Steps to a Successful Transfer

Step 1: Plan Ahead!

Although you may intend to spend two years at LCCC, it is never too early to begin your transfer planning. You'll find if you plan ahead and make good decisions early in your college career, you will be in a better position for a seamless transfer. Advisors are available to help you define your long and short-term goals, evaluate where you are academically and assist you with your course selection. College catalogs, transfer guides, articulation agreements and transfer admission information is available to you in the Advising and Transfer Center Center, SSC 4. Connect with the transfer counselors who work at the four-year universities at the Transfer Days each semester.

Step 2: Choosing the Right Institution

There are many things to consider when choosing the university to which you intend to transfer. Listed below are some of the many questions you may want to ask yourself:

  • Does the institution offer the major you are considering?
  • What is the geographic location you prefer?
  • What are the admissions requirements?
  • What is the cost of tuition and fees?
  • Are financial aid opportunities and scholarships available?
  • Do you want an urban or rural setting?
  • Do you prefer a large or small campus?
  • Is the college accredited?
  • What is the reputation of the institution?
  • What is the student/faculty ratio?

There are several good sources to help you with the college search process:

  • The Advising and Transfer Center in SSC 4 maintains a collection of transfer resource materials and admissions information. Similar resources are also available at the Carbon Site, Donley Center and the Morgan Center.
  • Online college searches, such as www.collegeboard.org and www.petersons.com are excellent sources. For additional web sites featuring a college search component, click here.

Step 3: Investigating Your Choices

The more information that you have about your college choices and the sooner you know it, the smoother your transition will be. To decide if a college is the "right fit" for you, begin asking some important questions:

  • Admission Requirements: What is the minimum grade point average (GPA) you will need to be considered for admission? Do grades of "D" transfer, or is the lowest grade accepted a "C"? Are there additional admission requirements for your intended degree, such as a portfolio, completion of certain courses or a higher GPA minimum?
  • Minimum and Maximum Credits: Most institutions have a minimum number of credits earned to be considered a transfer student for admissions purposes. There is also a maximum number of credits that are transferable from a community college. Most colleges will accept 60 - 64 credits from a community college while some will accept more. If you attended a four-year college in addition to your LCCC experience, more credits may transfer. You should also find out if Advanced Placement credits earned while in high school or other types of test-based credits such as CLEP count in the total number of credits you can transfer.
  • Campus Visits: One of the best ways to get the feel of an institution's "fit" is by a visit to the campus. Schedule an appointment with the transfer admissions counselor, an academic advisor and financial aid/scholarship officer if necessary. Take a tour of campus and visit to at least one class if possible. Have a meal in the student union and try to schedule an overnight stay in a residence hall, if applicable. Many colleges and universities offer Open House programs which include general information sessions, tours of campus, class visits and overnight stays.

Step 4: Getting Organized

There are many deadlines that you need to adhere to in the transfer process. The more organized you are, the less likely you will be to run into problems. A few areas you need to pay particular attention to include:

  • Application Deadline: Application deadlines vary greatly and it is your responsibility to learn about and keep those deadlines. In general, it is recommended that students considering applying to large schools, state universities and competitive programs submit their application one year in advance of their intended enrollment.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is awarded on an academic year basis. You need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 1 for the next Academic Year. You must reapply for financial aid every year. Some colleges may also have an additional form for you to fill out, but all require the FAFSA.
  • Scholarships: Some schools have different deadlines for scholarships than that for financial aid while others use the same deadlines for both. Contact the financial aid office EARLY to know your timeline.
  • Keep Records: It is important to remember that college, financial aid or scholarships applications are legal documents. Keep copies of everything you submit, including materials submitted online. Also keep a record of those you have spoken to, noting who it was you spoke with, the date, time and the subject matter. This will help you follow up with the same person and allow you to have a record of who gave you certain information.

Step 5: Developing a Strategy

The following transfer timeline may help you stay on course:
0-12 Credits

  • Be sure to check that your program of study is considered a transfer parallel program. In general, the A.A. and A.S. programs are designed to parallel the freshman and sophomore years at a four-year institution. Work closely with a counselor to plan a program of courses that is appropriate for your academic goal. If you are enrolled in an A.A.S. program, check with your advisor or counselor for transfer advice.
  • Financial Aid: Financial aid is awarded on an academic year basis. You need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) between January 1 and March 1 for the next Academic Year. You must reapply for financial aid every year. Some colleges may also have an additional form for you to fill out, but all require the FAFSA.
  • Clarify your interests and goals. Take advantage of the expertise of LCCC advisors and faculty and talk with them about your plans. Begin to explore the resources available to you such as FOCUS, a computerized career exploration program available to LCCC students at no cost.
  • Attend free transfer workshops and college visit events.
  • Explore the student activities offered at LCCC. Involvement in organizations, athletics, and other groups can enhance your college experience and may help you decide which activities you want at your four-year school.

13-30 Credits

  • Explore resources available to you such as college search, catalogs, transfer articulation agreements, and other college resources available in the Advising and Transfer Center, SSC 4.
  • Begin to research prospective colleges and universities that offer the types of academic programs, student activities and scholarships you desire. 
  • Research admissions requirements for the colleges and universities that you are considering. Admissions guidelines differ from school to school. Contact the admissions offices of the schools to request additional informaiton.
  • Submit letters of intent if you know you are planning to transfer to any of the following institutions: Albright College, Bloomsburg University, Cedar Crest College, De Sales University, Delaware Valley College or Temple. Letters of intent are on file in the Advising and Transfer Center, SSC 4.

31-45 Credits

  • Attend a transfer workshop if you have not already done so. Speak with college representatives at a Transfer Visit program.
  • Visit the colleges you have chosen to apply to. If you cannot visit the school, be sure to call their admissions offices with a list of questions you would like to have answered.
  • Request applications for admission from the colleges and universities you are considering. Note the application deadline for each institution and be sure to meet the deadline. We generally advise students to plan on submitting applications one year prior to their intended enrollment date.
  • Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent from LCCC, from any previous colleges you have attended and, if necessary, from your high school. Be sure your transcript reflects your most recent grades earned. Make a photocopy of everything you are going to place in the envelope before you mail the application. Should your application get lost or misplaced, you will have an extra copy to mail right away. If you apply online, print a copy of your completed application for your files.

46-61 Credits

  • Apply for graduation before the deadline (usually February 1 for May graduation and October 1 for January graduation).
  • If you have not already done so, mail your applications immediately.
  • Wait to hear from the colleges and respond to acceptances by the stated deadlines.
  • Be sure to have a final transcript sent to your transfer institution to include the grades of your final semester at LCCC.
  • If you have any transfer questions or problems, make an appointment with your advisor.

After Graduation = 60+ Credits
If you have not previously made plans to transfer and now decide that you would like to, see your advisor about what procedures to follow.