Transferring from a community college to a four year university has become a very popular choice in recent years. Fewer people are able to afford the rising costs of tuition and find that going to a junior college is an excellent alternative to the standard four year university. Here are five tips to optimize your time in community college.
1. Plan, Plan, Plan: Your first priority when entering junior college should be to meet with a college counselor to determine your two or three year transfer plan. By doing this you can make sure you are on track and figure out what classes you need to take and when. Be sure to check in with your counselor each semester, because the school system changes all the time and staying current will ensure a smooth transfer.
2. Check Equivalencies: The names of the courses at your junior college are not going to be the same as the ones where you want to transfer. Check the course catalogs of your junior college as well as the four year you intend to transfer to. This will help you to find the classes that you need to take in order to transfer. When you meet with your counselor they should be able to help you do this.
3. 2 Years Is No Guarantee: As I said above, you and your counselor will make a 2 OR 3 year plan. Classes are hard to get, no matter where you go, so don’t be disappointed when it takes you 2 1/2 or 3 years to finally transfer. Proper planning and this next tip will help you to keep it to 2 years.
4. Take Summer Session: Classes are impacted at most schools so taking summer session is a great way to get ahead or catch up on classes. If you want to ensure you transfer in 2 years, summer session is going to be a must. You can take summer session as a high school student too, which will get you college credit at most colleges, community or otherwise. You can also try and cross enroll at the college you want to transfer to, as these classes will count toward your transfer.
5. Have Fun: Make the best of your junior college experience. Just because it’s junior college it doesn’t mean you can’t have a blast. College is a time for exploration and personal growth, so make new friends, learn new things and have fun!