New Statewide Transfer Majors Associate Degrees
At Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC), ensuring students have a number of transfer options is important to us. We’re committed to making the transfer process as easy as possible, setting you up for future success!
That’s why we’re always looking for ways to partner with other colleges and universities to give you the best transfer experience possible. In this spirit, we’re excited to share a brand new, statewide plan designed for students wishing to pursue specific majors.
The state’s community colleges and public universities have joined forces to create a new Transfer Majors program. What’s even better is now that the program has been established, many private colleges are joining in as well.
In a nutshell, the program creates specified Transfer Major Associate Degrees, laying out the precise course path you complete here at Eastern Iowa Community Colleges before continuing on at the four-year college to which you transfer, whether that’s Iowa, Iowa State, UNI, or the growing list of others.
That means you’ll take general education classes as well as classes required for your major. The partner colleges and universities have all agreed on these classes, giving the courses their academic seal of approval. This is great news because it’s like being a student at the four-year college, but you’re able to save money and start your career closer to home. With a specific course map detailing the classes you’ll need to take for your first two years, you can also get started knowing you’ll be ready to transfer seamlessly into your major once you’ve completed your Transfer Major Associate’s Degree with EICC.
It wasn’t easy getting all these colleges to agree on what the major tracks and specific courses would be, but their shared commitment to making the process easier for you, the student, along with a lot of hard work by everyone involved, has made it a reality.
These are the EICC majors currently included in the program, but more will be added soon:
- Ag Business
- Ag Education
- Animal Science
- Criminal Justice
- Early Childhood Teaching
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education
There are some differences in which colleges are included with which major areas. The area colleges who have signed on to the program continues to grow. Currently it includes:
- University of Iowa
- Iowa State University
- University of Northern Iowa
- Clarke University
- Iowa Wesleyan University
- Mount Mercy University
- St. Ambrose University
- University of Dubuque
- Upper Iowa University
- Western Illinois University
You will still need to meet admission requirements of the four-year college you choose in order to transfer, but EICC does have admission partnerships with all of the state’s public colleges and universities, and even some of the Iowa private colleges. These agreements give you earlier access to advisors and resources at the four-year college, streamlining the process and providing you the opportunity to connect with staff there sooner. That way you can ask questions about specific courses or even grade requirements and make sure you’ll meet admission criteria. The sooner you sign up to take part in these admission partnerships the better.
If you have any questions about the new Transfer Majors Associate’s Degrees, please contact the college nearest you and ask to speak to an advisor. You can also call toll-free 1-888-336-3907 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q) Are the Transfer Majors EICC’s only transfer degree options?
A) Absolutely not. The many transfer agreements currently in place with other colleges still apply. These Transfer Majors are specific to the majors included in the agreement at the colleges who have signed on to be a part of the program.
Q) If there is not a Transfer Major for a program a student is interested in, can
they still start at EICC?
A) The student should enroll in our Liberal Arts AA or AS and select general education courses and electives per recommendations from their transfer college or university.
Q) Will colleges in the agreement still accept a student without the Transfer Major
A) If the Transfer Major is not completed, the student’s courses will be evaluated and applied on a course-by-course basis.