The Transfer Process
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Applying for transfer to university can get expensive and filling out the application is not the time to finalize your college list. Explore your options, learn about the opportunities and requirements, partner with your Transfer support network (family, friends, counselor, instructors, university representative, and us - your Transfer Center) to develop your transfer plan to get on course and on your way!
DID YOU KNOW: Between 2020 and 2021, 941 Chabot College students transferred to a CSU or UC campus!
- Learn about yourself and what careers and/or academic pursuits may be a good fit for
you. Some suggestions for getting started:
- Take True Colors on EUREKA (Use Site ID Code: SUXZBEG to create your account.)
- Take a PSCN course on career exploration, education planning, self-development, or sharpening yourself as a successful student
- Take an introductory course in your possible major.
- Utilize Know Yourself & Explore within Major and Career Exploration.
- Attend Transfer Day in the Fall and Transfer Tuesdays @Noon in the Spring to explore potential transfer schools and programs.
- Inquire with your instructor(s) about their discipline, how they landed at their area of study, and suggestions they have to further explore it by way of research projects, student clubs, volunteer/internship opportunites.
- Narrow down and make a list of your top transfer schools!
- Learn about transfer options here:
- Explore and identify university majors at:
- California State University (CSU)
- University of California (UC)
- Out-of-State Colleges & Universities
You can also log in to your EUREKA account to research majors and identify institutions in and outside of California that offer your major.
- Institutions have different names for similar majors, each with its own flavor and possible unique course requirements. Explore to find programs that support your goals. Below are some examples:
|Name of Chabot College Major||How does it exist at the university level?|
UC Irvine offers: Psychology, Cognitive Science, Psychological Science
UC Berkeley offers: Classics, Comparative Literature, English
UC Davis offers: Animal Biology, Animal Science, Biological Sciences, Cell Biology,
Entomology, Evolution, Ecology and Biodiversity, Genetics and Genomics,
Global Disease Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Plant Biology
Universities may not offer bachelor degree majors in Human Services but
related studies may be housed under a bigger area of study called Sociology,
Social Work, Psychology, etc..
And, just because Chabot College doesn't offer a particular major doesn't mean you can't pursue it for transfer. Examples of this would include B.S. in Construction Management or B.S. in Hospitality at CSU East Bay. If you know your major and want to know the best undergraduate programs across the United States for your area of study, contact Transfer Center Counselor Ms. Frances Fon for the resource at email@example.com.
Establish your support network so you can thrive academically and socially while maintaining mental and emotional wellness.
This like-minded community is who you want to journey with for support and accountability.
- Connect with prospective transfer schools and admissions representatives!
- Meet with university representatives to obtain specific information and opportunities given your personal and intellectual
interests and needs. This may include:
- Identifying the major/program offered by the university that reflect your interest and pursuits.
- Identify Chabot courses you can take for your intended major at the university.
- Specific course or grade requirements to be considered or competitive for the major.
- If applicable, their transfer admission guarantee (TAG) program and eligibility requirements.
- If applicable, the benefits of earning a Chabot Associate Degree for Transfer.
- Information about financial aid, housing, support services (e.g. disability accommodations, family housing, childcare, etc.), and transfer student opportunities after arriving at campus.
- Having your UC Transfer Admission Planner reviewed in preparation for transfer, application, and/or submit it for a UC TAG.
- Partner with a counselor (and decide on the one you want to partner with throughout the duration of your time
at Chabot) to talk out your goals, personal situations, and aspirations.
- Ultimately, your goal is to partner with your counselor in developing your customized education plan that reflects your transfer goal(s) and intended major at your prospective universities.
- This plan takes into account your personal desires, circumstances, short-term & long-term aspirations. It may reflect courses that lead to earning multiple certificates or degrees from Chabot and/or obtaining a transfer admission guarantee to a participating university.
- If you are part of a program where you have a designated counselor, meet with your designated special programs counselor.
- If you are a STEM major, meet with your STEM counselor.
- If you are not part of the above, meet with a General Counselor.
- Partner with your instructors to continue engaging in your discipline and/or area of study. Seek their recommendations on research projects, student clubs, volunteer/internship opportunites, career prospects, industry developments, and additional ways to dig deeper into your field.
- Learn how to use ASSIST to:
- Search for classes you can take at Chabot to make progress on the CSU/UC major (called Articulation Agreements by Major),
- Search for classes that are CSU and/or UC transferable,
- Search for classes that fulfill the CSU GE or IGETC pattern.
- Start with ASSIST Tutorials.
- If you are thinking about transferring to UC, establish your UC Transfer Admission Planner early in your time at Chabot College in order to receive timely messages, opportunities, and better monitor your progress toward UC transfer. Here's a tutorial for working on your UC TAP.
- Your university representative(s), counselors, and instructors have a immense amount of knowledge and recommendations. It is good practice to meet regularly throughout your time at Chabot as each session will result in you refining your plan and making progress toward your goal.
- Consider how your spend your time outside of school. Whether it is work, childcare, or extracurricular/leisure activities/hobbies, the time we spend outside of school reflect our circumstances, priorities, values, etc.. Think about how this might translate to any discussions in admission application essays, UC personal insight questions, scholarship applications, etc..
- The vast majority of universities expect students to have identified the university major and made progress in courses for that intended major in order to submit an admission application. It is highly recommended that you take the time to EXPLORE and PREPARE/PLAN so when you get to this stage of the transfer process, you aren't having to figure out your life goal(s) and what classes to take next semester in order to submit an application. Without application fee waivers, it can easily cost $100+ to apply and turn in transcripts to each transfer school. To make each dollar count in the expenses related to applying for transfer, aim to prepare and plan well for transfer.
- Be ready to apply to 3 to 5 universities reflecting your intended major, varying degree of competitiveness into the program, and/or desired support services, location, housing, and financial aid/scholarships.
- Utilize Transfer Application Resource Materials when working on your application(s). Accuracy and completion are important.
- Attend the Transfer Application Workshop Series designed to support you throughout the year-long application cycle.
- Remember to apply for financial aid and scholarships! Attend FAFSA/CalDream Act workshops provided by our Financial Aid Office for assistance completing the financial aid application. Attend the Transfer Application Workshop Series on topics related to Funding Your Transfer Education, Interpreting Your University Financial Aid Award, and Budgeting.
- Attend the Transfer Application Workshop Series for help making sense of admissions offers, denials, waitlists, financial aid awards, enrollment decision deposits, transcript requests, etc..
- Meet with your university representative to address topics such as:
- Next steps after submitting the application
- I made course changes after submitting the application, how do I handle it?
- Financial aid, housing, transfer student orientation
- I was denied admission. Why? Can I appeal?
- How do I figure out what classes to sign up for at the university?
Questions? Contact Transfer Center Counselor Ms. Frances Fon at firstname.lastname@example.org.