Transferring to a four year college or university can feel overwhelming to some students, but with proper preparation and planning all students can transfer. The resources and guidance available to you by the COM counseling staff and Transfer and Career Center can assist you in making your transfer plan. A general pattern to follow is:
Identify Your Major and/or Career Interests
- Begin the Career Exploration process: Self-Assessment (understand your likes, strengths, and abilities), Explore your options, Make a Decision, Create a Plan, Carry out the Plan.
- Enroll in a counseling course to help you such as COUN 133: Career Exploration.
- Use the Kuder Journey program (at kuderjourney.com) for more help with career exploration. Contact the Career and Transfer Center for your activation code.
- Browse the books and resources in the Transfer and Career Center.
- Make a career counseling appointment.
- Check out the resources listed on the Transfer and Career Center website under Major/Career Exploration.
- Explore possibilities by taking different transferable courses that can meet IGETC orCSUGE Breadth requirements.
- Expect this to be a process; it takes time and lots of research to make a smart major choice.
Decide on Which Colleges or Universities You Would Like to Transfer To
- Create a list of top choice schools and back up schools.
- Consider things such as cost, location, perceived prestige, culture of school, distance, career center services including internships, majors offered, etc.
- Check out the resources listed on the Transfer and Career Center website listed under Choosing a University
- Go on campus tours. The Transfer Club raises funds for and plans campus tours.
- Visit with representatives from different colleges and universities. Many schools make regular visits to the College of Marin. Check out the calendar.
Create and Follow a Transfer Plan
- Schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor every semester to create and follow up on your Student Education Plan (SEP) which will outline the classes you need to take to transfer to the university and major of your choice. Track your progress of this plan in DegreeWorks.
- Complete the required English and math courses as early as possible.
- Following the IGETC pattern for UCs or CSUGE Breadth pattern for CSUs will work for many students. However, it is not recommended for students who plan on majoring in STEM fields such as Engineering, Biological and Physical Sciences or other majors that require extensive lower division preparation.
- Use assist.org to learn of the courses that are required or recommended to complete for a particular major at a UC or CSU.
- To learn about courses you should take for private or out of state schools, look up the admission information for each school on their websites.
Research What is Required to Apply to Your Chosen Schools
Some questions to consider:
- What is the minimum GPA to apply?
- What is the minimum number of transferable units you need to have completed? Maximum?
- What are the general education requirements?
- What are the pre-major requirements for your chosen major?
- When is the application deadline?
For UC and CSU schools:
- Most students apply the Fall semester after they have completed 30 transferable units, which is approximately one year before they plan to transfer
- There is one online application students use to apply to UC and one online application to apply to CSU:
- The UC application requires a personal statement; the CSU application does not
- Impacted majors at CSU campuses may have a supplemental application – be sure to research this early on in the application process
Apply and Follow Up on All Applications
- Apply for admission on time
- Apply for Financial Aid (priority deadline is March 2)
- When applying for admission, be sure to include information from every college or university you attended in the past.
- After applying, there will be other documents and/or materials that need to be submitted with specific deadlines. Check your email regularly as that is how most schools inform you of what needs to be submitted and when. Commonly requested documents after you apply:
Prepare for the Transfer
- Research all the resources available to you at your new school including those for transfer or re-entry students
- Connect with your academic department and academic advisors
- Secure housing (if applicable)
- Understand your transportation needs and plan for them
- Check for a bank branch near your new school or consider switching banks