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How will I know which classes will transfer from a community college to a University?

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I'm going to community college to earn an associate of science and then plan on transfering my credits to a 4-year but I don't want to waste my time on classes that won't transfer.
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Steve’s Answer

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Hi Erica,


I also went to a community college for a couple of years before transferring to a larger university. Like you, one of my major concerns was that my community college coursework wouldn't transfer entirely to my new school. Unfortunately, I think you will need to do some research in order to find out which courses will transferable. Generally, any issues with the credit transfer process are due to restrictions that the school you would like the credits to transfer to has in place. Therefore, I would suggest contacting the admissions department of the school you are hoping to transfer to and asking questions about their credit transfer policy. For example, the school I transferred to limited me to a total of 66 possible transfer credits. Fortunately, most credits earned during the first 1 or 2 of college are general education courses that are readily transferable among schools.


In order to be most effective when contacting your target school's admissions department, I would suggest having a list of all of the courses that are necessary for your targeted degree at the community college. That should greatly assist the counselor you speak with in helping you track what credits will be accepted. Additionally, some 4-year schools have agreements with community colleges in the area that allow for direct transferability of credits earned at the community college.


Good Luck.

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Rafael A.’s Answer

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There is no easy answer to this one because it also depends on the school that you are transferring to. However, you should try to get all the core courses out of the way first as those may be easier to transfer. But ultimately, you need to discuss this with the community college you are in and the university you want to attend.

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Ken’s Answer

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You are asking a very important question. Getting to know about the courses and also getting to know about your potential career area is very important.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • A good first step is to verify your career choice by taking an interest and aptitude test and having it interpreted by a counselor. During my years in College Recruiting, I have found too many situations where people neglected this important step and ended up in a career are for which they were ill suited.
  • When you have the results of your testing, work with the person at your school who track graduates of your school and arrange to meet, talk to, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so you can see the inside view of the career area. Here are some tips on how to get good information: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meeting of professional associations to which people in your career area of interest belong, so that you can arrange to meet and shadow people who might be doing what you think that you might want to do. Here is a site that will allow you to find such associations: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ##
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