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Short Credit Hours for Admission to an Online Degree Program?

March 24, 2014 by Kelly Paul |
Kelly Paul

ID 100197141Admission to a college or university bachelor's degree completion program is often a two-step process. First, you have to gain admission to the college or university. Step One is generally handled by the undergraduate admissions office. Maintaining contact with this office and following application instructions - including meeting deadlines - is critical to completion of this step.

Once Step One has been completed and you've been admitted to the college or university of your choice (hoorah!), you may now encounter Step Two...admission into the specific degree program. For many online degree completion programs, this could include a minimum GPA requirement, completion of prerequisite courses, or having a specific number of completed credit hours. At this stage, more of your contact may be directed to the specific degree's program office or program manager.

If you have less than the necessary number of credit hours to enter the degree program, it does not affect your overall admission to the college or university. You could enroll and begin earning additional credits; however, you may not be able to take courses within your desired program. If this is the path you choose, be prepared to complete the necessary prerequisites, outstanding general education requirements, or other required courses. This will position you for later entrance into the specific degree program you want.

Another option to consider, if you have less than the required credit hours for program admission, is to earn the credit hours elsewhere. The community college system is a great option. As an example, The University of North Carolina has an articulation agreement with North Carolina community colleges. Simply put, you will know how your courses transfer from any North Carolina community college to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (provided you earn a grade of C or better). You can find more information here regarding North Carolina community college course equivalencies with UNCG

Unsure of your next move? Ask questions. Contact the admissions office to ensure you understand the overall admissions process to the university. Contact the degree's program office. Ask if there are any additional program admission requirements. And, discuss your options in terms of meeting those requirements. A few questions prior to the application can save you time and money and provide you with a clearer road map to degree completion.

So go ahead. Call. Email. Stop by for a visit.  Prospective students are always welcome! For information about online degrees at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, visit us online at or email us at


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