Transfer Tips

Our Advice to Transfer Students

  • Start thinking about transferring to a university early!
  • Consider what program of study you want to pursue. It helps to identify a major if you have an idea of what career you would like to ultimately have. If you are still undecided ask an Academic Advisor for help.
  • Verify the classes you are currently taking will be applied to your chosen bachelor program by asking a Transfer Counselor from the universities you are considering.
  • Apply for graduation from OCCC after completing 45 credit hours. Get more information about graduating from OCCC at /Records/graduation.html
  • Ask about the benefits of transferring with an Associate of Science or of Arts.
  • Attend Transfer & Graduation Fairs.
  • Pay attention to admission and scholarship deadlines.
  • Apply Early! Many universities allow you to do this online.
  • Submit official transcripts from all the schools where you attended to the university to which you will be transferring.
  • Confirm all the requested materials have been submitted and received
  • Visit the Financial Office early in your last semester at OCCC, and inquire about the necessary steps to transfer your financial aid to your school.
  • Review the class schedule and catalog carefully at the university.
  • Ask the university Transfer Counselor about the enrollment process at your university.

How to Choose Your University

Choosing the right university is key to your success and educational progress. You will be at that university for 3 + years and it could be one of the most important decisions you make in your life.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do they offer the degree program you are seeking?
  • What is the size of the school?
  • Do you meet their admission qualifications?
  • What is the tuition cost?
  • What scholarships / funding assistance do they offer to transfer students?
  • Do they have a variety of class offerings; i.e. night classes, online classes?
  • What is the faculty to student ratio?
  • What is the campus atmosphere like?
  • What are the school's retention and graduation rates?
  • What academic organizations and clubs do they have?
  • If you plan to live on campus, what are the accommodations like?
  • Is the university within a comfortable driving distance?
  • How many of their graduates join the professional world?
  • Does the university have a Career Services department to assist you in finding employment?
  • Is the university a good fit for you and your needs?
  • Is the university accredited?
  • Does the university have a good reputation?