College Advisors and Counselors

Find the information you need to help students with the transfer process

College Advisors and Counselors

Assist your students with college credit. TransferIN has the resources you need to know.

TransferIN has many resources available to help you assist students with college credit earned in high school, or transferring credits to either your school or to another Indiana college or university. Learn more about them.

Transfer Opportunities

Use the state’s Core Transfer Library (CTL), Indiana College Core, and Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAPs) to help a student transfer the maximum amount of credits to a college or university in Indiana.

  • Core Transfer Library (CTL) — Enable your students to make the most of their hard-earned credits so they can be transferred to various institutions within the state of Indiana.
  • Indiana College Core — Learn how students can transfer satisfactorily completed general education coursework as a block of 30 credit hours towards the general education core requirement.
  • Transfer Single Articulation Pathways —Facilitate the process of transferring a TSAP degree earned at either Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University to a corresponding degree program at a four-year university in Indiana.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Determine if a student’s experiential education is eligible for transfer as credit for prior learning or if a student’s demonstrated level of achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) and CLEP exams may be eligible for transfer credit.

  • Use Indiana’s Credit for Prior Learning Clearinghouse to see how a student can receive credit for experiences outside of the traditional classroom settings.
  • Review TransferIN’s databases to see how students earning sufficient scores on AP and CLEP exams can receive credit at two- and four-year public institutions in Indiana


“Accreditation” is review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the United States, accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution or program provides a quality education.

Why is all this important?

  • Most universities accept academic credits or degrees only from institutions that are regionally accredited.
  • Students who want federal (and sometimes state) grants and loans need to attend a college, university, or program that is accredited.
  • Employers ask if a college, university, or program is accredited before deciding to provide tuition assistance to current employees, evaluating the credentials of new employees, or making a charitable contribution.
  • The federal government requires that a college, university, or program be accredited in order to be eligible for federal grants and loans or other federal funds.
  • State governments require that a college, university, or program be accredited when they make state funds available to students or institutions and when they allow students to sit for state licensure examinations in some professional fields.

Accreditation must be continually maintained or it will be lost. Within the United States, there are six regional agencies from which a school can earn accreditation. Both regional and national accrediting agencies exist.

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College Transcripts

To transfer college credits, you will need to advise your student to order a transcript through the Registrar’s office at the institution they plan to transfer from.

Military Transcripts

You will also need to have a copy of your military transcripts sent to your prospective school. Different service branches have different transcripts and processes for requesting them.

Career Exploration

Get to know your student, help him or her explore career interests and possibilities, and provide sound advice on how he or she can best meet those goals.

Returning Adults

Help onboard adult learners with your school’s special programs and incentives, or steer them to other schools committed to eliminating barriers for returning adults. Also, explore Indiana programs that encourage Hoosier adults to get additional training and/or finish the degree they have started.