How to transfer from PCC to a four-year school
We have transfer guides for many schools, but what if you want to transfer to a school that we don't have a guide for? You're in the right place! Below is a do-it-yourself strategy for transferring from PCC to any school.
Step 1: freshman or transfer?
Most schools admit students either as a "freshman" or as a "transfer" student. Your admissions status is based on the number of previously-earned college credits the school will accept. The first thing you need to do is find out what your admission status will be, and what that means at your school.
- Read the transfer policy of your future school and find out:
- What it means to be admitted as a transfer student (vs. a freshman student) at that school. Are there implications for registration, scholarships, GPA, and general education requirements?
- The number of credits that will trigger you being admitted as a transfer student.
- The maximum number of transfer credits the school will accept.
Step 2: find equivalent classes
Now you can identify which PCC classes will transfer to your future school.
Find required classes at your school. On your school's website, look for a list of required classes. This will usually be in their catalog. You are looking for two types of classes:
- General education classes. These classes are required for all degrees. Each school has a unique name for this - Oregon State calls it "Baccalaureate Core". PSU calls it "University Studies". University of Oregon calls it "Group Requirements". Not confusing at all, right?
- Program-specific classes: These are classes in special topics for your major. For example, if you are majoring in Art, you may be required to take "History of Western Art".
- Find equivalent classes at PCC. If we have an equivalency guide, it will be in our list of transfer schools. If we don't have a guide, look for a transfer guide on their website. This might called a "course equivalency table" or a "transfer equivalency guide" - you may have to look under several names. If you can't find one, ask an advisor at your school to create a transfer guide for you (see the next step).
Step 3: check with advisor at your future school
Don't skip this step, even if you're pretty sure you are taking the right classes. Every few terms, touch base with an advisor in your future program.
- Ask them to evaluate your transcript (they look at your past classes and tell you which will transfer).
- Ask them to create a transfer guide (a list of PCC classes that will count toward your future degree).