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Community College to University Transfer

Hey guys, I've been considering doing my first two years at a community college then transferring to a university. I reckon it could save some cash and it seems quite feasible. Has anyone got experience with this, and can tell me a bit about the transfer process and opportunities available? Thanks!

6 days ago

Taking the community college route before transferring to a four-year university is a pragmatic approach that can save you a significant amount of money. It's also an opportunity to bolster your academic profile if your high school records aren't stellar. To ensure a seamless transition, here is some key information to consider:

1. Articulation Agreements: Many community colleges have what are called "articulation agreements" with nearby four-year institutions. These are essentially agreements stating that the community college courses align with the university's curriculum. If your community college has such an agreement with a university you're interested in, it can simplify the transition and ensure that your credits transfer over.

2. TAG Programs: Some universities - especially large public ones like those in the University of California system - offer Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) programs for community college students that guarantee the student's admission to the university, provided they follow a prescribed set of courses and maintain a certain GPA.

3. Transfer Services: Use the resources at your community college's transfer center. These centers often offer workshops, advising, and other support specifically geared toward students looking to transfer to a four year institution. The advice and guidance they can provide can be priceless.

4. College Major Preparation: It is also beneficial to keep in mind what you wish to major in at the university, as some majors have stricter prerequisites than others. For example, many STEM majors ask students to complete several maths and science courses that you should ideally complete at the community college level itself.

Remember, meeting with an academic advisor early and often is crucial. They can guide you to make sure you're taking transferable credits, meeting prerequisites for your anticipated major, and staying on track with any articulation agreements or TAG programs. This can save you from taking classes that you later find out won't transfer or count towards your intended major.

6 days ago

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