Taking Stock of the First Semester in College

So you just finished the first semester in college. It wasn’t an easy one and things couldn’t have been more different than what you were expecting. But don’t despair your experience is not unique and there is nothing abnormal about it. Here is yet another listsicle with the things that almost all freshmen experienced during their first semester in college.

  1. This is hard stuff. Yes, transitions are always though and when you transition from high school standards and expectations to college ones things are bound to be though. So what you are feeling is normal and almost everybody went through a similar experience. I can promise you that it will get better the second semester and the rest of them will get easier. Hang in there.

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7 Reasons Why College Credits Don’t Transfer

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College transfer can provide significant benefits when done well. However, when left to chance it can be fraught with problems. Today we discuss some of the issues related to college transfer and some of the most common reasons why credits don’t transfer from one institution to another.

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Horizontal or Lateral College Transfer

Horizontal or lateral transfer refers to transferring credits between two similar institutions from one college to another college (2 –year to a 2–year institution) or from one university to another university (4–year to a 4–year institution). Please keep in mind that transferring credits between two institutions with different type of control (public or private) and accreditation (regional or national) can be difficult.

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Initial Overview of the College Credit Transfer Process

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More than 30% of the students attend more than one university or college during their college career. This poses an issue because transferring credits between institutions can be a challenging process. Namely students that complete credits at one institution – sending institution – may not get recognition for these credits at another institution – destination institution – and they may need to repeat the course and/or pay for the same course again. Therefore, this post is the first one in the transfer series. The goal for the transfer series is to help you understand the complexities of transfer and plan for any potential barriers that may be arise during this process.

Transfer takes many flavors. It can include transfer from a college to a university, between colleges, universities, and even from a university to a college. The purpose is the same. Students transfer credits to help complete the requirements for a credential. The credential can be an associate degree, a baccalaureate degree, or a certification.

Today’s post provides a quick overview of college transfer and discusses:

  1. Articulation and institutional transfer agreements
  2. Institutional classifications by sector (public, private not-for-profit, and private for-profit) and program length (2-year and 4-year)
  3. Transferring with a degree

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