Transfer Planning Step-by-Step
Students who plan to transfer from WCCC to a four-year college can follow the steps suggested below to make the transfer process a smooth one. Remember that students need to start planning for transfer in their first semesters. Also be aware that all courses taken at WCCC do not transfer to all colleges in the same way. Advisors in Student Services are there to assist you with this process.
- Know which WCCC degrees are suitable for transfer to determine the best program for you. For example, an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is more transferable than an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.).
- Make an appointment with an advisor in Student Services to discuss your plans and discover your options. Meet early and meet often so you can develop a plan that will ensure you meet graduation requirements at WCCC while maximizing the number of credits that will transfer.
- Research colleges for free at College Source. You can access college profiles, maps and college websites using various search tools. You can also go to College Board and evaluate colleges based on characteristics that are most important to you such as cost, location or size. Also, U.S. News and World Report publishes annual ratings of America’s Best Colleges. More college guides are available through the WCCC Library.
- If you decide to complete your bachelor’s degree in New Jersey, consult NJ Transfer every semester before scheduling classes. This website details which WCCC courses will transfer into each major at all of the New Jersey colleges.
- New Jersey passed a statewide transfer agreement for students who complete A.A. or an A.S. degree and transfer to a four-year public institution in New Jersey. Be sure to work with your advisor to learn how this legislation can work for you.
- WCCC also has articulation agreements with other colleges. Meet with an advisor in Student Services for detailed information.
- Learn the admission requirements of colleges you are considering transferring to by visiting their websites. In general, only courses with a grade of C or better will transfer. Most colleges require a minimum grade point average (GPA) that is higher than 2.0. It is the student’s responsibility to become informed about such requirements.
- Visit campuses to take a tour and talk to admission officers about suggested courses to be taken at WCCC. Virtual tours are also available online for many colleges. Although students may transfer from WCCC at any time, it is important to check with the receiving school to see if they require a minimum or maximum number of credits before a student can transfer to their institution.
- The semester before your planned transfer date, obtain an admission application online through the transfer college’s website and note application filing deadlines and policies for fall and spring semesters.
- Complete the application and WCCC Transcript Request Form which can be requested free of charge in the Office of Student Services. Send your high school transcript and SAT scores, if requested.
- If you are seeking financial aid at your new college, consult with their Financial Aid Office to obtain the necessary forms and meet their deadlines.
With careful planning, the transfer process can be completed easily without loss of time or academic credit. WCCC is here to help you – the key is to start early!