How to Transfer from a Community College?

Want to transfer from a community college to university? Most of the students study at low cost in a community college and transfer to 4-year university to earn a complete bachelor's degree. We guide you with few steps to transfer to a community college.

Updated by Niharika Padiga on 13th March 2020

Willing to shift to a 4-year university to finish your graduation? When you apply for any institute for the first time, it will be tougher but the shifting process might be easy.

Usually, students select to start their careers at 2-year College mainly to experience college life and later take the responsible decision regarding the majors. It’s time to check basic criteria if you are preparing to step into any university.


Is it easy to transfer from a community college?

It is easy to get a transfer from the college with good academics, but one of the best methods is to get a full year degree from a university. Transferring can be easy only if you make a plan of action and put your complete effort.


When to Transfer to University?

After completing your two-year program in community college, you can transfer to the university

Check whether you have good credit points, grades, and research before you switch to a 4-year course study.

Check whether the university is having financial assistance opportunities and ask the teachers for recommendation letters, marks memo, and keep an eye on the deadlines. Finally, submit your transfer certificate and financial assistance application.


Tips to transfer

Starting your career in a community college before going to a 4-year school makes a good financial set because of the tuition.

Keep a few things in mind if you want to make a switch. 

  • Credits from the community college

  • An idea where you want to transfer (List of four-year colleges)

Step 1: Investigate the course/subject you would like to take while transferring to a four-year school. 

Some universities accept all transfer credits from accredited community colleges where others will only make sure of courses and a few don’t accept transfer credits at all. Make sure that the community college you want to get in is accredited.

Universities only take credits from the schools that are recognized by a regional, national or professional agency. 

Verify this information at www.ope.ede.gov/accrediation.

Step 2: Talk to your mentor and an academic career counselor at your community college. They can make the process go smoothly by providing a recommendation and explaining each detail to you.

Step 3: If you don’t know where you want to transfer when you start, make sure to sign up for courses that your community college that is likely to transfer for credit. 

For instance, every university takes credits from English composition, lab science, and normal media maths classes now. 

Step 4: Even if you haven’t declared your major yet, know your interests to one field and take related courses 

Step 5: Keep your grades high. You need them to transfer to the university of your choice. Some states were offered guaranteed admission to students with high-grade points from certain community colleges. 

Step 6: Contact the admission offices at schools you would like to attend for information and ask them exactly what you need to do to consider.

Step 7: Check out all your options for loans, grants, and scholarships. 

Talk with the financial aid offices at colleges you were sure considered and also look online, type in financial aid, your state and university into a search engine. 

Step 8: When you have enough credits, apply for your transfer, all schools have different admission requirements and deadlines but you would like to have to fill out an application.

You need to provide copies of your high school and college transcripts and submit recommendations. Have your advice and look over everything before you are sending it off.


How Many Credits to Shift?

Moving of the credits may vary from college to university and you can earn as many as in between 30-60 points but you need to gain a minimum of 30 points before you apply to any transfer. 

In a few colleges/universities, the SAT score is not mandatory for those who has earned more than 30 credits. For more information about the credit transfer details, check with your administrator.


Benefits

  • The study will be cheaper for any undergraduate when compared to the university.

  • Getting credit points from community college and later transferring to university can save a lot of money.

  • Studying in community college makes the students comfortable to be close to their homes and flexible to do part-time jobs as well which is not possible in a four-year degree college/university.

  • For US resident students, completing the course study in community college and transition to the university makes it smoother.

  • You can complete the course within two years and can get plenty of job offers.

  • You can find new friends while transferring to a new college and can share their dorm.


Disadvantages

  • The educational system is very narrow to particular jobs (like medical science, aviation), so it's better to choose a four-year course if you have proper planning in life.

  • Scholarship transfers might be limited.

  • Work pressure is less