10 Steps to an Easy Transfer

The 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 221 (Student Affairs) is an important part of this process. To facilitate your transfer, the resource room in the Student Affairs offers

  • College catalogs
  • Applications to all SUNY colleges and local private colleges
  • College search computer programs
  • College guide books

Stop by Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to use any of these resources!


10 Steps to An Easy Transfer

  1. Identify your Area of Study
    This 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 Student Affairs who can assist you with this decision.

  2. Always Register with “Transfer” in Mind. Keep Your Grades Up!
    When you meet with your advisor each semester, remind him/her that you plan on transferring. This way they can assist you in selecting courses that transfer easily. Your grades are important from the start. Schools look at your grades from all your semester so keep them up!

  3. Consider the Environment that You Want at Your Transfer College
    What is important to you in a college or university?
    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 learning style?
    • 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 for you?

  4. Develop a List of Colleges and Universities That Suit You
    The Transfer Counselors in Student Affairs can help you with this list. They have 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, http://www.nycareerzone.org, www.collegeboard.com, www.mycollegeguide.org and www.cgf.org.

  5. Research Your Colleges of Interest
    With a list of 5-10 colleges begin detailed research by using the Internet at http://www.utexas.edu/world/univ/state/. Check out the college catalog, viewbooks, etc. online. Talk to your advisor, professors and transfer counselors about colleges. This is a time when you need to prioritize your desires.
    • 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.

  6. Send for Catalogs and Applications
    Student Affairs 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.

  7. Visit the Campus
    If 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 are. Look 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?

  8. Set Up an Interview
    This 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 casually
    • Be familiar with the college materials
    • 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?

  9. Applications, Financial Aid, Transcripts and References
    Apply online or type your applications.
    • Apply to 3-5 schools including one safety, one stretch and two 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 financial aid.
    • Personalize your essay to help the admissions committee to get to know you. Have a professor or the writing center 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
    You made it. Relax and wait. Don't forget to send in your deposit once you are accepted. Congratulations!

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