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Keys for Successful Transfer

Keys for Successful Transfer

Students in AA/AS degree programs who intend to transfer to another institution to complete a baccalaureate degree should keep these steps in mind.

Step 1: Plan Early

Although you may intend to spend one or two years at Roane State, you should begin making your transfer plans the very first semester you enroll.

Are you unsure of your transfer options? Deciding where you will transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree is not an easy decision – nor can anyone at Roane State make that decision for you. It’s time to start shopping around! Spend some time on the Internet researching the institutions that you might be interested in attending. Make some phone calls and request that information be sent to you about the school and the specific major. If you are unsure about your major, contact the Counseling/Career Center at Roane State. One of our counselors can meet with you to assist you with that decision-making process.

Step 2: Make A New Contact

Visit the school where you plan to attend, and make contact with the Advising Center or with a faculty member. Explain your career goals and what courses you are taking at Roane State (be sure to always take a student copy of your transcript with you.) Collect business cards of those whom you meet so if you have questions later, you can contact them. While you are visiting, be sure to start with the admissions office and meet with a financial aid representative, if necessary.

Step 3: Know Your Academic Program

Educate yourself on the four-year institution’s policies for transfer students. Determine what grades will transfer and any other graduation requirements (such as GPA) that you might need to know before you transfer. Your Roane State advisor can assist with interpreting the policies, but it’s up to you to obtain that information.

Review the Roane State associate’s degree requirements as listed in the catalog or on the University Transfer Program page of the RSCC Web site. There are many advantages to transferring with an associate’s degree.

Step 4: Be Aware Of Deadlines

Most four-year institutions have strict application deadlines for admission or even a separate application process for selective admission programs. Know the deadlines for scholarships and other types of financial aid. Most applications will need to be submitted while you are in the fall semester of your sophomore year at Roane State.

Also, be aware of the graduation deadlines for Roane State. Those are typically in the fall semester prior to the commencement ceremonies in May.

Questions? Contact your academic advisor for additional information!

You can find the name of your advisor from your RaiderNet account. Contact information can be found by entering the faculty member’s last name in the “Search” box at the top of this page.

Academic advisors are assigned within the first month of classes at Roane State.

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