Many college students are undecided about a major and use their first year of college to explore career possibilities. This is a part of the community college experience and advisors are available to help students with decision-making. Remember that students who decide on a major and a transfer institution early in their college experience are more likely to graduate on time and to transfer successfully.
With over 2,700 four-year colleges and universities to choose from, selection of a transfer college can be a daunting challenge. Each college provides a unique setting and its own educational opportunities as well as general education and major requirements and transfer credit policies.
- Transfer Advising Notes
- College Searches
- Campus transfer Coordinators
- Transfer Days
- Academic Common Market
- Online Programs
Once students select on majors, they will be able to develop a term-by-term educational plans for their entire program. The educational plans should combine general education requirements with major course requirements. The models for ACM transfer programs may serve as a guide for developing individual student plans.
- Transfer Course Equivalencies
Students may view their degree audit or graduation evaluation through Student Web Advisor. Students with specific transfer plans should also consult their advisor or a transfer advisor to ensure that they are meeting both the graduation requirements and recommended transfer requirements.
Application deadlines vary by institution, so a student should consult the admissions office of the prospective college. Some colleges recommend that students apply one year prior to the semester they plan to attend. Others are more liberal, allowing transfer students to apply up to the first day of classes. Generally, students who plan to transfer in the fall should apply between October 1 and March 1, while spring transfer should apply between September 1 and October 15. In Maryland, March 1 is an important deadline for state financial aid and scholarships.
- Financial Aid and Scholarship Searches
Applying to transfer can be confusing. Most institutions prefer students to submit admissions applications electronically through the transfer college’s webpage. Additionally, students will be required to submit transcripts from Allegany College of Maryland and from any other colleges they have attended. High school transcripts and SAT or ACT score reports may also be required, especially if fewer than 30 college credits have been completed. Transfer colleges may request additional information, including health records and proof of vaccinations. All will request a final ACM transcript.