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Transfer Planning Tips

It is important to begin early planning of your next steps beyond Moraine Valley. Most colleges and universities provide detailed information regarding transfer and transfer guides to students over the Web. Additional resources are available online and in printed form in the Academic Advising Center.

Completing a college degree is a unique experience for each student. For best results, plan according to the requirements for your major at your intended transfer institution. Although selecting the appropriate courses is your responsibility, there are many resources available to help you.

Regardless of where you are in the major decision-making process, here are some basic tips that can help as you progress toward completion of your degree.

First Semester or Completion of 15 Credit Hours

  • Complete COL-101 course. This course is designed to help you make a successful transition to the college environment and develop the skills and strategies necessary for success in college. As part of the course, you will participate in an educational planning session with an academic advisor.
  • Contact an academic advisor if you still have questions about your educational plan.
  • Learn the specific requirements for an Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree. They are available in the Educational Planning Guide for Transfer Students and the college catalog.
  • Begin completing general education courses appropriate for your major.
  • If you are undecided about your major, take advantage of the many resources available to help you in the Counseling and Career Development Center, including:
  • Learn about college resources and publications. Numerous printed materials are available on campus. 
  • If you are transferring courses to Moraine Valley from another college, be sure to submit official transcripts and a Transfer Credit Evaluation Request at the Admissions Office.
  • Explore requirements/opportunities for your intended major at different transfer institutions. Be aware that some colleges and universities don't offer all majors. Some, like architecture or veterinary medicine, are offered at very few universities throughout the United States. Take advantage of the many resources available to help you with your exploration, including:
    • Individual academic advising
    • Educational planning sessions conducted as part of COL-101
    • Numerous online educational-planning resources
  • Attend transfer conferences held in October and March each year. At these conferences, representatives from four-year universities are available to answer your questions.
  • If you are planning to attend Governors State University, Northern Illinois University or Western Illinois University, submit an application for dual admission. This will allow you to receive advisement from both Moraine Valley and that four-year college while you're enrolled here.
  • Have fun! Get involved in campus activities. Get to know your instructors and other students on campus.

Second Semester or Completion of 15-30 Credit Hours

  • If you haven't already done so, select a major.
  • Select a transfer institution.
  • Visit your intended transfer institution and talk with both a transfer admissions representative and an advisor for your intended program of study. It's important to "get a feel" for the campus and make sure that it is where you want to be.
  • Meet with the representative from your intended transfer institution if they visit Moraine Valley.
  • Refine your educational plan so that it is specific to your major at your intended transfer institution. Know both the admission and graduation requirements.
  • Consider developing an alternate plan in case your first-choice transfer institution doesn't work out.
  • Evaluate first-semester academic performance and seek assistance in areas where you need additional help.
  • Have more fun! Meet more students. Try to meet someone who will be transferring to the same four-year university as you!

Third Semester of Completion of 30-45 Credit Hours

  • Submit application to four-year college of choice.
  • Meet with the representative from your intended transfer institution if they visit Moraine Valley.
  • Explore student-housing options if applicable.
  • Find out about scholarships and financial aid for the four-year college. Many four-year colleges offer scholarships specifically for transfer students.
  • Send Moraine Valley transcript and transcripts from any other college attended. Most universities require you to send transcripts at the end of each semester from the time of application until the time you actually begin your enrollment there. Be sure to check the requirements of your intended transfer institution.
  • Review your program completion status with an academic advisor. Ask for an Academic Progress Report showing what courses you have completed and what courses you still have ahead of you!

Fourth Semester or Completion of 45 Hours or More

  • Petition to graduate at Cashier's Office EARLY in the semester. Deadlines are identified in the semester class schedule but are generally February 1 for spring graduation (May), June 1 for summer graduation (August), and September 1 for fall graduation (December).
  • Send final transcript to four-year college.
  • Meet with the representative from your intended transfer institution if they visit Moraine Valley to make sure you are set to go! 
  • Visit the four-year college campus to begin preparing for your transition to the new college.
  • Be sure to participate in an open house and transfer student orientation sessions at your selected four-year university. Even though you will be an experienced college student at this point, there still will be many things you will need to learn about your new college campus.
  • CELEBRATE your success at Moraine Valley Community College. Know that Moraine Valley has prepared you well to continue your success at the four-year college.