​Why Isn't My Major Listed as a BOLD Major?

We are currently focusing on the majors listed. It takes a lot of work to identify quality programs.  If you are getting ready to transfer and want help identifying a quality online or local Bachelor degree-completion program, we are happy to talk to you.

Here is some general information about selecting a reputable online university:
  • Finding a program.  If you need help searching for a program, a great tool is the CollegeNavigator website, developed by the Department of Education. This tool allows you to search by type of school (2-year, 4-year, public, private), level (undergraduate/Bachelor's, graduate/Master's, etc), major/field of study, location, type of instruction (online/distance, weekend/evening), and cost. When searching by major, it is helpful to remember that universities often call a major by different names (e.g., if you are searching for Social Work, it might be under "Social Sciences" but it might also be under "Public Administration and Social Services").
  • ​Make sure the university is regionally accredited.  There are seven regional accrediting agencies; accreditation is a voluntary process where colleges and universities conduct a self-evaluation and invite representatives from other colleges and universities to evaluate them and give feedback and recommendations for improvement​.  More information is available through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation​ website. 
  • Reputable colleges and universities will make their costs easy to find on their websites.  They will fully disclose all aspects of the "cost of attendance", which includes tuition​/fees, books/supplies, housing/food, transportation, and miscellaneous/personal costs. They will encourage you to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA). California Universities will encourage eligible noncitizens to fill out the California Dream Act Application​. They will NOT suggest loans as the primary way to fund your education.
  • Look into the college or university's persistence and graduation rates.  
    • ​Persistence refers to how many students continue at the school after one year; a low persistence rate is not good.  
    • The graduation rate is based on how many students graduate within 150% of the length of a typical degree (e.g., if a university offers 4-year Bachelor degree programs, then the graduation rate is calculated from how many students graduate in 6 years). 
    • You can find this information on the College Scorecard, developed by the federal Department of Education.
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