Transfer to a Four-Year College or University

Step 1

Identify your major fields of study and career pathways.

  • Research careers in the Career Center, Cesar E. Chavez Student Services Building (Bldg. 68), online at, or in the Library.
  • Meet with a counselor to discuss options in the Transfer 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 colleges and universities offering your major.

Visit the Transfer Center at or Library to:

  • consider the geographic location of the university.
  • consider the setting of the university (urban/rural).
  • consider the social aspect and extracurricular activities of the university.
  • consider the ranking of the university.
  • consider the tuition, 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.
  • Meet with college/university representative.

Step 4

Develop a Student Education Plan (SEP) 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.

Step 5

Stay on Track.

  • Follow your Student Educational Plan.
  • Maintain the necessary grade point average.
  • Complete all course requirements.
  • Stay in contact with your college counselor to be informed about possible changes in transfer requirements. 
  • Enhance your transfer potential with extracurricular activities such as internships, ASO/Clubs, volunteer service, etc.

Step 6

Identify a timeline for:

  • Applying for admission.
  • Applying for financial aid and scholarships.
  • If needed:
    • Petition for graduation (Associate Degree for Transfer - ADT)
    • Acquiring letters of recommendations.
    • Preparing a personal statement.

Step 7

Keep informed on the progress of your application.

  • Read all letters/emails sent to you by the transfer institution.
  • Send official transcripts from all institutions attended and applicable test scores as requested.
  • Accept offered admission.
  • 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!