Transfer to a Four-Year College or University

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

Step 8

Congratulations! You have been admitted to the university of your choice!