Transfer credit evaluations are complex scenarios, each different according the school’s policies. Transfer credit evaluations come into play when a student transfers schools midyear or decides to enter a bachelor’s degree program after completing an associate’s degree. To make sure that your transfer credit evaluation goes as smoothly as possible, consider the following steps:
1.Check to See if There is An Articulation Agreement
Many different colleges have articulation agreements with other schools throughout the country. Community colleges often have articulation agreements or guaranteed acceptance agreements with many different schools throughout the state. If a school has an articulation agreement than that means that it will accept courses from other schools that are comparable to their own courses that they offer.
2. Check the Rules of the Agreement
Often times many schools will only accept courses with a grade of “C” or higher. Make sure to check if your college will accept “Ds” or you could be in dire straits when it comes to actually choosing a major and planning out how the rest of your semester will go. Another thing to consider is whether the institution is religious or secular. Many times religious schools will not accept religion courses that are taken at secular school. At the same time religious schools do require students to take courses in religion. This rule could affect you greatly so pay attention!
3. Check Your Transfer Guide
Check your transfer guide to see what course is equivalent to what. Transfer guides are often published directly on school admissions websites but many times a hard copy can be obtained through an admissions counselor. Transfer guides can be very confusing. Make sure you have a copy of your degree requirements open when going through the transfer guide on your own. This way it will be much less confusing.
4. Mail in Your Transcript
Some schools will accept electronic transcripts or unofficial transcripts but most schools still prefer the traditional official transcript which has to be mailed in an official sealed envelope straight from the school. Some schools will also have you fill out a form that allows them to obtain the transcript directly from your previous school. Make sure to follow all of their instructions by filling out all of the necessary forms in a prompt, professional manner. It is important to be prompt in this because transfer credit evaluations can take a significant amount of time. Most colleges will require the evaluation to be completed before you pay your deposit or register for any classes.
5. Meet With Your Advisor
This is one of the most important steps in the entire process. All of the research that you have been doing all leads up to this point! Make sure you study the manuals backwards and forwards before you reach this point. Much of it is the same whether you are a traditional student attending a brick and mortar university, or a nontraditional student going to school online. When you meet with your advisor do not hesitate to bring up any questions that you may have. Bringing up these valuable questions will save time, money, and effort later. Your advisor is a qualified, experienced professional. No question is ‘too stupid’ for him or her to answer, so ask away!
6. Evaluation Agencies
if you transferring credits to an institute in another country (International students) getting your credentials evaluated form an internationally recognized evaluation agency is the best way to go about it, it might save you a hefty amount in tuition fees in the form of credit waivers.
Lastly, be sure to have fun at your new school. This is a new school filled with new opportunities. Chances are, you are not the only one that is a frightened transfer student about to embark on one of the greatest adventures ever in your lifetime!