Steps to Transferring to a Four-Year College

While the transfer process is different for each student, the single most important factor is the same for everyone: You must take responsibility for every stop of the process. There are no hard and fast rules because the circumstances for each transfer student are different, and every college and university has its own policies concerning transfer admissions. (

  • Create a plan
  • Participate in the opportunities given at community college
    • Transfer Tuesdays (spring semester)
  • Representatives from six different senior institutions come to Central Carolina CC to answer question regarding transferring.
    • University Transfer Day (November)
  • Representatives from more than 20 institutions attend University Transfer Day. Students attend and ask questions about transferring and program at these schools
  • Choose a field of study. Explore the opportunities of taking classes that you find interesting to find out what areas/specialties interest you.
  • Research colleges/universities
  • Decide when you plan to transfer and create a task list - know deadlines (submitting application, applying for financial aid)
  • Communicate with your advisor (current college) and your new one

Selecting a university:

  • Does the university offer the program that I'm interested in?
  • What are the minimum transfer requirements?
  • What specific classes should I take at Central Carolina CC to get the most transfer credit?

Go to university website - investigate:

  • Program of study
  • Admission requirements for a transfer student
  • Required courses for all programs
  • General Ed requirements for the university
  • Tuition and fees
  • Financial Aid
  • Transfer student resources

How to Transfer successfully

1st Semester

Up to 15 credits

  • Attend a new student orientation
  • Meet w/ advisor
  • Use available resources
2nd Semester

15-30 credits

  • Gather information - check out potential college websites
  • Attend college fairs when available
  • Continue to communicate w/advisor
3rd Semester

30-50 credits

  • Contact admission advisors at your potential college/university
  • Visit potential college
  • Submit application for admission
  • Contact the school's financial aid office
4th Semester

60-64 credits

  • Contact potential college
    • Has application/transcript been received?
    • Does financial aid have all the required documentation?