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Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

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If you’re planning to transfer your ECC credits to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university, you’re definitely in the majority! Nearly 80% of our students earn a Liberal Arts transferrable Associate of Arts (AA) degree because they’re assured that the credits will transfer easily to nearly all Iowa colleges and universities, as well as many other institutions in the Midwest. And it’s the perfect degree for those who are undecided, because sticking to the AA degree checklist of courses ensures that none of your time and effort (and money) will be wasted.

Dual Enrollment with Iowa, Iowa State and UNI

Ellsworth Community College has an Admissions Partnership Program (APP) in place so that any of our students enrolled in the Liberal Arts AA transfer degree program can also be dual enrolled with the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, or the University of Northern Iowa. Dual-enrolled ECC students are also considered full-time Iowa, Iowa State or UNI students … they’re assigned an academic advisor and have access to all the same perks and benefits as the other university students (bookstore, library, student services, student activities, athletic events, and more). An ECC Admissions Office representative can tell you how to take advantage of this great opportunity. There’s more information at Transferring to Iowa, Iowa State or UNI.

Transferring to other colleges and universities

ECC also has articulation agreements with many other colleges and universities, several of which are listed at Transferring to Other Colleges/Universities. If you want to transfer your ECC credits to one of these institutions, just follow the link on the website. If you want to transfer to a college or university that’s not listed here, contact the ECC Dean of Students & Academic Affairs or the ECC Admissions Office for assistance.

Liberal Arts/Transfer AA Degree
Communications courses 9 credit hours
Humanities courses 9 credit hours
Social/Behavioral Science courses 9 credit hours
Math/Science courses 10 credit hours
Computer Education course 3 credit hours
Physical Education course(s) 2 credit hours
Student Development (SDV108) 1 credit hour
Elective courses 21 credit hours
TOTAL 64 credit hours

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Adriane Sietsema

Adriane Sietsema

Adriane is an ECC alumni and Minnesota native (go Vikes!) who loves working in community college admissions. She earned an associate’s deg...

Adriane is an ECC alumni and Minnesota native (go Vikes!) who loves working in community college admissions. She earned an associate’s degree at Ellsworth and then transferred to Buena Vista University, where she earned a bachelor’s in Business Management/Human Resources and later on a master’s degree in Business Administration/Quality Management from Upper Iowa University. Adriane...

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