Obtaining a college degree can be one of the biggest moments in someone's life. Schools in our area make it easier than ever to start at one campus and end at a different one.
Many colleges and universities offer students the option to transfer courses from one school and then use them towards their completion of a degree at another school.
The reasons for doing so differ. For some, starting at a community college and moving on to a four year school can help them save money.
Other students might want to take a class at one school that isn't available at another.
Many schools in our area offer a transfer option, including Northcentral Technical College and UW - Marathon County. The close-knit environment of these schools mean students sometimes only need to travel a few minutes up the road to get transfer credits.
"We're very proud of our community relationships in this area," says Suzi Mathias, Director of Transfer and Placement at NTC. "We have some very strong collaborations with other colleges and we work with them frequently."
She says it's common for students to decide ahead of time to start their degree at NTC and complete a four-year degree at another school. At NTC students can transfer credits to more than 35 institutions.
Transfer directors say the most important thing when helping a student decide where to gain credits is looking at their particular needs.
"I think it's important for students to be able to move some credits around because plans change," says Keith Montgomery, Dean and CEO at UW- Marathon County.
One option offered through the University of Wisconsin Colleges is the Guaranteed Transfer Program. You begin as a freshman at a UW campus and receive guaranteed admission to complete a four year degree at another school. You must complete a declaration form, as well as keep a minimum GPA of a 2.0 (2.8 for UW-Madison) as well as complete the number of credits required for junior status into the transfer school.
Click here to learn more about transferring credits to the UW System.
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