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.
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 www.fastweb.com, www.thewashboard.org 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.
- 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.