Transfer to a Four-Year College or University
Identify your major field of study.
- Research careers in the Career Center, Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Building, online at the college website, or in the Library.
- Discuss options in the Transfer or Counseling Center.
- Discuss your field of interest and goals with faculty in the discipline(s) you are considering.
- Attend “Steps to Transfer” Workshop in the Transfer Center.
Identify universities offering your major.
Visit the Transfer Center or Library to:
- consider the geographic location of the university.
- consider the setting of the university (urban/rural).
- consider the size of the university.
- consider the ranking of the university.
- consider the size, cost, housing options, etc.
Visit two or three universities/colleges.
- Plan a visit to feel and see the environment early on (at least three semesters in advance of transferring).
- If you cannot go there, take a virtual tour on the Internet, if possible.
- Participate in college fairs and university tours sponsored by the Transfer Center.
Develop a plan for at least two to three potential options.
- Schedule an appointment with a counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan.
- Identify course requirements for your major and for admission criteria.
- Meet with a university representative.
Stay on Track.
- Follow your Student Educational Plan.
- Maintain the necessary grade point average.
- Learn/Acquire academic skills.
- Complete all course requirements.
- Stay in contact with your college counselor to stay informed about changes coming forth from universities.
- Enhance your transfer potential with internships, leadership experience, volunteer service, etc.
Identify a timeline for:
- Applying for admission.
- Acquiring letters of recommendations from faculty and counselors (remember to notify them when you are accepted).
- Preparing a personal statement.
- Applying for financial aid and scholarships.
Keep informed on the progress of your application.
- Read all letters/emails sent to you by the transfer institution.
- Send transcripts as requested.
- Take any required assessment exams requested on time.
- Follow up with the transfer institution with any questions you have.
- Attend orientation sessions, university tours, etc.
- Make arrangements for housing far in advance.
- Inform your family and significant friends about your plans—ask them for encouragement and support.
Congratulations! You have been admitted to the university of your choice!