There are many factors to consider when choosing a four year college in Texas. Do you want to attend a private or public college? Do you prefer a large or small campus? Ask yourself:
To help narrow down your choices, you might want to use look below, or print a comparison chart to fill out!
Open door (with requirements for entrance into certain programs)
Requirements based on community college GPA and the number of transfer hours earned for university admission. Many majors within different universities have their own GPA and transfer hour admission requirements to be admitted to their programs.
The Texas Success Initiative, or TSI, assesses college readiness. Students demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and math when applicable courses are accepted for transfer by a receiving institution. Students transferring from a public Texas college will have met the TSI requirement. However, students transferring from a private college or from out of state should be prepared to take an assessment to show the receiving institution that the student is college ready, as required by Texas law.
Yes. If you are an international applicant, request that testing agencies send official reports of scores you earned on the TOEFL or IELTS exams to the institution that you are interested in transferring to.
Before you start taking classes.
All universities have deadline dates for submitting an application. Usually, the deadline is at least 1 semester before you start (check with the university where you want to transfer for specific dates).
There are some community colleges that have an application fee that must be paid when applying.
The application fee varies by institution, so contact the university to find out the exact fee. Check on special opportunities for transfer students to have the application fee waived at the university where you want to transfer.
Typically before you start taking classes.
Usually at least 1 semester before you start (check with the university where you want to transfer for the specific date).
At the community college, contact an advisor in the Advising Center.
Contact an International Student Advisor. A list of international student offices can be found here.
Some colleges require you attend an orientation, meet with an advisor or both before you can register for classes. The adviser will assist you in selecting courses and information on registering for classes.
Some universities require you to either attend an orientation, meet with an academic adviser, or both before you can register for classes. The academic adviser will assist you with selecting classes, provide information on registering for classes, and determine whether you are meeting degree requirements.
Yes – If you complete your core at the community college you will meet the core requirements at the university when you transfer.
Yes – In most cases, ask a university representative about printed or electronic resources that explain the applicability of your course work to a specific degree program. You can also check CollegeTransfer.net to find out what courses will transfer.
Meet with an academic adviser at the community college your first semester to get started on the core curriculum. Also get information from transfer101.org on who to contact at universities regarding the transfer process and courses that will meet university degree requirements.
Save yourself time and money by contacting the admission office or the academic department at the university you would like to attend at least one semester before you want to transfer. They can recommend a list of both core and major courses you can take at your particular community college that will satisfy the university degree requirements.
Each course you take at community college falls into one of three categories: transferable, articulated, or neither (often called non-transferable). A transferable course will be accepted and go as a credit towards your degree, at least as an elective — it may or may not count as a general requirement. Articulated credits may be used for both major and general education requirements. To find out for sure what your credits are doing for you, make sure you talk to an advisor.
The colleges and universities in the State of Texas established a common numbering system for the first two years coursework in community colleges and universities. The common course numbering system and state equivalency table provides you with information on freshman and sophomore level coursework at both community colleges and universities. See the how courses you are taking at the community college are listed at the university.
CollegeTransfer.net offers an opportunity to determine how courses that you have already taken might transfer into credits at other institutions.
Make sure to check the university’s transfer website! Many now have customized course equivalency tools that will help you determine what courses will transfer.