Step by Step Transfer Planning


Step 1

Choose a Major

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.

The Advising Center and the Student Services office at the Bedford Campus offer advising services to students who need assistance with selecting a major and/or career planning. Assistance is available in the following areas:

  • Selection of a major field of study
  • Self-assessment of interests, values, and aptitudes
  • Career decision-making

Visit the Advising Center for more information.



Step 2

Select a Transfer College

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. Students should look for colleges offering their major, but should also consider other characteristics.

  • Location- far away or close to home, warmer climate, big cities or rural.
  • Online or residential- while complete degree program may be offered online, other programs may require partial or full residency at the college.
  • Size- small with the personal touch, big and many activities available, mid-size and personal with many activities.
  • Athletics-Division I football to only intramurals.
  • Accreditation- Is the college accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies or by a specialized accrediting body, and is the program accredited by a national association?
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY Cost-The cost of attending some colleges can be extremely high. Financial assistance may be abundant or be limited.

Campus Transfer Coordinators

Transfer advisors are available to assist with the selection of colleges and education planning.

  • Cumberland:  301-784-5654
  • Bedford County:  814-652-9528 x6224
  • Somerset Education Site:  814-445-9848


College Search Links

Try one or more of these free sites to search for potential colleges and universities.


Other College Search Links

  • A listing of US colleges and universities by state
  • A listing of Maryland community colleges and four-year universities
  • A listing of West Virginia colleges and universities
  • A listing of Pennsylvania colleges and universities




Step 3

Develop and Monitor Your Educational Plan

Careful planning is critical to ensure both graduation from ACM and a smooth transfer to another college or university.  You should develop an educational plan which includes both general education requirements and course requirements in your intended major. Consult the Advising Center to establish an educational plan..

Students can monitor their progress toward graduation on WebAdvisor. Students with specific transfer plans should also consult the Advising Center ensure that they are meeting both the ACM graduation requirements and recommended transfer requirements. 


Step 4

Apply for Admission

Application deadlines vary by institution, so students should consult the admissions office of the transfer college.  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.

  • Complete an Application
    Most applications are available online on the transfer college's homepage. If the application is not easily found, click on the Admissions or Prospective/Future Student buttons or do a search.

  • Request a Current ACM Transcript
    Transcripts may be requested through the ACM Admissions/Registration Office or by completing the Parchment request. A nominal fee is charged for each transcript requested. ACM will not release transcripts for students who owe an obligation to the college. The obligation may be an unpaid bill, overdue book at the library, or a bill or fine from campus housing.
    The ACM Admissions/Registration Office cannot forward transcripts from high schools, other colleges, or credit by exam (such as CLEP) to another college. This information must come from the original source.
  • Complete the FAFSA
    Students who plan to apply for financial aid at the transfer school should request that the FAFSA information be forwarded to the new school. To add a college to a FAFSA list, students may use the FAFSA username and password to access your financial records and enter the code for the new college. For assistance, students should visit the ACM Financial Aid Office.
  • Apply for Scholarships
    Students should contact the transferring institution to see what scholarships might be available to them.


Step 5

Complete the Transfer Process

Once, accepted, transfer colleges may request additional information, including health records and proof of vaccinations. All will require a final ACM transcript.

  • Send a Final ACM Transcript
    Once students complete their coursework at ACM and receive their final grades, they must request a final academic transcript to be sent to the new college or university. Students should also keep a personal copy of their final transcript as well as their access codes for Webadvisor for future reference.
  • Acceptance
    Some colleges may follow a rolling admissions policy, meaning that students are admitted in the order they apply. Other colleges  wait until a certain date to review applications. Colleges with competitive admissions may place students whose academic credentials are at the lower end of their acceptance level on a wait list. 
  • More information 
    After offering admission, the college may request additional information such as health records and/or proof of vaccinations. 

    For students with disabilities or in need of special accommodations, this would be a good time to contact the disability office at your new school. The new school may require copies of your disability evaluation and/or IEP.
  • Transfer Credit Evaluation
    An evaluation of your transferable credits should be available within a month of acceptance to the college. When the evaluation is completed, review it carefully to make sure that all of the courses that were expected to transfer have been accepted. If you have questions about the evaluation and need some assistance in interpreting it, consult the Advising Center.
  • Registration
    Transfer colleges may have only one or a few days set for registering transfer students. 

    To assist with the registration process:
    • Apply early
    • Provide all of the documentation the new school requires.
    • Make sure your accounts at ACM are paid.
    • Attend the first registration session to which you are invited.
      • Be familiar with the new college's catalog and have an idea of courses you plan to take. Develop a tentative education plan before going to register.
      • Since advisors may not have access to transfer credit evaluations, bring a copy.
      • If questions arise about what the advisors recommend, ask questions.

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