Many community college
students enter into their first year of higher education without a specifically clear career pathway
. In such cases, many students approach their impending graduation date only to realize that their decided career choice actually requires additional education and certifications
from a four year university.
In such cases, many community college students can take advantage of roll-over opportunities, where cooperating universities accept community college coursework as transfer credit. By transferring credits
, students are able to save money and time, and they can often graduate from their chosen university with far greater efficiency.
According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics
, nearly 71 percent of community college students intend to, at some point, pursue a baccalaureate degree. Adding to their data, studies from the Center reveal that approximately 20 to 50 percent of new university students are actually transfer students from community college.
As a rising number of students are both interested, and often required, to pursue longer courses of study, many community colleges and universities are striving to create more streamlined transfer programs to provide students with enhanced support.
Seeking Cooperating Institutions
When looking into transferring community college credits, experts assert that the earlier a student can make plans and arrangements, the better his or her transition may be. As eCampusTours supports, “By choosing a transfer school as early as possible, you will save a lot of time and effort because you will know in advance which courses will transfer to your selected school.”
When students begin to choose
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