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Do Enough Credits Transfer to Graduate in Four Years?

Students thinking of transferring often worry most about losing credits after all the hard work they've done. Here's some expert advice on credit transfer.

Joan Isaac MohrJoan Isaac Mohr
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Quinnipiac University
Credits earned at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better that are similar to credits offered at the college you plan to attend will usually transfer. Unofficial evaluations of credit are provided after admission at all colleges, although prospective students may request an evaluation prior to applying by contacting the admission office and requesting a review of unofficial transcripts. Official acceptance of transfer credit is completed when a student accepts an offer of admission to a program of study. This should be accompanied by a degree audit, which shows what you’ll need to take to complete your degree.

Kelli DolanKelli Dolan
Senior Assistant Editor, CollegeXpress
If you find a transfer-friendly college, there’s a high chance most of your credits will transfer—especially if you’ve completed a lot of prerequisites and are transferring into a program that requires courses of comparable topics and rigor to the ones you’ve already taken. Typically, if you’re transferring from a community college, you’ll have an associate degree that’s equivalent to two full years of coursework. Strategically plan with your academic advisor at your new school before your semester starts and you should be able to develop a two-year course schedule that allows you to graduate with your bachelor’s in the standard four years. If you’re transferring from another four-year college after only a year or two, it should be even easier to find a program to take your credits and make graduating in four years possible.

Find all the answers to your questions about transferring colleges in our Ask the Experts—Transfer Students section.  

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