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Transfer Planning

There is much to think about and plan out to accomplish a successful and relatively stress free transfer. These are suggestions that will help you get where you want to be.
Available Degrees

Make sure the institution you like offers the degree you want. Of course, this assumes you know what degree you want. If you don't know, please work on a career search and find your major as soon as possible.

Online Resources

Look at transfer resources available online, but don't stop with the admission page! Go to the department of your major, financial aid, student organizations, residence life, scholarships,etc.


Visit the campus you plan to attend when students are on campus. Don't forget to inquire about visitor parking and make appropriate appointments ahead of time.

Talk with an advisor

Talk with an advisor in your program if possible but understand there are limitations on the advice they can give if you are not yet admitted. Until your transcripts are evaluated during the admission process, an institution cannot tell you exactly how many hours you need to finish your degree.

Definition of Transfer

Make sure you understand how the institution defines "transfer" and that you fit the requirements for admission purposes. There is usually a minimum number of transfer credits required or you may be admitted as a freshman instead of a transfer student.


Pay attention to scholarship and registration deadlines. In general, apply very early in the semester prior to your planned transfer. Check your transfer institution's deadline dates- you may need to apply earlier.

Admission Requirements

Pay attention to admission requirements for particular majors and look for prerequisite courses for major requirements that you may be able to complete prior to transferring.

Course re-evaluations

Ask about the process to request course re-evaluations if necessary. Keep a copy of your original institution's academic catalog (hard copy or CD) or check to see if they are online and accessible.

Follow Policies

When requirements conflict among institutions, always follow the policies of the institution from which you plan to graduate.

Taking Care of Business

Make sure all business is taken care of at your current institution. Don't leave unpaid bill, incomplete courses, etc.