Though two-year degrees are a well-known option for students looking to save time and money on their education, there are many long-term factors that make the traditional four-year bachelor’s degree a great option for many students. For those enrolled in a two-year associate’s degree program, transferring colleges to a four-year program may seem daunting at first, but it is often more feasible than it seems and pays off in the long run.
You’ll have greater earning potential with a four-year degree.
It is well-documented that being a four-year degree holder usually leads to a significantly higher salary, especially for experienced workers. The increased training and education gained from a four-year college education provides knowledge and skills that are invaluable in the workplace. Also, many positions in fields like engineering, management and research require bachelor’s degrees. Four-year degrees can also be a stepping stone to graduate programs, which may open up more career opportunities down the road.
With a bachelor’s degree, you’ll have more job security and placement.
In today’s increasingly competitive job market, it is more important than ever to stand out to potential employers. And oftentimes in order to stand out, a more advanced education is necessary. Research shows that those with bachelor’s degrees have a higher employment placement rate than those with less education. For instance, the National Center for Education Statistics states that the employment rate was higher for those with higher levels of educational attainment. For example, the employment rate was highest for young adults with a bachelor’s or higher degree (86 percent).
Having a bachelor’s degree will help ensure that you present your best self to employers. Similarly, having a four-year degree communicates that applicants may have a stronger skill set, which improves desirability in the job market and secures faster job placement.
Marymount wants to make the transfer process simple and easy for you.
Marymount University provides agreements geared towards students transferring into a bachelor’s degree program. Marymount generally accepts credit transfers for courses completed with a grade of C or higher at other regionally accredited colleges and universities and provides course equivalencies for students transferring from colleges like Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), Montgomery College and even some Florida-based community colleges. These course equivalencies are designed to help transfer students make the smoothest transition possible.
By the way, Marymount University has a Guaranteed Admission Agreement with NOVA, and as long as certain requirements are met, a NOVA student can fully expect to be accepted at Marymount. We also offer a variety of scholarships specifically for transfer students that make earning a four-year degree as financially feasible as possible. Students with additional questions can connect with a Marymount admissions counselor to get all the answers they need about taking the next steps to earn a bachelor’s degree.