Transfer - Steps After Selecting a Transfer Destination
There are a couple of key steps you should complete once you have selected a transfer destination.
Check the transfer institution's website for application, scholarship and financial aid deadlines, and apply as soon as possible. For some schools, the earlier you apply, the better your chances to be admitted and awarded financial aid.
Find out the requirements to apply. These requirements may include:
- Completing an online or paper form application.
- Submitting payment for an application fee. Some schools may waive the fee if you visit their campus or talk to one of their transfer recruiters when they come to our campus.
- Requesting official transcript(s) from Carroll and previously attended institutions be sent to the transfer institution. If you are currently attending classes, send an additional transcript once your final grades have been posted.
- Writing an essay.
- Submitting letters of recommendation.
- Taking tests. Some selective programs may want you to take additional tests. For example, many nursing programs require the TEAS test.
Some of these requirements will demand a substantial amount of time to complete, so get started on them as soon as possible.
The Common Application
Some schools, such as the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), use The Common Application, which is an online college application used to apply to multiple participating schools.
If the application requires you to indicate an adviser, list Teresa Reyes, records specialist, 410-386-8445, email@example.com. The adviser role is different from academic evaluators, who are faculty who know you well enough to be able to comment on your academic skills and personal qualities. You also need to print a Transfer College Report (under "My Colleges," then "Recommenders and FERPA") and bring that form to Reyes in the Records office (A112).
ARTSYS is a great tool to help you see how your credits should transfer to other Maryland institutions.
Ask for a copy of your unofficial transcript evaluation early. Some schools are more willing to provide you with this than others.
Once you have your official evaluation of transfer credits, don't be afraid to ask questions you have about the courses that transferred, and those that didn't.
If you are not satisfied with the transfer institution's answers, contact the Transfer Coordinator, who may be able to help you get the credits you deserve. You will need to provide the Transfer Coordinator with your official credit evaluation, as well as your declared major at the transfer institution.