Transferring from a community college to a four-year university is becoming more popular among students. By living at home and taking community college classes at a lower cost per credit hour, students can save money while still accumulating credits that can be used at a four-year institution.
Different course and credit requirements can make the transition from a community college to a four-year university difficult. Through transfer agreements established with community colleges, the University of Illinois is working on making the process easier.
Transfer students are important to the climate of the university. They help to diversify a campus as community colleges tend to enroll more students from underserved populations. They also help keep enrollment steady at a time when high schools are graduating fewer students, according to a July 2011 College Board study
Identifying challenges and possible solutions
Program and course requirements vary across educational institutions. Students should plan their academic choices with transferring in mind or seek an associate degree, which can confer junior status at a four-year college. To assistant students interested in transferring to a U of I campus, the university participates in:
- the state’s iTransfer and u.Select systems, which assist students in planning for their transfers.