Transfer Steps

1. Contact your advisor for a preliminary "unofficial transcript evaluation."


2. Get more details

3. Plan Your Approach


Prepare yourself academically. Make sure you take classes that will be helpful to your success. Collect materials that you may need for your application(s).These may include:

  • Transcripts from previous colleges
  • High school transcript
  • Letters of recommendation (give authors at least 3 weeks notice)


4. Don't Forget Finances


Apply for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after January 1 in the year you plan to transfer. Complete any other application materials for financial aid at your chosen college, making sure you meet any deadlines. Look for scholarships a year to six months before you plan to transfer. Find out about scholarships offered by the college you plan to attend, including application processes and deadlines.


5. Apply!



  • Print out the college's application from the internet. Read all directions and make sure you have all required materials to apply. Get separate application materials for your major if needed.

Application Essay/Personal Statement.

  • Start working on your essay at least 3 weeks ahead of the application deadline so you will have plenty of time to revise it. Attend workshops at the Writing and Learning Studio that may assist you in preparing a personal statement.


  • You should request official transcripts from Enrollment Services, at least two weeks before the application deadline. Provide the address of the colleges) where your transcript should be sent.

Complete the application

  • Send your application with all the required documents before the deadline.

Pay the application fee.

  • Most four-year colleges charge around $50 to apply. Ask the university's admissions office if you have questions about paying this fee.