Starting at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) and then transferring to a four-year public or private college or university is a common strategy for students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree. From teens to adult learners and career changers, more students are considering the transfer route for its many advantages:
• Low tuition
• Smaller class sizes
• Financial aid and scholarships
• Convenience and savings of living at home
• Transfer agreements with public and private colleges and universities
• Opportunity to explore academic and career options
Lindsey Ramsey, EICC Transfer Advisor
Approximately 57 percent of Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) students are enrolled in transfer programs. With transfer agreements among both Iowa and Illinois public colleges and universities, as well as many private and out-of-state colleges, students can start a bachelor’s degree at EICC knowing their courses will transfer.
“By starting with us and completing an associate’s degree, students are well prepared to transfer on to a four-year university,” says Lindsey Ramsey, the Regents Transfer Advisor for EICC. “Because we work so closely with area colleges, we can help you select the courses based on the requirements of those institutions – making sure they will transfer seamlessly.”
Do Some Research and Get Advising Support
If transfer to a four-year school is something you’re considering, Lindsey says it’s important to start by doing research into the university you are interested in. “We can help you review transfer colleges you may be interested in to determine their credit and course requirements,” she explains. This can make the transition much easier in the future.
Attending a community college can provide substantial savings. For starters, tuition and fees are less than four-year institutions. By starting and staying at a community college through completion of an associate’s degree, students can take substantial sums off the overall cost of a bachelor’s degree. For a quick overview of comparisons between EICC and area four year colleges, check out eicc.edu/daretocompare Information there shows the difference in cost between a number of area college options.
Another important, yet often overlooked, benefit is scholarship opportunities. When students start at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, they start building their college transcript, and their academic achievements can lead to scholarship opportunities, not only at the community college, but at the four-year institution as well.
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Transferring from a community college is a smart way to start college, save money and achieve academic goals. And, by utilizing the expertise of dedicated professors, professionals and resources, the process provides a smooth transition to a four-year institution, especially for graduates with an associate degree.
Jesus Lizarraga, Former MCC Grad
Former Muscatine Community College student, Jesus Lizarraga, graduated with his Associate Degree in Business before transferring to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). “I originally chose EICC because of a positive experience I had with an admissions officer. It was clear that staff at MCC truly care for students,” Jesus explains. He also felt he had knowledgeable professors who prepared him well for the transition to UNI. “The transfer to UNI was smooth. All my credits transferred, which was very important to me,” he says. Jesus has since graduated from UNI and stayed on there to take a position as the Admission Counselor for Multicultural Recruitment. He is starting his Masters in Post Secondary Education/Student Affairs this spring. His advice? “Take the time to visit the EICC colleges and see if one of them is the right fit for you. I would definitely recommend EICC’s transfer program.”
Learn More About Transfer Options
Monday, March 9
Scott Community College
Starting at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Clinton Community College
Starting at 9 a.m.
Wednesday, March 11
Muscatine Community College
Starting at 9 a.m.
Join us for Transfer Information Days to discover:
• The value of the Associate’s degree
• Transfer information provided by a University Advisor
• A campus tour
• Financial aid and scholarship information
• Your clear pathway to both an Associate’s and a Bachelor’s degree