5 Things to Do Now to Make Your Transfer from Community College a Success
Community college offers a great opportunity for students preparing for transfer to a four-year college or university to get a head start on a bachelor’s degree.
Attending community college first allows you to get the first two years of your degree at 40% of the cost of attending a four-year college or university. It also gives you time to build a strong transfer portfolio.
For students just starting at community college, here are some tips to keep in mind while preparing for transfer.
Identify Target Schools
It may seem too early to decided on your target schools. However, preparing for transfer early-on helps ensure a smooth transfer process. Start by identifying your academic and career goals and determine your target schools based on which best fit your goals. Knowing this will help you begin research on admission requirements and transferable credits,
Keep An Eye on Transfer Courses
Many four-year colleges and universities work with transfer students to ensure their credits will transfer once they enroll in a four-year college or university. Research your target colleges to determine what course credits are transferable. Ask your advisor and reach out to admissions representatives at your target college if you have any further questions on which credits are transferable. Doing research at the front-end saves you from having to retake courses and spend more money.
Many community colleges have articulation agreements and transfer programs with in-state universities to provide a smooth transition for transfer students. You can find the most up-to-date information on transfer programs offered by community colleges on their website or by visiting with an academic or admissions representative.
Staying informed on your course’s transfer credit chances throughout your time at community college will help you save money and stress as you near the end of your two-years.
Get Involved on Campus
Be active in campus and local clubs to strengthen your transfer portfolio. Transfer recruiters
are look for well-rounded students who are passionate about community services and giving back to the community.
Clubs and organizations also offer students the opportunity to work in groups and improve their teamwork, communication, time-management, and leadership skills.
Get to Know Your Professors
One of the advantages of attending community college is the smaller class sizes. Smaller class sizes often allow more personalized attention from professors. Use this to your advantage and get to know your professors. Not only can they help you with your coursework, but they can also help you apply to four-year colleges and universities by writing recommendations and helping you through the transfer process.
Explore Financial Aid Options
When exploring target schools, research what scholarships and aid may be available to transfer students. Then, check and see what the requirements are to apply or receive the scholarship. You will also need to fill out the form for the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if you are eligible for any government loans and grants.