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From the very first day you start at Mercer County Community College, you should be thinking about what you plan to do next. Since you plan to earn a four-year degree, be sure you're in a program that will allow you to transfer. Take courses that are considered appropriate to the freshman or sophomore years at another institution. Talk to your counselor, advisor, or anyone else who can provide you with accurate transfer information.
Even before you complete your first semester, make contact with the colleges and universities you think you might like to attend after you graduate from Mercer. Get their catalogs and check their websites. Both will be very helpful to you in planning your course selection at Mercer.
Some steps to take include:
In general, A.A., A.S. and A.F.A. degrees are designed to transfer. An A.A.S. degree will transfer, but you need to choose carefully.
Reference guides (in SC229)
The best time to transfer is after your graduate or after you complete the requirements for an associate degree. Students who complete A.A. or A.S. programs are generally given priority for admission to four-year colleges, especially most public and many private four-year colleges in New Jersey. Completing your associate degree may help to assure that you have junior status at four-year institutions and that your general education requirements are accepted toward a baccalaureate degree.
In spite of the advantages earning a degree affords, some students transfer before they have completed all their degree requirements. This personal decision should be made based on all the information you've gathered and your judgment of what is best for you.
In any case, if you did not complete the high school courses required by the transfer college for admission, you should think seriously about staying longer at Mercer. You will have the chance to finish the courses you didn't have in high school before you attempt to transfer.
Most colleges require a minimum 2.0 GPA or a "C" average for transfer. Usually a 2.5 GPA or higher is preferable. Competitive programs such as accounting, business administration, computer science, education, and engineering may require a 3.0 or higher.
In order to transfer, you must be in good standing at Mercer and must have earned the minimum number of credits specified by your transfer college. To be considered a transfer student at most schools, you must have earned between 12 and 30 credits at Mercer County Community College.
Articulation agreements are formal agreements between Mercer and other colleges and universities. These agreements ensure that, if you successfully follow a prescribed program of study at Mercer, you will be able to transfer with full junior status. Some agreements detail exact course equivalencies while others are more general.
Along with that for Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), detailed program information about Mercer's agreements is available in SC229. Some colleges and universities, via the Internet, enable you to check which Mercer courses are equivalent to their courses.
If at all possible, take a trip to visit the colleges you have selected. Visits are very important because they provide first-hand information that you simply won't get by talking with people or looking in a catalog.
Try to devote a full day to visit any large campus. Take a tour. Talk to students, sit in on classes, look in at the dormitories and roam around the student center. Check out the town or community bordering the campus to see what services are available, especially if you plan to stay in a residence hall or apartment off campus.
Arrange in advance to meet with an admissions representative. For your meeting, bring along a student copy of your transcript and a Mercer catalog. Treat this meeting as if it were a job interview. Prepare yourself with appropriate questions. Dress neatly and remember that your reason for going to this interview is to convince people of your value to their institution.
The questions listed here are not the only questions you are likely to have, but they will get you started on formulating your own personal list. Think about the things that are important to you and add them.
Where you transfer depends on personal preferences, program (major) availability, grade point average, and location. If you choose to stay close to home, our neighboring schools are:
Located in Lawrence Township. Accepts applications for both fall and spring semesters. Early applications are encouraged. Rider University has two divisions: the Full-Time Division and Continuing Studies for students attending part-time.
Hint: Although for many years Rider University was known as a business school, the excellence of its liberal arts programs should not be overlooked. A dual admission agreement has been signed with Rider University.
Located in New Brunswick. Applications are accepted for fall and spring by deadlines. Applicants are accepted after the priority deadline on a rolling basis (any time).
The university consists of several colleges: the College of Engineering, the College of Pharmacy, Cook College, Douglass College, Livingston College, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers College, and University College (for part-time and evening students). Admission is competitive to each of the colleges.
You can check your Mercer courses on the Rutgers ARTSYS website.
Hint: For some Rutgers University colleges, two years of algebra and one year of geometry are required, as well as two years of a foreign language. If these courses were not taken in high school, they may be made up in college.
Located in Ewing Township. Applications are accepted for fall semester and on a limited basis for the spring semester.
The associate degree, A.A. or A.S., is preferred. All students are encouraged to apply. Admission to all programs is extremely competitive. A 3.0 is usually the minimum for admission to the college although some programs require higher.
You can check specific course equivalencies on this TCNJ webpage.
Hint: Apply early and do not miss the deadline as it is firm.
Located in Trenton. Open to all regardless of age, residence or previous educational experience.
Students earn degrees by passing proficiency exams, through assessment of outside learning such as training in business, industry, and associations, and by transferring credits earned at traditional colleges or through correspondence or television courses.
Hint: Many Mercer students continue their education at Thomas Edison, especially those in the Aviation Flight Technology program.
All problems relating to transfer/articulation issues should be brought first to the individual responsible for the disputed decision, usually at the four-year college. If you have reason to believe that you have not been treated fairly, we encourage you to meet with your transfer counselor at Mercer to discuss your situation. In most cases, a conference with the four-year college will resolve the problem.
Some application forms for four-your colleges ask for the CEEB number of other colleges you have attended or are attending. Mercer's CEEB number is 2444.