Transferring 101

JCC alumna Kate Ewer in a SUNY Cobleskill sweatshirtFor me, Jamestown Community College was a giant springboard for my post-secondary education. I got an understanding of how the college process works, I know the type of workload that goes along with being a college student, and I came to realize that the joke about eating Ramen noodles wasn’t a joke–that stuff is real life! After getting my associate’s degree, I knew I wanted to transfer to a four year institution to get my bachelor’s degree. Is transferring a little scary? Yes. Is it an impossible process? No! Here are a few tips for transferring.

Start Early

If you’re planning on transferring (and over half of JCC students do), then you need to start planning early. One mistake I made was that I took classes that didn’t fulfill requirements for the program I was transferring into at SUNY Cobleskill. At your very first meeting with your advisor, tell him or her about your hopes to transfer. They can be a huge help in creating a schedule that satisfies degree requirements at JCC and at your future school. JCC has a HUGE list of transfer agreements with schools all over, so make sure you check that out. The Counseling and Career Development Center also hosts transfer fairs. In the fall, JCC hosts the College & Career Night, which brings dozens of schools and representatives from different career areas to the campus. I met with a representative from SUNY Cobleskill and she directed me to the transfer expert there.

Communicate With Your Transfer School

Once you have decided on your transfer school, e-mail their admissions office staff with any questions you have about how their transfer process works. I had to e-mail some questions about credits transferring. This was also my first time living on campus.

Send Your Final Transcripts

Once you’ve completed your degree, don’t forget to send your final transcripts to your new school! Graduation can be a hectic time, but make sure you take the time to visit the Registrar’s Office to request transcripts. You want to get credit for your hard work! The Counseling and Career Development Center website also offers great resources for transferring students. The more you know, the better off you will be. No one is going to hold your hand in this process! Best of luck to you, and I hope you have a seamless transfer.

About the author

Kate Ewer

Hi, my name is Kate and I’m currently a sophomore student at Jamestown Community College. I work on campus answering phones at the switchboard and also help out in the President’s Office. I love to sing and have participated in choir and vocal jazz here on campus. In my free time I enjoy listening to music and spending time on my family’s farm with my goats.