Transferring from a 2-Year to 4-Year Degree

How To Transfer Your Credits from an Associate’s to Bachelor’s Degree

Transferring Your CreditsWhen many college students graduate, they gain a diploma… and thousands of dollars in debt. With rising college tuition costs, many students are making the conscious decision of not heading straight to a 4-year College or University. Rather, students are weighing the financial pros and cons and considering whether or not to begin their education by earning their Associate’s degree at more affordable 2-year community college. Studies show that after obtaining a 2-year Associate’s degree, 60% of community college students will transfer to a 4-year college to complete their Bachelor’s degrees. When you make the decision to transfer and pursue your 4-year degree, Marist College’s Adult Bachelor’s Degree Program wants to be there to help.

Marist College features a nationally ranked online Bachelor’s degree program for busy local and non-local students. This distance-learning feature affords online students the same educational experiences as their on-campus peers. As for on campus students, they can create a flexible schedule with classes offered in late afternoon or evening-time. Class sizes typically range from 20-30 students, offering plenty of personal attention from professors.

Transferring Credits To a 4-Year Degree

Transferring from a 2-year to a 4-year degree program presents many students with the challenge of transferring completed class credits to a new institution. Marist values the hard work of prospective students, and tries to accommodate any transferable credits. If students have received a grade of “C” or higher from a community college class, Marist will then review the course level and material to determine if your academic credits are viable for transfer. You may transfer up to 70 college credits, ensuring you’ll be well on your way to earning your Marist 4-year Bachelor’s degree.

Prior Learning Program for Transfer Students

Marist offers a unique program for working professionals called the Prior Learning Program. This track awards credits to those individuals whose prior experiences meet certain course requirements. Marist looks at an applicant’s “life work portfolio” to see what they have done in their pre-Marist life to amplify the process of obtaining your Bachelor’s degree. For example, students with professional development courses such as American Bank Association Credits, military experience, police force education, etc. could be eligible to gain academic credits.

Enrollment and Application Process for Transfer Students

Students considering transferring from a 2-year degree to a 4-year degree at Marist College must first complete the application process for enrollment. All applicants must provide their official high school and college transcripts, a writing sample in response to an essay topic from the application, and a resume.

Once the application process has been completed, our admissions review process judges each applicant on a series of criteria. Applicants are considered on criteria such as academic preparation and performance, extracurricular and leadership accomplishments, essay, resume, and overall interest and excitement in attending Marist College. We also try to consider the challenges facing each applicant.

If you’re interested in continuing your higher education, contact us to speak with a Marist College advisor and learn how Marist College's Professional Studies degree completion program for adult students can help you attain your educational and professional goals.