If I Choose the Excelsior College Transcript Does That Mean I’ve Taken Courses From Excelsior?

No. We have a partnership with Excelsior College where they will produce your OnlineDegree.com Transcript on their official university letterhead. That means when you take this to a university it will be a document from Excelsior College, but will indicate the courses were taken at OnlineDegree.com. This is a better option than our printed transcript since it’s from an accredited university, and we highly recommend them.

Could I Receive Credit Towards a Community College or Associate’s Degree?

Yes! Our courses have earned a recommendation for credit from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States…many of which are community colleges that offer an Associates Degree, and many 4-year Universities that offer Associate Degrees. We’ve also organized direct relationships with universities like Ashworth College and Southern New Hampshire University that offer online Associate Degree programs and have agreed to accept our courses for college credit. This provides our students with many options around the country, and we’re working to add more universities all the time.

Is There a Limit to How Many Credits I Can Potentially Receive?

According to the NCCRS, it varies depending on your eventual university. For example, some colleges and universities do not have official policies limiting the number of credits which can be received through transfer. Many colleges do report a maximum amount, and is usually 15 to 30 credits for a four-year degree program (30 units is usually equivalent to the freshman year) Institutions may also limit the amount of credit granted toward any given subject area or degree. We suggest you review your university’s policy beforehand to plan your optimal path for earning the maximum amount of credit.

Do the 1400+ Schools Through the NCCRS Guarantee Credit?

No, they don’t guarantee that participating universities and colleges will accept the courses for credit. The option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. However, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses for credit, and participate with the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) where our courses have earned a recommendation for credit with over 1400 universities and colleges cooperating in their network nationwide. These colleges and universities who do participate have indicated their willingness to consider the NCCRS credit recommendations when you complete the courses. To learn more about how you could earn college credit, read our full guide here.

When I Complete Courses at OnlineDegree.com, Can They Transfer to Any University in the Country?

No, our courses have earned a recommendation for credit from NCCRS (the National College Credit Recommendation Service) whose recommendations are considered by over 1400 accredited colleges and universities in the United States. You can see the full list of participating colleges from the NCCRS, but includes schools in the California State University system, SUNY, Ohio State, Texas A&M, and many many more…over 1400 in total. We’ve also organized direct relationships with universities around the country like Ashworth College or Southern New Hampshire University that will accept our courses for college credit making your transfer more simple and easy. This provides our students with many options around the country, and we’re working tirelessly to add more universities all the time.

How Could I Obtain Enough Credits to Satisfy My Freshman Year?

At OnlineDegree.com, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses for credit.   To give you an example, with Ashworth College, you can complete the equivalent of your freshman year by completing these 10 courses when you enroll towards their Bachelor’s degree in General Studies (see the specific course mapping here).  Referencing the same provided course mapping, it’s also possible to complete the equivalent of your freshman year with their Associate’s Degree in General Studies.  Our courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) who’s recommendations are considered by over 1400 universities and colleges in the United States. Our 15 courses have earned a total of 44 college credit recommendations based on the NCCRS evaluation (see here).  When you enroll at a university, a freshman year of college usually requires 24-30 completed units.  When you contact a cooperating NCCRS university, you should inquire about potentially receiving credit, and which combination of our 15 courses could satisfy the most credits based on your major.  Remember that every school has different requirements and guidelines, and no one can guarantee accepting credits other than the university itself.   Many schools limit the amount of units that can be awarded when you transfer in.  Given the major or degree you choose, you could receive a considerable amount of credits, but maybe not the entire equivalent of your freshman year.  See our recommended to-do list in the Full Transfer Guide to take prudent steps in ensuring you can obtain college credit at the university you plan on attending.

What is a “Transcript”?

A transcript is an official document that states what courses you’ve successfully completed. This document is utilized by universities and colleges as detail and proof of what courses you’ve completed, and where you completed them. When you’re finished taking courses at OnlineDegree.com, you can easily request your official transcript when you’re logged in to your account. In addition to our free transcript option, we do recommend that you pay a one-time fee of $40 with our partner Excelsior College so they will produce your transcript on their official letterhead. Through our partnership with them and the NCCRS, this is a great option since many universities you’re applying to may insist the transcript comes from another university. This is optional, but well worth the money!

Does OnlineDegree.com “grant credit”?

Remember that OnlineDegree.com is not a university and does not and cannot “grant credit” – the option to grant credit always belongs to the college or university and will further depend on whether a course fits into your degree program. Our goal at OnlineDegree.com is to help you receive credit at a university by taking our free college-level courses. We want to save students time and money to get their degree. To do that, we work with a number of participating accredited universities who’ve agreed to recognize our courses directly, and our courses have also earned a recommendation for credit from the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) who’s recommendations are considered by over 1400 universities and colleges nationwide in their network.

What If I’m Not Interested in Potentially Receiving Credits?

No problem! Our courses at OnlineDegree.com are free for everyone solely for educational and self-betterment purposes. If you’d like to take the course to just learn more about the respective subject or topic, that’s great! You can take as many as you’d like.