Transferring from Riverland
- Discuss your plans with any Riverland counselor to help you develop a transfer plan.
- Have a program or major selected by the end of your freshman year. Changing majors or delaying transfer planning may result in missing a necessary sequence of classes which could extend the time it takes to graduate.
- Be familiar with the pre-major requirements of transfer schools. Different schools may have distinct preparatory requirements for the same major. Riverland counselors can help you understand and prepare for completion of these program requirements.
- Call or visit your intended transfer college. Obtain or review the following materials and information: college catalog, transfer brochure, financial aid/scholarship and housing.
- Obtain admissions criteria information for both the college and the major (portfolio, test scores, transcripts, etc.). Grade point average or other requirements for admission to a specific major may be different than the general admissions criteria for the college.
- Complete transfer applications early. Make certain you meet the application deadlines.
- Complete a Riverland transcript request form in the Student Service Center or online to have official transcripts sent to your transfer school or contact the transfer school to determine if your transcript can be accessed via e-transcript.
- Make an appointment with a counselor or advisor at the transfer college to discuss the transfer of your credits and other program requirements. If possible, arrange to visit with a professor from the major.
- Arrange for a tour of their dormitory facilities if you expect to live on campus.
- Make certain you have completed all steps in the application process and have provided all documents. Most colleges make no decision until all required documents are in your file.
- If you have heard nothing from your intended college of transfer after one month, call to check on the status of your application.
- After the college notifies you that you have been accepted for admission, your transcripts will be evaluated for credit transfer.
- If you have questions about your transcript evaluation, call the Admissions and Records Office at the transfer school and ask to speak with a credit evaluator. Ask questions about why certain credits were evaluated as they were, and if you are not satisfied with the decisions made about your credits, you can appeal those decisions. You may be asked to provide a course description and syllabus.
- The receiving college or university determines which credits transfer and whether those credits meet requirements of a specific degree. Institutions accept credits from courses and programs, which are similar to ones they offer. They look for similarity in course goals, content and level. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: general education, major/minor courses, and electives.
Transfer Resources on the Web
MnTransfer.org is a resource for students, academic advisors, and educators to locate information to guide in transfer planning – including transfer policies and procedures, articulation agreements, student services, and transfer contact information. Most information is specific to the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) System.
Transferology is a multi-state web-based database of course equivalency and transfer information that provides program information, course descriptions and equivalencies, and links to schools’ student services websites. It also offers a degree planning option to view how your courses transfer to other participating schools and universities.
Transfer Action Plan
View Board Policy 3.39, Transfer Rights and Responsibilities, to understand students' and institution's rights and responsibilities as they relate to transfer of credit.
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