Transfer FAQs 

You may also wish to review the general Counseling and Advising FAQs Here

What does "Transfer" mean?

Generally, "transfer" describes moving from one educational institution to another. For JJC students, the word "transfer" means that you begin working on your bachelor's degree while attending JJC and then finish the degree requirements at a four-year college or university.

What is the difference between an Associate's Degree and a Bachelor's Degree?

An associate's degree is a two-year degree granted by a community or junior college to students who complete a specific program of study, usually consisting of 60 to 65 credits. A bachelor's degree is a four-year degree granted upon completion of a minimum of 120 to 130 credits.

How many credits do I need for an Associate's Degree at JJC?

A JJC Associate's Degree requires the completion of a minimum of 64 credits, including specific minimum credits required in each general education category. Please refer to the current JJC catalog or website for detailed degree requirements.

What are Gen Eds?

Gen Eds, or general education classes, are usually introductory courses in the arts and sciences intended to provide students with a broad educational experience. The A.A./A.S. degree required general education categories at JJC are: English, Math, Life Science, Physical Science, Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

Can I transfer to a four-year college or university without an associate's degree?

Yes, however, you will still need to meet the minimum admission requirements for the major you plan to pursue at the school you plan to attend. In many cases, completing an associate's degree does provide significant advantages.

Additionally, if you transfer before completing all the requirements for an associate's degree, you may still be able to earn this degree by simply sending your senior institution transcript back to JJC and submitting the application to graduate found here. However, in some cases, even if you complete an associate's degree, it still may take you longer than four years to earn your bachelor's degree unless you carefully plan your course selections. Some majors are highly structured and require multiple pre-requisites. Consult often with an Academic Advisor for your major, or a Counselor during a semester planning appointment to be certain you are registering for the courses that are required for your major at the transfer school you plan to attend.

If I transfer to a 4-year school prior to completing my A.A or A.S program requirements can I still earn an associate's degree from JJC?

Yes, you may easily transfer back your senior institution transcript to learn if you have fulfilled the requirements for your JJC associate's degree. Simply follow the easy steps found on the pages below:

When should I prepare to transfer?

Right now! It is never too early to start learning about the transfer process. Those who are best prepared will have a smoother, more successful transition to their transfer school.

Meet with a Counselor or Academic Advisor for your major early and often, or at least once a semester, before deciding on which courses to register for your next semester. You will want to specifically ask about registering for classes that will fulfill requirements for your transfer school while still at JJC.

How do I find out about 4-year colleges and universities?

There are many resources available to help you find out about 4-year schools. Visit senior school websites, attend open houses and college fairs, contact school representatives, Counselors and Academic Advisors, register for information sessions and Transfer Advising Workshops and research all the additional transfer information and resources available on the JJC Transfer Information website.

How do I choose a transfer school?

Can I transfer to a college or university outside of Illinois?

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) provides for a smooth transition to Illinois colleges and universities, however, since JJC is a fully accredited institution of higher learning, its courses and credits are recognized by institutions outside of Illinois. You will need to contact the out-of-state school you plan to attend for instructions regarding transferring your JJC credits into the major you plan to pursue.

How many more years will I need to attend college after I transfer?

The length of your program is entirely dependent upon the major you select at the transfer institution you plan to attend in conjunction with how well you prepared while planning your semesters at JJC.

In certain cases, even with the completion of an associate's degree, it still may take you longer than four years to earn your bachelor's degree unless you carefully plan your course selections. Some majors are highly structured and require multiple layers of pre-requisites. Consult often with an Academic Advisor for your major, or a Counselor during a semester planning appointment, to be certain you are registering for the courses that are required for your major at the transfer school you plan to attend.

What is articulation?

Articulation is the process of evaluating courses and programs to determine whether coursework completed at one institution will meet the admission, transfer credit, general education or major coursework requirements at another institution.

What is I.A.I?

View information about I.A.I. here.

Where can I find transfer guides?

View college and university Transfer Guides here.

How can I meet with a university recruiter or representative?

Admission representatives and recruiters from colleges and universities visit JJC often to inform students of their programs, admission requirements, scholarships and transfer opportunities throughout each semester.

You may view the visitation schedule, and even register to meet with a particular school's representative, by accessing the JJC Transfer Events Calendar or directly through the Transfer Event Registration page.

What transfer resources are available to me at JJC?

What classes should I take before I transfer?

Students should seek the assistance of Counselors and Academic Advisors, as well as Career Counselors early and often to minimize the risk of taking courses that may not apply to their major. Once students have identified both their major and their transfer school, it is best to fully research the graduation requirements for their major and then discover which of the required courses are available at JJC. Research transfer school websites, course equivalencies and transfer guides here. Many undeclared students who intend to transfer should stick with transferable general education courses and limit the number of "elective" courses taken while still in the process of clarifying their major. Some exploratory courses, however, such as "Introduction to Business" or "Introduction to Criminal Justice" may help to solidify the selection of a major or career path.

How can I know if my credits will transfer?

You will want to be very careful and be sure to register for classes that are designed to transfer. Research transfer guides, u-select, iTransfer, college and university websites and consult with Counselors and Academic Advisors to determine that the courses you intend to register for will transfer prior to when next semester's registration period begins.

Are there a maximum number of credits that I can transfer?

Yes. Most colleges and universities have limits on the maximum number of credits they will accept towards completion of a bachelor's degree. Alternatively, some colleges use the term "minimum residency requirement" to limit how many transfer credits students may apply toward the bachelor's degree at their institution.

