Deciding When to Transfer
Welcome to Montgomery College! If your goal is to transfer to a four-year college or university, it’s never too early to start planning. Here are some suggestions to get ready for transfer:
Transfer after Two Years at MC
Transferring after completing an Associate's degree (60 credits) often assures a smooth transfer to four-year schools. The cost savings is considerable, and the majority of transfer scholarships are granted to students who have completed a degree. While an Associate’s degree helps assure you admission to most Maryland schools, you still need to line up your courses to fit specific majors. See any counselor or departmental advisor for assistance in choosing courses and planning for transfer. Consider General Studies as the most flexible transfer degree; or, if you have a specific major in mind, such as Engineering or Business, discuss your degree options with a departmental advisor.
WHEN TO APPLY: See the Deadlines section below; you should start your application months before the actual final deadline which is usually Oct. 1 to be admitted for Spring and from Feb. 1 to March 1 for Fall admission to most schools.
Transfer after One Year at MC
Students with this goal need to earn 30 credits, or two- to three-semester’s worth of credit courses. Most schools want to see completion of 12 credits (four courses) completed after high school graduation and an overall grade point average of a 3.0 or higher by the end of the Fall to be considered a true “transfer” student.
WHEN TO APPLY: If you were admissible as a high school senior (that is, if your grade point average [GPA] and SAT scores met the school's freshman admission requirements), you can apply from October 1st onward for a Fall 2013 transfer admission. Find an online application at each school's website. If your high school grades & SAT’s did not match the freshman admissions profile, then most schools will want to see two semester's worth of grades completed at Montgomery College (grades from Fall 2012 & Spring 2013) to admit you. You'll still need to submit your high school record and SAT's, but your grades from Fall 12 and Spring 2013 will be THE most important factor. You will need to send a second copy of your transcript at the end of Spring 2013 before they can make a final decision to admit you. UMCP specifically will not consider you as a transfer student until you complete 30 credits including EN 102 and MA 110 or higher, AND have a 3.0 GPA.
Transfer after One Semester at MC
Most students who are Spring Admits have been admitted to another school during their high school senior year, receiving a “Spring Admission” to the Freshman Class. Spring Admits to Univ. of Maryland, College Park should stay in close touch with UMCP this Fall if on-campus housing is desired. UMCP guarantees admission to Spring Admits regardless of how many credits are taken at MC. Schools like UMBC and Salisbury will make a decision on Spring admission after you complete the recommended number of credits at MC this Fall. For UMBC, 14 credits are required; for Salisbury, it’s 12 credits; note that DS courses do not count in the 12 or 14 credits at those schools. In all cases, be sure to request that a final copy of your transcript be sent to your destination school at the end of December.
APPLICATION DEADLINES – MEETING THEM IS A MUST
Competition for seats at transfer schools increases every year. Students who do not meet transfer deadlines may not be accepted. Meeting deadlines suggested below includes sending the application AND your MC transcripts by the application deadline.
Ready to Transfer Next Spring 2013 or Fall 2013? Meet the Deadlines!
The chart below shows application deadlines at some local schools.
Maryland, College Park
UMCP Transfer Application Deadlines:
Spring Admission 2013 (Entry for semester beginning in January)
Priority Application Deadline - Apply by this date for best consideration for admission. August 1 is the MTAP Admissions guarantee deadline.
August 1: Students receive a decision beginning in early October if applying by this date. Due to space limitations, early application is strongly encouraged.
August 1: If you have any non-U.S. academic records, you must apply by this date.
Regular Application Deadline
November 15: Students receive a decision beginning in mid-December if applying by this date. Due to space limitations, early application is strongly encouraged.
Fall Admission 2013 (Entry for semester beginning in September)
Priority Application Deadline - Apply by this date for best consideration for admission. March 1 is the MTAP Admissions guarantee deadline.
March 1: Students receive a decision beginning in mid-April if applying by this date. Due to space limitations, early application is strongly encouraged.
March 1: If you have any non-U.S. academic records, you must apply by this date.
