Something to try, we recommend at least once per semester.  But first, what are you looking for in a college destination? A college major? At CollegeContours we enjoy simplicity. 


Start with a pencil and paper


If undecided on a college major, try writing down an area of interest versus specific major, e.g., College of Health Sciences or College of Business or College of Engineering.

Once a college/interest area is selected, e.g., College of Engineering, you can choose courses that meet general or core requirements. For example, a College of Engineering will require a Calculus sequence regardless of whether or not you’re interested in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, etc. 

Let us lend a hand! Put this exercise into action by typing in a class like Calculus I. How does this fit into an Engineering area of interest? 


What is important to you and/or a parent/guardian when choosing a college? Begin by writing at least 4-5 priorities. Some examples of priorities to consider:

  • School’s distance from home
  • Size of school
  • Cost of attendance
  • Sports
  • Rural versus suburban, or urban setting
  • Reputation
  • Friend or girlfriend/boyfriend attending? 
  • Commuting to campus?
  • Dorm quality

Next, rank these priorities in order of importance to you, for example, is it most important that a college is in a major city or in a more rural setting? 


Time to research which schools meet your criteria, and then… visit at least three of those schools and apply to all of them, not just one.  

Resources, Definitions To Decide College Destination

Why likely. Or not?

FAQs on Education, Major Requirements & More

Why Likely or Unlikely?

For any college degree, consider that general education courses make up roughly one-third of your degree. The other two-thirds? This is where you have some core requirements specific to your major, e.g., Engineering, Business, etc. This is also where electives enter the picture, as well as some fine-tuning for your major.

We know that these terms may be familiar to some and unfamiliar to others. CollegeContours’ curated course listing is based upon a simple concept: are your courses mostly found in general education categories or major core requirements? If the answer to this is yes, your class is Likely to transfer. Colleges and universities typically are willing to accept this kind of credit for transfer as opposed to upper-level courses.

A word or two of caution: ensure that the credit you’re looking to transfer is from an accredited college or university.

How to tell? We like to reference the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Also, if you’re attending a community college or taking community college credit as a high school student, we recommend that you stick to a class or classes designed for transfer, where this is typically found in an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degrees.

Quick comparison for your reference

Intro to Psychology
General Education
Likely to Transfer
Principles of Marketing
Major Core Requirement
Likely to Transfer
Thermodynamics of Materials
Upper-Division Requirement
Unlikely to Transfer
Basic Automotive Engines
Vocational/ Major Requirement
Unlikely to Transfer


AP Credit

Dual Credit


General Education





Major Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Associate's Degree


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How do you know what can transfer and not?

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