Transferring After Graduation
University parallel degrees (e.g. AA, AS, AST, AFA) are designed to transfer smoothly to public universities in the state of Tennessee. However, we recommend that students reach out to an advisor at the university they are interested in transferring to in order to learn any nuances.
View College Transfer Information and Articulation Agreements web page for more information.
Tennessee Transfer Pathways are guaranteed to transfer to universities that participate in the TTP partnership when a student transfers into the same area of emphasis. Visit their website for more information.
AAS degrees are not designed for transfer to most bachelor’s degrees at universities. However, some universities have very specific bachelor’s degrees for which AAS degrees will transfer smoothly. You will need to take additional general education courses. We recommend that you contact the Office of Advising for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some private universities participate in the TTP pathways. Go here to see which institutions participate.
Many private universities transfer Vol State credits smoothly even for non-TTP degrees, but private universities’ curriculum is different from Vol State. Please reach out to the university for more information on how credits transfer, and then provide this information to your Vol State advisor.
Public universities are state-funded, and thus often cost less than private universities. Vol State requirements are more similar to public university requirements, so credits might transfer more smoothly.
Private universities are not funded by the state, so they tend to cost more than public universities. However, you can apply for financial aid and scholarships at private universities, just like at public universities. Private universities are also often religiously affiliated. Many require religion courses (e.g., Bible classes, etc.)
Not sure how to start researching universities? Here are some tips:
- Make a list of all of the universities you are interested in exploring.
- Make a list of all of the questions you have and things you want to know about each university.
- Start with the university’s admissions website and read through the information.
- Find a transfer admissions counselor. An admissions counselor is your preliminary guide for the university. Let them know you’re attending Vol State and you’re considering transferring after you graduate with your associate’s degree. They can send you links to information, tell you how to apply, what events are coming up for prospective transfers, etc. Keep in mind, however, that an admissions counselor typically does not do academic advising.
- Find an academic advisor. Your transfer admissions counselor may be able to point you to the right person. This might be a faculty advisor or a full-time advisor. Ask them if you can make an appointment to look at your transcript and discuss how your Vol State credits will transfer, and what other courses would be accepted in transfer.
Lots of university information is at your fingertips. Keep it organized and get excited about all the opportunities out there!