In general, many 4-year schools will accept approximately between 60 and 70 transfer credits from JJC, but you will need to check with the individual schools you are considering to learn of their specific transfer credit policies.

Also, it is important to be aware that, for certain majors, some institutions recommend transferring after only one year at a junior or community college in order to minimize the chance that you may need additional semesters over the typical 8 semesters, or 4-year plan, to complete your intended degree at their institution.

What if I take more than the maximum transferrable credits?

Generally, 4-year schools will accept coursework that applies towards your major before accepting credits from courses that are not required for your major. You will want to obtain, from your senior institution, a complete list of courses and any additional graduation requirements needed to earn your bachelor's degree in your particular major.

Additionally, note that many schools have residency requirements, a minimum number of credits taken at the senior institution, which must also be fulfilled.

Will I need to take foreign language classes?

Many 4-year schools require minimum foreign language competencies for either admission, or as a bachelor degree graduation requirement, for certain majors. Check with the senior institution you plan to attend to inquire about the foreign language requirement for your specific major or program. Ask if it is recommended to complete any required foreign language requirements prior to transfer.

You may view general foreign language requirements for Illinois State Universties here, however, different majors may require higher levels of completion.

What is the minimum GPA needed for transfer?

The minimum GPA needed to transfer varies greatly by institution and major. Many majors are competitive and most senior schools will recommend much higher GPAs than the minimum required for these majors. Check school websites and current catalog for GPA requirements and recommendations for your intended major.

Additionally, it is recommended to research the applicant selection process to learn strategies that may provide a competitive advantage. Discover the qualities, characteristics and academic background and circumstances of the successful applicants for your major.

How can I increase my GPA while I prepare to transfer?

Check out helpful GPA websites here.

Do "D" grades transfer?

Acceptance of "D" grades are based upon individual school decisions. Although many schools do not accept "D"s for transfer (especially for coursework within your major), some IAI participating schools may allow for the acceptance of a "D" if it is included as part of the A.A or A.S degree package. Check with the transfer school you are considering for details.

Will "W"s, or withdrawals, on my transcript affect my ability to transfer?

Application, or admission, to some competitive programs or majors may be negatively impacted by "W"s on your transcript. You will need to check with your transfer school regarding policy pertaining to "W"s on your transcript for the program you plan to apply.

Do developmental courses transfer?

Developmental (zero level) courses typically do not transfer.

Do I need to declare a major before I transfer?

Not all colleges or universities require you to declare a major before you transfer. However, you will want to clarify your major early so as to avoid taking classes that may not transfer into, or apply towards, your major later on.

Also, even though a number of colleges do not require you to select a major prior to transferring, there are many that do.

Additionally, if you eventually select what is considered to be a competitive major, you may find that you must declare this major prior to transferring since you may not be admitted into your major of choice after you transfer. Check with the school in which you plan to transfer for specific details and policies regarding undeclared students for your major.

Where can I get help choosing a major?

There are a variety of campus based and online resources available to help you clarify a major or career path. Please visit our Career Counseling website to get started here.

How do I find out what classes to take to prepare for my major?

Students should seek the assistance of Counselors and Academic Advisors early and often to minimize the risk of taking courses that may not apply to their major.

Once students have identified both their major and their transfer school, it is best to fully research their transfer school to discover the graduation requirements for their major and then determine which of the required courses are available at JJC.

Be sure to thoroughly research transfer school websites, course equivalencies and transfer guides here.

What is an area of concentration?

Typically, this is a suggested sequence of courses in a student's major. Be sure to check with your transfer school to be certain you understand the admission requirements for your major. Also, consult early and often with Counselors and Academic Advisors for assistance with semester planning.

If I am admitted as a transfer student into a 4-year college or university, am I also automatically admitted into my major?

No, not necessarily. You may have gained admission to the college or university, however, many schools do require a separate application to be considered for admission to some of their competitive majors. Be sure you are meeting all of the requirements and special application deadlines for your major at the senior institution of your choice.

When can, or should, I transfer?

Many students plan on transferring after they complete their associate's degree at JJC. You will want to plan your transfer approximately one year in advance.

Contact the schools you are considering in order to learn the number of credits that are required to be able to apply as a "transfer" student.

If you have earned less than the minimum number of credits then you may be required to submit a freshman application and follow freshman admission policies.

How far in advance do I need to apply for transfer?

Even though some schools have what they call "rolling admissions" with late application deadlines, it is strongly advised to plan your transfer approximately one year in advance and preferably as early as your first semester at JJC.

When should I apply to colleges that I am considering transferring to?

You will want to check with each school you are considering to be certain of their application deadlines. Deadlines vary greatly among institutions and even within a single institution depending on major or semester.

How do I apply to 4-year colleges or universities?

You will need to contact the individual schools you plan to apply to learn of specific application deadlines, fees and instructions. Some schools require that you fill out applications and send official transcripts approximately one year in advance. You will find direct links to many schools online applications on the JJC Transfer Information website here.

How do I send my JJC transcript to my transfer institution?

What is an official transcript?

An official transcript is a formal record of your academic history, including a list of all classes taken and grades received.

It records all courses successfully and unsuccessfully completed and all courses that were withdrawn after the registration deadline.

Also included will be degrees attempted or conferred, any honors received and perhaps additional information on the program of study.

How do I transfer my financial aid?

Check out this helpful explanation from "Fast Web" here.

Also, please review our JJC Financial Aid website here.

What is the JJC financial aid school code?

001699

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