Guide to College Transfer

Your complete guide to make college transfers easy. Learn about how to transfer college credits from your present institution to the next and much more.

Posted by Amrutha G.M on 23rd March 2018

What is college transfer?

It is the migration of students from one institution to another due to sudden shifting of the location due to family or work issues.

This also shows the institution support to its students providing services which include academic, enrollment and advising that would help them during this tedious process.

Almost one-third of all students transfer at least once before graduation.

Reason for college transfer:

College students transfer among schools for multiple reasons, genuine reasons include moving from a 2 to 4 years program, shifting majors, or personal factors. Here are the few most common list, where the students decide to transfer the colleges:

  • 2 year to 4 years: Usually students select to start their careers at 2-year college mainly to experience college life and take the responsible decision regarding the majors.

  • 4 year to 4 years: Genuine reasons for transferring from one 4-year to another 4-year college may be swapping majors, economic stress, personal issues, or else finding a better fit with another college.

  • Military: It's common for military students to transfer colleges due to frequent relocation. The General Issue (GI)bill offers educational services for military students. The college which provides the degree should accept the credits from other institutions.

  • International: Many International students attend higher education in the US, mainly for the interest in a specific program. These transfer students have additional problems with the common transfer of students problems within the country. Students transferring to the US from abroad need to check the degree requirements along with international credit and degree transfers.

Tips to follow before college Transfer:

As the current generation students have multiple options to choose the colleges, transferring from one college to another differs.

Here are few guidelines for you to go through before transferring to the college:

  • Decide in which you want to major, and the location, cost, reputation of the college. Check for the College Majors.

  • Search details about the colleges by going through colleges Websites which will provide you with specific information about the transfer admission process. Try to visit the colleges to get an experience of atmosphere and to compare each it from rest colleges.

  • Check for accreditation and credits transfer, in few colleges you’ll be able to transfer college credits from current school to future school. While other colleges do not transfer credits. 

  • Check with financial aid. Make sure you’ve spoken with a financial aid administrator at the school you hope to attend to get a clear picture of financial aid and make sure to fill out the FAFSA every year.

  • Gather required details for your application. If SAT or ACT scores are required for transfer students, you can get the necessary forms to either take the test or to request the scores from the counseling office or by contacting.


If you are set with clearer goals for you’re future and willing to have broader experience with a new start along with greater satisfaction Transferring of college will the best decision.