How to Enhance Your Transfer Credentials

How to Enhance Your Transfer Credentials

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You are a community, technical or junior-college student intent on transferring to a four-year school once you get your associate degree. These days, it is much easier to transfer to a four-year college from a two-year program, especially once you have your degree. Articulation agreements smooth the way for students to make that transfer, but there are certain things you can do to enhance your transfer credentials.

1. Buckle down. If you’re in your last semester at a two-year school, endeavor to keep your pedal to the metal. This is no time to slack off — although your GPA won’t transfer to the new school, your ability to be eligible for certain programs and perks may hinge on how well you perform in junior college. So, buckle down and finish strong.

2. Meet with your advisor. Never assume that you have all the credits you need to graduate. A meeting with your academic advisor can ensure that you are on the right track. Discuss your transfer options, including the articulation agreement between your current school and the one you want to attend. If no agreement is in place, do not fear: plenty of colleges and universities accept community college students. Just make sure that you meet their criteria when applying.

3. Visit the tutoring center. If you are struggling in one class, especially to the point of failure, seek help immediately. Your college has a tutoring center and such centers are usually free. Your advisor may recommend your visit or you can visit the center on your own.

4. Take advantage of campus activities. All school work and no play makes for a very dull student. Don’t get so hung up in your academic pursuits that you neglect the social side of college. Join a club, engage in intramural sports, volunteer at a social event and just enjoy college life. A little fun can go a long way in helping you succeed academically.

5. Speak with your instructors. Get to know your professors and understand what they require of you. If you have a term paper and you need clarification on your assignment, then seek it. Learn your professors’ office hours and make an appointment. Endeavor to attend all classes too and participate regularly. If you’re a borderline student, a professor is more likely to give you the benefit of a higher grade if you demonstrate interest.

6. Use flashcards and other tricks to teach yourself. If you participate in group study, go for it. For those other times, you can build your knowledge by testing yourself on what you know. Make flash cards and ask a roommate or a friend to test you on your knowledge. Don’t make the questions easy either — they should correspond with the questions on a quiz or an exam.

7. Dot your “i”s and cross your “t”s. Never assume that you are ready to transfer because you feel ready to transfer. By this statement you should not assume that everything is done. Your new college will require that you apply, be accepted, forward your preliminary transcripts, and handle other matters. You should also consider financial aid options and apply for same. Once you graduate from two-year school, then have your final transcripts forwarded to the new college.

College Transfer

Transferring to a new college can be accomplished with or without an associate degree. The requirements for applying may be different, but the incoming college wants to ensure that you are academically eligible and able to handle the rigors of the new institution.

See Also — 7 Reasons Why You Should Transfer Colleges

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