Transfer: next step
Many of our students continue their education at a four- year institution upon completion at Carl Sandburg College. While every student’s transfer experience is unique, there are some general guidelines to make your transition go smoothly. Your decision to transfer should be made after considering many factors such as your major, financial situation, personal needs and what credits that the college that you are transferring to will accept your credits. You will need to make the important decisions, but we are available to listen and help you consider the benefits of each option.
Approach 1 – Earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree Carl Sandburg College (64 hours)
We recommend that most students earn the AA or AS degree. If you plan to complete your first two years of coursework at Sandburg, you can benefit from course equivalency agreements which have been negotiated with four-year colleges and universities in Illinois for students who complete a transferable associate degree. Select courses that meet the general education and freshman/sophomore level courses for your major at your transfer school. If you need help selecting these courses, we are available to assist you.
Approach 2 – Complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core (IAI GECC) before transferring (37-41 hours)
If you don’t plan to complete the AA or AS degree at Carl Sandburg College, you may consider completing the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. The IAI GECC is a core of general education courses that meet the lower division general education requirements at more than 100 public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Illinois. By completing the IAI GECC you will meet lower division general education requirements when you transfer to an IAI participating college or university.
If you complete an AA or AS degree at Sandburg, you will automatically meet IAI requirements. If you are undecided on a transfer school, but know your major, you may benefit from IAI course recommendations for specific majors. A list of Carl Sandburg College IAI general education and major courses may be accessed at the IAI website.
Approach 3 – Select courses at Carl Sandburg College that meet the general education and major requirements at your transfer college or university
Regardless of how long you plan to attend Sandburg, your best approach may be to select courses that are equivalent to major and general education courses at your transfer college or university…working backwards, in a way. This approach is most frequently used by students in certain specialized majors or those transferring to an out-of-state school. If you select this approach, you will need to collaborate carefully with one of our academic advisors, as well as an advisor in your major department at your transfer school.