Steps to a Smooth Transfer Experience
Step 1. Make sure you are in a curriculum that transfers.
- If you did not indicate on your initial application for
admission that you had an academic goal, you will be entered as a
non-curricular student. Go to the CVCC Counseling Center and request a
- Choose a major that matches your future degree program
at a four-year school. If you are undecided, or CVCC does not have a
degree with the same name start with General Studies. You can always
change it later.
- Applied science degrees and certificates are not
specifically designed to transfer. If you enroll in an AAS degree
program you may miss core curriculum requirements and have to take
additional courses at the baccalaureate institution. Consult a counselor
to see what kind of program would best fit your needs.
Step 2. Select your transfer school early in your program, preferably by the end of your first year.
- Every four-year college is different. There may be
differences between what general education courses each school wants.
- The more schools you consider, the harder it is to
choose courses that transfer in the same way to all of them. Making your
decision early allows you to make sure you take the right courses for
Step 3. Talk to Counselors, both at CVCC and the transfer institution.
- Academic advisors at both institutions can help you
decide whether to get an associate's degree or simply work on your
core curriculum requirements.
- Do as much research as possible on the college you want
to attend and on the major you will be pursuing. Talk to people already
in your field to get a "real life" perspective on the career of your
- Check out the links to other schools on the
Transfer Links to Virginia Schools
page to become familiar with the procedures and deadlines for
transferring to another school. Each college may have different
procedures and different deadlines.
Step 4. Be familiar with the General Education Requirements at the four year schools.
- VCCS courses transfer to most of the public institutions
and many private institutions. Check you college choice for an online
transfer guide. Also see if they can provide you with a guide according to
your major. If you need help come to the CVCC Counseling Center. Remember,
developmental coursework does not transfer. If you change your major, or
change your school, you may need additional general education credits.
Step 5. Contact the financial aid office at the transfer institution the semester before you transfer.
- If you plan to any type of aid at the transfer institution,
it is wise to check out their procedures before you get there. The CVCC
financial aid office can be a valuable source of information about what
happens at four-year institutions, but it is still important for you to
follow-up with the transfer school.