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How do I transfer from a community college to a university? #CV23

How do I transfer from a community college to a university?

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Doc’s Answer

Andrew fortunately for you, the transferring process from a community college to a university can be quite easy as long as you have a plan and are willing to put in the work and effort required to make it happen.

FRIST, you'll want to define your educational goals. What kind of degree do you want to get? What do you want to major in? What kind of career and job do you want after you graduate? Determining the answers to these questions will help you make a degree plan and decide which courses to take.

SECOND, once you know your educational goals, you should start thinking about which universities you'd want to transfer to. It's important to plan for this ahead of transferring because every school has different requirements. You want to make sure that everything you do during your time at your community college will help you get accepted to the university of your choice.

THIRD, you should also talk to your community college advisor and tell them about your plan to transfer to a university. This way, your advisor knows your goals from the get-go and can help you make decisions and offer pertinent advice to make sure you're sticking to your plan and are on track to transfer. When you have this information, you can plan your schedule and take classes you know will transfer. You don't want to be stuck in a situation where you took a bunch of community college classes that you won't get credit for at a university. You also don't want to have to re-take a class that you already took because you'll end up paying for it. Twice.

Hope this was helpful Andrew, if everything goes to plan, you should enter your four-year university as a junior.
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Maureen’s Answer

Hi Andrew! Some four-year colleges/universities have transfer agreements with community colleges, which can make the transfer process really smooth and straight forward. Check with your community college advisor and ask if they have any transfer agreements. If they do, they can tell you how to apply and then lay out a very specific program of courses to take. Often the agreement will state that you are guaranteed admission to the four-year college/university if you complete these courses with a minimum grade. As others mentioned above, your path will be more direct if you know what you want to major in. But community college is a great place to explore many options and learn what you are and aren't interested in. I went to community college as an adult as an electrical engineering major. After studying electricity in a couple of physics classes, I realized it was not for me - but I LOVED chemistry, so switched to Chemical Engineering. I have no regrets about the paths I explored before finally deciding.

Maureen recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your community college advisor about transfer agreements
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Michel’s Answer

What I ended up doing was I told my school that I was interested in going to a four year, and I talked with a counselor. We looked at a few schools and found the one that I wanted to apply to. We then looked into what was going to transfer and if anything would not be transferring. I then went home and put in my application and waited to hear a response from the university. The process is very easy and if you have good grades should not be a problem. Make sure to check out the university and see if that is somewhere you are okay with spending the next couple years at because you will be spending a lot of time there. If you are interested in transferring your community college should have some pretty good resources to help you with that transition and getting ready for what the next steps will be.
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Kathryn’s Answer

Hi Andrew,

If you are just starting at the CC, I recommend taking core classes, such as English Comp 1 and 2, Math, and Science. You will also need a Social Science such as Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science and Economics, to mention a few. Which math course will depend on your performance on the entrance test, but you will likely need Algebra 1 and 2. Aside from English you may need another Humanities courses such as History, Art History, Theatre, Philosophy, etc. Core courses such as these will transfer to most universities, regardless of the major you choose, which is the reason they are safe courses to take. Once you decide on a few colleges or universities to apply to, it is common to request an unofficial transfer evaluation to help determine which courses you will still need, after the transfer work is evaluated. This is information that you should discuss with your CC advisor to plan accordingly. Hope this helps.
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Eduardo’s Answer

Transferring from a community college to a university can be a great option for students who want to continue their education and earn a four-year degree. Here are the general steps to follow:

Research your options: Look into different universities and their transfer requirements, such as minimum GPA and required courses. Make sure to note application deadlines.

Meet with a counselor: Talk to a counselor at your community college to discuss your transfer plans and make sure you are on track to meet the transfer requirements of your desired university.

Choose a major: Decide on a major or field of study you would like to pursue at the university, and make sure to complete the required courses for that major while at the community college.

Apply to universities: Once you have chosen the universities you would like to apply to, complete their transfer application and submit all required documents, including transcripts and test scores.

Complete financial aid forms: If you need financial aid, complete the FAFSA and any additional financial aid forms required by the universities you are applying to.

Wait for acceptance: After submitting your applications, wait for acceptance letters from the universities. Once you are accepted, work with your community college to send your transcripts to the university.

Attend orientation: Attend any orientation sessions offered by the university to become familiar with campus and resources available to you.

Overall, transferring from a community college to a university requires careful planning and communication with counselors and universities to ensure a successful transition.
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Ben’s Answer

Andrew,

It looks like the bases are mostly covered by the other answers here, however one thing that I did not find in those answers is to get an Associates Degree. Often you can get full credits instead of partial credits when transferring when you have a degree rather than just your classes. Of course, speaking to the Admissions Office at the school you wish to attend will give you the best picture of what is best for your circumstance.
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Daniel’s Answer

Great question Andrew!

To make it easier I would suggest going to a community college and university all within the same state. Many states have agreements in place that will allow a history, english, science, math class etc. to be transferred/counted toward your degree plan at a university within the same state. Once you decide where to go you can set up time with a counselor to ensure that many of your classes from your community college will transfer to the university of your choosing. I would strongly suggest that you have this meeting to avoid any surprises down the road.

Sounds like your already going down the path but I am a big proponent of saving money and getting your basics at a community college! You can finish out your degree at the university of your choosing. This not only saves money, but gives you more time to decide on what degree/path you want to pursue. If possible living at home, renting books, etc. are great ways to save money in your first 1-2 years before going off to a major university.

I hope this helps and good luck on the journey!
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Adrian’s Answer

Andrew,

This is great question with a simple answer in my opinion. The factor to make the transition as smooth as possible is to have plan and start it as early as possible. Luckily for you, as far as I know every college has student advisors who can assist you with this endeavor. I hope this helps!
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Megan’s Answer

1. Get a copy of your transcripts from your current school. After that submit the application to your new school. Once you meet with a counselor there they will give you their school's unique retirements.
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Chirayu’s Answer

Transferring from a community college to a university is a common path for many students looking to continue their education. Start by researching universities that offer the program you are interested in and make a list of the ones you would like to attend. Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor at your community college to discuss your transfer plans. They can provide you with guidance on selecting the right courses and ensure that you are on track to meet the transfer requirements for the universities you are interested in. Each university has its own transfer requirements, so it's important to research them carefully. This may include minimum GPA requirements, completion of specific courses, and standardized test scores. Once you have identified the universities you would like to attend, apply to them through their admissions office. Make sure you meet all of the application deadlines and provide all of the required documents. Request transcripts from your community college to be sent to the universities you have applied to. Make sure you follow up to ensure that they have been received. Apply for financial aid at the universities you have applied to. This may include scholarships, grants, and student loans. Once you have been accepted to a university, attend orientation to learn more about the campus, meet other students, and prepare for your first semester.
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