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Taking the Next Step: Community College to Four-Year College

Community and two-year colleges are excellent entry points for those pursuing higher education, but some students might find they need additional education to fulfill their passion for learning or to meet requirements for career goals.

If you’re in this position, you may want to consider transferring from a community college to a four-year school, where you likely will find a wider selection of programs and advanced coursework.

What a Four-Year College can Offer

Four-year colleges have the capability and resources to offer bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and a variety of program concentrations and class options. This translates into expanded opportunities for education, as well as the ability to focus your studies on specific areas.

One difference between community colleges and four-year colleges is their approach to education. Community colleges can offer programs that teach students skills to enter certain job fields, award associate degrees, and prepare students to continue their studies at a four-year school.

Four-year colleges may offer students a broad background in different subjects as they pursue a bachelor’s degree and beyond. At a four-year college, you may be required to take courses outside your primary area of study. Depending on your career goals and attitudes about higher education, you might prefer this well-rounded approach.

Putting Your Skills to Good Work

If you performed well in community college, you shouldn’t have any concerns about your ability to thrive at a four-year school, as many of the skills you acquired still apply.

  • Discipline: You are committed to achieving your goals.
  • Organization: You can plan your schedule and prioritize your tasks.
  • Teamwork: You work well in groups.
  • Desire to learn: You enjoy education, and want to see yourself succeed.
  • Communication: You can express yourself well, both on paper and in person.

If you’ve been attending on-campus classes at a community college, you may enjoy the chance to learn on your own schedule by transferring to a college offering a 100% online degree program. Class discussions, lectures and group projects are handled online, and you can email your professor at any time.

Transferability of College Credits

One of the most important steps in moving from community college to a four-year college is to transfer the credits you’ve earned. First, you need to learn which credits are transferrable. You should be able to find this on a college’s website, or by talking to an enrollment advisor.

If you’re thinking about enrolling at New England College, you can transfer up to 90 community credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree if you took courses at a regionally accredited community college. Under its CC2NEC (Community College to New England College) program, students are granted automatic acceptance to NEC to complete their undergraduate degree.

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