What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

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What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

Check w/the school in advance & get it in writing that your credits will be transferable! Make sure the college receives whatever necessary paperwork is required for a smooth transfer.

Lora Lewis
Educational Consultant Lora Lewis Consulting

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

Have your transcript analyzed by the admissions office at your new college. If you are transferring from a community college, you can often use course descriptions from both schools to get a good idea of which classes will transfer (this is especially true if you are applying to state colleges, as many have online systems that allow you to easily determine which courses satisfy which lower division requirements). You can only be sure, however, when your transcript has been formally evaluated by your new school. In most cases, this doesn't take place until after you've been admitted, but if you're concerned about transferability of courses, give the admissions office a call and see how they can help.

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

Before deciding whether or not to transfer you should make an appointment with a transfer admission counselor at the school to which you'd like to transfer. Make sure to bring a copy of your most recent college transcript, as well as the school's course catalog to this meeting. Though you won't be able to get a formal credit evaluation at this point, the admission counselor can give you an idea about how many of your credits may transfer.

Rebecca Joseph
Executive Director & Founder getmetocollege.org

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

That is easier said than done if students are applying to multiple colleges as transfer students. So students should always check with potential transfer colleges about their GE and major requirements. Start online. Often some classes don't count, especially from private universities. So make sure you keep copies of course syllabii and course descriptions. Call the transfer office of a college and ask if you have specific questions. Also keep track of transfer requirements. Most public colleges have very specific requirements, as do private colleges, like USC, that take larger numbers of transfer students. Other private colleges are more complex, so never take a class that you're not sure won't count for at least one college.

Megan Dorsey
SAT Prep & College Advisor College Prep LLC

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

If transferring is your plan from day one, you can take steps to insure your credits will transfer. Meet with an academic advisor and check the requirements of the school from which you eventually want to graduate. I live in Texas and here there is a list of credits that are guaranteed to transfer from community colleges and satisfy core requirements at state universities. However, a lot of students don’t plan to transfer. I left George Washington for Rice University at the end of my sophomore year. I was one of the fortunate transfer students that year; I only lost three credit hours. Some of my peers lost entire semesters. Transfer credit isn’t guaranteed, so seek academic advising and keep every course syllabus, so you can justify why credit should be awarded.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

When transferring between programs/majors or schools, it is critical that you meet with an advisor and get in writing any requirements or agreements that are necessary. The place you are transferring to has the final say regarding what will be accepted and what won't.

Suzanne Shaffer
Owner Parents Countdown to College Coach

What are the best ways for students to make sure all their credits transfer?

Communicate with the new school and ask for a list of approved transfer credits. When taking community college courses, make sure colleges accept the course credits when you transfer by asking the college advisors before you set your schedule.