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Transfer Checklist

Planning for Transfer:

  • Meet with your North Central advisor.  Remember to ask about articulation agreements and transfer guides.
  • Review the websites and/or catalogs of your preferred transfer schools to compare and contrast.  Confirm that they offer your desired program of study; explore transfer procedures  and deadlines; and be sure to note tuition rates and fees.
  • Identify school of choice (transfer institution.) Does it offer your chosen major/minor?
  • Contact transfer institution admission office or advisor (email, campus visit, etc.) and ask for the following information:
    • Transfer and other requirements (e.g. housing)
    • Scholarships available, your procedures
    • Information on how your courses will transfer
    • Suggestions of courses or requirements to fulfill prior to enrollment
    • Sequencing of program or prerequisite courses
    • Assessments required
    • Professional program requirements (e.g. Allied Health, Education, etc.)
    • Deadlines to meet
  • Visit transfer institution campus – schedule appointment, special transfer days, virtual tours
  • Create “timeline for success” list when the steps below need to be completed.
  • Find out transfer institutions application and scholarship deadlines.
  • Discuss reverse transfer options, MACRAO, degree audits.


Going through the Transfer Procedures

To Start Classes:

Apply By:

Registration Begins:

Fall Semester Early January Early March
Winter Semester September Early October
Summer Semester December Early/Mid February


  • Apply early for admission at your preferred school.  There may be an admission fee.
  • Request that all required documents be sent to the transfer institution, such as AP and CLEP scores, plus official transcripts from each of your previously attended institutions. There may be fees charged. 
  • Send copy of your North Central transcript. Click here for more information about requesting a transcript
  • Request transcripts sent from all other previous colleges/universities.
  • Apply for financial aid and/or scholarships at your preferred school  (if desired).
  • If you’re transferring mid-year and have already filed the FAFSA, you must open your FAFSA form online and add your preferred school’s code.  Loans don’t transfer from school to school, so it may take some time to get your funding secured at your new school.  Be sure to inform North Central’s financial aid office of your transfer so that future financial aid will be cancelled and aid at your new school can be established.
  • Follow-up with transfer institution to make sure they received all documents.
  • Apply for graduation – North Central’s Commencement is the last day of the Winter Semester.


Once Accepted and at Point of Transfer

  • Review acceptance notification from transfer institution and confirm acceptance.
  • Have final transcript sent showing your grades for your last semester classes. 
  • Review transfer credit evaluation from the transfer institution.
  • Follow transfer institution’s admitted student checklist which may include the following: orientation, advising, web ID, email placement testing, housing, etc.
  • Register and attend courses.