According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, a third of college students transfer schools before graduating. Why? Because the traditional path is not for everyone. South College welcomes students year round and wants to make the transition as quick and easy as possible. So, here are the four things every transfer student needs to know.
1. Half of the major course requirements may be earned through transfer credits.
We don’t want you to have to retake classes you already took. If credits earned at another institution follow the appropriate criteria, then up to 60% of the total hours required for your degree could be accepted for credit. This can save you time and money when you transfer schools.
Please keep in mind, however, that at least half of your major requirements must be earned at South College. See the South College Catalogs for more details about how classes are defined in the curriculum.
2. You can earn credit through the credit by examination process.
That’s right! Even if you did not take an equivalent course, it is still possible to earn credit for your skill. Though some restrictions apply, this is a great opportunity for students who earned credits at non-accredited colleges or vocational institutions.
3. Time is of value.
Curriculums are constantly changing and material is always being updated. South College values an education that is current and up-to-date. Because of this, institutions may only transfer credits completed within seven years.
This time may vary depending on other factors. For a more complete list of credit requirements, please see our list of transfer specifications and time limits by course.
4. You can confirm the acceptance of credits at any time.
If you are considering enrolling at South College but are unsure if your credits will transfer, we encourage you to reach out to us. There is nothing worse than having to repeat courses or assuming your credits follow our transfer criteria when they do not. We can help you compare the courses you took at another institution and show you how they align with our curriculum. This is the best way to avoid confusion and for everyone to be on the same page during a school transfer.
5. The Registrar is a great resource.
The Registrar can answer any questions you may have about transfer credits. Get professional insight, so you can set up a course of action that will utilize the credits you already have and learn from the classes you still need to take.
Knowing these tips about transferring schools can make your transition to South College much smoother. See what other common questions non-traditional students ask before they transfer.