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College is a great place to explore your interests and future career opportunities. Not everyone arrives knowing which path to take or the ultimate destination. In many ways, that’s why we’re here: our academic advisors, career advisors and faculty are committed to helping you determine the route that works best for you.

To help you along the way, here are some resources and things to think about to get the most out of what we offer:

Credit vs. Noncredit

Colleges and universities throw around a lot of academic terminology and sometimes we make the mistake of assuming everyone knows what we’re talking about. A common area of confusion seems to be credit versus noncredit.

Learn what we mean by "credit" and "noncredit."

Transferring to Earn a Four-year Degree vs. Training for a Career

Too many students think of “transferring out” as their last step at AACC, but really, your transfer goals should shape your entire AACC experience. Deciding what you ultimately want – and then taking steps every semester toward those goals – is the best way to ensure that every course you take, every skill you learn and every dollar you spend at AACC will bring you the best possible return.

Learn more about AACC Transfer Services.

Determining Which Subjects to Study

The majors and degrees you’ll find at AACC have been organized into broader “areas of study” to help you identify the types of subjects that interest you. For example, if you enjoy the arts but are unsure if you like music, dance or theater most, start by exploring the broader area of Performing Arts. Or perhaps Visual Arts is where you want to begin. Learn more in Areas of Study.

It may also help to know that each of our degrees and courses are delivered by Departments within larger Schools. If you’re unsure of how to narrow down your interests, you can take a step back and learn about the departments and schools that serve as home to our many degrees.

Learn more about our departments and schools.

Still Not Sure?

Sometimes, the more you explore, the more interests you discover. When that happens, you don’t have to “lose” valuable credits in the process. AACC offers a unique degree, Transfer Studies, that allows you to try different subjects or concentrate on a specific course plan that will best meet your in-state (and even some out-of-state) transfer goals. You’ll find more information about this degree option under the various areas of study. Or speak to an academic advisor to see if it’s right for you.