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Start As A Sophomore

Ivy Tech Community College’s Start as a Sophomore, also known as Indiana’s “Statewide Transfer General Education Core” (STEGC), allows your student to start their college education as a sophomore at any Indiana four-year institution. By fulfilling at least three credit hours in each of the following competencies as well as an additional 12 “elective” credit hours from the same competencies, your student will fulfill the core requirements that are equivalent to their first year of college.

  • Written Communication – a minimum of three but no more than six credits
  • Speaking & Listening – a minimum of three but no more than six credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning – a minimum of three but no more than 12 credits
  • Scientific Ways of Knowing – a minimum of three but no more than 12 credits
  • Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing – a minimum of three but no more than 12 credits
  • Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing – a minimum of three but no more than 12 credits

If you’re unsure of your student’s progress, our checklist can help you determine which credits your student needs to fulfill the General Education Core requirements.  Ivy Tech offers online and virtual courses in each competency, meaning your student can complete the Gen Ed Core requirements prior to starting their first year of college.

Click the image below to access the full checklist.

Have questions or need assistance determining your student’s status? We’re available every day, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. via phone at 888-IVY-LINE or online chat.


Start as a Sophomore credits transfer to all public four-year colleges in Indiana.



Here are just a few examples of the institutions that you can transfer your credits to: 

Purdue University Logo Ball State University Logo Indiana State University
IUPUI logo Indiana University logo Purdue University Fort Wayne logo
Western Governors University logo University of Southern Indiana logo Vincennes University

Ivy Tech transfer opportunities

Transfer Partners

If you would like to continue your education after completing your Ivy Tech degree, we have several four-year transfer partnerships in place. Talk to your transfer advocate for more information about transfer opportunities!

Honors

Ivy Tech Community College’s Start as a Sophomore, also known as Indiana’s “Statewide Transfer General Education Core” (STGEC), is now available in Honors. This means transfer-bound students may now enhance the 30-credit hour Start as a Sophomore credential by taking honors classes.

Students who complete the 30-credit hour curriculum will be awarded the Honors Start as a Sophomore credential if they take 12 to 15 credit hours in honors courses, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the general education core, at the time of completion. 

Benefits:

  • Honors courses are offered in a virtual format, and focus on dialogue, reflection, and critical thinking

  • Transcripts are enhanced with honors courses

  • An honors college credential may help students get admitted into their top choice four-year school

  • Students receive extra support and may participate in programming from the Honors College

Interested? Please see your academic advisor or contact the Honors College at honorscollege@ivytech.edu.

You can also learn more about the Honors College by clicking here.

Degrees & Certificates

Please select from our list of degrees below for class and location information. More information is available on each degree option in the dropdown above.

PROGRAM CURRICULA: Review the courses you will take in this program.


Technical Certificates

Statewide Transfer General Education Core
(30 credit hours = 2 semesters)

Statewide Transfer General Education Core - Online
(30 credit hours = 2 semesters)


NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.


Completion Guide

Completion guides provide the recommended path to graduation, broken out by 8-week term. Courses are also numbered to show an overall number for students taking fewer classes at a time. Please consult with your advisor to determine which classes are the best option for you to take.

Technical Certificate - General Education Transfer Core

Program Locations

The Gen Ed Transfer Core is offered at the Ivy Tech campuses above.