particularly well for students with financial constraints who save by taking two years at a very low-cost community college. Transferring credits also works for lots of students who don’t know exactly what they want to do when they graduate from high school. Many of them (encouraged by their parents) take two years at a community college to get the foundation credits for a bachelor’s degree, and will then transfer to a full-scale university after they’ve had some time to “figure out” a career path. There are many instances where your community college credits will be accepted by either an in state or out of state 4-year schools.
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Which Classes Transfer From Community College?
Many state universities, and some private schools, have transfer credit agreements with community colleges within their states. If your community college has such an agreement with the school you wish to attend, you’re likely to have a fairly easy time transferring most of the credits from your first two years of school towards your four-year degree (unless you got very poor grades in your courses). Foundation classes that virtually always get accepted in transfer include English or English Composition, Algebra 1, basic science courses including first year biology, Speech class, Health, Political Science or Basic Science.
How To Tell If Your Credits Will Transfer Out Of State
But what if you want to transfer credits from a community college in, say, Alabama to a state or private university in North Carolina? It’s unlikely that the North Carolina school will have a formal credit transfer agreement with your Alabama community college. But that does not mean you won’t be able to get a full credit transfer.
Community colleges generally enjoy a good reputation, and most often have accreditation from a major regional accrediting body (remember, regional accreditation is higher quality than national accreditation). The best approach is to talk to the registrar at the school you wish to transfer your credits to. Odds are they will be open to transferring “core” courses in your major. Elective courses are a bit less likely to transfer. But it may be possible if your elective courses directly mirror some courses in the curriculum at your new school, and appear to be a good replacement for them. A key question is how closely the courses you have already taken will relate to the major you will be pursuing at the school where you’ll finish your degree. The more closely they match courses in the curriculum for your full major, the better the chance they’ll be accepted in transfer whether you are moving on to an in state or out of state university.
How To Transfer Community College Credits To An Out Of State University
The basic steps are similar whether you want to finish your degree at an in state or out of state college:
1) Get your transcript from your community college and see if your grades are good enough to be accepted by the school you want to transfer to.
2) Gather any letters of recommendation as well as financial documents like tax returns you may need to prove your income, particularly if you will be applying for financial aid.
3) See if the courses you’ve taken at the CC related to the subject you will be majoring in at your new school.
4) Contact the registrar at your transfer school and find out if they are likely to accept your credits.
5) Get your application done and submitted on time.