9 Steps To A Smooth Transfer To Your Next College
- Decide on an academic major. Unlike freshman who can apply to college as "undeclared", transfer students are entering with advanced standing and must declare their major. If you need help making this decision, check out the programs and services offered by the Counseling Center.
- Choose several colleges that offer your preferred major. College catalogues, reference books, and computers are available for you to use in the Counseling Center, located in Administration Building, Room 206. Make it a point to visit any college you are seriously considering to get a sense of the atmosphere and make points of comparison. Choose colleges that match "your style" of learning. It is very important to be happy with your choice because if you are happy, you have given yourself your best opportunity to produce your finest work. In the end, it is your "finest work" which will propel you toward future success.
- If you are unsure of your plans, make an appointment to speak with a Transfer or Career counselor. International students should also see the International Student Counselor for paperwork related to their transfer. Counselors are located in the Counseling Center, B206, and available for an appointment.
- When applying to out-of-state colleges, contact the college directly to ask for any special information regarding transfer students. Most colleges now have their applications available to submit electronically or download off the internet. Those with electronic submission strongly encourage students to use this method. These are user friendly sites which won’t let you make an obvious mistake.
- You may want to ask 2 or 3 of your professors to write you letters of recommendation. Many applications will ask you to submit letters of recommendation. With proper planning you will have them ready to send with your completed application.
- Once you have decided you are ready to apply, fill out the applications carefully. If you have questions or concerns, come to the Counseling Center and you’ll find help. If the application requires a written statement, prepare a draft first and have it checked by another person, a Learning Center Staff member or perhaps a professor with whom you have developed a relationship, before writing it on the application.
- When you believe your application is complete, you should check it one last time for correctness and completeness. If you are using a paper application you may ask a counselor, favorite faculty member, advisor or other trusted individual to review it. When you are sure each application is complete, you will mail it yourself, directly to that college’s Office of Admission.
- Next, contact the Registrar’s Office and have an official copy of your transcript sent to each college to which you are applying to. If you have attended any other college, those transcripts must be requested and sent by the original college. Some colleges will also require a copy of your high school transcript. Contact your high school and have it sent directly to the colleges to which you have applied. Transcripts from other colleges that you have attended and that you submitted to SCCC at the time of your admission cannot be sent to any other college. Each college wants its own set of student information from the originating institutions.
- Now, for the hardest part! If you have done all of the above and you’re sure that nothing is missing that was required for your application, then just be patient and wait. Decisions take from 4 to 12 weeks and you will be notified by the colleges and universities directly of their decision. Some institutions are posting the decisions on their secure, on-line sites but most still come in the mail. Answers are not given out on the telephone.