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Old 07-17-2009, 02:19 PM
 
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In another posting someone said that the trouble with attending a community college is many of your credits would not transfer to a four year University. I attended two different Community Colleges myself and all my credits transferred to an out of state four year college.

What was your experience or of your friends and family?
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Old 07-17-2009, 02:28 PM
 
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My undergraduate core course credits (English, Math, Intro to Microcomputers, English Literature, etc...) transferred to an out-of-state university.

The vocational/technical stuff (courses that lead to the awarding of an Associate's that is meant to get you a job) usually does not transfer, but could, it all depends, and the sophomore level classes sometimes do not (eg - Microbiology might not be the same).

UNLV publishes a list of transferable courses and their UNLV equivalent on their website under Transfer Agreement or something similarly named. There are many community college courses on that list. That is just one example.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Huntersville/Charlotte, NC and Washington, DC
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In another posting someone said that the trouble with attending a community college is many of your credits would not transfer to a four year University. I attended two different Community Colleges myself and all my credits transferred to an out of state four year college.

What was your experience or of your friends and family?
I went to a highly-regarded community college for 3 years (no summers) and all of my credits transferred to an out-of-state school. Definitely check by school though. A couple of universities in Kentucky would not take all my credits when my current school in Missouri took them all.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:21 PM
 
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Mine did, they also have 2 + 2 programs, I dont think you get your associates with those but its an option.
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Old 07-17-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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DCCCD (Dallas County Community College District) supposedly have several transfer programs to 4 years universities.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:11 AM
 
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I went for 2 years to a local community college and earned my A.A. I applied to multiple (3-4) private schools and got accepted to every single one, and they all accepted every credit I had earned at the community college I went to. I was careful to not take any weird elective though, like some folks tend to do. A basket-weaving class will probably not transfer to many schools.
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:32 AM
 
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Mine did, they also have 2 + 2 programs, I dont think you get your associates with those but its an option.
In most cases, you would get an associates and it would articulate 100% to the BA/BS program you were pursuing.
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Old 07-18-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Maryland's 6th District.
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Generally, those who are enrolled in an Associates program at a CC are doing so to knock out the core curriculum before transferring to a four-year. Even if that is not the plan, by default the A.A. degree generally follows the guideline of underclassman and/or core curriculum found at the university level. This is particuarily true if you plan on transferring to a university within the state system and you attend a CC within that same state.

The typical college-level course should transfer. These are courses such as english comp, lit, math, bio I/II, chem I/II, etc. Basically, the same courses that you will find on any college campus. Outside of that, and the 2+2 articulation agreements, which courses transfer are decided by the college that you are transferring into. There are four criteria that the new college looks at when deciding on which courses to accept:

1). Is the credit that you are attempting to transfer taken in a course that has an equal or comparable course at the same level at the new college. Microbiology at a CC is going to be a 200-level course. At a four-year it might be a 300-level course and thus, probably won't transfer. An algebra-based physics course may not transfer if your new school requires calculus-based physics. Exceptions are sometimes made, but they generally require that Department X at the CC pleads and fights the case for you.

2). The grade received in the course. While you may only need to receive a grade of D to pass the course, all colleges have a minimum grade that they will accept. Some colleges it is as low as a C-. Others it is a B. If the grade in the course that you are attempting to transfer falls below the minimum acceptable grade, it will not transfer; and you might have to retake the course at the new college if it is required for your program.

3). The course is relevant to the new school's core curriculum or chosen major track. This is in-tune with #1, but let's say that you attended a CC, and got your A.A. with a concentration in History, but you decided that you do not like history and want to study economics instead. One or two history courses may transfer, but the majority will not simply because they do not apply to your new major.

4). All universities require that you take a certain number of credits at their institution as requirement to gain a degree from that school. Usually, it is at least 30 credits (two semesters, one year) at a minimum, and up to three years at most. If you have 'too many' credits, by default, you will lose some in the transfer process.

My GF was told that all of her credits transferred, but half-way through her senior year, she was told that in fact, five courses didn't transfer, and thus, would not be graduating with the rest of her class.

As for me, I only had two courses transfer. While I did not take Basket Weaving 101, I did take a bunch of classes without thinking much about what or where they would transfer. In fact, I didn't think about it at all. Then I attended a a film program for a while. None of those courses transferred in to my current major.
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:31 PM
 
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Went to a CC in California and had no problem transferring credits. Just get in touch with the school you plan to transfer to and usually they can provide you with a list of classes that transfer and what they transfer as.
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Old 07-18-2009, 07:14 PM
 
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They generallt do not transfer if their below a C
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