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 career advising services to students who need assistance with career planning. The career advising services offers assistance in the following areas:
Visit the Advising Center website for more information.
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.
Campus Transfer Coordinators
Transfer advisors are available to assist with the selection of colleges and education planning.
College Search Links
Try one or more of these free sites to search for potential colleges and universities.
Other College Search Links
Develop an Educational Plan
Once students select on majors, they should develop a term-by-term educational plans for your entire program. The educational plans should combine general education requirements with major course requirements. The catalog models for ACM transfer programs may serve as a guide for developing individual student plans.
Students should consult their advisor, the Advising Center, or a transfer advisor prior to attending ACM or early in the first semester to establish an educational plan. Careful planning is critical to ensure graduation from ACM and a smooth transfer. Unfortunately, students do not always plan or are unsure as to where they want to transfer and in which major. Additionally, some students are under-prepared and must complete developmental courses or do not consider course prerequisites.
The educational plan is an opportunity for students to evaluate their experiences and to chart a road map for completion of an associate degree. A student's plan may change, but having a plan in place at the beginning of the college experience will provide an anchor for thinking about subsequent course work, career objectives, or personal commitments.
Monitor Your Degree Audit
Students may view their degree audit or graduation evaluation through WebAdvisor. 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.
Student WebAdvisor offers students the opportunity to monitor their progress toward graduation. While tracking progress toward graduation, students should also monitor their progress toward transferring. Completion of an associate's degree may be beneficial in transferring. Students may be eligible for guaranteed admission, waiver of application fees, waiver of specific general education requirements, or eligibility for scholarships. An example of such a benefit is Towson University which offers guaranteed admission to the university for anyone who has completed an associate's degree at a Maryland community college. Completion of the degree does not guarantee admission to competitive, space-limited programs. Another such benefit is conferred by Frostburg State University. Any student who graduates with an Associate in Arts or Associates in Science degree or from selected Associates in Applied Science degrees with a 3.0 or higher is automatically awarded a scholarship equivalent to half of the in-state tuition.
Students who do not graduate from ACM prior to transferring should be aware that colleges classify transfer students by the number of college credits completed and their overall grade point average. To be considered as a transfer student, colleges generally require the completion of between one to 60 credits with most colleges requiring between 24 and 30 credits. Minimum grade point averages to be admitted as a transfer student generally range from 2.0 to 3.0. To determine the requirements, students should visit the Transfer College Notes section [link to that section] for requirements of the more popular colleges and universities or visit the transfer college's admissions webpage.
Students who do not have the minimum number of credits completed will be considered for admission at the freshman level. Students must supply high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. In most cases, freshman admission is more competitive than for students classified as transfers.
Transfer to Another Community College
Although this information was written for students transferring to four-year colleges or universities, students often elect to transfer to another community college. They may be relocating, returning home, or looking for an associate degree program that ACM does not offer. Transfer to a community college generally does not require a particular number of credits to be completed or a specific grade point average but usually involves providing both high school and ACM academic transcripts. Community colleges may require that half of a degree program's requirement be completed at that college. Some two-year colleges may require a minimum grade point average for admissions, especially for out-of-state students. Courses in which a student earned a D grade may or may not transfer. In Maryland, community colleges are required to accept courses that ACM identifies as general education. Developmental credits do not transfer, but the new college may recognize that the student completed developmental courses at ACM. This is especially true for Maryland community colleges.
Apply for Admission
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.
Complete the Transfer Process
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 ACM 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.