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Community College Students!
As a Pennsylvania community college student, you have options in how you prepare for transfer to Slippery Rock University (SRU). Should you stay for one semester, two semesters, or complete an associate degree before transfer? If asked for our opinion, our transfer admissions staff will lead you through your options using the tools found on this page to help you make the choice that is best for you. Additionally, you should consult with your community college transfer counselors to ensure the best possible preparation.
Please review the following information, seek counseling from transfer counselors, and consider factors specific to your life circumstances before making your plan of study.
BEST POSSIBLE MATCHING COURSES OPTION
Many students transfer to SRU without completing an associate degree. Instead, they choose to complete courses that will simply best match the requirements of their planned Academic Major at SRU. The following tools have been developed to help students complete these courses.
The Liberal Studies Conversion Guide, provides you with some guidance as to how courses will typically transfer into SRU's Liberal Studies Requirement. This guide is especially helpful to students who have not chosen aplanned SRU Academic Major.
If you know your intended Academic Major, you should contact an SRU transfer counselor who can tell you what Major-prescribed Liberal Studies courses are required.
If you would like to search for specific transfer course equivalencies or SRU curriculum guides, click below.
Search for Course Equivalencies
Search for SRU Majors and Curriculum Guides
ASSOCIATE DEGREE OPTION
Community colleges typically offer two general types of associate degrees; transfer preparation or career preparation. Typically, transfer preparation degrees include coursework that best prepares students for transfer to a four-year university. Transfer counselors at the community college can help you determine which degrees are best suited for eventual transfer. SRU transfer counselors can help you choose courses where the associate degree requirements allow you choice, so that your transfer courses best match SRU.
Statewide Articulation Agreements – In Pennsylvania, you may have the option of pursuing a community college associate degree that has been designated as an articulated program. These Statewide Articulation Agreements guarantee that at least 60 credits will transfer and apply to degree completion; you will transfer at the Junior level. Course rotation and offerings at SRU are not taken into consideration.
Another option established by the Statewide Articulation Agreement initiative allows for a student to not choose a full associate degree option, but to instead follow the 30-Credit Transfer Framework. This framework can be helpful to students who are uncertain of what college Major to pursue.
What is REVERSE TRANSFER?
If you transfer to SRU prior to the completion of an associate
degree, you may want to consider a Reverse
Transfer. This process may allow you to transfer
SRU credits back to your community college, so that an associate degree may be
awarded. This associate degree credential may be valuable to your future job
searches. For more information about this process, contact your community
college's registrar's/records office.