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5 Benefits of Transferring from a Community College to Northeastern

By Vanessa Bush
November 26, 2018

If you’re planning to transfer to Northeastern University from a community college, you are in good company. In fact, 84 percent of Northeastern’s bachelor’s completion students arrive with some credits completed or with their associate degree, ready to transfer what they’ve learned into the classroom. Those credits can be an important tool in receiving your bachelor’s degree sooner than you expect and at a reduced overall cost.

When choosing a four-year college or university, there are many options to consider and many things to keep in mind as you make that transition. Here are some reasons why Northeastern is a great fit for those coming from a community college.

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Why Transfer From Community College to Northeastern?

Benefit #1—Flexible Learning Environment

Our College of Professional Studies recognizes that students are coming from many different backgrounds, experiences, and educational levels. Your needs may not fit within a traditional day-school format, which is why our classes are structured to best meet your schedule and your preferences. This includes evening, weekend, and 24/7 online classes so that you can choose what works best for you. Additionally, our courses can be completed in a variety of formats, including 100 percent online, on-ground, or a hybrid of the two.

(Read about one of our students, Dumazo Ngesina, to learn how he effectively manages attending classes alongside balancing two full-time jobs. He did it, and so can you!)

Benefit #2—Transfer Credit Benefits

A great benefit in transferring from a community college to Northeastern University is the transfer credits you will receive. In general, Northeastern accepts up to 60 transfer credits coming from another regionally accredited institution (exceptions include: 90 credits for active duty military, 63 for engineering majors, and 66 credits for biotechnology majors).

We typically look for transfer courses that are more than two credits each, classes where you received a grade of C or higher, and we can also assess credits you’ve received for CLEP, Dante, AP, or IB coursework. Any developmental courses you took, such as a keyboarding class or study abroad preparation course, will be not eligible to transfer.

We have seen immediate savings for students transferring credits. For example, 30 transfer credits are equivalent to approximately $16,000 in tuition, meaning 60 transfer credits could save you over $31,000 in tuition costs.

Benefit #3—An Easy Transfer Process

Northeastern has dedicated transfer agreements with 20 schools in six states, making for a seamless transfer process for many students.

“The whole transfer process was easy; all I had to do was submit a transcript to Northeastern University and in a couple of weeks I received notification of which courses they would transfer over to their school,” says Jacqueline Mena, a student at Northeastern University. “Luckily, 60 credits were transferred, and I was even granted the Professional Advancement Scholarship which covered two courses per semester.”

No matter which school you are transferring from, Northeastern’s admissions team is here to help you achieve your goals. We recommend looking at the curricula at your community college and your prospective program at Northeastern before beginning the transfer process so you know what to expect. We also advise students to speak with our transfer counselors so you can talk through your goals and degree plans.

(Learn more about transferring your credits to one of Northeastern’s programs.)

Benefit #4—Experiential Learning Opportunities

Consistently, one of the top reasons many students choose to enroll at Northeastern University is our extensive experiential learning network and numerous opportunities to enhance your in-classroom learning with work-based projects. Whether you choose an online project or something close to home, there is an experiential learning opportunity for everyone.

Because many bachelor’s completion students are working full-time or part-time and have additional daytime commitments, many opt for XN projects, which allow students to participate in six-week virtual projects that are impactful both on the learner and the employer. In Northeastern’s health management program, for example, faculty works closely with students’ current employers to allow working professionals to perform a project at their current job to count toward their course credits.

These projects offer an ideal opportunity for students to gain real-world experience, enhance their resume, and build their professional networks—all while completing their degree.

(Check out some sample student portfolios from their XN projects here.)

Benefit #5—Scholarships and Financial Aid

Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies is dedicated to ensuring that our degrees are not only flexible but affordable. In order to do so, we offer various scholarship and aid opportunities that you may qualify for. Some of our featured scholarships include:

  • Community college scholarships: These various scholarships are awarded to students coming from one of our partner colleges with a conferred associate degree. These students may be eligible for a scholarship of up to $5,000. Applicants must have maintained at least a 2.5 GPA and submitted a complete FAFSA form with our financial aid office.
  • Northeastern’s Biotech A2M Scholars Program: Offered in conjunction with Middlesex Community College, this partnership provides students an accelerated pathway from their associate to master’s degree in biotechnology. Qualifying students receive a variety of benefits including scholarships of up to $10,000 per student per year, a dedicated A2M support team, assistance with transportation and textbook costs for qualifying students.
  • Lowell Institute Scholarship-New England: This scholarship is awarded to students admitted into certain STEM degree programs, such as the BS in biotechnology, BS in health management, BS in IT, and BS in advanced manufacturing programs. This scholarship, which is generally awarded to every student who meets the pre-set criteria, ranges from $2,000-$25,000 per student.

There are also additional scholarship opportunities for students who are nominated by a mentor, employer, or faculty member, and for eligible servicemembers and veterans.

Keep in mind that, for many of these scholarships, you first have to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It’s also a good idea to apply each year to see what other benefits you may qualify for.

(For more details, please visit our scholarship page.)

We understand that there are many schools to choose from when it comes time to selecting where to earn your bachelor’s degree. Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies offers flexibility, resources and support, scholarship and transfer credit opportunities, and experiential learning projects that are tailored to your needs. We would love to see you continue your studies with us and hope to see you apply.

Want to learn more about transferring to Northeastern (or any four-year university) from a community college? Download our free guide below.

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About Vanessa Bush
Vanessa Bush, MEd, is the Senior Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for at Northeastern University.