Transfer Process

First Steps....

  • Identify the major you hope to pursue
    • How do I identify my career interests?
      • Start at the end and ask yourself: Where do I want to end up, and how do I get there? Think about your interests and your skills, and how those can lead to career paths.
      • Visit Career Services to explore careers paths using online assessment tools.
      • Discuss academic majors with an Advisor in Academic Advising.
  • Research colleges and universities
  • Use online search engines to help narrow down your choices
    • SUNY, CUNY, or Private schools
    • Think about what is important to you: majors offered, GPA requirements, geographic location, size, cost, selectivity, housing, religious affiliations, athletics, and setting (rural, urban, or suburban).
  • Look to see if your current school is hosting a Transfer Fair or Transfer Days
  • Visit the campus (take a tour); or, if not possible, visit virtually on the web or use social media.
    • Schedule an appointment with admissions and/or the academic department that interests you.
    • Ask about
      • Transferability of credits
      • College cost
      • Financial aid (learn about availability of grants, scholarships and loans: applications and deadlines)
  • Gather and prepare application and supporting documents:
    • High School transcripts and, if also requested: SAT or ACT and AP scores.
    • College transcripts from current college (if attending) and all other colleges previoulsy attended.
    • Educational gap statement/essay (if you have taken time off from school, you may be asked to write an essay outlining what you have been doing during that time).
    • For international students:
      • Documentation of English proficiency
      • Immigration and Visa documents
    • Letter(s) of Recommendation.
  • Apply for financial aid

Once you've been admitted....

  • Review your Transcript Credit Evaluation
  • Meet with an advisor or transfer counselor to register for courses
  • Enrollment
    • Pay deposit by deadline
    • Register
    • Decide on housing (if needed)
    • Attend orientation session
    • Submit health and immunization records
    • Submit final college transcripts

Additional points to consider.....

What courses should I be taking now and how will I know what credits will transfer?

  • Concentrate on the pre-requisites you'll need to be admitted into your chosen major. Note that many colleges have very specific criteria for transfer of major courses.
  • Take a look at Course Equivalencies often found on the 4-year institution's website

How do I begin the application process?

  • Check the colleges's website for application procedures
  • Some academic programs (e.g. nursing, teacher education, social work) requires separate application in addition to the general application.
  • Many universities/colleges prefer you apply online. College applications are often found on the college's Admission page in a link such as 'Apply Now.'

How do I check the status of my application?

  • Call the college or go online to check the status of your application
  • Keep in contact with the Admissions staff at the colleges you are applying to throughout the process. Ensure that your contact information is current (telephone number, email address, and mailing address).


*Some of the information in the above sections are taken from the "Maps2Transfer" project. A grant funded project to provide students with information to help them navigate the transfer process.