Understanding Transfer Credits
College is an important career stepping stone for many students and at the GMC Global Online Leadership College, we aim to make each of our students’ educational and career goals a reality. We have the resources and knowledge to help you transfer college credits successfully. You work hard. We make sure your work will count when you move on to another institution of higher learning. When you start here, you really can go anywhere.
Whether you’re starting fresh or finishing a degree, we can help you navigate the complexities of making sure your credits count toward achieving your degree. Students who successfully transfer college credits from accredited online colleges, especially with an Associates’ degree, graduate on time and have comparable graduation rates to native students at four-year-schools. GMC Global Online Leadership College students who transfer college credits to four-year colleges graduate with the same degree while typically saving tens of thousands of dollars.
Transient College Credit
Transient college credit is coursework that a student completes at another school and applies to the completion of degree requirements at their home institution. Students usually verify that they will be able to transfer these college credits in advance.
Transient students have temporary permission from another school to attend GMC for a specific time frame (usually one term). Many of our transient students enjoy the convenience of GMC’s 8-week quarter system, allowing them to complete required classes in a shorter time frame.
Instead of a transcript, a transient student must provide transient authorization (usually a letter or form) from their primary institution’s registrar’s office. This authorization should list the courses the student may take at GMC as well as when the courses should be taken.
Regional Accreditation (and Why It Matters)
GMC is regionally accredited with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In short, the SACSCOC serves as a benchmark for education excellence. The SACSCOC is an umbrella organization that monitors educational quality at degree-granting schools primarily in the Southern United States, as well as some approved international sites and accredited online colleges affiliated with these institutions.
If you want the peace of mind that your hard work will be recognized at a new school, a SACSCOC accredited online college is a must.
Colleges and universities use regional accreditation to compare institutional quality. Accreditation must be earned and maintained on a continual basis by schools that offer online accelerated bachelor’s degree programs, as well as four-year colleges and universities. Accreditation provides quality assurance and guarantees that colleges will continue to work to improve to maintain their accreditation. It assures peer institutions that standards of educational process and quality have been met and that students have mastered the subject matter in the curriculum.
Why Regional Accreditation?
Over one hundred years ago the US Department of Education divided the US into regions and created accreditation agencies to oversee the schools in each region. These regional agencies monitor faculty, class size, graduation and retention rates, and all other aspects of the student experience to ensure that quality education is being provided. While the regional agency only monitors schools in its area, the quality assurance stamp it puts on your college credits is national in scope; schools in other regions of the country will accept them because common quality standards are applied.
Non-Profit vs. For-Profit
Nationally accredited schools are usually for-profit and are more likely to offer vocational, technical, or religiously-oriented educational programs. They have not held to the same standards of quality assurance as regionally accredited GI Bill online schools like Georgia Military College. If graduation rates at a regionally accredited school fall significantly, for example, they can and will lose accreditation. Some for-profit schools have unacceptably high dropout and incompletion rates – and little incentive to improve them since their ultimate goal is profits for shareholders.
A good rule of thumb is that regionally accredited schools will generally accept the transfer of college credits or an online Associates degree from other regionally accredited schools, but not necessarily from nationally accredited schools. Nationally accredited schools will accept work from other nationally accredited schools, but lack of access to the larger pool of regionally accredited schools can limit a student’s options and stifle their educational progress.
Many nationally accredited for-profit schools do a fine job of educating students. There simply isn’t the same level of oversight to make sure student outcomes are good, though, and students are less likely to be able to transfer college credits to universities. Choosing a regionally accredited online college like GMC for an online military college degree is the best way to keep your career options open in the future and ensure you get a rock-solid educational foundation in the present.
What is Articulation?
Course articulation compares the content of similar courses at two or more educational institutions. This allows community colleges, online accredited colleges, and universities to make determinations about whether course content is similar enough to allow for transfer college credits between them.
An Articulation Agreement is a transfer agreement between schools. It simplifies the transfer process by specifying exactly which courses students should take at the community college or initial school, and benefits the four-year institution with a steady supply of well-prepared students to balance out attrition.
Our Articulation Agreements
Many online colleges like GMC Global Online Leadership College make their articulation agreements public so that incoming students can plan their educational path confidently and know they will be able to transfer college credits to the college or university of their choice.
GMC’s articulation agreements ensure that most, if not all, of your GMC coursework, will seamlessly transfer to the next institution and count towards your bachelor’s degree. We currently have articulation agreements with the following schools:
Note: An * denotes a guaranteed admission agreement with the institution.
Agnes Scott College*
Albany State University*
Armstrong State University*
Art Institute of Atlanta (AIA)
Atlanta Metropolitan State College*
Auburn University at Montgomery*
Augusta University College of Education
Columbus State University
Dalton State College*
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)
Fort Valley State University*
Georgia College & State University*
Georgia Gwinnett College*
Georgia Southwestern State University*
Georgia Southern University*
Georgia State University*
Kennesaw State University*
Middle Georgia State University*
Saint Leo University*
Savannah State University*
South College-Atlanta Campus
Southern New Hampshire University*
Tennessee State University*
Toccoa Falls College*
Trident University International*
University of North Georgia
Valdosta State University*
Western Kentucky University*
Young Harris College*
Why Choose GMC?
Georgia Military College has been educating bright minds and cultivating good citizens since 1879. We offer diverse educational and financing options for students from all walks of life.
Inclusive, Rolling Admissions
Fully Accredited by SACSCOC
Articulation Agreements with 50 Institutions
We are Public, Not-for-Profit
Our goal is for students to complete whatever portion of their education they entrust GMC’s Global Online Leadership College to deliver in personal financial health. For many students, earning an associate degree from a regionally accredited school is a smart and economical alternative to enrolling immediately in a four-year school.
GMC does not charge out-of-state tuition. We’ll take motivated students wherever we can find them.
Financial counselors help find all available scholarships and tuition assistance for our students, 80 percent of whom receive financial aid while working towards their online college degree.
The best indicator of success at the college level is willingness to do the work. Some people are ready to succeed as soon as they finish high school. Others, such as those who enroll in GI Bill online schools after a few years as active duty military, come to it later in life. Some people simply need a second chance to complete a college degree.
We offer open admissions to anyone with a high school diploma or GED.
We serve more than 14,000 students each year from more than 15 states and 11 nations.
Programs Designed for Continued Success
At GMC Global Online Leadership College, we offer two types of Associate degrees: an Associate of Arts (AA) and an Associate of Applied Science (AAS). All three share core requirements of most four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States, making it easy for GMC students to transfer credits to a college or university.
College credits that don’t transfer are lost time and money; two things that are hard to come by for students balancing life and work demands – especially those deployed in military service. Georgia Military College works with incoming students to make sure they can transfer all appropriate college credits.
GMC has working relationships – articulation agreements – guaranteeing college credit transfer to four-year colleges and universities
We offer online accelerated bachelor’s degree programs for motivated students in a hurry to get on with life.
Seven campus locations and extension centers supplement our online offerings for students who need in-person counseling and instruction.
Skilled counselors offer remedial education to help students get up to college level.