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Learn about the College's Articulation Agreements. These agreements state specific policies related to transferring and make it easier for you to transfer from one college to another.

Transfer Guidebook (PDF)

How to Transfer

Transferring from a two to four year university is not as hard as you think. Here you can make sure your credits will transfer by accessing the link below. Print out a checklist of materials you need to make your transfer complete and make sure you double check the deadlines!


How To Transfer From Community College To a Four-Year University

*The original version of the transfer checklist and video are located at this very helful site:


*Here is a series of steps you should follow to make sure your transfer goes smoothly:

Step 1: Think Ahead

Do some research about the four year schools you are interested in. Make a list of these schools and include information such as the majors you are interested in and a few classes you want to take to start. Then make sure to check that your credits will transfer to the four year schools, since some can be picky about what they will take.

Step 2: Talk to an adviser and a career counselor

Talk to your adviser and a career counselor at your community college. Having their help through this process will guarentee that your transfer will go according to your plan. Do not be afraid to ask them any questions you might be unsure about as they are there to aid you.

Step 3: Take the basics

If you are unsure about which four year schools you want to transfer to, then your safest approach is to take general courses (called General Education requirements) such as a math, science or english class. These types of courses are the easiest to transfer to any school and you get them out of the way so at your four year you can focus on your major.

Step 4: Brainstorm about a major

It is not necessary to transfer to a four year with a major already declared. However, start brainstorming about your points of interest and try to narrow them down to 3 or less. This way you can focus on taking courses related to your choices and it will show the four year university you are striving in the right direction.

Step 5: Make the grade

The higher the grades, the more apt a four yea school is going to accept you into their program. You will also hold the decision in your hand if you maintain a respected grade point average. Some state schools offer guaranteed admission to students with high grade point averages from certain community colleges.

Step 6: Meet with your top schools

Show you are truly interested in transferring by contacting the admissions offices of the schools you’d like to attend. Ask them questions and exactly what you need to do to be considered. When they reciece your application they might remember your name and your interest in the school.

Step 7: Look into financial aid

Check out all your options for loans, grants, and scholarships. Talk with the financial aid offices at all of the colleges you are seriously considering. Also, look online. Type “financial aid,” your state, and the university into a search engine, or head to fafsa.ed.gov for federal aid options.

Step 8: Apply

When you have enough credits, apply for your transfer. All schools have different admission requirements and deadlines, but you’ll likely have to fill out an application, provide copies of your high school and college transcripts, and submit recommendations. Have your adviser look over everything before sending it off.

Good luck!

--->Verify that your community college is accredited – universities only take credits from schools formally recognized by a regional, national, or professional agency. For more information visit ope.ed.gov/accreditation.

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