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    1. What Is Your Educational Objective?
    2. Understanding Chaffey College Educational Programs
    3. Do I need an AA Degree to Transfer?
    4. If I Am Undecided, Which Program Is Best For Me?

  1. Course Sequences
  2. Selecting Your First Semester Courses
  3. What's Next?
  4. Mandatory Student Educational Plan


    1. Understanding Chaffey College Educational Programs

      Occupational Certificate Programs

      Certificate programs are designed for students seeking a program of study that will prepare them to work in a desired career immediately upon completion of a course of study. These programs are typically short in duration and do not include courses in general education unless specified by the major. Students are only required to complete the required courses for the certificate then apply for a certificate through the Counseling Department.

      Associate Degree Programs

      Like certificate programs associate degree programs are designed to prepare students to enter into their chosen career upon completion of the degree. The associate degree programs include courses in a major and in general education. General education includes courses that help students develop critical thinking, writing, reading, and math skills in addition to their specific major. Graduates with an associate’s degree are better prepared to enter into careers that require a higher level of education, even though this program is longer in duration.

      Transfer Programs

      Students choosing to begin their 4-year college or university degree at Chaffey are taking advantage of the many benefits of completing their freshman and sophomore levels prior to transferring. Since Chaffey is more affordable than most 4-year colleges and universities, students can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in their college fees and tuition. In addition to this, many students are eligible to receive financial aid to assist them with college expenditures.

      Many students value the convenience of attending a college in their community while living at home or staying local. This can make for an easier transition to university life especially if you plan on attending a distant college. Since Chaffey is a community college, its primary focus is freshman and sophomore level students. Our courses are taught with that focus in mind by faculty whose purpose is to teach their subject to students completing general education or lower division courses for their major. All public colleges and universities and almost all private colleges accept transfer students and their transferable coursework from Chaffey College.

      Review the various transfer programs and the requirements from the Counseling website.

      Once you choose your major and decide that a bachelor’s degree or higher is needed to complete your educational objective, it will be necessary to research a college or university where you can complete your degree. The following includes some important considerations when choosing a college or university:

      1. Does the college or university offer your desired major?

      2. Does your educational objective require you to earn an advanced degree and is it important to you to get more of a theoretical background to your bachelor’s degree and an applied orientation in your graduate study?

      3. What kind of financial resources do you have to pay your tuition and other related costs? Are they limited or unlimited?

      4. Do you plan to transfer to a distant college or do you intend to remain local?

      5. Do you plan to attend on a full-time or part-time basis?
        Most students who plan to transfer to a public college or university in California will choose a college from the California State University or University of California systems. The fundamental differences between these two major college systems are fairly simple to understand; however, colleges in both systems have unique and outstanding attributes that take much time and research to fully comprehend.

      Basically, the California State University system (CSU) is geared toward students seeking an applied degree that can be employed in a real life context once one enters the world of work. The CSU system only offers masters degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree in its graduate programs and most of those are in applied fields as well. CSU accommodates the working student best because they do not require students to attend on a full-time basis. The average cost for full-time enrollment is approximately $4000.00 a year. There are 23 colleges in this system. The closest CSU campuses are Pomona, Fullerton, and San Bernardino.

      The University of California, on the other hand, has a more theoretical approach to its programs of study. Students attending UC typically plan on pursuing an advanced degree beyond the bachelor’s degree. The theoretical approach taken by the UC system suits those students best because they learn critical research skills necessary to be successful in research-oriented study in graduate school. The UC system graduate programs include law schools, masters and doctoral programs. Students are required to attend full-time both in the baccalaureate and graduate programs. Average cost for full-time enrollment is approximately $6,000.00 a year. There are currently nine campuses in this system with a new campus planned for Modesto. The closest UC campuses are Riverside, Irvine, and Los Angeles.

      Independent colleges and universities are another option for students wanting to transfer. These colleges are tuition based and are located throughout the state and country. Some are renowned for their world-class college programs and degrees. Others have specialty programs that are in high demand. Most offer small classes with intimate surroundings for their students to have the most direct learning experience with their professors. Tuition ranges from $15,000.00 a year up to as high as $30,000 per year. Students combine personal and family resources, financial aid, and scholarships to cover tuition and other costs.

      Other considerations are presented at the College Board website. Use this site to assist you with choosing a transfer college,

      If you know that you plan to transfer to a California State University or University of California and you want to find information on major lower division requirements at a specific college in either of those two systems, use the ASSIST website. In most instances, courses suggested for each major are taken in addition to meeting either CSU or IGETC general education and admission requirements.

      If you would like more information on colleges in the University of California system you can inquire using the UC pathways website,

      If you would like more information on colleges in the California State University system you can inquire using the CSU Mentor website,

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