My Role as Your Advisor
I am here to guide you through the registration process and to offer any advice I can on transferring to a four-year college or university. I am the one who officially enters your schedule into the system to pre-register you for classes. When you meet with me, you should already have a list of classes you want to take; I will look over it to make sure everything is okay. After the first semester, I will not fill out a schedule for you; you must bring the completed schedule to me, and we will review it together. Each semester around advising time, sign up for an appointment on the schedule posted on my door.
You are ultimately responsible for your own schedule – you need to read the academic catalog to determine what classes you need to take and in what order. You need to plan your course of study. I am here always to help by answering questions, and I will do so gladly. If I don’t know the answers, we’ll work together to find them. Ultimately, though, it is not my responsibility to make sure you graduate on time; it is yours.
A Transfer’s Timeline
Focus on taking your General Education core classes (44 semester hours) first. If you know what your major is going to be when you transfer, get your hands on a Pre-Major Guide that more specifically shows you what courses to take while at SCC. These can be found in racks in the lobby of the H-Building (first and second floors), the T-Building, in Student Services, or on the Pre-Major section of our web site.
In your SCC catalog, please review: “Graduation Requirements,” so you know what is expected right from the start.
Carefully follow the checklist for your Associate in Arts or Science Degree.
Decide which college/university you wish to transfer to. You may also want to have a back-up college chosen and plan to apply to that, too.
Review that college’s web site. On the site, you can usually access the academic catalog, a schedule for application deadlines, the application itself, the academic calendar, etc.
Read that academic catalog!
It is important for you to know as soon as possible what requirements you will need to meet at the college you want to transfer to: For example, will you need to satisfy a foreign language requirement? How many semesters will you need? What specific math courses are recommended? (Note: If you do not have access to the Internet at home, or aren’t sure how to use it, see me and I’ll get you started.) Many sites now have transfer web sites. Some even give you exactly what community college courses to take.
Attend College Day on the SCC Campus (usually in September or October). Typically over 50 representatives are here to answer your questions.
Become familiar with the SCC Transfer Advising Web page.
Continue taking your general education core classes.
Visit the Admissions Office of the college you are interested in (you should call ahead to schedule a tour; find the number on the web site).
Sketch out your schedule for the rest of your time at SCC to make sure you have all the credits and classes you need to graduate on time.
You may decide to get some courses out of the way during the summer session.
Visit the college you want to attend if you have not done so yet.
Apply to the college of your choice. (Note: The Academic Support Center encourages you to meet with a tutor to review your application essays. This is a free service of the college!)
If you are graduating in May, apply in Student Services during February and pay fees in the Business Office. Summer graduates apply in June; fall graduates apply in October.