Regular Application Deadline
June 1: Students receive a decision in early July if applying by this date. For best consideration, you are strongly encouraged to apply by the priority deadline of March 1.
Confirmation Deadline: you must accept the offer 30 days from date of admission.
MARYLAND TRANSFER ADVANTAGE PROGRAM (MTAP) guarantees admission for students who have 30 to 60 credits completed at MC with a 3.0 min. GPA – excludes competitive majors (LEP Limited Enrollment Programs). See the MTAP website for application, deadlines and details: www.admissions.umd.edu/admissions/apply/MarylandTransferAdvantage.asp
Find Pre- Transfer Advising through 15- minute Walk In Advising Appointments (Monday & Thursday: 1:30pm – 4:00pm); 30 minute Advising Appointments (AIM, In Person, Telephone); e-mail (email@example.com); and through scheduled Community College Visits. Phone (301.405.9448 and 301.405.9449.
- UMCP CORE General Education Requirements List here - for students who started college PRIOR to Fall 2012.
- UMCP General Education Program Requirements - follow MC's General Education Program if you graduated from high school in 2012.
UMCP has 14 competitive majors, called Limited Enrollment Programs (LEP), which have additional "Gateway" course requirements and GPA minimums, see the list here: www.lep.umd.edu/
On-campus housing (dormitory) opportunities for transfer students are very limited - you may apply, but also investigate the resources of the Off Campus Housing Office.
Full List of UMCP Majors: www.admissions.umd.edu/academics/Majors.php?m=2
Towson Transfer Deadlines (these are a full month earlier than last year's deadlines!)
- October 15th to Transfer in Spring 2013
- January 15th to Transfer in Fall 2013 "Priority admission is reserved for transfer students from a Maryland community college who have earned at least 56 transferable credits, are in good academic standing, and have maintained a GPA that meets the policies set by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and University System of Maryland policies.
DID YOU KNOW:
- Business majors must have a separate GPA of 2.7 for all Core Business courses - see details here. www.towson.edu/cbe/dept/ The Business major at TU requires both MA160 Elementary Applied Calculus and BA210 or MA116 Statistics, as well as MG 201 Business Law.
- Towson has 21 “Screened Majors.” Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to "screened" majors. Some screened majors require prerequisite courses or a specific GPA, other programs require a portfolio review or audition for admission. See Screened Majors here: wwnew.towson.edu/main/academics/ugrad/screened.asp
- New Guaranteed Admission Program - Towson Connection Program (TCP) offers guaranteed admission and scholarships to community college students! Click to see the brochure with details.
- Full List of Towson Majors: http://fusion.towson.edu/www/admissions/academic/majors/index.cfm
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC Transfer Application Deadlines
Priority – Nov. 1 - Decision letters are mailed beginning in late October.
Regular – Dec. 15 - Decision letters are mailed in December and January.
Priority - March 15 - Decision letters are mailed beginning in late March.
Regular - May 31 - Decision letters are mailed beginning in early June.
DID YOU KNOW:
UMBC uses the Online Common Application for transfer students. "School Forms" are OPTIONAL for transfer students – they do NOT have to submit Letters of Recommendation from faculty or other “School Forms”. See the fine print of Item 6! http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/apply_now/transfer.html
Letters of Recommendation are advisable when a student may be borderline for admission. For most majors, students with a 2.75 or higher are in the range of admissibility. As per Item 6, Letters of Recommendation may be sent in paper form to the Admissions Office.
