You’ve probably stumbled across this blog for one of two reasons: You’ve recently, or almost, completed your college diploma (congrats!), and are looking for options in terms of next steps, OR you’ve completed your diploma a few years ago and have been in the workforce for sometime, and are ready for a change. Either way, you’re in the right place!
Did you know that you may already have 50% of a university degree!?
In Canada, many colleges and universities follow the “2+2” model, where colleges and universities create agreements that allow students to study their first 2 years in college, completing a diploma, and their final 2 years in a complementary university program. Under this model, your previous college credits are automatically taken into consideration and credited toward your university degree.
If your college does not have an agreement with a university, don’t worry! Personalized Transfer Credit Assessments can be completed by Admissions or Enrolment Services teams, and it is absolutely possible to get credit for ½ of your degree during this manual assessment. After you apply to your university of choice, you can also apply for a transfer credit assessment. Send in your official transcripts and the institution will do the rest!
Pro tip: If you can, keep a copy of your course syllabi. If the university’s Enrolment Services team is unfamiliar with one of your courses, the syllabus will help ensure you get credit where credit is due!
Completing a college diploma is no small feat, but tackling a university degree on top of that is an even greater victory with equally great benefits. The practical skills gained in college, blended with the critical thought and theoretical background earned in university may give students who follow the “2+2” model a leg-up when applying for jobs.
“Demand for hybrid higher education is exploding across the country. For a generation of career-panicked students, the idea of weaving applied college skills into the more theoretical fabric of the ivory tower seems a smart way to build credentials. And in a savage job market, students need an edge. Throw in some job-focused college skills, and students feel they have upped their game.” – Louise Brown, Maclean’s Magazine