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Transfer Planning

SVC offers a variety of options for students looking to transfer to a four-year university. If you’re planning to transfer make sure you’re “major ready” and choose the degree that’s right for you!

What it means to be "Major Ready"?

Once you choose a specific major or area of study, you can prepare by fitting the prerequisites into your associate degree before you transfer. Be aware that the GPA requirements for acceptance into your major might differ from the requirements for admission to the university. Some majors also require specific grades in certain classes.

If you are not "major ready" you risk taking longer to complete your bachelor's degree and/or taking prerequisites at the university where they are potentially more expensive.

Transfer Degree Types

  • Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degrees are intended to transfer as a block of 90 credits to state institutions, provides for automatic or preferred admission status and completes all general requirements at all universities except Whitman and University of Puget Sound.
  • Associate of Science (AS-T) degrees (Option 1&2) include additional math and science courses needed to prepare students for biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, computer science, and engineering majors.
  • Major Related Programs (MRP) are pathways within a DTA or AS-T degree, intended to prepare students for a specific major, for example nursing or business degrees.
  • The Associate in Applied Science-T (AAS-T) is a professional-technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer.  Skagit offers the AAS-T in Early Childhood Education and Environmental Sciences which transfers to specific four-year universities.
  • The Associate of Technical Arts (ATA) degrees are generally designed to provide direct workforce skills and are not transferable. Certain ATA degrees may transfer to specific universities.
  • Out-of-State colleges and universities may or may not accept courses and degrees the same way Washington State schools do.  Make sure to contact prospective schools early to find out how they accept credits. 

Transfer Timeline

During Your First 45 Credits

1. Explore Majors and Careers

  • Explore careers and majors by visiting the Counseling & Career Services Office.
  • Enroll in Career Exploration, CSS 107 and learn about career and academic major choices.
  • Know the requirements of the various transfer degrees and decide early which degree you want to pursue.

2. Begin your search for colleges and universities that would be a good fit for you

Conduct a search for schools that offer your major of study. Visit some four-year colleges and universities—many have “Transfer Days” organized for transfer students.

  • Talk with college representatives during visits and Transfer Fairs that are held quarterly
  • Decide on a “short list” of colleges or universities you’d like to attend.

 3. Create a long-term plan for your degree completion and transfer

  • Meet with an advisor at the university you are interested in attending to make sure you are taking courses that prepare you for your academic major and complete lower division program requirements.
  • Meet with your community college counselor or advisor to develop an educational plan that will prepare you for graduation.
  • Request a degree evaluation to ensure that you are on track to graduate at SVC.

During Your Last 45 Credits

4. Start searching for scholarships and gathering admissions application materials

  • Make a transfer planning appointment with a counselor or advisor.
  • Start preparing scholarship applications and continue narrowing the college search.
  • Apply for scholarships (check at, and the university you plan on attending).
  • Make contact with an admissions representative and scholarship representative at your prospective four-year institutions.
  • Apply for your diploma through SVC registration.

5. Apply

  • Apply for admissions, your degree does not have to be complete and in fact will not be finished when you apply for admission to the four-year university. You can usually apply for any quarter or semester to begin your bachelor’s degree.  Check each university for their specific admission deadlines.
  • Request an official copy of your transcript from all schools attended & send to prospective universities.
  • Write a strong personal statement/essay. Attend an essay writing workshop at the university or through the SVC Writing Center.  See your counselor or advisor if you need guidance.
  • Prepare to fill out your FAFSA and any other financial aid paperwork early! (by Feb 15).

6. Decide on your university and finish up your transfer degree!

  • Complete graduation requirements.
  • Visit your prospective four-year schools if you have not already—accept/reject university offers.
  • Apply for housing (if needed).
  • Request final transcript from your community/technical college after graduating.

Tips for Choosing a Major

Choosing a major does not require committing to a specific career, but knowing yourself and your long and short-term goals can help you narrow your focus.

Know your resources

  • Enroll in Career Exploration CSS 107 and learn about what academic majors and careers fit you best.
  • Visit the Counseling and Career Center to learn about what your choices might be.
  • Research colleges and universities that offer your major.
  • Attend transfer workshops or schedule a campus visit at your prospective universities.
  • Create an academic plan with your counselor or advisor.

Know your interests

  • Which classes do you really enjoy?
  • What do you like to do outside of school?
  • Do you like working: alone, with people, on computers, with numbers, etc.?

 Know your values

  • What classes do you value?
  • What is important to you in the workplace: money, making a difference in community, working with others, etc.?

 Know your abilities

  • Which classes do you do really well in?
  • What skills have you used in your job?
  • What skills or talents would you like to develop?