Transferring From An Associate's Degree Program

Not sure you're ready for a Bachelor's Degree? Attending community college and earning an Associate's degree is a great way to save money on school or to make sure you're ready to take the plunge on a four-year degree program. Here are some important tips for future transfer students to keep in mind while choosing a community college and registering for classes from Dean of Admissions Andrew Flagel at George Mason University:

  1. Seek out Associates degree programs that are designed for transfer to a four year college.

  2. Remember that your academic performance matters at any institution. If you plan to transfer your essays, GPA and letters of recommendation will be important in gaining admission to a Bachelors program.

  3. While your community college may grant course credit for standardized tests like AP exams, but your second school might not so make sure that you won't have to re-take required courses you may tested out of while getting your Associates degree.

  4. Network with other students after you've transferred. It's a great way to meet people and develop important social networks that will help you in school and after.

  5. Keep in mind that institutions like to see improvement when evaluating applications, and demonstrated improvement may even matter more than GPA when applying to get your Bachelor's degree.

Want more information? Check out the full interview from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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