If possible, you should begin planning your transfer about one year before you intend to start attending classes at a four-year college or university. Here is a basic timeline designed to give you an overview of the steps you will need to take at each stage in the process.
June – October
• Research schools.• Research scholarships.• Write a general personal essay/statement of academic and career goals.• Write your resume.• Build your budget. Start estimating your expenses at the new school and how you will pay for them.• Ask for letters of recommendation.• Make a first visit to the schools that interest you. Take a tour and gather basic information.
November – February
• Apply for scholarships.• Ask for letters of recommendation.• Request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended.• Apply to your top three choices.• Make a second visit to schools. Visit financial aid and scholarship offices, and meet with an academic advisor.• Do your taxes and apply for financial aid.• Review your budget and determine how much money you will need to save.
March – June
• Watch your mail for admission and scholarship notification letters.• Make a third visit to schools.• Decide which school you will attend and notify that institution.• Review your budget and revise it if needed.• Get confirmation of admission, housing, scholarships, financial aid, etc.
June – August
• Work, save money and get ready.
• Attend orientation at your new school.• Register for fall classes.• Pay for tuition and housing for the first semester.• Start work on campus or start applying for it• Find your apartment and roommates if you will live off-campus.