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This section has been developed with you, the transfer student, in mind. Transferring from SFSC to one of the state universities or independent colleges can be quite easy with some careful planning on your part. After you review the suggestions below, consider using our Transfer Student Checklist.
- Select a major/program of study. Choose one that reflects your interests, value, desired work environment, lifestyle preferences, and abilities. Not sure what major is best for you? Visit the Career Development Center and use one of the computer-assisted decision-making programs available. Discuss your options with a counselor at SFSC. Choosing a major is a big decision. Take some time to get to know yourself. A one-credit Career Exploration course is available to help select a direction.
- Select the transfer school you plan to attend. Consider both state universities as well as private colleges. Select the school that is right for you. Do your homework. Search the Web or use the Career Development Center to get more information regarding Florida’s state universities and independent colleges. Does the college offer the program of study you want to pursue? Is the college accredited? What are the admission requirements for transfer students? What type of services are available? These are just some of the questions you should ask.
- Visit several campuses. Many colleges and universities will hold special visitation programs for transfer students. Can’t make it to the campus for a tour? Many college and universities offer a virtual tour of campus on the Internet.
- Investigate the required courses for your major. Once you have selected your major and transfer school, meet with an SFSC counselor to discuss specific requirements for the A.A. degree as well as your intended major. Get the information in writing. Check out online advising from the institution you plan to attend as well. Many colleges have their catalogs and degree requirements available on the Web. Use the academic planning worksheet to list the courses you will need to complete.
- Apply for admission early. As a rule, you should apply one year in advance of your actual enrollment date. Many colleges have their admission application available online. Submit the application and all required documents by the stated deadline. Be sure to include the application fee. You don’t want to miss out on attending the school of your choice because you failed to meet the admission deadline. Consider applying online, if the school has its application available on the college’s website. This could save you valuable time.
- Complete the application for your program of study. Often there is a separate application required for the major. Applying to the university does not necessarily mean you have applied to the major. Check the program application deadlines, they usually differ from the university application deadline.
- Apply for graduation from SFSC. Students are encouraged to apply for graduation one term in advance to ensure they have met all degree/transfer requirements for the A.A. degree. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor to complete the graduation application. Turn in the completed application to the Cashier’s Office, Highlands Campus, Building B or at the DeSoto or Hardee Campuses, or Lake Placid Center and pay the graduation fee.
- Pay attention to all correspondence you receive from the college you plan to attend. Once you are admitted, you will begin to receive information regarding financial aid, scholarships, and housing.
- Apply for financial aid early. Colleges have different financial aid application deadlines. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and any separate applications well in advance of the deadline.
- Send a final SFSC transcript once you have completed your degree. Failure to send a transcript showing the A.A. degree has been awarded could mean enrolling in additional general education courses after you transfer.
Transcript request procedure
Request must be in writing with the following information:
- Name and student identification number or Social Security number
- Name and address of place where you want the transcript sent
- Signature of student
– Requests require 48 hours’ turnaround time.
– Request may be faxed to 863-453-2365.
– There is a %5.00n fee per hard copy transcript.
Once you’ve decided to pursue a B.A./B.S. degree, make sure you find the answers to the following questions:
- Transfer University
- Campus open house schedule
- Name/phone/e-mail for a transfer student admissions representative
- Name/phone/e-mail for a departmental advisor or contact person
- University/major application deadline
- Financial aid application deadline
- University/Foundation/alumni scholarships available
- On/off campus housing available
- Specific prerequisite courses
- Will you need to complete a separate application for your major?
- GPA required for the major
- GPA or grades required for prerequisite courses
- Are there any additional admission requirements for the major?
- Volunteer work
- Audition/portfolio submission
- ACT/SAT test scores
- Will you need to satisfy the foreign language admission requirements?