High School v. College

Give transfer students the help and support they need.

As a high school counselor or a college advisor, your job is to help students make the right academic choices. But sometimes a student makes a wrong choice, such as attending a college or university that perhaps doesn’t have as strong an academic program as other institutions. Fortunately, you are available to help these students find the right school.

How a High School Counselor Can Help

What you can do for your current high school students

Know how to submit the right information to the institution where the student plans to attend:

  • Did they take AP courses? If so, become familiar with the College Board’s website about sending scores to institutions.
  • Has the student completed Dual Credit courses? They’ll need to request a college transcript be sent to their college from the institution in which they took the course in order to receive credit.
  • Not sure how to send a high school transcript? Learn how you can do it for free.

What you can do for a recent graduate

If the student went to college for only a semester or two, it’s likely that the institution he or she now hopes to attend will put an equal if not greater emphasis on his or her high school academic record during the transfer application process. Here’s what you can do:

  • Determine which credentials are required, such as high school transcript or GED/HSE/TASC scores, college transcripts, letter of good standing, or test (SAT, ACT, AP, IB, and/or CLEP) scores.
  • Provide necessary guidance on assessments and/or other registration requirements.
  • Encourage the student to explore the valuable information found throughout TransferIN.
How a College Advisor Can Help

What you can do for a student transferring to another school.

Most students know by their sophomore year if their school is right for them or not. If you have a student who realizes he or she needs to make a change, here’s how you can help:

  • Encourage the student to contact the admissions office or schedule a visit to the institution in which they plan to transfer.
  • Suggest they review the Transfer Student or Admissions web pages of the new school.
  • Examine the school’s application process to transfer.
  • Determine which credentials are required, such as high school transcript or GED/HSE/TASC scores, college transcripts, letter of good standing, or test (SAT, ACT, AP, IB, and/or CLEP) scores.
  • Provide necessary guidance on assessments and/or other registration requirements.
  • Recommend the student explore other valuable information found throughout TransferIN.

What you can do for an incoming transfer student.

If you are the assigned college advisor of an incoming transfer, here’s what you can do to work on behalf of the student:

  • Consult closely with your school’s admissions office or transfer staff.
  • Determine if the student has met all prerequisites in his or her chosen field of study.
  • Provide necessary guidance on assessments and/or other registration requirements.
  • Review which earned credits are transferable and will be accepted by your school.
  • Make yourself easily accessible.