Starting at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and then transferring to a four-year institution is a common strategy for students looking to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. And, there is growing evidence of more and more students considering the transfer route for its many advantages. EICC has many resources available to help students who are looking to transfer.
Ease into the College Experience
With dedicated faculty and smaller class sizes, community colleges are better at easing students into the college experience with more individualized attention. Community college faculty tend to focus more on teaching and generally have less competing interests – like research projects, project funding or getting work published – that would distract from teaching college courses. There’s also opportunity for more individualized attention to help struggling students directly and increase their chances of success.
EICC offers a very supportive advising model that links students to an advisor for their entire college experience. This advisor helps with degree planning, registration and class selection, financial aid guidance, scholarship opportunities, and more. They can also be a great resource for suggestions on campus activities and clubs.
Save Money and Time
Attending EICC can provide substantial savings. By starting and staying at EICC through completion of an Associate’s Degree, students can save tens of thousands of dollars. Community colleges are also good places to explore career fields of interest before committing to a major. It’s an opportunity not only to fulfill general education requirements required by a Bachelor’s Degree, but also to explore some options. Research also shows that students who complete an Associate’s Degree are more likely to graduate in four years with their Bachelor’s Degree.
Assistance with Transferring
Area colleges and universities routinely work with EICC students throughout the academic year to create individual transfer plans so the transfer experience is as stress-free as possible. In addition, the student’s advisor and a special transfer advisor at EICC can provide advice about what classes will fulfill transfer requirements to other colleges. They will do a step-by-step analysis of your academic plan and put you in contact with advisors at your transferring college.
EICC currently has transfer agreements with many four-year universities throughout the area, including the three state universities in Iowa – Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and the University of Northern Iowa. These aren’t just verbal commitments between the colleges; they are formal, written agreements that spell out all the details. They do that because they want our students. They know graduates from EICC do as well, or often better, at their transfer colleges as the students who started their education at those colleges.
Other Benefits to Starting at EICC
Keep in mind that an Associate’s Degree is an additional credential to add to your resume. Completing the degree will satisfy most, if not all, general education requirements toward a Bachelor’s Degree in an environment that offers more support and the opportunity to be more involved in student activities and hands-on learning experiences. Campuses tend to be conveniently local, saving students commuting costs and dorm expenses by living at home.
Another important, yet often overlooked, benefit is scholarship opportunities. “Most people do not realize the scholarships that are available by starting at a community college,” said Lindsey Ramsey, Regent Transfer Advisor at EICC. “When students start at a community college, they start building their college transcript, and their academic achievements there can lead to scholarship opportunities not just at the community college, but at a four-year institution as well.”
Transferring from a community college is the smart way to start college, save money and achieve academic goals. And, by utilizing the expertise of dedicated professionals and resources, the process provides a smooth transition to a four-year institution, especially for graduates with an Associate’s Degree.
For more information, visit eicc.edu/transfer.