What is the difference between the Associate in Arts (A.A.) and the Associates in Science (A.S.) degree?
The A.A. degree should be considered for students who want to pursue a degree in liberal arts such as education, psychology, sociology, religion, music, history, political science, languages, and art (with fewer math and science requirements). The A.S. degree is for students who want to earn a degree at a four-year institution in areas such as computer science, nursing, mathematics, engineering, and sciences or professional programs that require a strong background in mathematics and science.
Do I have to earn my associate's degree before transferring to a four-year institution?
It is not necessary to complete your associate's degree, but it is advisable. It is wise to talk to the admissions counselor of the institution that you are interested in attending to determine if you meet their admissions requirements.
So if I have at least a 2.0 GPA and my associate's degree, then I can get into any UNC institution?
No, you are not guaranteed admission. You will need an overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate from Louisburg College and many UNC institutions require at least a 2.0 or 2.5 GPA to be considered. However in reality, most UNC institutions require closer to a 3.0 GPA for consideration. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. Other considerations such as enrollment limits may prevent a student from being admitted. Admission is never guaranteed to a specific campus or specific program or major. Students must also be academically eligible to return to their previous institutions(s) as well as meet the judicial requirements of the institution to which they apply.
Am I required to take placement tests when transferring to another institution?
It is up to the institution to decide if further placement testing is needed. Most institutions will look at a student's grades and success in English and mathematics to determine if students have met a particular skill level.
Where do I get my high school transcript, Louisburg College official transcript, and test scores?
You can request your Louisburg College official transcript to be sent to another institution through the National Student Clearing House. The official transcript is sent or given to you in a sealed envelope. If you open the envelope, the transcript is no longer considered official.
Louisburg College cannot release your high school transcript and test scores that you used for admissions purposes here. You will need to contact your high school counselor to secure your high school transcript. It is a good idea to follow up after the request is made to ensure that it has been sent by your school counselor and received at the institution. To secure your test scores (SAT/ACT), you will need to visit www.collegeboard.org. You must have your username and password to request that your scores be sent to another college/university.
When should I apply to transfer?
Admission deadlines vary. You will need to contact the admissions office, look on the college's website or refer to the College Information Sheet on this website for application deadlines and application fees. In general, a student should begin the application process two semesters before they intend to transfer. If a student is applying for a scholarship or financial aid, he/she should begin the process as soon as applications are available.
Will "D" or "F" grades transfer?
No, only courses in which a grade of "C" or higher is earned will transfer.
Will my GPA transfer?
No, your GPA will not transfer. You will begin new coursework and earn your GPA from your transferring institution.
Does every college/university accept transfer students?
Some institutions are more willing to accept transfer students than others. Some do not accept transfer students during the spring semester. You will need to research the school that you are interested in attending to find out the number of transfer students that they accept each semester.
What if I took courses at another college and then withdrew. Do I still need to send a transcript from that college?
Yes, you will need to send a transcript from every institution that you attended after high school. If you do not divulge that you attended another college on your application, the institution that you want to attend will find out when they process your financial aid letter that uncovers all the financial aid that you may have used at another institution.
What will I need as part of my college application to my four-year institution?
Here is a list of what is typically required for transfer consideration:
- A completed application including your application fee
- Official transcripts from every college that you have attended
- An official high school transcript if requested
- Your SAT/ACT scores if requested
- An essay of usually between 250-500 words
- An activities or work resume
When will I know of my admissions decision?
Once the college/university receives all of the required documents, it typically takes about 4-6 weeks for a decision. If you apply close to the admission deadline, it may take more time.
How do I apply for a merit scholarship?
You will need to visit the website of the college/university that you are interested in attending. Some colleges give transfer students scholarships for the GPA that they attain here at Louisburg College. Most colleges will award you a merit scholarship without a separate application but all schools are different. At other colleges, the financial aid department will automatically consider you for all scholarships in which you are eligible.
How do I know if I am a transfer student?
Most colleges define a transfer student as a high school graduate who has completed a minimum of 24-30 transferable college semester credits by the time they are applying to another college/university. Typically, applicants with fewer than 24 credits are still eligible to apply but they should apply using the freshman application.
Can I transfer courses from another institution?
Yes. Credit must be from a regionally accredited college or university. A grade of "C" or better must be earned in order for the course to transfer. The courses that you take must be similar to courses that are offered here at Louisburg College.
What do I do to have my credits transferred to Louisburg College?
You will need to contact the registrar's office at all of the colleges and universities that you have attended to request an official transcript be sent to the registrar at Louisburg College. If you are taking a summer school course at a community college or at another institution, your transcripts should be sent to the registrar's office as well.
Can I get a fee waiver for my application fee?
Typically public universities do not grant fee waivers. Private colleges are more likely to honor a request for a fee waiver. Sometimes transfer counselors that visit Louisburg College will give a student an application fee waiver after meeting and talking with them. Sometimes you can get a fee waiver if a former student of that college will sign an application fee waiver form.