10 Steps for a Smooth Transfer to Your Next College
1. Decide on an academic major. Unlike freshman who can apply to college as "undeclared," transfer students are entering with advanced standing and must declare their major.
2. Choose several colleges that offer your preferred major. College catalogs, reference books, and computers are available for you to use in the Transfer Center Library, located in the Department of Counseling & Career Services – Edison Hall 100. Make it a point to visit any college you are seriously considering to get a sense of the atmosphere there and make points of comparison. Choose colleges that match "your style" of learning. It is very important to be happy with your choice because if you are happy, you have given yourself your best opportunity to produce your finest work. In the end, it is your "finest work" which will propel you toward future success.
3. If you are unsure of your plans, make an appointment to speak with a Transfer/Career counselor. International students should also see the International Student Counselor for I.N.S. paperwork related to their transfer. Counselors are located in the Department of Counseling & Career Services and available for an appointment.
4. When applying to out-of-state colleges, contact the college directly to ask for any special information regarding transfer students. Many colleges now have their applications available to submit electronically or download off the internet. Those with electronic submission strongly encourage students to use this method. These are user friendly sites which won't let you make an obvious mistake.
5. You may want to ask 2 or 3 of your professors to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. The Department of Counseling & Career Services offers a Credentials Service. Through this service, you may have letters of reference kept on file for 5 years and upon your request, copies of the originals will be packaged and sent to colleges or future employers. This is a free service. You may obtain a Credentials Packet at the office in ED-100.
6. Once you have decided you are ready to apply, fill out the application carefully. If you have questions or concerns, come to the The Department of Counseling & Career Services and you'll find help. If the application requires a written statement, prepare a draft first and have it checked by another person before writing it on the application.
7. When you believe your application is complete, you should check it one last time for correctness and completeness. If you are using a paper application you may ask a counselor, favorite faculty member, advisor or other trusted individual to review it. When you are sure each application is complete, you will mail it yourself, directly to that college's Office of Admission.
8. Next, contact the Registrar's Office and have an official copy of your college transcript sent to each college to which you are applying. If you have attended any other college, those transcripts must be requested of and sent by the original college. Some colleges will also require a copy of your high school transcript. Contact your high school and have it sent directly to the colleges to which you have applied. Transcripts that you submitted to MCC at the time of your admission can not be sent to any other college. Each college wants its own set of student information from the originating institutions.
9. If you have established a Credentials File and wish to have your Letters of Reference sent to the institutions you are applied to, now is the time to make this request at the Department of Counseling & Career Services. Request forms are available in Edison Hall 100. There is no fee for this service.
10. Now, for the hardest part! If you have done all of the above things and you're sure that nothing is missing that was required for your application, then JUST BE PATIENT AND WAIT. Decisions take from 4 to 12 weeks and you will be notified by the colleges and universities directly, in writing, of their decision. Some institutions are posting the decisions on their secure, online sites but most still come in the mail. Answers are not given via telephone.