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. Check out the programs and services offered by the Counseling Center for more help.
- Choose several colleges that offer your preferred major. College catalogs, reference books, and computers are available in the Counseling and Advising Center, located in Administration Building, Room 206. Make sure to visit any college you are considering to make points of comparison.
- If you are unsure of your plans, make an appointment to speak with a Transfer Counselor. International students should also see the International Student Counselor for paperwork related to their transfer.
- 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 electronically or download off the internet. Those with electronic submission strongly encourage students to use this method.
- Ask a few of your professors to write you letters of recommendation. Many applications will ask you to submit letters of recommendation. 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 Student Advising and 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 a professor with whom you have developed a relationship, before writing it on the application.
- When your application is complete, check it for correctness and completeness. If you are using a paper application you may ask a counselor, faculty member, 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.
- Last, be patient. 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, online sites but most still come in the mail. Answers are not given out on the telephone.