If you want to transfer from
El Centro College to a four-year college or university, the key to success — and minimizing stress — is planning ahead. Follow these basic steps to stay on track and achieve your transfer goals.
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El Centro College offers three main types of degrees:
If you know when you enroll at one of our colleges that you want to transfer, selecting the Associate in Arts/Associate in Sciences degree (or the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree, if you plan to become a teacher) can help you get the most value from your course work here.
If you know what kind of work you want to do in the future — and the college major that will help you achieve that goal — that's even better. Often, you can take prerequisites (courses that are required for your major) while you are still at a DCCCD college.
Field of Study and
Emphasis degrees, which you can complete in addition to an A.A./A.S. or A.A.T., include prerequisites for majors such as Art, Business or Engineering, to name a few.Your
academic advisor is an important partner who can help you explore college majors, select the right degree plan to meet your needs and choose courses that will transfer.
About a year before you plan to transfer (or when you're within 24 credit hours of completing your degree), you'll need to begin finding answers to some important questions, such as:
The Transfer Services
Resources page features information that may help you find the answers. Be sure to check out the transfer pathways as well.
Visiting colleges and universities you might want to attend is an important part of the planning process, too. Our
transfer timeline offers advice on when to make these visits and complete the other steps in the transfer process.
Usually you'll need to submit your applications for scholarships, financial aid and admission to your top three choices between November and February. Every institution has different deadlines, so be sure to look up the specific deadlines for your top choices so you can give yourself plenty of time to apply. (You can use the links on our
Resources page to research application deadlines.)
Did you know that university scholarship applications usually are due before admission applications? Keep in mind that some scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early may improve your chances.
Contact an academic advisor at your college. They'll be happy to assist you.