A journey in higher education doesn’t always start and end with the same college or university. Transferring to a new school can be your path to earning the degree that’s the right fit for your personal and professional goals.
First, let’s define the term “transfer student.” Specific qualifications vary, but generally schools set a threshold at which a student is considered a transfer. At Arizona State University, any learner who has previously attended a different college or university and completed at least 12 credits qualifies as a transfer student.
Students may choose to transfer for a variety of reasons, including:
- A certain school might offer a unique program or learning opportunities more in line with your goals.
- The educational environment at your current school may not feel like the best fit for you.
- Students who’ve earned an associate degree at a community college may want to transfer to a university to earn a bachelor’s degree.
If you’re considering or already committed to transferring to a new school to finish your degree online, there are support services you can use to help ensure a smooth transition, but they’re not the same everywhere.
The transfer process can vary significantly between schools, so it’s in your best interest to carefully review requirements and workflows. It’s important to understand how transfer credits work so you can select the best online degree for your needs and make a plan around attending a new school. Your prior learning should be recognized and rewarded, so consider the tools and services a new school may provide that can help make the transfer process easier.
Keep your online degree on track: The value of transfer credits
As a transfer student, you have a valuable resource on your side: the college credit you’ve already earned.
Each course you previously completed has the potential to be recognized by the institution you transfer to. Why is that important?
- You can follow a clearer path toward a college degree, focusing on classes that introduce new concepts and knowledge.
- You won’t need to retake a course and study familiar material when you have already demonstrated competency related to it.
- You can reduce the total number of credit hours you need to earn, cutting down on both the time needed to earn a degree and the related costs, such as tuition and textbooks.
Flexibility is another key benefit to earning an online degree. You can learn from wherever you’re currently located instead of having to live close to or at a college or university. Flexibility also means pacing your courses around your schedule so you can better balance your obligations as a student with your job and the rest of your life. When you start a program offered by ASU Online, you can count on getting the same curriculum and receiving instruction from the same faculty as on-campus programs.
How ASU Online makes it easy for transfer students
ASU Online offers support in a variety of ways for transfer students.
- Enrollment coach
Every transfer student’s situation is different. Between colleges previously attended, credits earned, educational and career goals and other factors, there’s plenty of variation from one learner to the next.
Enrollment coaches offer guidance about key needs such as application deadlines, transferring credits and programs that are relevant to your interests. Similarly, these professionals can share information about tuition costs, timelines and other important topics. The team at ASU Online are prepared to support you with these issues and more.
- Pathway programs
If you decide to apply to ASU Online as a community college student or graduate holding an associate degree, you can take advantage of MyPath2ASU®. This program includes guided transfer maps for a wide variety of pathways and the ASU Transfer Guide that includes a database of nearly 1 million course equivalencies from thousands of U.S. accredited institutions. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with transfer student ambassadors who offer peer-to-peer support.
These maps include personalized, term-by-term navigation that helps you understand how courses apply to your degree. If you’re planning ahead on transferring from another school to ASU Online, a common path for community college students, you can learn which courses will satisfy our requirements. That can ultimately save you time and money.
By successfully completing your MyPath2ASU™ and all admission requirements for your indicated major, you’ll be prepared to receive admission into ASU Online and your major of choice.
- A broad range of degrees
Above anything else, you want to earn a degree that aligns with your objectives as a student and goals as a professional.
ASU Online offers more than 140 online undergraduate degrees, meaning you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Whether you’re interested in the humanities, STEM, business or a number of other topics, you may find a degree that fits into your plans for the future.