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What every TRANSFER STUDENT should know about STARS!
Transcript of What every TRANSFER STUDENT should know about STARS!
needs to know about
If you think you
So what if I want
to transfer out-of-state?
Why are ALL majors not included on STARS?
Do I have to take
ALL of the classes listed on
was created by STATE LAW in March of 1994!
in Alabama had
Students across state were losing credit when transferring.
Late 1980s & Early 1990s...
OF TRANSER CREDIT....
The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers in Alabama, the STARS system can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.
....on the guide
you will see references to
AREA V pages are like a "rider" on an insurance policy... they give you some additional info and coverage.
WHAT ARE THEY???
So, you are considering attending a
two-year college in Alabama
If so, you need to know about the
GUIDE and what it can save you credits, time, and money!
GET THE GUIDE!
0ne 4 year
take a course while another would not!
Very frustrating for
students, parents, and
THIS PROBLEM LED TO
MISINFORMED STUDENTS, IRRATE PARENTS, & WASTED
TIME & MONEY!
So, what is
? How does it help
STARS stands for
Statewide Transfer & Articulation
Reporting System. STARS is a
web-accessible database system
which provides guidance
and direction for prospective
transfer students in the State of Alabama...
GET THE GUIDE - START HERE!
See "How to Use
on our website.
THE GUIDE has FIVE main sections (AREAs) ....
let's take a look
AREA I - WRITTEN COMPOSITION (6 SH)
AREA II - FINE ARTS & HUMANITIES (12 SH)
AREA III - MATH & SCIENCE (11 SH)
AREA IV - SOCIAL SCIENCES (12 SH)
AREA V - PRE-MAJOR or PRE-PROFESSIONAL (19-23 SH)
NOTE: For all engineering majors, the hour requirements in Area II were reduced from 12 SH to 9 SH. The hours in Area IV were reduced from 12 SH to 9 SH. This reduction allowed for additional hours (6 semester hours) to be added to Area V for engineering majors so that required math and science courses could be taken prior to transfer that would meet national engineering accreditation standards (ABET).
LET'S TALK A LITTLE
... web pages maintained by each individual public four-year institution in Alabama. The primary purpose of AREA V pages is to provide transfer students with additional information about transfer coursework that can be taken at the two-year institutions to complete the AREA V requirements not covered on the official STARS Transfer Guide.
Financial Aid Assistance and Information
Links to major specific AREA V Pages
Links to Various Departments/Colleges
also include info about...
LINKS to the AREA V
pages are provided
at the bottom of each
STARS Transfer Guide!
GET THE GUIDE!
Also check out
To Do list...
1. Decide on a major and try to stick with it.
2. GET THE GUIDE…
3. Go over the guide with your advisor/counselor.
4. Keep a copy in a safe place.
5. If you change majors, GET A NEW GUIDE.
6. Start planning your transfer early in your sophomore year.
7. Go visit prospective four-year institutions - take your GUIDE and copies of transcripts with you.
8. Take your grades seriously - you may follow the guide, but it will not guarantee admission into competitive programs.
9. Find a mentor. Don't be afraid to seek advice from older/wiser people!
10. Contact STARS office if you have questions or problems. 334-670-3690
only for Public Universities in Alabama?
...we are not quite finished...
LET'S GO OVER A FEW
The STARS Program was created by a State of Alabama Legislative Act to simplify the transfer process among
our state-funded two-year and four-year institutions. Therefore, all the funding for the program goes to support this mission. 0ne of the desired outcomes of the STARS Program was encourage students who start their college careers in Alabama to transfer and complete their degrees in-state. As a result, the STARS Program does not cover transfer out-of-state.
Students attending JDCC may often choose to attend a school Florida or Mississippi (like the University of West Florida). This is understandable. What we suggest is that you talk with a JDCC advisor about the University or College in Florida (or other states) that you are interested in. Make sure you take exactly what they advise you to take.
Sorry we cannot provide this information through STARS.
NO, The STARS Guide simply lays out approximately two-years of course work that you could take in your major. You do not have to take all the courses listed, but you will eventually have to have about 60 SH to obtain an AS degree and 120 or more to obtain your BS. It is not recommended that you choose courses not listed on your guide. We do recommend that you complete sequences at the two-year college or at your four-year institution. Also, pre-requisites are important. You may have to complete certain courses as a freshman or sophomore before you can take upper-level courses.
The STARS Office is constantly adding
new programs and taking old ones off the system. If you find a major that is not listed on STARS, use our "Contact Page" on the STARS website and let us know the name of the major
and the school who you believe offers it. We will check on it and see if we can start to build a transfer guide for that program.
NOTE: Sometimes, majors are actually "concentrations" within another major. For example, "Graphic Arts" may be a
concentration in the "Art" major. There is no possible way we could build and maintain guides for every concentration offered in the state.
Why are classes
listed on the
guide which are
not offered at all two-year colleges?
The STARS Guide lists all the courses that have been approved that COULD be offered at any two-year college in Alabama. Transfer students could take a course via distance ed or as a transient student and still be protected if that course is listed on their guide.
In addition, some guides require very specific type courses that may require instructors with certain backgrounds and expertise. At times, certain two-year colleges may not have a qualified instructor who can teach that course.
Have more questions?
SEE our FAQs page on the
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STARS...
Talk with your advisor or visit
the official AGSC/STARS website at
Can students obtain
to assist in the transfer to a private college or university in Alabama?
You cannot obtain an official
STARS Transfer Guide to a private college or university in Alabama.
HOWEVER!! The Alabama Community College System has created similar transfer guides that
two-year students can print and follow that will protect them if
they are interested in transferring
to a private college or university