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Associate in General Studies

Sandburg offers an Associate in General Studies degree for students who are interested in transferring to complete a bachelor's degree in a variety of majors. Because Sandburg has individual learning as its number one priority, we offer student-centered classes, faculty, and programs that provide the academic skills needed for successful transfer to other institutions.

All Sandburg students will work with an assigned academic advisor to determine the degree path and establish courses needed for transfer. 


Carl Sandburg College has established relationships with 4-year colleges and universities to assist in the transfer process for our students. Students should speak with their academic advisor for more information regarding these agreements.

College and University partnerships

The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide transfer agreement, which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges or universities in Illinois. IAI works best for students who know they are going to transfer but undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree.

All colleges and universities participating in the IAI agree to accept a “package” of IAI general education courses in lieu of their own comparable lower-division general education requirements. Keep in mind, the IAI General Education transfers as a package. A course-to-course transfer is not guaranteed.

IAI also includes major recommendations for the first two years of college in several popular majors. Faculty panels, which have expertise in the major field of study, created these recommendations. IAI major recommendations work best for students who have chosen their majors, are going to eventually transfer, but are undecided on the college or university that will grant their baccalaureate degree.

Students who transfer to a 4-year college or university prior to graduating may consider the reverse transfer option to obtain their degree. Students who have completed at least 15 credit hours towards a degree may transfer credits from other colleges or universities to meet Sandburg's degree requirements. Once all degree requirements are met confirmed by our Registrar, the degree will be awarded.

For more information about a reverse transfer, please contact Angela Snow at asnow@sandburg.edu or call 309.341.5233.

Follow the link below for some common transfer schools for Sandburg students. If your transfer school is not listed, please contact your academic advisor for assistance with identifying courses that may transfer to your chosen college or university.

Transfer Guides and Equivalencies

Estimated Costs for the AGS degree

Sample Cost of Attendance 


To apply for financial aid, visit our financial aid page for more information.


Thanks to our generous donors, Carl Sandburg College Foundation is able to award over $100,000 each year in scholarship dollars to Sandburg students. High school, adult learners, and returning students - everyone is eligible to apply. Apply between October 1 and March 15 for the upcoming year. We encourage all students to apply. 

Class formats

Sandburg offers courses in a variety of formats to best fit the needs of our students. To determine the formats for specific courses, please refer to our course schedule.

Regardless of the course format, it is highly recommended that students have access to a reliable computer with broadband internet. All courses use online resources and require students to access course information through mySandburg. Accessing courses through a phone is discouraged. Both campuses have open computer labs for student use.

Click here for a list of the class formats.