Transfer Timeline

​Key "milestones" are essential to your continued progress. Here is a basic transfer timeline designed for the full-time student. The timeline gives an overview of the steps needed for each stage of your educational goals. Also, to help you stay on track, refer to the requirements in your university transfer g​uide for your intended major.


Year Before Completion

  • Research admissions standards at universities and colleges for not only the school but also 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 Jan. 15 for the next academic year. List all schools that you are considering applying to (you can add up to 10 schools).

During Your Last Semester

  • 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.
  • If you are an international student, you will need to submit financial documents and an F1 transfer form. You may also need to submit documentation of English proficiency.
  • If you are an undocumented student, you may need to submit a notarized affidavit.
  • Verify that official transcripts from all colleges you have attended have been received at the university. Once grades are posted and your 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 to​. 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.