Step by Step Guide

Help a student through the transfer process with this step-by-step guide.

If you are a college advisor, or even a high school counselor, you can guide a student step by step through the transfer process to make it easier.


In order to ask better questions, your student will need to:


Once your student has selected a new school, he or she needs to speak with its admissions transfer staff as soon as possible to determine:

  • The application process to transfer.
  • What 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, and/or Cambridge International AS & A Level) scores.
  • What prerequisites, if any, must be completed prior to course enrollment.
  • Other admission and/or registration requirements.
  • Any assessments that might be necessary.
  • Which credits that you may have already earned are transferable and will be accepted towards your major/degree.
  • How to provide payment for the application fee.

Military Transfer Students Only: You will also need to provide a DD-214 and the Joint Services Transcript (JST) or Community College of the Air Force transcript (CCAF).

As the assigned college advisor of an incoming transfer student, you will probably consult with your school’s admissions office or transfer staff in determining his or her prerequisites, assessments, credit transfers, and other registration requirements.