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Why Graduate Before Transfer?

Graduation and YOU!

When you apply to graduate and Northeast State Community College (NeSCC) determines you have met all the requirements for a degree, your transcript shows that you have earned a degree by following a curriculum (plan), maintained GPA good standing and have been at Northeast State for at least 25% of your coursework. Completing a degree says something important about your drive to achieve goals!

Degree Earned

Life can interfere with the best of plans – so having a degree already earned can be important if you experience delays (particularly those based upon financial considerations) in completing your next degree.

Other Advantages of Graduating Before Transferring

  • Scholarship Opportunities - Some universities offer scholarships to transfer students who have earned their associate degree before transfer. People who make commitments and follow-through are a good investment!
  • Academic Quality - Students who have earned associate degrees generally do better academically after transfer to the university.
  • Salary Compensation - Some employers reward earned degrees with salary adjustments. Many prefer applicants with degrees over those with “some college,” even when a degree is not required.
  • Competitive Job Opportunities - Being able to find better jobs can make the next degree easier to attain (higher hourly wages equal more study time, possible tuition reimbursement, fewer worries and distractions) and can make you more competitive for internships important to your career.

So...How Do I Graduate from NeSCC?

Advising - To determine progress towards degree requirements, meet with your assigned Faculty Advisor. If your Faculty Advisor isn’t available, visit the Advising Resource Center (ARC) located in Room C2407, General Studies Building, Blountville, or call 423.323.0214 for an appointment.

Graduation - Online Application for Graduation and details: and select “Graduation and Beyond.” For questions, email:

Reverse Transfer Options - If you are only a few credits or courses short of earning your degree at NeSCC, but need to be at the university in the upcoming semester, consider reverse transfer options in which you can transfer credits from the university to NeSCC. For questions, email: or

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Northeast State Community College, a Tennessee Board of Regents institution, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. For questions or concerns, please contact the Affirmative Action Officer.