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Transfer Process

First Steps....

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
    • SUNY, CUNY, or Private schools
    • Think about what is important to you: majors offered, GPA requirements, geographic location, size, cost, selectivity, housing, religious affiliations, athletics, and setting (rural, urban, or suburban).
  • 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.


Once you've been admitted....

  • Review your Transcript Credit Evaluation
  • Meet with an Advisor or Transfer Counselor to register for courses
  • Enrollment
    • Pay deposit by deadline
    • Register
    • 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.'

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.