Prospective college transfer students may hear lots of funny acronyms, so we’re here to help decode some of the college jargon. Here are a few terms you should become familiar with as a college transfer student:
American Council on Education or ACE: This council reviews military training and other forms of credit-bearing experiences to see if they can be equated to college-level credit.
Accredited: An institution of learning is accredited when it is recognized as maintaining standards necessary for its graduates to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve professional credentials.
Articulation Agreement: An articulation agreement is a formal agreement that allows credits earned in specific programs at community colleges to be accepted at another college or university.
Credit/Semester hours: Credit hours are awarded to a student upon passing a course. Courses typically range from one to five credit hours.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Exams distributed by The College Board that can be used to fulfill requirements of your degree. The fee for the exam is $77.
Transfer coordinator: A college transfer student’s best friend! He or she can evaluate your transcript and note if your credits will transfer, help you choose courses that fit your degree needs and be a trusted resource throughout the entire transfer admissions process.