Transfer Newsletter

Steps to Completing a Successful Transfer

Step 1: 0-12 credits/billable hours earned

Explore your opportunities: Identify the career and course of study you wish to pursue.

  • Try Focus 2®, a computer-based assessment of interests, abilities and values. Go to FOCUS 2®, click on the new student link at the top of the page, and use access code CareerStart. Complete the registration information and begin your exploration! For information on choosing a career or major, contact Career Development in A118 or call 410-386-8523.
  • Still Undecided? Begin with General Studies. Students who are exploring various interests may find it best to begin their academic career with this program. The electives may be used to design your own program of courses or concentrate in an academic or occupational area. The curriculum provides a background in the humanities, science, mathematics and in the social sciences. Students should consult an academic advisor for further information and career direction.
  • Check for new articulation agreements. These written agreements include Carroll courses that are equivalent to a four-year institution's courses.
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor before you have reached 15 credits to plan a program of study that transfers to the institution of your choice. Make every course count!
  • Consult ARTSYS to see how your Carroll courses transfer to other Maryland institutions. Always remember to see an advisor for course planning and interpreting ARTSYS information. ARTSYS contains the following:
    • Majors and programs offered at most two- and four-year Maryland institutions.
    • Courses that satisfy general education requirements at each participating institution.
    • Transferability of individual community college courses to every four year college/university in the system.
    • Majors offered at participating institutions.
    • Recommended community college courses for transfer into a four-year institution's major.
    • Online college applications.

Step 2: 13-30 credits/billable hours earned
Compare: Gather information on potential schools and narrow your choices to a short list

  • Virtual Visits - Current information about application deadlines, tuition and fees, as well as scholarships, may be found on each institution's website.
  • College Visits - Colleges frequently sponsor open houses for transfer students. Visit the institution's website to learn details about making a trip to the college campus. Be sure to always schedule your visit in advance.
  • Recruiter Visits - Many colleges visit Carroll to meet with interested students. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center for dates and times or view the transfer calendar.
  • Attend the Pre-Transfer Workshop - Obtain information about the transfer process.
  • Attend the Transfer Fair - Every semester, representatives from more than 40 colleges and universities gather in the Great Hall to meet with students. For more information, contact the Advising & Transfer Center or visit the transfer calendar.
  • Take a Transfer Road Trip - Each semester Carroll students visit area colleges to gain a first-hand look at their campuses, programs and requirements. For more information, contact the Advising & Transfer Center or visit the transfer calendar.
  • Factors to Consider:

     Programs of Study

    • Is your intended major offered at the college/university that you are considering?
    • Is this college better known for your program of study?


    • If you are a commuter student, your choices are narrowed to one of the many local colleges.
    • If you desire to move away from home, you have a wider range of options. What region of the country do you prefer?


    • What size school is the best fit for you?
    • What is the student/teacher ratio?

    Additional Considerations

    • Accreditation
    • Admissions requirements: GPA, “gateway courses,” maximum credit transferability
    • Cost
    • Financial aid & scholarships 
    • Graduate programs
    • Housing 
    • Internships 
    • Clubs/campus organizations/intercollegiate athletics

Step 3: 35-45 credits/billable hours earned
Commit: Complete and submit applications to your chosen schools

  • Give Yourself Options - apply to more than one college.
  • Application Information - visit the institution's website for application details.
  • Application Deadline - know the deadline and submit your application and required documents before the deadline.
  • Transcripts and References - be prepared to submit transcripts and references as requested. Official transcripts are available from Carroll's Records Office in A-112 for $2 each.

Step 4: 45+ credits/billable hours earned
Continue: Complete your Carroll graduation requirements and
the transfer process

  • See an academic advisor for a pre-graduation audit in A-102
  • Apply for graduation 
  • Update your resume.  If you need assistance in writing your resume, contact Carroll’s Career Development Center in A-118.
  • Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Apply for scholarships .
  • Receive acceptance and scholarship letters from transfer schools.
  • Make a decision on a transfer school, visit the school, receive advising, attend orientation and register for classes!

 Did You Know?


Bookmark, Share, or Email this page Get Help