Make the Leap From Community College to a 4-Year University

Motivation and organization are key to transferring from a community college to a four-year university.

Students need to take the initiative to find programs and reach out to advisers to make their transition to a four-year university seamless.
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It's also important to keep an eye on the GPA requirements for universities and majors, says Ricardo Vargas, assistant director of transfer recruitment and evaluations at the University of California—Riverside. While a perfect GPA is ideal, Vargas says he always encourages prospective transfers to maintain at least a B average, but warns that some programs within the university may require a higher grade-point average. 

"Students need to double- and triple-check the information they receive to make sure it's OK, because at the end of the day it's going to fall back on that student whether they're able to transfer out or not," Riverside's Vargas says. 

Ultimately, staying organized, focused, engaged and motivated will help students increase their likelihood of successfully transferring to a four-year university. 

"I want fellow students to know that they should not let their dreams go away because how long it takes," Barrera wrote in an email. 

"In the end, our degree will say what we majored in and not how long it took us." Brookhaven, he wrote, allowed him to keep his dreams alive.

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