Student Affairs

College Transfer Center

The online College Transfer Center provides students with information to make transferring to a university an easy process. Here you will find a three-step guide called "Transfer 1, 2, 3." Having the right tools will help you successfully navigate the transfer process from Green River degree completion to university admission and transition to university life.


Step 1. Explore

Undecided?  Start here.

Exploring your career and/or major is one of the first steps as a college student. Many students begin college undecided on what these goals will be. Green River has several resources available to assist students in identifying their future paths.

It is ideal that transfer students give themselves at least one full academic year to prepare for transferring into a university, this includes preparing for your major by taking prerequisite classes.

Visit with a Career Specialist

Our Career Planners can assist you in focusing your education and training for future success and career satisfaction.

In addition, Career Planning Services has access to several free and small, fee-based career assessments.  These resources can help you discover and clarify career goals and link them with training and educational programs.

Start this process by connecting to Career Planning Services.

Research majors, programs and careers

We provide Career Planning Tools to help you find a lot of this information. Career Specialists can also give you access to more comprehensive online search tools.

Connect with prospective universities

Once you have narrowed down your list of possible majors you can begin researching universities. Take advantage of our Quarterly Transfer Fairs and individual admissions rep visits. These Green River events are great opportunities to connect with universities.

Visit with your faculty/advisor

After choosing a major and making a list of possible universities to transfer to, it's important to meet with your faculty advisor to create an educational plan. Green River offers 15 different transfer degrees designed to prepare you for dozens of majors. Your advisor can help you pick the degree that best fits your goals.

Step 2. Apply

Time to think about transferring

Approximately 6-9 months prior to starting at the university you should begin applying to universities. However, the preparation process can start a year in advance. Application deadlines vary so please check with schools. There may also be a different deadline for your major. You do not need to have all your coursework completed here at Green River in order to apply to the university (in most cases you would not).

Here's a Tip...

Review the application deadlines page for additional information on application deadlines at the various 4-year institutions.

Applying to your university

  • Application: applications are generally available online (electronic) or in a hard copy version. Some universities have lengthy applications so give yourself plenty of time to work on these.
  • Application Fee:there will be an application fee that is non-refundable.

    Here's a Tip...

    Some universities may waive the fee based on different conditions. Check with the universities regarding this option.

  • Official Transcripts: Request official transcripts from all colleges you have attended. You must submit all transcripts even if you don’t like your grades or think coursework will count. Some universities require an official high school transcript as well. SAT and ACT scores may only be required if you have minimal college credits otherwise they are optional for those who earn a Green River degree.
  • Personal Essay: Most universities require a personal essay. It's important to write a different essay for each school you are applying to. The Writing Center in the RLC building, and advisors in the Career and Advising Center, can assist you with this process.
  • Financial Aid Application: Apply for financial aid and scholarships.

    Here's a Tip...

    It's important to do this early on. Most schools prefer you begin this process in the early part of the year (Jan or Feb) if you plan to start that fall quarter.

  • Letters of Recommendations: Some universities or majors may require letters of recommendations. Request these well in advance giving those writing the letters plenty of time.

Finishing your time here at Green River

Apply for graduation here at Green River at least two quarters prior to finishing your degree. This will guarantee you are on track and that your degree is posted to your transcript upon completion.

  • Send final Green River transcripts with grades and degree posted to the university.
  • Attend a new student orientation at your university.
  • Send deposit (if needed).

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Make a check list of application materials and deadlines to ensure you are turning in each packet in its entirety.

Step 3. Transfer

What to expect at a university

  • Large attendances at lectures
  • Limited access to teaching staff-if you have questions for your instructor or assignment, ask. Email, phone, or visit during office hours.
  • Assignments may be more rigorous and many may be due close together.
  • Think of it as a full time job with great opportunities to learn, grow, and shape your experience to become the best years of your life.

Learn the organizational structure of the university

In many cases there will be many more departments to serve you with a variety of expertise. For example, learn what departments are housed in Student Services and what they provide, i.e. Career Development, Registration, Financial Aid, Dean of Students or the College of Arts and Sciences and the academic departments that they house.

Connect with a general academic advisor or departmental advisor for your major

  • Find out who your advisor will be and develop a relationship that allows you to ask questions that keep you on track to complete your degree.
  • If you have not decided on a major by this time, ask your advisor for resources that will assist you in exploring majors or seek information from a Career Services office at the university.

Be aware of accountability to manage yourself

  • You must be self directed.
  • Create a study time schedule and commit to it.
  • Eat regular meals and get the proper amount of rest and exercise.
  • Don’t lose yourself and get overwhelmed with campus activities.

Create a network

Meet other students and make friends, they can:

  • help if you are sick and have to miss lectures
  • discuss course, ideas, and concepts
  • talk about lectures
  • share research and resources
  • may be able to assist you with other university related information

Here's a Tip...

Relax, learn, and, grow from this experience because it can become the best years of your life!