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    halloweenvalentine is offline Registered User
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    lowest cost/no residency requirement/120 credit transferred (from multiple colleges)

    I have over 120 credits from two schools accredited schools University of Phoenix and one B&M in California, and I am currently working on 3 more credits from bio from straighterline. I just want to weigh my options, because initially I wanted to go the TESC route--and I'm still considering it. However, after perusing the forum much more I see that there are many other schools out there. But many schools are in the 90 credit transfer range on here, so I wanted to weed out those schools. If anyone has any other personal experiences with any of the schools please let me know.

    Also, Excelsior and Charter Oak State college I think have a 6 credit "residency" requirement--and what I mean by residency is classes that have to be taken at that school.

    I'm pretty open to what my Bachelors Degree can be in, but I'm guessing it's going to fall somewhere in the social sciences /(possibly American or Ethnic studies)/liberal arts/general studies/interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary/or human services department.

    Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

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    Most schools that you transfer credits to are going to require a "residency" of at least 30 credit hours. Since you already have so many credits, your best bet is to enroll with either Thomas Edison State College, Excelsior College, or Charter Oak State College and wrap up the degree. There's no reason to incur any more cost than is absolutely necessary to complete your degree. Also, the "residency" requirements with the Big Three schools are not that difficult. You should be able to wrap them up quickly enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by halloweenvalentine View Post
    Also, Excelsior and Charter Oak State college I think have a 6 credit "residency" requirement--and what I mean by residency is classes that have to be taken at that school.
    The "residency" requirements at Excelsior and Charter Oak do not have to be completed at the school. The courses are offered entirely online. You aren't required to travel to these schools for any reason, unless you just want to attend your graduation ceremony.

    When they say "residency requirement," they are just referring to courses that need to be completed through them....not on campus.
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    With Charter Oak and Excelsior, you only have to take one course, a capstone, with them- the rest can be transfered in. Although, for Excelsior, you might have to take their Information Literacy Course (1-Credit, can be completed in just a couple of hours, even less if you don't bother to read the incredibly basic material and just skip to the final exam) if you don't have anything that is equivalent to it.

    Thomas Edison State College is the only college in America where you can get a Bachelor's degree entirely by transfer. The tradeoff is that their fees are somewhat higher than at Excelsior or Charter Oak .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac Craniac View Post
    With Charter Oak and Excelsior, you only have to take one course, a capstone, with them- the rest can be transfered in.
    To piggy-back on your TESC comment, I'm pretty sure that while they require a capstone you can test out of it with a TECEP. That's in the BSBA arena anyway; others may be 100% transfer, I defer to you on that one. But I find it interesting they have a TECEP designed specifically to meet their BSBA capstone course.

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    Not that easy

    Depends of what kinda of credit you got. I have a friend who has 3 AS degrees and it amounts to 200 credits from RA universities.

    One is in accounting , one on fashion design and one more I don't remember in what.

    You still have to have the right upper level credit.

    SHe is finishing her degree with some 10 additional classes from Pen State.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maniac Craniac View Post
    With Charter Oak and Excelsior, you only have to take one course, a capstone, with them- the rest can be transfered in. Although, for Excelsior, you might have to take their Information Literacy Course (1-Credit, can be completed in just a couple of hours, even less if you don't bother to read the incredibly basic material and just skip to the final exam) if you don't have anything that is equivalent to it.

    Thomas Edison State College is the only college in America where you can get a Bachelor's degree entirely by transfer. The tradeoff is that their fees are somewhat higher than at Excelsior or Charter Oak.
    Charter Oak requires Cornerstone and Capstone for the BA/BS degree - two courses. Still not a bad deal, esp. if you look at the lower "college fee" that starts July 1. COSC is replacing the one year academic services fee with a semester based "college fee."

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    If you have a lot of hours from several schools, you need to be aware of the difference between lower-division and upper-division courses. This quote is from the online Math program at UIS, but it applies to a wide variety of programs and schools:

    "It has become common today for students to go from college to college amassing credit hours, each time starting over at the freshman level, particularly if most of their transcripts are from 2-year community colleges. If this is the case with you, understand that you may very well have 150 credit hours on your transcripts and still never have passed beyond the sophomore level; thus you would enter here with 60 transfer hours."

    I'm in that category: I have 106 hours on my transcripts, but only 60 of them will apply towards my UIS degree.

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    i haven't got an exact count but...

    I don't think I fall into this predicament as a good 40 some odd credits should be upper level credits.

    But it seems as if most votes are still going to the big 3 , with TESC coming ahead. I get one capstone course may not be a huge biggie, but its more time & (possibly money).
    I think TESC is gonna run me about 3,500 enrollment/grad fee/mis (sans any credits)
    which seems to be more than enrollment + a capstone at COSC or EC.

    Having already been through the process of writing a Degree Proposal I'm turned off by COSC (which seems to have a similar requirement) but perhaps I can be persuaded if it is incredible laxed. And I can't find enough details about the capstone course for either.

    Guess I hadn't missed any other schools in all my searching~

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    I didn't know about the lower fee that COSC was going to. What is the total cost now for enrolling, taking the one required course, and graduating?
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    The original poster was asking what other Colleges other than TESC, Excelsior and Charter oak will accept all of his 120 credits. Does anybody know the answer to his question? You guys all avoided his question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newbie12345 View Post
    The original poster was asking what other Colleges other than TESC, Excelsior and Charter oak will accept all of his 120 credits. Does anybody know the answer to his question? You guys all avoided his question.
    People didn't avoid his question, they just did not have an answer for it (besides the aforementioned big 3 ). If you need a more definitive answer, I'll give you one. To the best of my knowledge, no other RA school will accept that many (120) credits besides the big 3 . I will go a step further, I cannot think of a single school, other than the big 3 that will accept more than 90 credits (or should I say require less than 30 credits be completed at their university).

    Some years ago, some of the state schools in Illinois (CSU , and WIU come to mind) only required that 15 credits be taken at their institution, and the other 105 could be transferred in. That changed, and now it is a minimum of 30 credits must be taken at the institution.
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    So in summary, as far as we know, there are no other RA schools which allow transfer of 120 (or nearly 120) credits other than the "big three ".
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    Quote Originally Posted by emmzee View Post
    So in summary, as far as we know, there are no other RA schools which allow transfer of 120 (or nearly 120) credits other than the "big three".
    Athabasca University (canadian school w/ US regional accreditation) offers a 90-credit BGS (bachelor of general studies). One may transfer all credits into this degree program.

    From the Athabasca U BGS page: "Unlike the other degrees offered by Athabasca University, the Bachelor of General Studies does not have a residency requirement, and degree requirements may be completed at institutions other than Athabasca University."
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    Well, I stand corrected :) Sort of ... Athabasca is both accredited in Canada as well as being RA (I think it's the only Canadian school to be RA?) but it's a 90-credit BGS degree, so, it may or may not be what the OP needs. It may be worth exploring though if all he needs is "Bachelor's degree" on a resume:

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    Check out Marshall's RBA program. They require 24-hrs residency. If you have attended another WV college you would only have to do 3-hrs with them.

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