Steps to An Easy Transfer
Transfer process can be painless and smooth. If you follow these steps carefully
and in a timely fashion….Transfer, whether to a 4 year college in the Capital
District or anywhere in the country, can be smooth. Remember that talking to
your faculty advisor and a Transfer Counselor in Elston 223 (Student Development
Center) is an important part of this process. To facilitate your transfer, the
resource room in the Student Development Center
by Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30pm to use any of these resources!
10 Steps to An Easy Transfer
Identify your Area of Study
is vital in choosing a college. If you don’t know what you want to major in
then it is time to make an appointment with a career counselor in the Student
Development Center who can assist you with this decision.
Always Register with “Transfer” in Mind. Keep your grades up!
you meet with your advisor each semester, remind hi/her that you plan on
transferring in order that they can assist you in selecting courses that transfer
easily. YOUR GRADES ARE IMPORTANT FROM THE START!
look at your grades from all your semester so keep them up!
Consider the Environment that you want at your Transfer College
is important to YOU in a College??
Consider these questions:
Location…close to home or not??
What schools have the major you
want to study??
What size school is good for your
Are you interested in a Public or
Private school or either?
What is the cost and is there
Financial Aid available?
What is the campus setting? Is it
rural, city or suburb? Is that good
Develop a list of colleges that suit YOU
Transfer Counselors in the Student Development Center can help you with this
list. The SDC in Elston 223 has resources such as The College Handbook for
Transfer Students and The Index of Majors which can help you decide which
colleges fit your desires. You can also use these books in the public library or
SCCC’s library. College searches are also available on the Internet at http://www.collegeview.com,
www.mycollegeguide.org and www.cgf.org.
Research your colleges
a list of 5-10 colleges begin detailed research by using the Internet at
Check out the college catalog etc. online. Talk to your advisor, profs and
transfer counselors about colleges. This is a time when you need to prioritize
Would you be willing to go to a
large school if it was financially more appealing??
OR Is the size and personal
attention most important to you?
What are you willing to Trade off?
Narrow your list to 3-5 schools that you would be happy at.
Send for Catalogs and Applications
SDC does have catalogs and applications for all SUNY schools and local colleges.
Many schools have their catalogs and applications online…and often times they
will waive the application fee online. If you graduate from SCCC you can waive
the application fee at any SUNY school.
Visit the Campus
at all possible, it is important to visit the campus to get a “feel” for
campus life. Is it a good match for YOU?? Take a tour. This is a good time for
you to find out information about the school as well as let them know who you
for cues that tell you about the school
Check out the bulletin board…what
is happening on campus …does it interest you??
Visit a class in your major
Visit the cafeteria…can you live
with the food??
Visit the dorms if you will live on
campus. Are they coed by floor or room? What is the atmosphere like?
Read the college newspaper….
Talk to students (even beyond your
tour guide) What do they like and dislike?
Go to the library…is it
welcoming? Do they have the materials you will need?
If you will commute, how are the
services for commuters? Do offices have hours that are convenient for YOU?
Set Up an Interview
is a time for YOU to get to know the school as well as for the Admissions reps
to get to know YOU. Think of questions beforehand and write them down!
Be on time. Dress neatly but
Be familiar with the college
Relax and be yourself
Bring a copy of your transcript and
ask the interviewer if you could have an estimate on HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE YOU
TO COMPLETE YOUR DEGREE?
What grants or scholarships money
is available for transfer students?
What is the average class size?
· Are advisors available? Is tutoring available and free?
Financial Aid, Transcripts and References.
on line or type your applications.
Apply to 3-5 schools including 1
safety, 1 stretch and 2 matches!
Have your guidance counselor or the
Registrar’s office send your transcripts from your high school and any
colleges you have attended
Send your FAFSA (and CSS profile if
needed) to all the schools DO THIS EARLY…the early applicants get most of the
Personalize your essay to help the
admissions committee to get to know YOU. Have a prof, the writing center etc.
look it over before you send it.
If references are needed, use
professors who know you. Ask them early and provide them with a stamped,
addressed envelope to make the task easy.
10. Wait and Decide.