Identify the Major You Hope to Pursue
How do I identify my career interests?
- Ask yourself: Where do I want to end up, and how do I get there? Think about your interests and your skills, and how those can lead to career paths. Visit Career Services to explore careers paths using online assessment tools.
- Discuss academic majors with an Advisor in Academic Advising.
Research Colleges and Universities
- Use online search engines to help narrow down your choices
- Look to see if your current school is hosting a Transfer Fair or Transfer Days
- Visit the campus (take a tour); visit virtually or use social media.
- Schedule an appointment with Admissions and/or the academic department that interests you.
- Ask about
- Transferability of credits
- College cost
- Financial Aid (learn about availability of grants, scholarships and loans: applications and deadlines)
- Worksheet with other related transfer questions (PDF)
Gather and Prepare Application and Supporting Documents
- High School transcripts and, if also requested: SAT or ACT and AP scores.
- College transcripts from current college (if attending) and all other colleges previoulsy attended.
- Educational gap statement/essay (if you have taken time off from school, you may be asked to write an essay outlining what you have accomplished).
- Mid-Semester Report Form: Some colleges may require a report of mid-semester grades from current semester coursework. This form would be filled out by each of your individual course instructors to identify what your letter grade is at the mid-point of the semester. The form would then be sent to prospective schools you intend to apply to. (PDF)
- For international students:
- Documentation of English proficiency
- Immigration and Visa documents
- Letter(s) of Recommendation.
- Submit your application
- Submit your FAFSA.
- Apply for scholarships, grants, other aid.
Once you've been admitted....
- Review your Transcript Credit Evaluation
- Meet with an Advisor or Transfer Counselor to register for courses
- Pay deposit by deadline
- Decide on housing (if needed)
- Attend orientation session
- Submit health and immunization records
- Submit final college transcripts
Additional points to consider.....
What courses should I be taking now and how will I know what credits will transfer?
- Concentrate on the pre-requisites you will need to be admitted into your chosen major. Note that many colleges have very specific criteria for transfer of major courses.
- Take a look at course equivalencies often found on the four-year institution's website
How do I begin the application process?
- Check the college's website for application procedures
- Some academic programs (e.g. nursing, teacher education, social work) require separate applications in addition to the general application.
- Many colleges/universities prefer that you apply online. Applications are often found on the school's Admissions page in a link such as 'Apply Now.'
- WATCH THE APPLICATION DEADLINES!!!
How do I check the status of my application?
- Call the college or go online to check the status of your application
- Keep in contact with the Admissions staff at the colleges you are applying to. Ensure that your contact information is current (telephone number, email address, and mailing address).
*Some of the information in the above sections is taken from the "Maps2Transfer" project, grant funded project to provide students with information to help them navigate the transfer process.