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Transferring to University from CC: Preparation advice

  1. May 11, 2015 #1
    Hello all:

    I just finished my last semester at a community college, and I'll be starting at a university in the fall. I'm a little concerned with my preparation, especially in mathematics. My major choices were nuclear engineering and physics on my application, so I could be majoring in either depending on the college of engineering's decision on my application.

    I'm concerned that my classes at the community college level may not have adequately prepared me for the university's coursework. I'll be taking a fundamentals of differential equations class in the fall and calculus 3 in the spring regardless of major. Would it be more advantageous for me to review the calculus 1 & 2 material from my textbook over the summer, or should I begin studying the future material on my own? I've always felt that I was a good math student, but calculus 1 and 2 were among the few classes in which I made B's.

    One advantage that I will have upon beginning at the university is that I will be moving to the city where the university resides. The past 3 semesters I've been commuting 10 hours per week because of the 2 hour round trip to the cc. I also plan to reduce my hours at work. I'm hoping the additional time will help in the fall, but I'm still concerned about the transfer.

    Has anyone felt disadvantaged after transferring from a cc to a university? Is there a significant difference in course difficulty?


    I don't mean to discredit the instruction at my community college, because I have some great lecturers. I just feel like sometimes they don't test as rigorously as a university professor would.
    Last edited: May 11, 2015
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  3. May 16, 2015 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. May 16, 2015 #3


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    Your community college courses done for credit may not adequately prepare you for EVERYTHING as you continue at the university, but what you lack we cannot say through the forum. What you lack depends on you, your C.C., your university. You must find out what is missing as you go.
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