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Planning to Transfer
by Heartland Student, Josh Britton

Plan, plan and plan some more, that is the secret to a successful transfer from Heartland Community College to a four year college or university.

Transferring to a four year college or university is a major step, and being prepared is best way to make sure all goes well. There is more to the process than simply transferring courses. "Students should start early in their first year at Heartland by researching transfer institutions that have their desired major and offer a lifestyle that is a good fit. Work with your Academic Advisor early and often to prepare for transfer," said Chris Riley Associate Dean of Advisement and Enrollment Services at Heartland.

After finding the university that is the right fit, you should contact the admissions office of that university. It is important to find out their requirements for your desired major, and what is expected of you as a student there. "Many college Web sites have information specific to transfer students. Students should plan a visit to the instition and be prepared to ask questions. Many visits include time with a curent student which gives the prospective transfer student a good chance to get a different perspective," said Riley.

Check deadline. Many schools have specific cut-off dates for application and financial aid. Typically, it is best to complete required paper work as soon as possible, leaving yourself as little room for error as you can.

Students should be prepared to fill out an admissions application for that school, and be prepared to pay the admissions application processing fee.

It is always important to keep your grade point average (GPA) in mind, and remember that it is tougher to get into competitive majors because they have higher guidelines. "Students should know long before they are ready to transfer what course work and required GPA will position them for admission to the major. Many majors have specific grad requirements for major courses and some even spell out repeat policies," said Riley.