This is Two Minutes to Transfer with Santiago
Canyon College Transfer Success Center, and this time we are talking about college units.
So what is a unit exactly? Well at some schools these are known as credits or hours, and it’s
simply a measure equal to one hour per week spent in class, so fifteen units are equal
to fifteen hours a week in class. Keep in mind though that homework and studying is
going to take about two hours outside of class for every hour spent in class, so the total
time for a fifteen unit load is about forty-five hours a week, or equal to a full time job.
You’ll need sixty semester units for an Associate’s degree and one hundred and twenty semester
or one hundred and eighty quarter units to earn a Bachelors degree, though some majors
may require more units than that. So how many units should you take? This is
an incredibly important question, so if you have any doubts at all please see a counselor
about this. Anything over twelve units is considered full time for the purposes of financial
aid and insurance, but if you are going to transfer or get your associates degree in
two years, you will need to average of fifteen units a semester. The most units you can take
at SCC is seventeen units; anything over that requires counselor approval and is very rare.
How many you should take is going to depend on a lot of factors in your life, so be honest
with yourself, assess your situation, and choose wisely.
To transfer to the CSU or a UC you will need sixty units. Any 100- or 200-level course
at SCC transfers to a Cal State, and most of those will also transfer to the UC, but
not all of them. The UC is a little more selective, so check the list we have in the Counseling
office or in the Transfer Success Center, or on our website.
If you are going to transfer to a private or out of state university, many don’t have
a minimum number of units that are required. But anything over twenty-four to thirty units
will classify you as a transfer student. That will bypass the review of your high school
transcript, SAT, and so on; they will just look at your college work to evaluate you
for admission. Most of the 100- to 200-level classes at SCC will transfer, but you’ll want
to consult with a number of sources at the university, online, and so on to make sure
your classes will transfer to that school. Keep in mind that not all units are created
equal: SCC courses that start with the letter “N” are not degree applicable, and only 100
or higher level classes can transfer. This has been Two Minutes to Transfer with
the Santiago Canyon College Transfer Success Center. For more questions stop by D-104,
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