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Applying to Four-Year Colleges: What Community College Students Should  Know

June 14, 2017 by Karen Grossman |

Illustration - person using laptop computerApplying to a four-year college or university may involve a few more steps than applying to community college, but don’t let the enrollment process scare you. There may be more boxes to check, but you can stay on task with admission requirements, deadlines, and application fees with some planning.

More than just an application

Students have to submit an application to a community college, but typically don’t need to fulfill specific academic requirements to enroll, including having a high school diploma.

That’s not the case with a university. Four-year colleges are more selective in the admission process. Students must apply and be accepted to a university, meeting its academic requirements.

What you may need:

  • Many colleges require an application fee.
  • Colleges require official transcripts from each school attended. (Make sure all transcripts are submitted by the application deadline.)
  • Some programs of interest may have separate admission applications or deadlines. Admission to a university doesn’t guarantee admission to your program of choice. Check with the program’s advisor for guidance.

Get the credit you deserve

Coming from a community college means you’ll have some college credits. If you have enough, you’ll be considered a transfer student. This means some of your credits from a properly accredited community college may count, and that’s a good thing. Without enough credits, you’ll be applying as a freshman with different admission standards.

North Carolina community colleges and public universities have a transfer credit policy that requires a 2.0 GPA with an associate’s degree. Without the degree, credit is given on a course-by-course basis.

Sign up for a special evening information session for prospective transfers to learn about transferring credits, academic programs, financial aid, and more at UNCG.

About transfer credits:

To transfer to UNCG’s online programs, students must have at least 24 transferable semester hours from a properly accredited college or university. Fewer hours require SAT or ACT scores as well as meeting freshman admission standards.

Speak with a counselor at your college or university or a UNCG admissions advisor if you have questions about what credits will transfer. You can also see how credit has transferred from other colleges.

If you choose a major early on while in community college, you can take prerequisite classes, saving time and money. If you know where you want to apply while in community college, take courses with the goal of getting accepted there. 

You’re a new student, too

Because you’ll be transferring, you will be considered a new student at the university. You should take advantage of available resources:

Attend a transfer orientation session. University life is different from community college, and an orientation will offer a campus tour and introduce you to admissions counselors, faculty, and other students. Even online students may need to get acquainted with campus life.

Transfer and online students are eligible for financial aid and scholarships. Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for both.

Go ahead, get started now

Are you ready to apply? Here’s your checklist for enrolling at UNCG.


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