Steps to a Successful Transfer
Steps for a Successful Transfer
It is important as you make transfer decisions to consult an advisor, who is trained to help you make the right decisions about which courses to take. Contact an advisor at the school you’re transferring to as well. This is the best way to make your transition as smooth as possible.
When you meet with your advisor each semester, remind them that you are transferring so they can assist you in selecting courses that will easily transfer.
The longer you wait to make decisions, the longer it may take to complete a degree. Decision steps:
- Identify a major that corresponds with your chosen career field
- Declare your major (with your advisor so it is in the college system)
- Select a transfer institution
- Check out the degree maps for universities that ACC has partnerships with. This will help you make sure you pick the right courses. https://www.alvincollege.edu/pathways/college-transfer-students/index.html
- Planning to stay in the Houston area for transfer? Check out the Houston GPS partner colleges and universities for more transfer information. https://uh.edu/provost/university/houstongps/
- Know the deadlines for admission and scholarships for your transfer institution
- Check the deadlines at least a year before transferring; many universities have early deadlines for scholarships
- Investigate program-specific selection criteria and requirements such as auditions, portfolios or entrance exams (ask your advisor)
- Be aware of course sequences and prerequisites which may require you to complete courses in certain semesters to stay on track and not delay your graduation or transfer plans
- If you are planning to transfer the next semester, find out from your advisor what you need to do to leave your current institution and transfer to another.
- If you are working toward an associate degree, verify your eligibility to graduate and discuss what to do next to earn your degree.
Become familiar with your chosen transfer institution’s academic calendar, admission priority dates, deadlines and degree requirements
- Visit the university prior to applying
- Submit your application for admission and all of your official transcripts (include AP and CLEP test scores) by the deadline specified by the university
- Check to see if high school transcripts and test scores are required
- Send final official transcripts after the term is completed and the grades and degree are posted
- Submit any required proof of immunizations
Request maps and tour information and become familiar with financial aid and fee payment processes