Whether you’re currently at a community college ready to make the move into a four-year university, or you’re just unhappy at your current school – transferring is the next big step in your college journey. We put together this guide on how to transfer so that you could put aside the uncertainty and enjoy the beginning of this new chapter in your life!
Before beginning the process, it’s important that you plan everything out and understand exactly what this journey entails. Ask yourself these questions:
Where do I want to transfer to?
If you’re unsure, consider the major that you’re pursuing. It’s a good idea to focus on schools that have strong programs in that area. It’s also a good idea to look into what resources are available for transfer students – such as a transfer orientation, housing, and other events for the students to get acquainted.
What about my credits?
Every school has a different policy when it comes to transferring credits. If you’re worried about this, contact the transfer admissions advisor at the school you hope to attend, and they’ll be able to walk you through which courses your credits will transfer from.
If you’re at a community college, look up whether your school has an articulation agreement or collaborative agreement with a four-year university you’d like to transfer to.
- Articulation Agreement- The four-year university will tell you which courses they accept credits from, and they guarantee admission once those requirements are met.
- Collaborative Agreement- The four-year university does not guarantee admission, but will still accept credits from a designated list of courses.
Once you know exactly where you want to transfer to, the next step is to apply!
What do I need?
Check with each school for their official list of requirements. However, you’ll generally need these items:
- Letter of recommendation
- Transcripts (both high school and college)
- Transfer application
Although the process is similar to the first time you applied to college, keep in mind that it’s not completely the same. Your high school grades and SAT scores should be sent in, but your college grades make the bigger impact. You’ll also want to make sure your letter of recommendation is relevant. Consider having a professor write it as opposed to a high school teacher.
When should I start?
Start early! When doing your initial research, make sure to record every deadline you’ll need to know. Generally, if you’d like to transfer in fall you should apply in January, and if you’d like to transfer in spring you should apply in October.
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