If you were a transfer student (community college to a 4-year university), what was your experience like?
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Paul Goetzinger MPA
Another reason it went well is because I attended a college that had a direct transfer agreement (DTA) with the community college I attended. This agreement enabled me to transfer all of my credits and allowed me to start working on my major.
I attended the community college for three years. I took advantage of this time to get extra credit courses so I would not have to take them at the four year.
So, my experience was very good, because I had the associates degree, went to a university that had a direct transfer agreement, and I had extra credits, which transferred well into my major area of study.
Completing as many core classes at a community college, Language 101, Algebra, Calculus, Psychology, etc. that will transfer to a major university can be beneficial depending on how they transfer. Some schools have it worked out the credits and grades transfer others only the credit will transfer. For anyone returning to college or questioning how they will do in terms of grades, having just the credit transfer before starting your specific major classes can lead to a better graduating GPA.
Last few thoughts, the finances of a community college can be very helpful and if you end up with a degree from a 4 Year school, not many will question where the first two years of education were obtained.
Sometimes your credits may not transfer 100%; for example, my economics credit didn't transfer correctly. But I disputed it, since I had an Associates degree and they accepted me, so I felt the school was just trying to wring more money from me. I was actually successful in disputing that, so don't just go by their first decision.
The general education stuff let me get exposure to different things, and I did actually get some computer science classes, which let me try it out before committing to tens of thousands of dollars of student loans.
I personally have not went from a community college to a 4 year collage. However, I have many friend that have and they have a variety of experiences.
One person told me it was the best thing they did financially . They were able to take all their core classes for a much more affordable price saving them a few dollars before taking their major classes. They also said it was a little more challenging work wise.