How to Transfer from JCCC
Make a transfer plan.
A successful transfer involves careful planning and takes time to develop. Begin working on a transfer plan as early as your first semester at JCCC.
- Meet with a JCCC counselor to look at options.
- Explore college majors and careers.
- Visit the Career Development Center and utilize their resources to determine your strengths and interests.
- Explore out-of-classroom learning experiences such as volunteer work, internships, job shadowing and informational interviewing.
Determine which classes/degrees transfer to which schools.
If you plan to transfer, you'll need to know which JCCC degrees and classes, including basic or gen ed courses, transfer to the school of your choice. What transfers depends on your major and the school you're transferring to. For details, refer to the transfer program guides for your school/major. You'll also want to review JCCC transfer course equivalencies.
- These sites -- CollegeSource Online, Peterson's, The University of Texas at Austin -- link to colleges and universities around the world.
- Establish goals and consider your choices.
- Consider factors that influence your choice such as majors offered, location, tuition costs, campus culture, student population, extracurricular activities, housing options and campus jobs.
- University admission representatives visit JCCC during the semester. Stop by their tables in the Commons lobby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ask them questions.
- In addition, university advisers visit campus and meet with potential transfer students.
- Special transfer events, including the Academic Majors Fair and the Transfer Workshop, also take place on campus.
Narrow it down.
- Arrange for campus visits to your top choices. Take a campus tour, meet with representatives from admissions and financial aid, schedule an appointment with an academic adviser in your major and learn about student life. Explore the town.
- Check out housing opportunities both on and off campus. On-campus housing may include traditional residence halls, suites, apartments, townhouses and lofts at a reasonable cost. Contact the housing department or check the college's housing department Web page for information. Rental apartments and houses are off-campus options. Rentals may be listed in the classified section of the campus and local newspapers. Contracts for both on- and off-campus living accommodations may be available as early as a year in advance. A deposit is usually required when the contract is signed.
- Many schools offer orientation specifically for transfer students. Orientation includes an opportunity to visit with advisers, enroll in classes and learn about campus life. Students whose applications and transcripts have been received and evaluated may be invited to early orientation or special enrollment days, a good reason to start early. Information about orientation and enrollment will be sent shortly after your letter of acceptance.
Meet with a JCCC counselor.
- Counselors see students on a walk-in basis. Visit with a counselor early and often to stay on track.
- Discuss transfer policies for each school you're considering.
- Transfer program guides are available for many Kansas/Missouri universities and majors. Review requirements and your progress with a counselor. Be aware that university requirements are subject to change, so keep checking.
- Learn how you may be able to earn the JCCC associate of arts degree as you complete credits for transfer.
Apply for admission.
- Begin the admission process as early as a year in advance of transfer by submitting an application along with the application fee to your transfer school. Several schools have online admissions applications.
- Be aware of admission application deadlines as they may vary by institution. Some majors or professional schools may require an additional application process. Become familiar with those processes and deadlines.
- Request official JCCC transcripts be sent to the transfer school at the time of application. During your final semester at JCCC, request an additional transcript be sent after grades are posted. Contact all colleges you've attended to request transcripts be sent directly to the transfer school. If you have earned fewer than 24 college credits, an official high school transcript may be required.
Seek financial aid and scholarships.
- Begin the application process for financial aid and scholarships early. Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the appropriate deadline. Be aware the financial aid process takes considerable time from filing the FAFSA to receiving your award letter. Start the process early.
- Research scholarship opportunities and the application process. Some scholarships may be automatically awarded based on information from the application for admission. Others require a separate application and need documentation of service or activities and letters of recommendation. Students whose materials are received by the priority deadline receive first consideration for scholarships.
Read your mail.
- Correspondence sent to you from your transfer school will include important information in making a successful transition.