Can I Transfer Credits From Community College? (How Credits Transfer)

by Chad Agrawal

"Can I transfer credits from community college?" is almost the first question of any potential community college student would ask.

Transferring credits from community college to university is at the heart of the community college transfer process. Without being able to transfer credits, the community college route would not be as valuable.

If you're reading this page, you might be wondering the following:

Can I transfer credits from community college?

If so, how do I transfer my credits to university?

Will my credits transfer from community college? Why or why not?

In this post, we'll answer all the above questions, give you important insights and resources to transfer credits from community college.

Can I Transfer Credits From Community College?

In short, yes you can. Being able to transfer academic credit from one educational institution to another opens up vast opprtunities for students at 2-year-colleges and 4 year-colleges alike. However, if you do not know how to transfer your credits, your opportunities will be very limited.

As we noted earlier, the community college route can be extremely valuable because the same credits that are earned at community college can be accepted at Ivy League universities. We go as far to call it "The Community College To Ivy League Loophole" - it's just that valuable. Here's why:

Quite simply, transferring credits means that one college is accepting the credit of another institution as equivalent to their class. Wait a second, equivalent is a strong word. That means if you transfer credits from community college (where credits cost around $100 per credit) to an ivy league university (where credits cost around $2300 per credit), you're getting a 23x return on your investment! Most investors tip their hats to an 8% return. You would be getting a 2300% return.

Now, let's say you've taken 4 semesters of classes at community college. You've gone through the whole processes of choosing the right classes, maintaining a 4.0 GPA and retaking your SAT's by following our community college transfer guide. You've been accepted an chosen to transfer to a university with the right program for your passion. Let's take a look at...

How To Transfer Credits From Community College

Upon transferring to university, you should have or make the opportunity to meet with an advisor. This meeting will help you establish which credits will transfer, and which credits will not transfer. Yes, there will be a few credits that do not transfer from community college but we'll get back to that in a bit.

In preparation for your meeting with your new advisor, it is best to try to create your own schedule first to satisfy the degree you want get. For more guidance with this, read our post 9 Tips For Choosing The Right Classes. If you have any questions about your major or courses, write them down and have them ready for your meeting. And when we say write it down, we mean it. Your preparation not only helps you get the information you need, but it also shows your commitment and sincerity as a student. It will make a nice impression and your advisor will remember you - which is can be very beneficial as you move forward at your new university.

At your meeting, listen very carefully to learn about all your available options and opportunities. Work with your advisor to select which classes will transfer for which credits. If a class's credits are not accepted right away, ask why they are not accepted. Once you have a better idea of what is going to transfer, then you can work with your advisor to choose your classes. Above all, do not argue for your credits. This is not the time or the place to challenge your transfer credits.

Why Don't Some Credits Transfer?

Sometimes classes do not always match up or the university does not recognize the credits as "equivalent." Usually, credits do not transfer from community college because of difference in course material. However, if you have learned the required material and believe you deserve credit, then you may challenge or appeal the decision of rejected credits. Although each university will have slightly different procedures, we have published the post Five Ways To Challenge Transfer Credits to help you with this process.

By working with your advisor and challenging credits where appropriate, you should be able to transfer the maximum number of credits possible to get the maximum on the great investment we talked about earlier. Try your best to transfer as many credits as you can to get the most bang for your buck.


Transferring credits from community college to university does work. It is a great opportunity for any student at community college or a 4-year-college. To learn more about how to make the most out of your community college to university experience, consider joining our email list for free and getting a copy of our step-by-step guide for community college transfer students.

Also, if you found this post helpful, please leave a quick comment or "thank you" down below and share this page with your friends. We wish you the best of luck in your college career.

This post was written by Chad Agrawal

Chad Agrawal is the founder of CCTS, helping students transfer from community college to Ivy League, tier 1 or anywhere else by following this community college guide.

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Asa Zelada June 17, 2012 at 10:44 am

I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for great info I was looking for this information for my mission.


Chad Agrawal September 7, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Your mission? lol


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