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Why transferring to PSU pays off

Transferring to Portland State University is pretty easy, especially if you follow the advice in our video. But there’s more to think about than the how-to nuts and bolts. Research shows a full four-year college education has become all but essential for high-level jobs. College graduates earn about twice as much on average as high school graduates, and about 50 percent more than those who have only an associates’ degree.

Improve your 'marketability'

A better opportunity was on Gina Degliantoni’s mind when she made the decision to move from Clackamas Community College to PSU’s science program.

“I heard that one of the labs at Portland State University had an electron microscope, and I thought that was really cool,” says Degliantoni, who is midway through her junior year. “A bunch of my teachers said I should go there.”

Getting a four-year degree “really does help your marketability,” says Celeste Krueger, director of undergraduate recruitment at PSU. “A lot of recruiters really want to see a well-rounded student who has actually finished a bachelor’s degree.”

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Transferring from community college to a four-year university has become a popular option in Oregon. At PSU, nearly two out three students are transfers – most from Portland, Clackamas and Mt. Hood community colleges.

Apply early

Kreuger offers some common-sense advice for those who are contemplating a transfer. First, she says, don’t wait. Even if you’re unsure, go ahead and get the process started. It will make things easier in the long run.

“A lot of transfer students feel like they need to wait until their last term, or until they’re done with community college,” she says. “That’s one of the biggest hurdles we face.”

Starting the process sooner makes it easier to ensure credits transfer properly and gives early birds top priority for financial aid. It also allows students to talk to college advisors about the classes they’ll need to take to complete their degree.

A key deadline is Feb. 1. Applying by then helps ensure the best chances to get financial aid and scholarships.

“The earlier we can get their information, the sooner we can get the ball rolling,” Kreuger says.

As for Degliantoni, she says she’s getting used to the bigger campus and “learning where everything is.” She is starting to dream about life after college, and hopes to continue on at Oregon Health & Science University for post-graduate studies.

Her top career pick would be to assist medical examiners. “I would really like to work for the state or for a hospital.”

Photo: PSU transfer student Gina Degliantoni