When Considering a Transfer

Updated on: Wednesday, August 3, 2022

  • Understand that the receiving college or university decides what credits transfer and whether or not those credits meet its degree requirements.
  • Realize that the accreditation of both the originating and the receiving institutions can affect the transfer of credits earned.
  • Understand that chosen courses need not only transfer, but, more important, meet requirements for a major at the baccalaureate institution. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education, departmental requirements and electives. A change in a career goal or major will probably increase the number of credits a student must take to graduate.
  • Students should visit their chosen transfer college if possible. They will learn more about a school by visiting. While they are there, they should talk to¬†everybody they can: students, admissions officers, financial aid staff, counselors and instructors.
  • Students should call or e-mail their transfer college to get answers to their questions. Their chosen school is your best source of information. Students should keep copies of all e-mail or written responses.
  • Students can request that all the written information their transfer school has to offer,¬†such as catalogs, brochures, applications and departmental publications, be sent to them. They should do this as early as possible in your academic career.
  • The Final Step: Applying for Transfer Admission