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Steps to Transfer

step 1 of transfer student actionsStep 1: Freshman or Transfer?

Most schools admit students either as “freshmen” or “transfer” students. Your admissions status is based on the number of previously earned college credits that the transfer school will accepts. The first thing you need to do is find out what your admission status will be, and what that means at your school. The schools transfer policy should be on its website and it should contain the answers to the following important questions:

  • What is the number of credits that will trigger your being admitted as a transfer student?
  • What does it mean to be admitted as a transfer student vs a freshman student at that school?
  • Are there implications for registration, scholarships, GPA, and general education requirements based on your admission as a transfer student vs. as a freshman?
  • What is the maximum number of transfer credits the school will accept?

step 2 of transfer student actionsStep 2: Find Equivalent Classes

Not all classes are equal, even if they sound similar. The institution you transfer to always has the right to decide which classes they will or will not accept, and what credit they will assign for the classes you have completed. This can be a complicated process to navigate and understand, so it is always important to confer with the advisor at the school to intend to transfer to in order to ensure that you are taking classes that will benefit you after transfer. Here are some things to know:

  • There are two types of classes
    • General education classes: These are basic classes that serve to help you become a well-rounded and well-educated college graduate. Different schools have different names for these courses, including Core, University Studies, Group Requirements, or Baccalaureate Core
    • Major specific classes: These classes are required due to your specific major. For example, if you are majoring in psychology you will take many psychology classes, but you may also be required to take sociology and statistics classes because they are closely related to the field of psychology.
  • Many colleges and universities have equivalency guides or tables that show you how your RCC classes will transfer in. This can be a helpful tool for your course planning, and links to some of the guides at Oregon public universities are available on the link.
  • If you cannot find a transfer guide at your transfer school of interest, contact their advising department for support determining how RCC classes will transfer in.

step 3 of transfer student actionsStep 3: Contact Advisor at Future School

  • Don’t skip this step, even if you are sure you are taking the right classes! Schools may adjust their requirements, change how a class transfers in, or institute new policies that you need to know about.
  • We recommend that you check in with your transfer school frequently to check your academic plan and seek advising input regarding current and future coursework at RCC.

Other Important information

Know the application deadlines for your transfer schools of interest ahead of time and be prepared to start applying as early as a year before you intend to transfer. Some schools offer early admission, scholarships, or other incentives for applying by a certain date.

Make sure you also investigate the Oregon College and University Residency Policy and the Oregon College and University Language Requirements (for a second language), which can be found at this link.