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Should I get my AA degree then transfer or should I transfer after 1 year?

miguecolombiamiguecolombia Posts: 4Registered User New Member
edited December 2012 in Transfer Students
Right now I'm at a community college in FL and I just finished my first semester with a 4.0.I have sevreal AP credits from HS so those helped me get ahead and I already finished all my english requirements. I'm doing good academically and plan to maintain my current GPA.

I'm applying to the University of Central Florida for the fall and plan to leave CC after 1 year but I was wondering if I'm better off just staying at CC for 2 years, getting my AA and then transferring to a better school like University of Florida. I'm majoring in Civil engineering and ultimately plan to go to Georgia tech or MIT for graduate school.

What should I do? If i graduate from CC with a 3.8-4.0 GPA does that actually get me anywhere? or am I better off transferring to a 4 year university after 1 year.

I really want to go to MIT for graduate school and I'm tremendously motivated but I'm not sure if going to CC for 2 years looks bad compared to actually being at a 4 yr university.

I would greatly appreciate some advice. Thank you
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Replies to: Should I get my AA degree then transfer or should I transfer after 1 year?

  • miguecolombiamiguecolombia Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    Please, anyone?
  • AxelrodAxelrod Posts: 663Registered User Member
    The central issue should be one concerning cost. Next consider coursework. Any significant cost difference ? Are there enough courses to meet your needs at the community college level ?
  • eclark6eclark6 Posts: 126Registered User Junior Member
    I am transferring after 1.5 years. I have a 4.0 and I'm not interested in an AS. In my case, the associate degree requirements did not line up well with the gened requirements for engineering at University of Illinois. If I got an AS, I would have multiple classes that did not advance me toward the engineering degree at UIUC.

    Also, because I'm transferring to ECE, the community college did not offer enough engineering pre-reqs in the fourth semester to make it worthwhile. They only have the courses for traditional (non-electrical) engineering majors in the second semester of sophomore year.

    I think if you want to pursue grad-school at a world-class institution then you need to transfer to a higher ranked school than UCF. The school's ranking for undergraduate education is not the most important factor for grad school decisions, but its not totally ignored. Transferring earlier would give you more time to get to know professors and try to do research as an undergraduate. Research experience is what grad schools want to see most.
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