Will grades earned at my prior college affect my chances of admission to another college after I graduate from BHC?
Your prior college grades will impact your chances of admission to the college or university of your choice. Your transfer school will average your Black Hawk College grades with your prior college grades to calculate your cumulative grade point average. If you do not have the grade point average needed for admission to your college or to your major, you may have to change your plans. It should be noted that some schools will consider students with lower grades from their early college years if recent grades have significantly improved. Contact the admissions office at your transfer school to discuss your individual situation.
You can improve your chances of being awarded a scholarship by earning excellent grades. Many schools have transfer scholarships that are automatically awarded based on your grade point average. The higher your grades, the more money you are eligible to receive. Also, students who are members of Phi Theta Kappa honor society may be eligible for additional scholarships. (Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.) Apply for every scholarship that you qualify for. The more scholarships you apply for, the more likely you are to receive an award. View Scholarship Information.
If you completed college credit courses prior to attending Black Hawk College, do not assume that your transfer school will accept your courses exactly as Black Hawk did. You must send your transfer school a transcript directly from each college or university you attended. Each transcript will be evaluated separately at your transfer school.
The maximum number of hours that you may transfer varies based on your choice of a transfer school. Most colleges and universities will allow you to transfer at least 60 hours. Some schools have no limit on the number of hours that may be transferred but still require that a minimum number of hours (usually 60 or more) be earned at the four-year college or university which will award your bachelor’s degree.
You may be required to submit your high school transcript and ACT score report; however, most colleges and universities will determine your eligibility for admission based on your college record once you have earned a specified number of semester hours. The number of semester hours required to be admitted based on your college record varies from school to school but usually ranges from 12-30 hours.
After you apply to your transfer school you should pay the application fee and send any supporting documents required such as all transcripts from prior colleges. You should also complete financial aid and scholarship applications, as well as make arrangements for housing if you will be living away from home.
You may apply for admission up to one year in advance of the term you plan to transfer. If you plan to transfer next fall, you may apply as soon as the current fall term. Most colleges and universities have application deadlines by which applications and all supporting documents such as transcripts must be submitted. The deadlines are often two to five months prior to the start of the term of entry, but some colleges and universities allow students to apply as late as two to four weeks before the start of the term.
If you know your major but haven’t decided on a transfer school, follow the generic major guides found in the Transfer Programs section of the Black Hawk College catalog. Since major requirements can vary from one college to another, you should follow the recommendations for your transfer school as soon as you know which school you will attend.
The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement of core general education courses which is transferable among more than 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois. IAI works best if you know you are going to transfer within Illinois, but are undecided on the college or university that will grant your bachelor’s degree.
Vocational or technical courses may count toward the AA or AS degree as long as they transfer to a minimum of three public universities in Illinois. It should be noted that some schools will not accept certain vocational or technical courses in transfer. Other schools may limit the number of such courses accepted. Check the course equivalency tables to view how Black Hawk College courses transfer.
For most students, there is little difference between an AA or AS degree. Usually your major determines which degree will be awarded. However, in most cases, you may select either degree option. It’s recommended that students transferring to some colleges and universities complete the AA degree to realize compact benefits. Check with your advisor.
If you complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree you will have the benefit of compact and/or course equivalency agreements which have been negotiated with four-year colleges and universities that allow you to transfer as a junior with lower division general education courses completed.