By JESSICA LUCENA
The end of the year is approaching quickly, and if you are planning on transferring to a 4-year school, now is the time to begin the process. Starting the next level of education at a community college is a popular tactic trending throughout the states. This method allows students to not only save money, but also ease into the transition of completing a bachelor’s degree. So how should you begin the process of transferring? Here are some simple steps to help you through the process.
Fortunately, Cumberland County College offers a variety of options and resources for students to make the transferring process easy. Upon reaching 24 to 36 credits, be sure to visit the Advisement Transfer Office in the Student Center. Here, you can find information referring to every college and university in the state of New Jersey and their offered majors.
When beginning the transferring process you should first complete your associate’s degree. Statistics featured on CNN show more students will go on to complete their bachelor’s degree if they receive their associate’s degree in that major, initially. Instead of simply transferring with a bag of credits, complete your degree program at your community college to better ensure your chances of receiving a bachelor’s degree.
Next, look around! Don’t settle for the most common college or university. Do your research and examine every college not only in the state of New Jersey, but also in other parts of the nation as well. If you’re not comfortable with traveling far from home or it simply doesn’t fit your budget, enroll in one of the B.A./B.S. degrees in the University Center on our campus.
The best way to decide what is the ultimate choice for you is by planning ahead. By planning ahead, you are able to gather transfer materials and visit different colleges and universities. Remember, the more information you have the easier it will be to make a decision. Choosing a major early allows you access to program requirements. By choosing your major early you can take the prerequisites that coordinate with your selected choice.
A widely suggested tip given by professors here at Cumberland County College, as well as advisors throughout the nation, is to meet with them regularly! Becoming familiar with your advisor is key to a smooth transition. These are the people that have access to all the information you need to complete the transfer process smoothly. If you try to go through this process without the help of an advisor, it is more than likely that you will not benefit as much upon completion of the transfer.
Cumberland County College offers a variety of services for students entering the transfer stage. Located on the college website, under the Career Services tab, are all the transfer services offered by the college. Along with the transfer page, advisors can be found in the Advisement Center to provide individual assistance. One event to be aware of is Transfer Day. This is an event that takes place in February when all students near graduation are invited to participate. Transfer Day provides students with the opportunity to register, apply, and even have an admissions interview with various colleges and universities. There are many opportunities for students looking to transfer to utilize resources along with a plan that will make the transition that much easier.