Studies show that students who complete an associate degree before transferring are more likely to earn a bachelor’s degree, and they do so in a shorter period of time. If you complete an A.A. or A.S., you will also have completed the General Education Core Curriculum, which means you won’t have to redo your general education requirements when you transfer to any Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) university in Illinois, including GSU. (IAI schools have an agreement that help students easily transfer from one participating college/university to another.) The completion of the associate degree is an important milestone in your path to a bachelor's degree.
Students who complete only two years at a four-year university leave with no credential, but at your community college you have the opportunity to complete a degree. We want to encourage you to take advantage of earning that important degree. Life happens. If something delays or precludes the completion of your bachelor’s degree, your resume will still show you successfully achieved an associate degree at an outstanding community college.