How Walsh Makes Transferring Easy

Thinking about transferring to Walsh College to earn your bachelor’s degree? Here are answers to commonly asked questions about transferring to Walsh from a community college or four-year institution. 

What makes Walsh a transfer-friendly school?

We’ve been working with transfer students for more than 50 years. Not only do we make the overall transfer process easy, we offer a boutique experience with custom-designed, flexible transfer pathways. Forget cookie cutter requirements and strict degree pathways. At Walsh, we work with you to create a degree path that fits your interests, budget, and career goals. Our transfer policies are designed to make transferring from community college easy, seamless and affordable.

Walsh is known for being a great place for transfer students, but you don’t have to take our word for it: Walsh has been named to the  Transfer Honor Roll by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK). This award recognizes colleges and universities committed to providing the pathways, resources, and support community college transfer students need to be successful.

How many of my credits will transfer?

Walsh accepts up to 91 transfer credits and doesn't require an associate degree, articulation agreement, or adherence to the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) for admission. Transfer students need 60 credits to be admitted, but those credits can be from classes taken towards business or non-business majors.

Block of credit transfers mean we accept more transfer credits than many colleges, so you won’t lose credit for courses you’ve already taken in another major. If you have specific questions about your coursework and what credits will transfer, reach out to one of our admission advisors or check our transfer equivalency database.

What if I’m not sure what classes to take before transferring?

Whether you’re already studying business or are considering transferring to Walsh from another major, our advisors can help you design a transfer path that works with your interests and career goals, all while making the overall transfer process transparent and glitch-free.  We’re here to help you plan the classes you need to take before arriving at Walsh and will stick with you through graduation and beyond. Walsh even offers lifetime career services to support you as a student and after you graduate!

Can I make an advising appointment even if I’m not a Walsh student?

Absolutely. Our advisors work with everyone from community college students who are considering their career options to working adults interested in going back to school.  Our advisors can answer your transfer questions, help you select the right classes for your associate degree pathway, or even connect you with academic department chairs for scholastic and career advice. Walsh believes in helping our students get the most out of whatever degree path they choose, and that assistance starts the day you start considering Walsh and continues throughout the student’s lifetime.

Karen Mahaffy, Executive Director, Admissions and Enrollment Services, says, “We’ll work with students in high school or college from day one, before they even take classes at their transfer institution. Walsh acts as an advisor for transfer students all along the way, helping them decide what to take at the community college level and when they arrive at Walsh.”

How much money can I save with the community college to Walsh pathway?

Transferring from community college to Walsh is a wise financial move for many students, who can expect to save between $35,000 to $60,000 on tuition when compared to costs at four-year public and private institutions.

Financial aid and scholarships are also available. For transfer students who choose to take out loans, Walsh’s most recent 3-year default rate was 1.9% compared to the national average of 9.7%.

Angela Conard, Director of Admissions at Walsh, says, “Students are surprised when I say take everything you can at your transfer institution before coming to Walsh. I say that because it saves students money! I advise transfer students to maximize transfer credits and minimize costs, and the best way to do that is often by starting at a community college."

How quickly can I earn my bachelor’s degree as a transfer student?

That varies based on your career aspirations and what courses you've already taken. However most transfer students who hold at least 60 credits can finish their bachelor’s program in two years or less.

You can also rely on Walsh’s flexible class options, with choices of 100% online, in-person, and remote synchronous in dynamic connected classrooms. Our unique 11-week semester structure helps you move through your program quickly and efficiently.

What other degree opportunities are there for transfer students?

Walsh Now is an option for transfer students who want to earn their bachelor’s degree as quickly as possible while saving money on tuition. The program allows for dual enrollment at both Walsh and a community college. Taking classes concurrently also gives dual enrolled students access to Walsh student services such as free tutoring, financial aid and scholarships, academic advising, career services, the Walsh mentor program, and more.

FastTrack is another option for transfer students who would like to pursue both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It’s an accelerated program that lets students earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in less time. Contact an admissions advisor to learn more about FastTrack.

What if I don't know what degree I want to earn?

No two transfer students are exactly alike. That’s why Walsh makes one-on-one advising available to every student. Walsh advisors are here to help you optimize the transfer process based on your personal and professional goals. We’ll walk you through admissions, transfers, and even help you decide if a career path is right for you before you enroll. If you’ve got in-depth questions about a specific program, an admissions advisor we'll connect you with department chairs for more information.

Once you decide on a degree path, it’s likely you’ll still have questions. If you need advice, are thinking about changing career paths, or simply need help mapping out your classes, make an appointment with an advisor. We don’t consider the advising process complete after one appointment. Students can meet with advisors any time they have a question.

Ready to learn more about transferring to Walsh?

Walsh understands what transfer students need to succeed because we’ve been supporting them for more than 50 years. Helping transfer students is what we do and who we are. Let us show you how we make the transfer process easy, affordable, and seamless.

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