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Transfer Step 1

Transfer Planning Step 1:  Meet with a counselor or adviser each semester prior to registering for classes

1.     Montgomery College students transfer in impressive numbers to an amazing array of four-year colleges and universities every year.  Take a look at the Transfer Destinations List to see how far and wide Montgomery College credits go!

2.     Seek assistance from an MC advisor EACH semester when choosing courses.  Each campus has counselors and advisers who can assist with transfer advising.  State from the start that you're interested in transferring to a four-year school.   Advisers have less time to talk during peak registration times (April/May, July/August and late December/January are peak times).  Discuss class choices before schedules come out.  Class schedules are published at these times:  Summer/Fall Schedule - Early April; Winter & Spring Schedule - Early to mid-November.

3.     At the Rockville Campus, Departmental Advisers can assist you with planning for specific majors.  MC Department Websites 

4.     MAKE APPOINTMENTS TO MEET WITH Counselors & Departmental Advisers using STARFISH within MyMC.

5..     Get involved in transfer planning programs - view the Transfer Partnership Programs MC created with local four-year colleges and universities.

Transfer after One Year at MC 

Students with this aim need to earn 30 credits, or roughly two-to-three semesters worth of credit course work.   Most schools want to see completion of at least 12 credits (four courses) 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 July on for transfer admission the following Fall. Watch each school's Transfer Admissions webpage to find out when the transfer application becomes available.  Most schools want to see your first semester's grades at Montgomery College (grades from Fall).  Many schools require that you earn at least 12 transferable credits to be considered as a transfer student. If you were NOT admissible based on your high school record, then you'll still need to submit your high school record and SAT's, but your grades from Fall at M.C. will be THE most important factor.  Many schools will ask that you send a second copy of your transcript at the end of your Spring MC semester before they can make a final decision to admit you.  

Transfer after Two Years at MC

Students may wish to complete 56 credits or an Associate’s degree (60 credits).  The majority of transfer scholarships are granted to students who have completed an associate's degree. 

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:  If you have between 24 - 30 credits on showing as completed on your transcript, and your GPA meets the transfer requirement (for UMCP, a 3.0 is preferred, for many other MD schools, a 2.5 or higher; out-of-state schools, check each website for a suggested GPA), you can apply any time from December through March for transfer admission for in the Fall.


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