It’s quite common for students to transfer from one college to another. Regardless of the reason for the transfer, it’s important to visit with admissions officers about the best options and ask if there are restrictions on transferring credits. You will also want to check if the college requires you to take a minimum amount of credits there to receive a degree from them.
Some students choose to start at a community college for one to two years and then transfer to another college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. This may be a good option if you are concerned about student loan debt or are unsure about your major. Starting at a community college can give you time to figure that out before going to a more expensive university setting. Most community colleges are less expensive which can help reduce student loan debt, and if you attend a college in your community, you may choose to live at home to cut housing and food expenses.
Before leaving the community college you are attending it is important for you to check with the Registrar’s Office to see if you have met the requirements to receive an associate degree. Without taking this easy yet very important step, you will not officially receive your associate degree. Having that credential is a great way to jump-start your bachelor’s degree. More importantly, sometimes plans change and not everyone goes on to complete their bachelor’s degree which makes having that associate degree even more important.
Sometimes, a college isn’t a good fit for you, and you feel you will be happier at a different college. Visit with the admissions officers right away as transferring credits from one school to another, whether it’s a technical, community or tribal college or university, can be challenging and you’ll want to carry over as many credits as possible.