|Commonly referred to as the "college transfer" degree, the primary goal of these programs are to prepare students to transfer from a two-year college to a four-year degree program. From this perspective, these degrees are clearly successful as over 49% of graduates make a such a transfer the year following completion. Further, we know from other studies in Virginia that a number of graduates make the transfer a year later. Of the one-fifth of graduates for whom we have no information, we can comfortably assume that some proportion of those have transferred to out-of-state institutions given the number of Virginia community colleges that are near the state's borders.|
Despite the intended nature of the degree, based on our wage data, the transfer degree does have economic value of its own. While the median wages of the transfer degree remain below the median of the career technical degree, they remain significantly above the first quartile of the career technical degree.
NOTE: Fewer than 10 programs may be displayed if they disclosure rules for providing wage outcome data are not met.Top 25 Programs by EnrollmentTop 25 Programs by Degrees Awarded
Top 10 Largest Programs at Associate's Degree (Bachelor Credit) Level, 2020 Median Wages Three Years Post-Completion
|Institution||Program Title||Median Wage|
|Northern Virginia Community College||General Studies (240102)||$34,499|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Business Administration and Management, General (520201)||$41,985|
|Tidewater Community College||Social Sciences, General (450101)||$27,377|
|Germanna Community College||Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (240101)||$29,404|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Social Sciences, General (450101)||$29,406|
|Laurel Ridge Community College||Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (240101)||$29,754|
|Southside Virginia Community College||Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (240101)||$19,926|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Humanities/Humanistic Studies (240103)||$29,248|
|Northern Virginia Community College||Biological and Physical Sciences (300101)||$24,337|
|Liberty University||Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (309999)||$42,131|
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Note: The four-year bachelor’s degree mean and median debt levels reported on this site may differ from that reported by individual institutions. Many institutions report indebtedness based on the Common Data Set definition, which limits the indebtedness level reported to include only those students who entered the institution as first-time in college (FTIC) students. The inclusion of graduates who entered as transfer students may tend to lower the overall mean or median debt level because it does not include any debt that transfer students acquired while attending previous institutions outside Virginia and relatively few transfers from Virginia’s two-year colleges incur debt prior to transfer. Repayment estimates assume a standard 10-year repayment rate, and a 5% interest rate for undegraduate loans (for which multiple interest rates exist) and 6.8% for graduate and professional programs. Borrowers with federal loans may be eligible for Income Driven Repayment, which may result in lower payments.