Three Departments at UMBC have Competitive Admissions Policies: Engineering, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. See each policy below:
ENGINEERING: GATEWAY CRITERIA --EFFECTIVE FALL 2009: Applicants admitted Fall 2009 and later may designate engineering as their intended major. Each major has specific GATEWAY courses required and Repeat Policies. See policies here: http://www.coeit.umbc.edu/programs/undergraduate-student-services/transfer-information
List of Engineering Majors @ UMBC: Chemical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Mechanical Engineering
VISUAL ARTS – Portfolio Requirements - students must submit portfolios by specific dates prior to admission. http://art.umbc.edu/undergraduate/admissions/application_portfolio_process.php
Visual Arts Concentrations are: Animation/Interactive Media; Art History & Museum Studies; Cinematic Arts; Graphic Design; Intermedia; Photography; Print Media
PERFORMING ARTS – Audition Requirements for Dance, Music, and Theatre Majors http://www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/apply_now/vpa.html
Guaranteed Admission Program - UMBC’s Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) offers scholarships, guaranteed admission and housing for qualified students. This program is open only to new MC students who have completed 30 credits or LESS at MC. See the TSA Page for details: www.umbc.edu/undergraduate/learn/tsa.html
- UMBC has a foreign language requirement for all majors. Check out the specific ways to meet this requirement www.umbc.edu/mll/general.html.
- Students who are in Phi Theta Kappa, the MC Honor Society, may qualify for scholarships at UMBC.
UMBC List of Majors: www.umbc.edu/academics/degrees.html
University of Maryland, University College
Admission is granted on a rolling basis - no specific deadlines. UMUC advisors are willing to meet with current MC students to evaluate transcripts and make recommendations for continued coursework. Try to go for advising during non-peak times (February - late March).
DID YOU KNOW:
UMUC has generous transfer scholarships, offered both in Fall and Spring, to community college students who have completed an associate's degree: www.umuc.edu/financialaid/escholarships/ccsp/maryland.shtml
UMUC's Curriculum Planning Worksheets will help you develop a comprehensive four-year plan.
Guaranteed Admission Program Many Montgomery College degrees transfer to UMUC in their entirety through the Alliance Program. Find Alliance Worksheets at this link.
UMUC List of Majors: www.umuc.edu/undergrad/ugprograms/majors.cfm
- Apply by Nov. 1 to Transfer in Spring 2013
- Apply by March 1 to Transfer in Fall 2013. Final deadline July 1 (March 1 is the deadline to be considered for scholarships/financial aid.) www.american.edu/admissions/transfer/transferinstructions.cfm
Minimum Admissions Requirements
Students who wish to be considered for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at all previously attended schools.
Competitive transfer applicants have a GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 at their current institution. The following AU academic units have specific minimum GPA requirements:
- Kogod School of Business: 2.5
- School of Communication: 2.5
- School of Education: 2.7
- School of International Service: 3.0
- School of Public Affairs: 2.5
List of Majors at American University: www.american.edu/degrees.cfm
Transfer in Spring 2013: Apply by Nov. 1st
Transfer in Fall 2013: Apply by Feb. 15th
www.howard.edu/enrollment/admission/transfer.htm Admission criteria vary among Howard University's schools and colleges. In general, a transfer student must transfer a minimum of 15 credit hours from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution, have earned a 2.5 cumulative grade point average and received a passing grade of C or better in both a college-level English and college-level math course. Additional credentials such as a high school transcript and SAT scores may be requested for admission.
List of Majors at Howard University: www.howard.edu/academics/disciplines.htm
Did You Know?
Most Popular Howard Majors: Biology, Finance, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Political Science, Psychology, Radio and Television
The Howard University Transfer Scholarship is a competitive program designed to provide financial assistance to prospective transfer applicants who have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement while attending an accredited community college and wish to complete their undergraduate studies at Howard University. To be eligible for consideration, prospective transfer applicants must have at least 30 transferable credit hours at the time of admission and at least a 3.25 grade point average from their transferring institution. The Transfer scholarship is a one-time award of $10,000 only offered in the fall semester.
Tips for Completing Applications:
- Request that an official copy of your MC transcript be sent to the school(s) of interest. There is a $7 fee per MC transcript. MC sends transcripts to Maryland public/state schools electronically. Maryland schools prefer this way to receive your transcript - do NOT hand-carry paper copy of your transcript to Maryland state schools - this will slow up the application process. Transcripts should be sent by the Application Deadline and a second copy should be sent at the end of the semester.
