There’s a new trend among students when it comes to earning a college degree, the swirl. Today’s students working toward a Bachelor’s degree are faced with additional pressures, especially financially. Swirling can help students stay on track and on budget while they earn their degree.
What is Swirling?
Swirling simply means students move among institutions in order to earn a Bachelor’s degree. It’s estimated that more than one third of college students transfer at least once. Swirling has become a norm among college students for many reasons:
- Lower tuition – It’s not a secret that getting a degree can be expensive. Taking a few courses at a community college then transferring can help lower the price tag, while getting the same level of education.
- Availability – At bigger schools, classes fill up quickly. Why bother with a waiting list when you can take the same class at your local community college during the summer or winter break.
- Course Selection – Have a specific degree or course in mind? Sometimes the course you need is not offered at your current college or is only offered during a certain semester. Swirling lets you take that course on your time schedule.
- Staying on Track – With all of the benefits to attending community colleges, one of the bigger ones is it helps you stay earn your degree within a four-year time frame. With full classes or classes that are only offered during certain semesters, community colleges can help you earn your degree and stay on track for graduation.
- Flexibility – Not all four-year institutions offer online classes or flexible hours. Community colleges often offer those benefits to students. Taking classes at various institutions lets you take classes that fit with your schedule, allowing you to work or fulfill other obligations.
Things to Watch Out for When Swirling
While swirling has its benefits, if you’re not careful, it can get you in trouble. It’s vital to do your research into the institutions to make sure that their credits are transferable. If you are taking the courses toward a degree that you need, but only some transfer, it is no help to you at all. It’s equally important to make sure the courses you take will actually count towards your degree. While the additional education is a benefit, it won’t get you any closer to earning your degree. Be smart and do your research beforehand.
Some students get caught up in the swirl and never pick a track or degree path. They end up with all these credits and no degree. Make sure each class you take adds value to your degree. Take your classes with a future purpose. If you are swirling, stick to obtaining a general studies degree if you are unsure about which major or type of degree you want.
About Norwalk Community College
Norwalk Community College is a great place to take college courses. Whether you’re testing out the waters to see if you want to further your education, are working toward a degree, or looking to change your career path, Norwalk Community College offers a wide variety of courses. Many of these class credits transfer. For more information or to register for the upcoming semester, contact us today.