Key "milestones" are essential to your continued progress. Here is a basic transfer timeline designed for the full-time student to give an overview of the steps needed for each stage of your educational goals. Also to help keep you on track, refer to the requirements on your University Transfer Guide for your intended Major.
Research admissions standards at universities and colleges for not only the school but your major of choice. Research financial aid and scholarship opportunities. In addition to scholarships offered through the university, there may be other scholarship opportunities available through large corporations. If required, begin preparing a general personal essay/statement of academic and career goals. Be prepared - update your resume. Set a budget. Start estimating your expenses at the University of your choice and begin saving funds for your educational goal.
Do you need a letter of recommendation? Determine who can support you and request an electronic PDF copy. Often, you will be asked to upload the PDF copy within the admissions portal.
Research who sponsors college tours. Make the first visit to the schools that interest you and gather basic information.
Apply for Financial Aid by January 15th for the next academic year. List all schools that you are considering applying for (you can add up to 10 schools).
Finalize your university choice and apply for Graduation!
Submit your university application at the beginning of the semester, many schools have February or March Scholarship deadlines for Fall and October or November deadlines for Spring.
Pay your university application fee or request a fee waiver. (Many universities offer waivers to students who receive Financial Aid or attend a University Preview Day.)
Send a copy of your transcripts from all colleges you have attended to the university. Once you have a university student ID number, if required, upload essays, Letters of Recommendation, and a resume to the University Application Portal. International Students will need to submit financial documents and an F1 Transfer Form. They may also need to submit documentation of English proficiency. Undocumented Students may need to submit a notarized affidavit. Verify the official transcripts from ALL colleges you have attended have been received at the university. Once grades are posted and degree is awarded, send a second copy of your final transcript to the university. Once you have your university student ID number, submit scholarship applications on the scholarship sites for each university that you are applying. Don't forget many schools have early deadlines. Watch your mail/email/university admissions portal for confirmation of admission, housing, scholarships, financial aid, etc. Attend orientation, meet with your academic advisor and register for classes. Establish a tuition and housing payment plan (you may have to pay a deposit.). Remember to meet regularly with your academic advisor to make sure that you are staying on track for graduation.
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