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Transferring from a Community College

College/Career Expert Advice from Del Antaki

Q: What is the best strategy to transfer from a community college to a four-year school? I didn't work to my potential in high school. I'm now a freshman at a community college and am highly motivated, getting all As. How long do I need to wait before it would be realistic to start applying to four-year schools? What can I do to overcome my poor performance in high school? Are there ways to convince college admissions officers that I'm a good risk?

A: The record that you are building in your community college work can serve as an excellent bridge to a university program. College admissions officers will place more value on your most recent performance. You may want to begin to consider options for transferring after one year or you may consider completing two years at the community college.

I recommend that you work closely with the counseling office at your school. The counselors should provide sound advice about the "nuts and bolts" of transferring. You will want to ask them questions concerning transfer grades and credits policies. I know that you are excited about the possibilities that have opened up for you. Good luck as you pursue your education.

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Del Antaki has worked as a counselor at the junior high, middle, and high school levels for many years. Before becoming a school counselor, she taught mathematics and English.


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