It depends. We are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Our credits are highly transferable; however, the transferability of your specific credits depends on several items – your major at the receiving institution, your grades at the sending institution (Pennsylvania Highlands Community College), and the policies of the department or college that oversees your intended major.
Certain associate degrees are transferable into specific majors at specific colleges or universities. It is critical that a student speaks to a transfer professional to ensure correct selection of a Pennsylvania Highlands Community College major.
An advisor in the Student Success Center can help identify courses that will most likely transfer to your next College or University. The Registrar’s Office can also provide helpful resources as well. There are many transfer agreements in place between Penn Highlands and other institutions that make transferring easy. The receiving institution always has the final authority about the acceptance of transfer credits. This is why it is very important to contact the receiving institution directly for a final credit evaluation.
Only you can make that decision. However, we do provide some “shopping” opportunities. First, we host at least one transfer event each year. Representatives from 20+ higher education institutions visit our campus at the same time to talk to students about their respective schools. Second, we invite institutions to visit us on an individual basis. A transfer counselor or admissions representative may visit once or several times a year to have more focused discussions with students about their transfer plans. Finally, the institution offers a credit bearing course entitled Introduction to Transfer (TRN115) that helps to guide students in determining the best colleges and programs of study for their career interests.
While Pennsylvania Highlands Community College may have accepted credits you earned at other post-secondary institutions that does not guarantee that your next institution will do the same. You must provide an official copy of each of your transcripts to the senior institution for appropriate consideration of credit equivalencies.
The process should begin by talking with an academic advisor. Some students know where they plan to transfer and other students have yet to decide. In either case, we want to assist you. Students must understand that while they are working with a Penn Highlands advisor to ease the transition to the new institution, students have the sole responsibility of meeting all application deadlines at the transfer institution as well as understanding the process for acceptance into the desired major.
As soon as you know you want to transfer to a Bachelor’s degree granting institution. Planning early can help maximize your transfer, ensure you are on the correct path and help to save you considerable money.