Whether you plan to earn a degree or just take a few classes before you transfer to another institution, it's never too early to begin planning for a smooth transition. Contact Us to develop a plan to achieve your transfer goals.
The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) recommends the following general transfer timeline:
4 Semesters Before Transferring:
- Investigate possible transfer institutions offering your intended program (s) by your desired features (i.e., cost, location, size, service, distance learning).
- Utilize advising, faculty, counseling and career center personnel/ resources to assist you with choosing your major.
- Learn more about general education requirements and lower-division components in the curriculum.
- Begin looking for scholarships, discounts and other ways to meet cost.
3 Semesters Before Transferring:
- Visit advising, faculty, counseling and career center personnel/resources for assistance.
- Attempt to decide which transfer institution best suits your needs.
- Declare your intent to transfer to your academic advisor.
- Use four-year institution's transfer guides to assist you with course selection.
- Familiarize yourself with potential institutions' academic calendars and deadlines.
2 Semesters Before Transferring:
- Continue selecting courses that transfer appropriately within program of study.
- Submit your applications for admission and financial aid (along with all of your official transcripts).
- Once admitted, complete any specific scholarship and housing applications (as appropriate).
- Talk with advisors and academic professionals at your community college and transfer institution and keep abreast of changes in program requirements.
1 Semester Before Transferring:
- Complete transferable coursework and, if applicable, apply for your associate degree (and Graduation).
- Send official transcripts (again) at the end of your last semester before transferring and verify that you do not possess any financial/ administrative holds.
- Attend new student orientation sessions (if possible) or use online orientation tools. Be sure to request maps, directories, tour information and other essentials.