One of the most overlooked options for students is transfer credit. Most all schools allow a maximum of anywhere between 30-50 credit hours which can be transferred towards a student’s degree. Starting at a community college may sound like shit. But the kids who do it always end up ahead, because they go knock out 40 credit hours of all courses they need for engineering or biology or whatever. Then they transfer those credits over and start out with a great GPA. It’s 10x easier to take basic Physics, Calculus, or Chemistry at a community college where they WANT to give you a good grade. There is always a community college nearby which you can transfer credit up to usually around Junior year of most degrees.
If starting at community college is not an option, Summer Courses at community college is a great avenue as well. If you’re going home for the summer, add an extra class which is known to be very difficult at your university. It’s incredible how unfair of an advantage it is. Then once the credit is transferred, it’s just like you took the class at your graduating school. Your overall GPA will be calculated with that class just the same. The only difference in GPA calculation will be that the school provides you with Credit inside the university, and outside. But no one ever includes that on their resumes anyway. You include your overall GPA and possibly your Major GPA. Both of which will count that course just the same had you taken it from your hard ass state school.
If you’re struggling to improve grades, you can cross enroll your hard classes at community college while you take your other classes at your normal school. This was common practice for Engineers taking Dynamics at my school. The professor was well known for being a huge dick, so everyone went and took it at the local community college. Sure it’s a little bit of a drive, but they’re walking away with A’s and B’s while everyone else is busting their ass every night to barely make a C.
The summer classes at community college are a huge game changer. Or, if you had a rough semester. Resign, take a short break. Go back to community college and then transfer that 3.5 easy GPA back over. Most colleges offer very very-very relaxed transfer GPA requirements. If your school requires a 3.3 or so to get in after high school, I can almost guarantee they only require maybe a 2.5 or 2.7 to transfer on based off college GPA. It is a cake walk, when your GPA falls down, to go into a community college for 30 credits, and build it way back up.
- FIND THE CLASSES YOU BELIEVE TRANSFER FROM LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
- BRING THE LIST OF THOSE COURSES AND COURSE NUMBER TO YOUR COUNSELOR AND VERIFY THEY WILL TRANSFER
- APPLY TO COMMUNITY COLLEGE