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Start as a Sophomore Pathway (Indiana College Core)

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WHAT IS THE 'START AS A SOPHOMORE' PATHWAY?

The Start as a Sophomore pathway—Ivy Tech's name for the Indiana College Core—consists of a block of 30 credit hours that are guaranteed to transfer to another Indiana public college or university.

WHO IS THIS PATHWAY FOR?

  1. Students who plan to spend one year at Ivy Tech and then transfer to any public Indiana four-year university as a sophomore to pursue their bachelor's degree.
  2. Students taking Ivy Tech classes in high school, either through Dual Credit or Dual Enrollment, who want to earn their first year of college credits before they graduate and then head to Ivy Tech to complete their two-year associate degree or transfer to a public Indiana four-year university as a sophomore to pursue a bachelor's degree.

WHY IS THIS ALSO CALLED THE INDIANA COLLEGE CORE?

In 2013, the Indiana legislature required that state colleges and universities establish the requirements for an Indiana College Core (formerly the STGEC) of at least 30 credit hours which allows students to fully transfer the Core as the first year of instruction toward a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Pursuing the Indiana College Core at Ivy Tech allows you to continue your education at Ivy Tech or any public Indiana four-year university as a sophomore without losing any credits.

SAVE $5,000+

Ivy Tech's tuition is the lowest in the state, making it the most affordable college option in Indiana. Students on the Start as a Sophomore pathway who complete their first year of college at Ivy Tech can save more than $5,000 on their bachelor's degree. Dual Credit high school students, who take classes for free at their high school, can save even more.

THE INDIANA COLLEGE CORE

Long-Term Certificate (previously known as a technical certificate)
30 Credit Hours | 2 Semesters | 1-Year
Offered at 29 Ivy Tech Locations, plus 100% Online

The Indiana College Core is a long-term certificate offered by Ivy Tech consisting of 30 credit hours toward general education requirements. It is offered at 29 Ivy Tech locations throughout the state as well as 100% online. Full-time students typically take two semesters, or one year to complete the Core.

To earn the Core, students must take at least three credit hours in six competency areas, as well as an additional 12 “elective” credit hours from the same competencies. Once these credits have been earned, you will have fulfilled the core requirements equivalent to your first year of college.

Core Competency Credit Requirements

The Indiana College Core is based on competencies and learning outcomes in six areas:

Foundational Intellectual Skills

  • Written Communication – 3 required credits, no more than 6 credits
  • Speaking & Listening – 3 required credits, no more than 6 credits
  • Quantitative Reasoning – 3 required credits, no more than 15 credits

Ways of Knowing

  • Scientific Ways of Knowing – 3 required credits, no more than 15 credits
  • Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing – 3 required credits, no more than 15 credits
  • Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing – 3 required credits, no more than 15 credits

SEE COURSE LIST

START AS A SOPHOMORE DETAILS

HOW TO GET STARTED

Apply to Ivy Tech

To get started, simply apply to Ivy Tech! You'll soon be on your way to saving thousands of dollars on you first year of classes before you transfer to a four-year university to complete your bachelor's degree.

Contact Us with Questions

If you have questions or need assistance we’re available every day, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. via phone at 888-IVY-LINE (888-489-5463) or online chat.

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TRANSFERRING CREDITS IS GUARANTEED, BUT ACCEPTANCE IS NOT

It's important to remember that transfer admission is not guaranteed just by enrolling in the Start as a Sophomore pathway and completing the Indiana College Core. Once you complete your year at Ivy Tech, you will need to be admitted to the institution you intend to transfer to.

The Indiana College Core does mean that if you are admitted, your coursework will be fully transferable towards meeting the general education requirements at any state-supported institution within Indiana. Many private Indiana institutions will also accept the Indiana College Core towards their degree requirements.

If you are interested in securing automatic acceptance, our Guaranteed Admissions pathway may be right for you.

Learn More about Guaranteed Admissions

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22531 County Road 18
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3501 N First Avenue
Evansville, IN 47710

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3701 Dean Drive, Student Life Center, Room SL 101
Fort Wayne, IN 46835

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2205 McClain Drive
Franklin, IN 46131

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50 W Fall Creek Parkway N
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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1815 E Morgan Street
Kokomo, IN 46901

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3101 S Creasy Lane Ivy Hall 1233
Lafayette, IN 47905

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Lawrence Admissions Office
9301 East 59th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46216

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50 Walnut Street
Lawrenceburg, IN 47025

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1 Ivy Tech Way
Logansport, IN 46947

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812-265-2580, ext. 4121
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590 Ivy Tech Drive
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765-651-3100, ext. 3310
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261 Commerce Drive
Marion, IN 46953

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765-289-2291, ext. 1233
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125 S High Street, Ball Building, 2nd Floor
Muncie, IN 47305

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765-599-2613, ext 4026
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3325 IN-3
New Castle, IN 47362

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Princeton, IN 47670

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765-966-2656, ext. 1202
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8204 Highway 311, Pfau Hall, Room A2
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Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Appointments are encouraged. However, from Monday, Jan. 9 to Tuesday, Jan. 17, students can walk in to register.

To make an appointment to meet with a specific advisor at a particular time, please send an email at least two days in advance to asksouthbendelkhart@ivytech.edu. Seasonal hours end on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

574-289-7001, ext 6858
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220 Dean Johnson Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46601

812-547-7915

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1034 31st Street
Tell City, IN 47586

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812-298-2280
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8000 S Education Drive
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574-267-5428, ext. 7203
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Warsaw Admissions Office
2545 Silveus Crossing
Warsaw, IN 46582

STUDENT PROGRESS CHECKLIST

Use this handy checklist to monitor student progress toward fulfilling the Indiana College Core. You can check off completed courses, add subtotals for each competency area, and tally total completed credits.

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