Students often ask advisors: “Do you think I should transfer?” A good advisor should never offer an opinion about what has to be a personal decision for the student. You, the student, need to put time and thought into making a good decision for you. Advisors can help you to find out more about possible transfer choices. They can even help you evaluate the information you secure. You might also enlist the help of family and friends who care about you and whose opinion you value to help you with your decision. The ultimate decision, however, is yours. There is research available suggesting that continuing on for your Bachelor’s degree and beyond can raise your income level and your socio-economic status.The more education you obtain the higher your salary will probably be. Your income over your life will probably be much greater as you advance educationally. An internet article, The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Estimates of Work-Life Earning by Jennifer Cheeseman Day and Eric C. Newberger, U.S. Census Bureau, graphically illustrates that a high school graduate can expect to earn $1.2 million dollars over a life time, but a person with a professional degree (Doctor, Lawyer, Accountant (CPA), etc.) can expect to earn $4.4 million dollars. (http://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/p23-210.pdf). That’s a big salary difference over a life time. The Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPAL) Department of Education Policy and Leadership/University of Maryland College Park in their publication, Leads, advances the thought that: “Individuals who earn a college degree are more likely than their non-college educated counterparts to enjoy middle and upper-middle class socio-economic status, promotions within their work places, and high quality working conditions.” http://www.education.umd.edu/EDPA/CEPAL/Leads/Spring 2004.pdf)The thought of more money and higher socio-economic status may motivate some, but others may be more motivated by less tangible things. You may have a love of learning you want to expand or there may be a career change you wish to explore. You may even wish to embark on a search to see who you may become. (You may have heard of the 60’s cliché of “going to find yourself “). Going beyond the Associate’s degree may help you with all of these things. Some students transfer to fulfill their parents’ dreams and/or their families’ hopes for them. Usually to be successful, however, the dreams and hopes must truly become your own. Will you transfer? Come in and share you thoughts about that with us in the Transfer Center (Bladen 124B) Here at Prince George’s Community College, we have two kinds of curricula (majors): Transfer Majors and Career Majors. Transfer Majors are designed to parallel university programs for the first 60 credits. Then the student can transfer to a four-year school for 60 additional credits, thereby earning a Bachelor’s degree. In most majors, 120 appropriate credit hours are required to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. You can usually get the 100 and 200 level courses that comprise half of those credits (the freshman and sophomore years) at the community college. When you transfer, you will complete the 300 and 400 level courses that are the requirements for your junior and senior years. Another way to express this is: 30cr +30cr+ 30cr+ 30cr = 120 appropriate credits and, hopefully, a Bachelor’s degree. Remember 30 credits earned means the freshman years is completed. 30 more credits (60 total) and the sophomore year is through. 30 additional credits (90 total) and the junior year is finished. The last 30 credits earned (120 total) will mean that you have completed your Bachelor’s degree. You must take the appropriate courses that are outlined in your college catalog in order to obtain your degree. We often speak of obtaining a four-year degree, but in fact, few students obtain their four-year degree in four years. It doesn’t matter how long it takes, it’s just important to get that degree in the best possible time for you. Career Majors are designed to provide a student with job skills. The general education courses in these programs are transferable to Maryland state universities, but the student often loses some of the career content courses in transfer. As much as half of the total credit can be lost. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC), Bowie State University and University of Baltimore will generally accept up to sixty credits in transfer from most community college career programs. Bowie State University, however, usually requires the student to complete a degree at Prince George's Community College before transferring a career major into its Bachelor of Science in Technology Program. Usually, University of Maryland University College does not have this requirement, but they have a new policy that they will accept up to 70 credits from a Maryland community college, if those credits are required for the degree. With that brief descriptive information, are you able to describe the kind of program you are enrolled in or want to be enrolled in? If you are not sure, visit The Career Center for career clarification and/or see an advisor to help you make the best decision. If you decide that you want to transfer, browse this website and you will find some tips to help you on your way. Remember that transfer is a journey and a destination. Enjoy!