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Transfer FAQ

  1. What is the benefit of a transfer associate degree?
  2. If I am going to pursue a bachelor’s degree, what are my choices?
  3. If I am undecided about my educational goal, should I be a non-degree student?
  4. Does KCC have services to help me if I am undecided about what to study?
  5. Will my courses transfer to a university?
  6. What is a credit hour?
  7. What is considered full-time study?
  8. What is a transfer level course?
  9. How many courses should I take each semester?
  10. To be successful, how much time should I allow for class preparation?
  11. How many hours should I be able to work at my job?
  12. Do I need to take a foreign language?
  13. Should I finish my associate degree before I transfer to a university?
  14. Can I transfer with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree?
  15. Can I attend KCC then transfer to another community college for a degree not offered at KCC (ex. dental hygiene or veterinary technician)?
  16. Can I complete a bachelor’s degree online?
  17. If I attend KCC then transfer to a university, can I still complete a KCC degree?

What is the benefit of a transfer associate degree?

Completing a transfer associate degree

  • ensures you have completed general education requirements toward a bachelor’s degree
  • provides a foundation for your major
  • provides an opportunity to explore new areas of study, especially for undecided students. return

If I am going to pursue a bachelor’s degree, what are my choices?

KCC transfer programs are:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.): “General” A.A.* & specialized options – Criminal Justice, English, Elementary Education, History, Mass Communications, Political Science, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology and Visual Arts
  • Associate in Science (A.S.): “General” A.S.* & specialized options – Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.)
  • Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)

If you choose a specialized A.A. or A.S. curriculum, some general education courses are prescribed. For example, the A.S. in Business requires Introduction to Psychology or Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics; and Principles of Microeconomics. A general A.S. student can choose from among 18 social sciences courses.

*Note: A “general” A.A. or A.S. degree allows students the flexibility to select many courses required for the first two years of most bachelor’s degrees. Consult with the transfer university. return

If I am undecided about my educational goal, should I be a non-degree student?

Undecided students are advised to choose a “general” A.A. or A.S. degree. These degrees give you maximum flexibility. It will also help ensure that courses will satisfy degree requirements. If you do not select a degree program, you are not eligible for financial aid. return

Does KCC have services to help me if I am undecided about what to study?

Consider taking advantage of personality and career interest testing available at a nominal fee for KCC students. After the tests, you can attend a free workshop to interpret the results. You also can make an appointment with the career development counselor to discuss career options. Another comprehensive option is enrolling in “Career Exploration” (ORIN 1601). return

Will my courses transfer to a university?

All Illinois community colleges use the same general education core requirements. This system, called the Illinois Articulation Initiative, is designed to simplify the transfer process. Completion of the core courses ensures that general education requirements are completed for transfer to state universities in Illinois and other participating four-year colleges and universities. You have to be careful to select courses that are specified for certain majors. Your KCC advisor will work with you to choose appropriate transfer-level courses; but, it is your responsibility to consult an advisor at the transfer college/university to confirm you are fulfilling their requirements. return

What is a credit hour?

Credit hours relate to the total number of hours of instruction and lab/clinical time for the course. The last digit of the course number indicates the number of credit hours earned for the course. For example: ARTS 1613 (3 credit hours), and MATH 1704 (4 credit hours). return

What is considered full-time study?

To be classified as a full-time student during a 16-week semester, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. For the 6 or 8-week summer term, 6 credit hours is the minimum. return

What is a transfer level course?

The answer is within the course number. Transfer-level courses at KCC have a first digit of 1 or 2 and a second digit of 5 to 9. For example: BSNS 1553 is a transfer-level course and AUTO 1213 is not a transfer course. return

How many courses should I take each semester?

Generally, we recommend full-time students start with 12 to 15 credits, which is usually 4 or 5 courses. Later, an average course load would be 15 to 16 credits, but may vary depending on your personal responsibilities. return

To be successful, how much time should I allow for class preparation?

Unlike high school, college students have extensive preparation and studying obligations outside of class. Expect to invest an additional two to three hours for each hour in the classroom. The most successful students schedule and stick to specific times for study. return

How many hours should I be able to work at my job?

To decide how much you can work, consider your individual responsibilities. Generally, full-time students should limit themselves to 20 or fewer hours per week during the transition to college. It is better to be successful with a lighter load than to over-extend and struggle or fail. return

Do I need to take a foreign language?

For admission, most state universities require at least two years of high school foreign language or two semesters of college foreign language. For graduation, two or more semesters of college-level foreign language is sometimes required. Check with your KCC advisor or the advisor at your transfer institution. If your foreign language requirements are not complete, it is wise to begin the sequence at KCC as soon as possible. return

Should I finish my associate degree before I transfer to a university?

Typically, it is in your best interest to transfer with a transfer degree (A.A., A.S., A.F.A. or A.E.S.). Consult your KCC advisor and an advisor at the transfer institution for the best time to transfer. return

Can I transfer with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree?

An A.A.S. is an occupational/career degree, such as Registered Nursing or Electrical Technology. KCC has cooperative agreements with several colleges including Governors State University and Illinois State University that allow students with specified A.A.S. degrees to complete bachelor’s degrees. These programs may also be called “2 plus 2” or “capstone” programs. Consult your advisor or visit www.kcc.edu/transfer for more information. return

Can I attend KCC then transfer to another community college for a degree not offered at KCC (ex. dental hygiene or veterinary technician)?

In most cases, your general education courses need to be taken at KCC. Meet with an advisor at the transfer college to determine which courses will be accepted toward their program. Your KCC advisor can work with you to plan the appropriate sequence of the courses to take here if needed. return

Can I complete a bachelor’s degree online?

KCC has online bachelor’s degree completion agreements with the University of Illinois Online; Franklin University of Columbus, Ohio; the University of Illinois at Springfield, Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University.

An online bachelor’s degree completion program usually combines on-campus classes at KCC with online courses through these universities. After students earn an associate degree from KCC, they can complete “bridge” courses at KCC and take online classes through these universities. return

If I attend KCC then transfer to a university, can I still complete a KCC degree?

Yes, if you have completed courses at another institution(s), those courses might meet KCC degree requirements. Consult a KCC advisor for details on transferring back credits and which associate degree options are most suitable for you. return