The Office Student Life Office on each campus assists students with the decision making and college transfer process. Assistance is available with the search and application process. In addition, professional staff will help students understand what they can do to avoid “transfer shock” and enjoy the educational experience at North Country Community College and the selected transfer college.
Students are encouraged to work with their advisor and the Student Life Office as soon as they know they want to transfer to ensure a smooth transfer process. We look forward to working with you.
How do I prepare for transfer?
We suggest the following as preparation for your transfer school visits:
- Meet with the Dean of Student Life (Saranac Lake) or a Coordinator of Campus & Student Life (Malone & Ticonderoga). Bring what information you have gathered about the school and your program of study ahead of time so you can ask informed questions.
- Ask us if using the STRONG self-assessment inventory is right for you to explore your career interests.
- Call your transfer college a few weeks before you visit to determine if the school will provide you with an unofficial evaluation of your transcript that you can discuss with an academic advisor of the transfer school during your visit (However, don’t be surprised if schools are not willing to do this until you have applied or are accepted to their institution).
- Arrange to have appointments with both an admissions counselor and an advisor in the academic department of your interest. Ask for a personalized tour of facilities related to your specific program of study.
- Take along a copy of your NCCC transcript when you visit schools.
What should I be discussing with my transfer institution?
- What GPA is required for acceptance into your school and my program of study?
- What overall GPA and program GPA is needed to obtain a degree in my program of study?
- What are the application deadlines for your institution and for my program of study?
- What is the total number of credits that your institution will accept?
- Do my accepted credits meet degree requirements at your school? If yes, how do they fit in? If no, why don’t they fit in?
- After I transfer, how much longer will it take for me to get my Bachelor’s degree from your school?
- What specific general education, core, general electives or other course requirements do I need to take at your school to complete my degree?
- Are there any other courses I can complete at JCC that will meet program requirements at your school?
- What transfer scholarships does your school offer?
- What type of housing is available for transfer students?
- What student activities are available?
- What is the availability of computers at your school?
- What is the average size of your classes and generally what percentage of your classes are taught by Graduate Assistants?
Questions for Academic Department Representatives
- What specific courses should I take before transferring?
- What internships or co-ops are available as part of your program?
- What are the job placement statistics for your graduates and what types of jobs are they being offered
- What job placement assistance do you provide for graduating students and alumni?
What should I be discussing with my advisor?
Your faculty advisor at NCCC is a key resource to your academic planning and success. Get the most out of this relationship by meeting regularly and taking an active role in your academic planning. Your advisement appointment is about much more than scheduling your classes! Here are a few things you should be discussing with your advisor:
- What are my values and life goals?
What’s important to you? What do you want for your future?
- What is my long-term career plan?
Your advisor may be able to give you some insight into career options and transfer schools that will best fit your needs.
- Am I in the correct major for my career and transfer plan?
Sometimes a student’s chosen degree program isn’t the best fit for the career path or transfer school. Be sure to talk to your advisor about the requirements for your 4-year degree.
- Will my credits transfer to my chosen 4-year college?
Just because you are meeting your degree requirements at NCCC does not necessarily mean you are meeting those of the transfer institution. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with the requirements the transfer program. To discuss your transfer in further detail, contact your Office of Campus & Student Life for an appointment with at transfer counselor!
- Am I on track with my graduation requirements?
Don’t wait until your last semester to check on your graduation requirements! Some degrees require carefully sequenced courses which, if not taken in a certain semester, may delay graduation. Meeting graduation requirements is ultimately YOUR responsibility – make sure you are familiar with your academic program and plan your semesters carefully!
- Does my semester plan meet my financial aid requirements?
In order to receive most sources of financial aid, a full time student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits which count toward the degree program in which he/she is currently enrolled. Be sure to review your selected courses carefully when planning your schedule.
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