- The essay – Be sure to have someone read over your essay. Ask for help at the MC Writing Center, or from a professor or counselor - and be sure to proofread your final draft. If the essay is optional, impress the school by completing it.
- Most schools will not begin to consider transfer applications until Jan. 1 to March 1. You should, however, get a reply (usually e-mail) that acknowledges receipt of your application. If you don't hear anything from a school 4 weeks after submitting the application, contact them to verify that it arrived.
- If you have any telephone conversations with an admissions office representative about your application, be sure to write down the name of the person who spoke with you.
- Recommendations from college instructors - submit these ONLY IF they are required. Some schools may not request recommendations - they will admit you on the basis of your college record. When requesting recommendations from professors, allow a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the deadline. Provide the professor with a brief resume of your experience and academic goals - this gives the professor the ability to elaborate on your good points and interests. If you're going to apply to multiple schools, give the instructor all the forms at once, or warn them that more are coming - most will save the letters in case additional letters are needed.
Choosing A College Major - Consult Your Career Coach!
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Guaranteed Transfer Agreements - Enroll Now to Transfer Later!
Enrolling in one or more of these programs when you arrive at MC will open the door to guaranteed admission for qualified transfer students.
New ! TOWSON CONNECTION PROGRAM (TCP)
Guaranteed Admission and Scholarship Opportunities
for Community College Students
Membership in the Towson Connection Program (TCP) is an opportunity for academically talented students who are considering transferring to Towson University (TU) to receive special privileges while enrolled at a Maryland Community College. TCP members are not required to transfer to TU; however, those who do will continue to receive special benefits available only to TCP members.
TCP ELIGIBILITY - Maryland community college students who have completed between 12 and 30 credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible for membership in the TCP. All qualifying credits must be earned at the student’s designated TCP Maryland community college.
TCP TRANSFER REQUIREMENTS
- Members must earn an associate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.5 GPA within four years of beginning TCP membership.
- They must enroll full-time at TU within one year of completion of the associate degree.
- They must remain full-time students while in the TCP.
- Those who transfer to another higher education institution instead of TU forfeit their eligibility for future TCP benefits.
- Members have access to many TU facilities and campus services.
- They participate in various TU student activities, such as athletic events, cultural, library, computer labs, and various recreational programs.
- They receive a $100 TCP Grant applied to each TU credit up to a maximum of 6 credits while enrolled at a Maryland community college (i.e., 3-credit course = $300 TCP Grant).
- They have access to TU academic advising resources.
- They can participate in special TCP campus tours.
- Members transferring to TU are guaranteed transfer admission to TU.
- Their application fee is waived.
- They have priority registration.
- They are eligible for housing after meeting all other housing deadlines and requirements.
- Their TCP scholarship levels are based on their Maryland community college cumulative GPA.
- 3.5 to 3.74 GPA = $500 per term for four consecutive full-time terms, provided they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at TU
- 3.75 to 4.0 GPA = $1,000 per term for four consecutive full-time terms, provided they maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA at TU
- Members are guaranteed acceptance into the Honors College upon completion of the Honors application process. As a TCP Honors student, they will receive a $500 Honors College Scholarship for four consecutive terms provided they maintain a minimum 3.30 GPA.
TCP APPLICATION PROCESS
- Application forms must meet posted deadlines.
- Interested high school seniors and first-term Maryland community college students who anticipate earning at least 12 Maryland community college credits with a cumulative 3.0 GPA by the end of their first semester should apply to the TCP on or before January 1 for the upcoming spring semester and by May 1 for the following fall semester. Eligibility is determined once grades are posted.
- All other community college students may apply for TCP membership once they accumulate 12 to 30 community college credits with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA.
- TCP agreements must be received and postmarked before January 1 for the spring semester and May 1 for the following fall semester.
- TCP members who wish to transfer to TU after completing their associate degree must file an application for TU undergraduate admission by the posted deadline.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Send an e-mail to ask for more information about TCP to firstname.lastname@example.org;
state your interest in the Towson Connection Program (TCP) and include your name, address,
name of community college, phone number, possible TU start date, and possible intended major(s).