How to Get the College Classes You Need During the Community College Crisis Part 4

3 - Looking to enter a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field?

48% of the University of California’s Bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) were earned by transfer students from community colleges.7 This proves that financially savvy students are also academically savvy as well. STEM careers are among the best-paying, and fastest-growing in the job market today. Whether you take for-credit introductory college courses at a community college, take these same courses online or enroll as a freshman at a 4-year institution, you get to the same point of success, only it costs significantly less – and can take considerably less time.

A word of caution: starting out a community college is a smart choice only if you can take the courses you need in a timely and cost-efficient manner. If you can’t get the courses you need, and are stalled out from progressing through your educational plan, you are only running to stand still, and losing money in the process. This is where StraighterLine can make a big difference. StraighterLine offers a variety of STEM-based self-paced and professor-led online college course options – plus you can enroll in as many courses as you want according to your own timetable. And starting at $99 per month with a $49 per course registration fee, you can pay less per credit hour than you would at a California community college.

Currently, you can take the following introductory STEM-required courses through StraighterLine: 

And depending on what type of STEM field you are interested in, these courses may be required as well:

If you are looking to transfer to a 4-year college to earn your Bachelor's degree:  

Students who have attended community colleges in California make up a significant portion of the student population at 4-year colleges and universities in California. Starting your college journey at a community college or through an online college course provider, and then transferring credits to a 4-year college, can save you serious money. It’s no wonder that savvy students choose to be transfer students.

In fact, according to the Community College League of California, 52.5% of CSU grads and 28.2% of UC graduates began their college careers at a community college. Here are some more California community college transfer statistics to consider:

Number of Community College Students in California who Transfer to 4-Year Public & Private Institutions8

  • Community College Student Transfers to University of California: 15,976
  • Community College Student Transfers to California State University: 56,959 
  • Community College Student Transfers to In-State Private Colleges/Universities: 20,428
  • Community College Student Transfers to Out of State Colleges/Universities: 18,964

However, what can you do if your master plan for college has gone terribly wrong? What if you planned on starting out in the California community college system and transferring to a 4-year program later on, but now there isn’t space for you in your community college program of choice? What do you do if you are blocked out from taking the required classes you need to transfer to a 4-year school in a timely manner? 

Answer: You take low-cost online college courses at StraighterLine (starting out at $99/month plus a one-time $49 fee). At StraighterLine, there is never a waitlist, and our courses are guaranteed to transfer to over 40 accredited partner colleges who offer a full spectrum of 4-year degrees and programs. What’s more, every online college course you successfully complete at StraighterLine earns ACE CREDIT – eligible for transfer at over 1,800 colleges and universities, including those in California.

7Community College League of California, Fast Facts 2012, 9/2012, p.2

8Community College League of California, Fast Facts 2012, 9/2012, p.1